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Rio Grill

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101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923 (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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Palm Springs, California
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89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Upon the receptionist at the Carmel River in, we decided to try the Rio Grill which was within walking distance from our hotel. Wow, we loved the place and the atmosphere. Our waiter was wonderful. The drinks and wine were superb. We had Lump Crab Cakes (mmm good) and the spare ribs (juicy, easy, and well spiced). A wonderful dinner... More 

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Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

We're so glad you decided to join us and had wonderful service and great food! We appreciate you sharing your experience and hope to see you next time you're in the area! Thank you for the review! More 

Larkspur, California
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2017

Tripped upon this place during a 1-night stay at Carmel Mission Inn. I didn't expect much since the restaurant looked like a chain, which I tend to stay away from. But I was very impressed with the Grilled Artichoke appetizer I ordered, as well as the salad with curry dressing. Good glass of wine from local winery, Bernardus. My awesome... More 

Thank Kim M
Garden Grove, California
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2017

I would say this place is casually upscale. The food was well presented with some imagination, quality and quantity. We had a pumpkin seed encrusted salmon, wonderful. As a side, they offered a yam/potato cake which was really good. The atmosphere and staff were high quality but we still felt very comfortable.

Thank ronald t
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

It's so nice to hear you enjoyed our comfortable atmosphere and wonderful salmon! We hope to see you again sometime, thank you for the review! More 

Ben Lomond, California
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

Hadn't been to the Rio for awhile. Used to have lunch there with my aged mother who required wheelchair room and time for a studied lunch order. I was always impressed with the staff's patience, kindness and attentiveness. Well, things haven't changed. Lunch today included brisk, helpful service, clear answers to questions about the dishes all conducted cheerfully. Food and... More 

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

We're glad you chose to visit Rio again and had the same first rate service and food you'd grown to expect from us! We appreciate you sharing your experience and look forward to seeing you again, thanks for the nice review! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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233 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

Great ambience. Lots of eclectic art on the walls and in the nooks. Had the pork shank with jicama slaw - mmmm. Wife had a steak and finished it all! Waiter (called a facilitator here - haha) was attentive without being obtrusive.

Thank lfabian47
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

We're happy chose to dine at Rio and had yummy food and attentive service from our staff! We hope to see you again sometime, thanks for the review! More 

Calgary, Canada
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554 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2017

Well decorated and attended, the restaurant has customers from the professional to the relaxed. Menu is extensive, taco menu changes daily. Prices reasonable and service is friendly. Food was decent, fish and chips a bit soggy and fish stew tasty but limited variety. Still a great place for lunch or dinner.

Thank Challenger01
Bozeman, Montana
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

The food is an excellent combination of seafood and southwestern veggies and flavors. But the reason I keep coming back every time I am in the area is Inga's House Made Olallieberry Pie! If you are a blackberry fan, this specialty berry, which is rare, is a genuine treat!

Thank PamilaF_13
Becky E, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

It's so nice to hear Inga's pie is what keeps you coming back, we think its great too! We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again, thanks for the review! More 

Fremont, California
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5,271 reviews
1,578 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,681 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2017

We went to a wonderful meal at Rio Grill. We called for reservations and were seated promptly upon arrival. Service was good. We had cocktails and wine. For our appetizer we enjoyed their habanero deviled eggs. Tasty complementary sourdough bread was also served. For my main I had their special of the day. Their tilapia was perfectly cooked and was... More 

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

It's so great to hear you had a perfectly prepared meal and good service on your visit to Rio! We look forward to seeing you again, thank you for the review! More 

Salinas, California
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116 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

We usually like this restaurant a lot but today was disappointing. We brought out of town friends here and ordered brunch. So far so good but... it took a long time for the food to get here and the order was not right. The food we did get was very good but the wait and inability to get the food... More 

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

We're glad you had good food but very sorry that the order was incorrect and took so long. We dropped the ball on your visit and truly apologize this happened. We hope you will visit us again for the same experience that kept you a fan of Rio before, thank you for sharing your review. More 

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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Great food and service as always enjoyed cocktails hors d'oeuvres and meals left too stuffed for dessert

Thank Schmidthappns

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, 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 4:00-9:30.

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