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“Great Lunch” 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 #17 of 151 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.
Parker, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had intended to have lunch in Carmel itself but the town was packed so we headed across the highway to the Crossroads mall. We saw the restaurant and I remembered seeing good reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed! I had the sand dab taco special on the menu and my wife had the prawn and brie wrap. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and the ambiance. A great lunch all round.

  • 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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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is a great place for lunch. Your choices are endless.. Nice environment, and the wait staff is great. Good wine, casual dinning, and you can find some wonderful dishes. It was so great we ate there for lunch twice. Good sandwiches, and a very enjoyable afternoon.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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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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4 restaurant reviews
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“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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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.

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