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“Consistently good food and service” 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 #22 of 126 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Californian, Southwestern
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Austin, TX
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“Consistently good food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We eat here about once a week so we must like it. The grilled artichoke is the best I have had. Everything is good. On Tuesday they have chicken fried veal liver. Nobody does it better. Slightly overpriced menu but we keep coming back. Would come more frequently if prices were a little lower.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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washington dc
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Delicious Soup, Salad & Appetizers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed one night in Monterey after a week in Big Sur luxury at Ventana Inn. I decided I wanted something comforting and easy to drive and park. This restaurant is it a shopping center, and is one of the better meals we had during our trip. We sat in the bar area with no wait. The onion/garlic soup was amazing as was the flat bread appetizer with blue cheese, carmelized onions and arugula. Dessert was a delicious banana cake with yummy coconut ice cream that we ended up ordering extra of. The service was very good. Atmosphere felt like a nice place that locals dined at, and not at all "touristy." The type of menu that has something for everyone.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Fun night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We had a delightful dinner our first night in Carmel. Good food, great service, nice, easy ambiance. Fun beginning to a great birthday celebration.

Visited December 2012
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Louisiana
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This was a very busy place, we are so glad we went in anyway and within minutes were seated. The food was awesome, quick service, great attention, very friendly people working here, and seem to love their job and proud to be there

Visited September 2013
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Kingston
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“Nice restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This was a nice restaurant and the food was good. Recommended by a storekeeper in the village. The staff were very attentive and pleasant.

Visited August 2013
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