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“Nice food and ideal location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rio Grill

Rio Grill
101 Crossroads Blvd. (Rio Rd.), Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
831 625 5436
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Ranked #18 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
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.
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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37 restaurant reviews
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“Nice food and ideal location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed at the hotel over the road and by the time we arrived in Carmel just wanted somewhere local that we could get to without having to drive again.

Rio Grande was just over the road and was really busy when we arrived at about 7pm. We were offered a wait of 30 mins or a table in the bar, so went for the bar and it was a lovely option. We were served drinks quickly, our order taken and starters had arrived all within 15/20 minutes of sitting down. Only real issue was we then had to wait for about another 20 mins for our mains to arrive and to be honest we were both so tired by this point that it kind of spoiled the meal a little. But he food was fresh and had lots of flavour, with the prices being very reasonable and a nice choice of beers and wine that were not the kind of crazy high prices we saw elsewhere. Plus our server was friendly and really nice, getting fresh drinks and settling the bill quickly, so all in all it was a nice meal.

I wouldn’t hunt this place out for a meal, but if you are getting into town and staying in the Carmel Mission Inn (just across the street) and would like something to eat that isn’t going to break the bank as well as be a place with a nice atmosphere, I’d say the Rio Grande is a good option.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice quality food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Stopped in while waiting for our hotel room to be ready. Good cold beers on draft, quality food and great location in the shopping center.

Visited July 2012
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Food was great and solid service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Tried the chicken dish....with artichokes. Highly recommended. Wines by the glass met my liking. I will be back

Visited September 2012
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Morgan Hill, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Place very nice, food great a little on the heavy side a little over price. right across Carmel Mission Inn.

Visited September 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fab food and fun too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Really enjoyed eating here. The staff were lovely, the steak was delicious and we loved the crayons to draw on the table cloth. A really cool place to eat and have fun!

Visited August 2012
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