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Rio Grill

101 Crossroads Blvd. (Rio Rd.), Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
831 625 5436
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Ranked #19 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Californian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rio Road
Transit: Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
Description: Rio Grill, located in the Crossroads in Carmel, has been the place to meet friends, enjoy tasty, flavorful food and relax with a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine for over 28 Years. Chef Yontz’ creative American dishes are some of the most flavorful, colorful and vibrant on the Monterey Peninsula and celebrate flavor in every mouthwatering bite! In addition to the main dining room, Rio Grill has a comfortable lounge and full bar serving refreshing libations including the restaurant’s famous "Rio Rita.” The bar is lined with colorful caricatures of local faces and celebrities. Rio Grill's award-winning wine list features more than 160 labels featuring a ton of local wineries and an extensive selection available by the glass. For more information on Rio Grill, please visit our website at riogrillcom. The restaurant opens for lunch every day at 11:30 and serves straight through until 10:00 PM. Rio also serves a great brunch on Sundays from 11:30 – 3:00PM.
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Waterdown, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere was very pleasant. I had the chicken special and my wife had a fish special. the staff was very helpful in explaining the spices that were on the entrée. a very complete wine list. To try some California wines that are not available in Toronto was very satisfying. Which I managed to bring some back. The area was... More

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Carmel, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Our favorite place to eat! The food is consistently great, the service always spot on and you feel at home when you walk in. With all the places to chose from in Carmel this is undoubtedly our favorite place to go once a week. Although a little pricey the food it worth it!

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

For the food I would rate this place 3, but atmosphere and wine are giving additional value. Atmosphere is charming and relaxing, the iPad they give you as a wine list is gorgeous for variety: local, domestic, international for all kind of wine. On Monday you can have most of the bottles with 50% discount. Staff is attentive and ready... More

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Menlo Park, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Absolutely my favorite restaurant on the planet. I always make a point to eat @ The Rio when I am in the Carmel Valley area. Service is very good and attentive, plenty of parking @ the Crossroads Shp Ctr, and in one of the prettiest area in CA. Their specials are great and I try them often, but when it... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at Rio grill. The food is excellent and the cocktails were exceptional. Both the decor and service get high marks. Being a cocktail enthusiast, I appreciate a strong bar program and the Rio Grill delivers. The Elyx de Vita was my favorite of the cocktails. For my entree, I had the pumpkin crusted salmon which... More

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San Mateo
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77 reviews 77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

Nice location - plenty of parking. Ambience - subtle southwest, very inviting. Table settings - beautiful on white table cloths. Service - decent, fast, attentive and efficient. Food - the dinner menu is small but don't let that fool you. The appetizers are superbly prepared and well presented but are usually just for one person. If you are thinking family... More

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The Rio Grill has something for everybody and it is good. We ate here for lunch before and said we needed to come back for dinner sometime. So, we did. We ordered an appetizer of smoked tri-tip empanadas with Hatch green chile and avocado crema. For entrées, my wife ordered the house smoked half chicken with mild-smoked chile butter, baby... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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142 reviews 142 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Rio Grill was a lot of fun. The interior design is very colorful and includes a lot of very interesting artwork on the walls. The service was excellent and they were kindly flexible regarding food preferences and especially letting us essentially design our own cheese plate for desert. The fish stew was flavorful and definitely a desirable dish if... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Located out of reach of most tourists the restaurant seems to cater more to the locals and tourists who make the effort to escape Carmel by the Sea proper. It's worth the 5 minute drive to eat good hearty fare with a Mexican flair but all the while not being a Mexican restaurant. Nice to see a kids menu with... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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136 reviews 136 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I found this with my "Around Me" app. And what a good find. This place was decorated with exceptional creativity. Very unusual--and very very popular. The menu was a little different---some interesting combinations--and very thoughtful choices. There is a reason why this place is so mobbed. I think it is worth a wait.

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