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“Yum!” 5 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 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Californian
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Restaurant details
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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“Yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

You have to try this place. You won't go home hungry. So good and staff are all so nice!
Casual dining too and cosy atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneve, Switzerland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Enjoyable meal at the Rio Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

A really fun and varied menu. Good service in an upbeat environment. A very enjoyable meal. I would eat there again when I'm in the area.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“So good we ate here twice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Ate here 2 nights in a row on a Carmel stop over. The food was superb. The potato skin starter was awesome and the pork ribs were enormous and totally delicious. The waiters were so friendly and more than happy to help us navigate their extensive hi-tech wine list to find something to suit our tastes. The owner was great and made us feel very welcome. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable couple of meals.

Visited September 2013
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Austin, TX
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“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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“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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