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Rio Grill

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American, Californian, Southwestern, Barbecue
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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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 146
    Excellent
  • 122
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food. Fun place

Had dinner with several friends recently. Have eater here before but not recently. Glad we gave this restaurant another try. Good bar scene. Very good menu with lots of choices. Our table ordered a variety of selections and we're happy with all of them.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
Shannydog
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Southern California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Southern California
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Had dinner with several friends recently. Have eater here before but not recently. Glad we gave this restaurant another try. Good bar scene. Very good menu with lots of choices. Our table ordered a variety of selections and we're happy with all of them.

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Carmel, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The burgers are exceptional; the best in this area. Many selections / combinations available which makes each visit a different experience. The milk shakes are incredible! Rich, creamy ice cream is the basic ingredient and I love the shake being served in the mixing cup. The fries are crispy and tasty and always arrive hot....that speaks to the great service... More 

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kent
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Ok bit like a beefeater/ harvester. To be fair I don't like either. Steak was good but on the whole bland. Not cheap for a dinner!!,$100 for two

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Best food in the world. And the art is completely cool. Excellent wine list and superb service. I heartily recommend the Rio to anyone in need of a great restaurant near a beautiful little town.

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Portland, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Our large froup of road bikers meets the night before out century - the food is good and predictable.

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San Jose, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Whenever we want to celebrate anything we go to Rio Grill. So Mother's day was great. The food is always the best. Service is excellent. Everything we have eaten there is outstanding. We love the grilled artichoke and the smoked chicken. We order those every time we go there. And then we try something else each time and share our... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

I have been going to the Rio Grill for around twenty years and I have always had a wonderful experience. The food is absolutely first rate and so is the staff. Lately I have been ordering the wood-oven chicken with baby artichokes and it is always fantastic. There are many other delightful treats on the menu as well including the... More 

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I went here for dinner and I was pleased with the food. The people that work here are attentive and friendly. I'll revisit this restaurant when I'm back in Carmel again.

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Rarely do I ever submit a review so clearly sub par but to save other diners from a less than pleasant dining experience I am willing to do so. We had made reservations on Monday @ Rio Grill. Arrived early had a drink at the bar, service slow for the mixed drink while the bartender chatted with locals that were... More 

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bournemouth
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Welcoming staff and a nice atmosphere in this place. Food is of a good standard but nothing to get over excited about. Quantaties and quality is very good and you won't go home hungry but it seems to just lack that extra thing that could make it really special. I had a burger and it was a s good as... More 

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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, Californian, Southwestern, Barbecue

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

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