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Rio Grill

101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-625-5436
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Dinner for our group was good, but not great. One person's meal came out cold, not good! My dish was OK, but nothing special, I can't even remember what I had! The prices should bring exceptional food. I did enjoy the Tempura Brocollini appetizer at...More

Thank Liz C
Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

We were going to a concert so we came here for happy hour. Great drinks and small bites too care of our dinner needs. Blistered peppers, queso, duck tamale were all very good.

Thank msilverpc
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

We're glad you could join us for happy hour and had great drinks and good small bites! We hope to see you again, thank you for the review!

Reviewed August 20, 2017

I have reviewed Rio Grill in the past and I was quite impressed but I have been the twice since the beginning of the summer and it seems to have changed quite a bit. It is still a nice location and the bar is fun....More

Thank Wcarv
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2017

We're sorry about your recent visits and appreciate your candor about the areas we dropped the ball. We value your comments and look into all the reviews we receive to see how we can improve our guests experience. We hope you'd consider giving us another...More

Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

The Rio Grill has been a favorite spot for lunch on my way to the coast. Service has been friendly and attentive, and this visit was no exception. I had a tasty crab wrap, and my travel companion enjoyed a salad. Coffee is great. Prices...More

Thank Cali4niahiker
Reviewed August 16, 2017

We would be in the minority of diners, if we were to give the Rio Grill a bad review – it wouldn’t deserve it and that won’t be an issue here there’s no need to worry. We have been to the Rio Grill many times...More

Thank mightytraveler
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2017

We're happy to hear you always have a good time with us, from food to service! We appreciate your patronage and thank you for sharing your experience, we look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

I've been a pretty consistent regular here since before Julia Child put it on the map. I had been here the day before and had their classic Chinese Chicken Salad...as good as ever BUT simply not as 'generous' as it had been. The bread was...More

Thank CaPalm
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2017

We appreciate reviews such as yours since it lets us know what you really enjoyed, and where we can improve. We are glad you have been dining with us for years and we value your constructive feedback. As you know, this experience is not the...More

Reviewed August 8, 2017

At Rio, you always enjoy beautiful flavors, fine-quality foods prepared with virtuoso skill and devotion to great food. Vegetables always have intense and delicious flavors which derive from their quality and freshness and the delightful sauces created by this talented kitchen. I never miss a...More

Thank Writerchef
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2017

Thank you for the nice review! We're so happy you always visit us when you're in the area and have delicious food! We appreciate your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back again!

Reviewed August 6, 2017

On our first visit to the Carmel area, we were exploring Big Sur and visited with a local from Carmel. When she found out that we were staying in Carmel, she highly recommended that we try Rio Grill and said, "You won't be disappointed!" So...More

Thank GilmoreGal
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2017

We're glad you had a wonderful experience with us, from delicious entrees to divine desserts! We are sorry to hear that the artichoke was disappointing, this is one of our most popular items and we apologize it wasn't better on your visit. We appreciate you...More

Reviewed August 4, 2017

Is it a nice restaurant, Yes. Is the staff friendly, Very. Is the food worth the prices, Not so much. Unless the food is outstanding, I usually can't justify spending this much for an evening out. My wife and daughters enjoyed what they ate and...More

1  Thank riccoCarmel
Reviewed July 25, 2017

We set a personal best today by spending $85 on lunch for two people. We each had a $9 glass of excellent Pinot Grigio that was chilled to perfection. Our waitress brought us hot sourdough bread with butter. We each ordered the salmon tacos which...More

Thank KSSeaB
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2017

We're happy you had a perfect glass of Pinot and excellent service from our staff! We appreciate your feedback and are sorry you felt the prices were too high. We hope you will join us again, thanks for the review.

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December 15, 2016|
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Response from Calicobass | Reviewed this property |
As far as I remember they have GF
Robert B
October 6, 2016|
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Response from Ed B | Reviewed this property |
How self involved to even ask.
Craig Alan M
September 24, 2015|
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Response from SusieFD | Reviewed this property |
Rio Grill is a restaurant. The closest hotel would be the Carmel Mission Inn. Search TripAdvisor for hotels, or below is a link for the smaller not chain hotels. Cannot insert the link, but you can find it under... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
    (Rio Road)
  • Public Transportation: Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-625-5436
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 9:30 PM. Rio also serves a great brunch on Sundays from 11:30 - 3:00PM. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4:00pm-6:30 and Sunday 4:00-6:30.
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