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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 #21 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Californian
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Restaurant details
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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82% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went to Rio Grill yesterday with our three children (ages 6, 8 and 11). First off, the table was ready and we were pleasantly surprised that they have paper on the tables and crayons to encourage silly drawings and pictures by all. I was also happy to see that they gave each child a kids menu with little activities... More

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New York City, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the food here and the drinks. I really enjoyed the staff. The waiter was just the sweetest, nicest and always had a big smile on his face. I remember I couldn't decide what to eat because so many dishes sounded so good but since there were three of us we ordered different dishes and just tasted each... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Lovely restaurant in a outdoor shopping area. Delicious food and excellent service. They even had a gluten free menu. We weren't really dressed quite nice enough but they welcomed us in anyway. Nice casual will do. Yummy!

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Miami, Fl
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My family & I stopped in at the bar for drinks and to watch the basketball finals. The food looked so amazing we oredered some appetizers and were not disapointed. The staff / bartender here were awesome...the drinks good & the food amazing.

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Dewey, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

As visitors to Carmel, we had a recommendation for the Rio Grill for a nice dinner. Carmel is expensive, and this is, too. However, the meals we ordered were cooked perfectly and were delicious. The tab was $68 for two of us with no drinks, appetizers or desserts. I had Mahi Mahi with broccolini and a sweet potato hash that... More

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Los Angeles, California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were driving up and down the coast sightseeing when we found ourselves in Carmel at dinner time. My husband pulled into a shopping center and I spied the name Rio Grill, which I remembered from an ad in our hotel room up in Monterey. When we walked in I was immediately struck by the cute décor and overall ambiance... More

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Don't fail to enjoy this place while visiting Carmel. Always great food and service. Good for people watching too. Early bird menu with appetizers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Having travelled up from la that morning and been on the road for 15 hours, we found a hotel at 9.30 and immediately crossed the road to Rio. We walked in at 9.55 when they stopped serving at 10. They were amazing, didn't bat an eyelid, rush us or anything. Having worked front of house myself and now being a... More

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Sumner, Washington
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141 reviews 141 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Later Dinner on week day. Seated across from the Bar. Service was quick and friendly. I had wedge salad very good & would have been a nice meal with a cup of soup. The grilled shrimp on penne was good, but would order some of the grilled or oven items or stick to salad & soup next time, Also ordered... More

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Kentwood, Louisiana
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My wife and I found this place by chance while staying at Tickle Pink Inn. It was late, after 9 pm, and we just wanted a quick bite. We shared a burger with fries and the burger was outstanding. Quality and prepared to perfection. We returned two days later for lunch and the burger was just as good. I cannot... More

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