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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 #22 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Our fourth visit but after a five yea r break. Their advantage...fresh ingredients well prepared. Loved the arugula salad...the best ever. Entree pork shank awesome.

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

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are happy you enjoyed the salad and the Pork Shank. We look forward to your next visit with us!! More

Carmel, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

The Rio Grill has been around for many years, and it amazes me that the food is not only constantly good, but keeps getting better. The menu changes with new and innovative items that make you want to return as often as possible. How does peanut butter and "belly" sound? Or salmon b.l.t.? Great atmosphere, staff - it's all good!

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

Wow! Thank you for the great review! We are glad you have a great time with us and you enjoy our new menu additions. We hope to see you soon! More

Fairfield, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

We made our reservations through Open Table and in the comment section asked for a really nice table as it was our Anniversary.From the moment we arrived starting with the bartender Sarah our evening was GREAT.The hostess Alexis took us to a romantic corner table where they had made a red crayon heart on the table and filled the heart... More

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

We are happy we were able to make your anniversary extra special and that you chose to spend it with us at Rio Grill! We hope to see you again soon! More

Dallas, TX
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

We first visited Rio Grill 22 years ago, and when we returned to the area this spring, we were pleased to see that it is still just as good now as it was then. A great kickoff to our stay in Carmel. Rio Grill offers a wide variety of dishes, artfully presented, with good wines to go with them. A... More

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

We are happy to hear you started your visit to Carmel here at Rio Grill! We are glad you had a great time and we hope you visit us again soon. More

Salinas, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

The food preparation is excellent and the wait staff is very professional and pleasant. We go here often.

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

We are glad to hear you are regular customers! We hope to see you soon! More

Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

We had lunch here after the Big Sur Marathon and the selection was great and we recommend the Artichoke Appetizer. It was beyond words. Great atmosphere, prices and service.

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

We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Artichoke Appetizer! We hope you will visit us again soon to experience some of our other house specialties. Thank you for your review. More

Redwood City, California
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Ambiance great, the bloody marys even better, and the crispy artichoke appetizers were wonderful, Fun place,wish we had time for dinner as menu looked goo,

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

We are glad you enjoyed our delicious Bloody Marys- always a great choice! We hope you visit us again to try our dinner menu! More

Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The salmon BLT was very tender and grilled well. Tri tip was excellent and so was the bread it was on. Try the calamari, it comes with an interesting sauce - i think it's fish sauce... Service was great and parking plenty.

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

We are glad you enjoyed the Salmon BLT and the Tri-Tip! We thank you for your review and hope you visit us again! More

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012 via mobile

Rio Grill served up the worst food at the highest price of any restaurant on our recent vacation to the central coast. Food was amateurish at best, portions were tiny (the pasta with prawns, $16.00 for lunch a la carte, contained 3 tiny shrimp that would have been better suited to a bay shrimp salad), service was so horrible we... More

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

I went with my wife and two young children on our trip to Carmel. We had happy hour specials. The price and food was great as was the service. Would go back if i am in area again.

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

We are glad you joined us for Happy Hour with your family. We look forward to your next visit! More

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