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Rio Grill

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101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923-8615 (Rio Road)
+1 831-625-5436
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Salinas, California
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were given a gift certificate to enjoy dinner here. We made reservations but we were fortunate to go on a uncrowded Saturday night. We started with a drink in the bar.both bartenders were engaging and our drinks well made. We were seated in a nice area and our server,Julia, promptly came and offered water and drink requests. We ordered... More 

Thank bcyoung2
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

It's really nice to hear you had friendly, prompt service from our staff! The swordfish is a great choice, so glad you liked it. We appreciate you sharing your experience and hope to see you again for another cozy dinner. Thanks for the review! More 

San Diego, California
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great selection of food and drink. The staff is very attentive, and provide you with great service. They alone, makes a person want to return. The restaurant is very clean and well maintained.

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Rowayton, Connecticut
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85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Located at the Crossroads Shopping complex at the mouth of Carmel Valley, this restaurant has been a staple for family and casual dinners for years. It seems whenever we are in town, we stop by because it is convenient gathering spot for family members. Everything went very well for our group of nine. We were greeted and seated immediately upon... More 

Thank oystertravels
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

We love to hear you and your family make a visit to Rio when you are in the area! We want all of our guests to have a relaxing time and enjoy good food and we appreciate your patronage and your feedback. Thank you for the review, we look forward to seeing you again. More 

Oakland, California
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75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

For thirty years Rio Grill has been serving up imaginative, quality fare - even their burgers are special, It's a relaxing venue, with a comfortable bar up front. On my December 2016 visit it seemed like the kitchen was better than ever - right up there with the very best and most expensive Carmel restaurants. . Service can be spotty.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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198 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

We have been to Rio Grill at least a dozen times. The atmosphere is lively and the service used to be friendly and helpful. The food is not great, but it is not terrible either. Most of the dishes have a Mexican touch and are interesting. I like the artichoke, the empanada, or a wedge salad as a starter, and... More 

Thank David W
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

We're glad you have been dining at Rio for some time now and are very sorry to hear your last trip was lacking in service and food. We will be sharing your comments with our staff so we can improve our guests experience. Again, we apologize for missing the mark and hope you will join us so we can ensure... More 

Carmel, California
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

The host promptly greeted and seated us. The service staff took a while to acknowledge us, with delays taking our drink order, with delays receiving our drink order, and with delays taking our food order. The timing of receiving our food order was perfect, however. Kudos to the kitchen staff in the timely preparation. The kitchen staff did serve generous... More 

Thank Kris S
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

We're glad you chose to join us and sorry about the initial delays and the meals having too much cheese. We appreciate your feedback so we can share this with our staff to improve our guests experience. We hope you will consider giving us another try, thank you for sharing your review. More 

Napa, California
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295 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Fun decor too. We had the fire roasted artichoke which was outstanding. I had the quinoa stuffed poblano and loved it. My friend had the duck entree and enjoyed it very much. Only issue I had was the host who seated us (who was also a woman) called us "girls" a couple of times. Both of us are in our... More 

Thank BrenHen70
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

We stopped by Rio Grill on our last visit to Carmel when we couldn't get into Mission Ranch and we were sure happy that we did. Rio Grill is located in the Crossroads Center and doesn't look like a great place for dinner but when you come inside, it has a great atmosphere. We didn't have reservations on a Friday... More 

Thank Scott R
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

We're so glad you chose to stop at Rio and had fabulous food and accommodating service! We appreciate you recommending us to others and we hope to see you again, thank you for the review! More 

Monterey County, California
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

The food was exceptional. Service was excellent; was aware of needs immediately and took care of us quickly. Food was enjoyed by everyone.

Thank Caroline S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Appetizers were excellent - Buffalo carpaccio and roasted artichoke! Try either one and you will enjoy. Both of our main dishes were very good but served a tepid to cold temperature: My husbands skirt steak was well seasoned but arrived room temp; my lovely stuffed poblano was actually stone cold inside - clearly a pre-prepared main that was not properly... More 

Thank P1386YUmaryc
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

We're happy you enjoyed excellent appetizers and very sorry that the food didn't come out hot. We dropped the ball and truly apologize this happened. We appreciate your comments so we can share them with our staff and improve. Thank you for the review, we hope to see you again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $35
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
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 93923-8615
    (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 4:00-9:30.

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