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Rio Grill

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American, 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 - 11:00 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, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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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  • 134
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 16
    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
Recommended by a Local!

I was in Carmel for business and this was recommended by a local. Excellent! I had the pork loin. The cliente is a little older (60's) but that's Carmel.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2013
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I was in Carmel for business and this was recommended by a local. Excellent! I had the pork loin. The cliente is a little older (60's) but that's Carmel.

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Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Busy restaurant which is always a good sign. Had good reviews on yelp so we gave it a try. Were going to bring our own wine in but they have a $20 corkage fee so not worth it. Empanada appetizer was delish! I had the short rib and could have licked my plate clean if I had the room. Every... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

They have an excellent salad and the homemade ice cream is also quite good. The staff is nice and attentive. The location has a good atmosphere but it is quite noisy at times.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Love this place. When we are in town we always have dinner here one night. Food is excellent and the decor is artsy and witty. Prices can't be beat for the quality. It's in a mall!!!!!!!!!!

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Pebble Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

very good food & good service. All in all it is very busy there, the decor (especially the wall painting) is not my favorite at all, but if you sit at the right side of the table you don't have to look at it :-)

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Joe V, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the positive review. We are constantly striving to improve our restaurant and your affirmations mean a lot to our hard work. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon. Joe Valencia More 

Mequon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

So busy we had to sit in bar area, which was not the best but made it worked. Food was great and so was the service.

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Joe V, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

I am so glad you ended up having a great experience in our bar. I know it can get a bit hectic in the lounge and we are happy to know we met your expectations. Next time you come in please ask for me so I can stop by. Thanks again for your positive comments it means a lot to... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We had to wait 30 mins for our table so we sat at the bar and had a cocktail which was good and the food was excellent, highly recommend.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great food, great atmosphere, and great service. After driving North from San Simeon on Hwy1 Rio Grill was convenient with plenty of parking.

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Wilton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This restaurant is within walking distance from the Carmel Mission Inn. We eat here often and always walk away with great reviews !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Specifically, I ordered the $24 prawns over the noodles. (6 big shrimps over mostaccioli noodles) The prawns were supposed to be spicy, but instead they weren't all that hot but the noodles and sauce were over chili oil spiced so much the first few bites were burning my mouth. The waiter took it back, but by the time they got... 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, 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

Questions & Answers

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