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Rio Grill

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American, Southwestern, Californian
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101 Crossroads Blvd. (Rio Rd.), Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923 (Rio Road)
Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
831 625 5436
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Rio Grill, located in the Crossroads in Carmel, has been the place to meet...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 141
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Just stopped in

Aside from the fact that the place was jam packed and noisy, this is a good place. My steak was perfect. The service very good, and the drinks were done right. The crowd, including the locals, attests the the quality of the place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Dave273
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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308 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Aside from the fact that the place was jam packed and noisy, this is a good place. My steak was perfect. The service very good, and the drinks were done right. The crowd, including the locals, attests the the quality of the place.

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Carmel, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We have been local customers of the Rio Grill since it opened - and for good reason, it is always wonderful. Our children learned to eat in restaurants there. It's perfect for families, parties or for couples. Today we went for lunch to avoid the Valentine's Day and AT&T night time crowds. The regular menu is always to be counted... More 

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Penn Yan, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We arrived without reservations, and we had been hiking- so we were not sure if we would be welcomed. The hostess assured us that we were indeed dressed appropriately and she sat us at a nice little corner table. The Artichokes were amazing ( this close to Castroville all the artichokes are wonderfully fresh and HUGE) Dinner was very good.... More 

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Campinas, SP
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86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Menu full of options. I tried the lam and it was not the best I ever had, but my friends and I enjoyed dinner a lot. I recommend you to try.

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Carmel, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Judy and I hadn't been back to the Rio Grill in a few years, but went there earlier this month to try their new brunch menu. It's worth a trip! We received excellent service, and the food quite literally could not have been better, especially the crab benedict (which was perfect from the first taste to the last). At $19,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The staff was incredibly inviting. I loved everything we had tried. I definitely recommend dining here!

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Wenatchee, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We had a dinner reservation in town and the power went out a few minutes after we were seated..... and it stayed out. Some friends were meeting us for dinner and they suggested we hop in their car and go to the Rio Grill. They had eaten there before and enjoyed it. So away we went. The area beyond Highway... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We called in near Christmas time when works parties etc seemed to be in full flow, we hadn't had time to make a reservation but the staff were so helpful in trying to find us a seat even though they were clearly very busy! The steak I had was delicious and the servings you got were generous indeed. The bartender... More 

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Carmel, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The front desk lady....great....waiter....great....food....very average. Just not the food it used to be and have gone here since it opened. Last few times...average.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Wonderful friendly staff. Great place to have a leisurely time, drinks, wine, conversation, great food, and attentive service. The menu is extensive and the food is great. Wine selection includes lots of local Monterey County wines.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 Crossroads Blvd. (Rio Rd.), Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
    (Rio Road)
  • Public Transportation: Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 831 625 5436

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?