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Rio Grill

Certificate of Excellence
American, Southwestern
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101 Crossroads Blvd., Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923 (Rio Road)
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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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

On the way to the Carmel’s Smart Garden show at the Crossroads, I popped into the Rio Grill at 1 pm and found it busy and bustling with every table and bar seat filled. Taking this as a good sign, we made a reservation for 3 pm and off we went. Returning tired and hungry at 3 pm, I was... More 

Thank vdoolittle
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Growing up, my family used to drive 1.5 hours just to eat at Rio Grill. We loved the whole menu but particularly the artichoke. Just had the artichoke this past weekend. While it was good, it is definitely different than when I was growing up. Service was good. I had a margarita and it was tart, a little too tart... More 

Thank nygirl437
Jacksonville, Florida
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We hit the jackpot for lunch on our way north. I wish my phone app allowed me to post pictures of the caricatures of celebrities and local regulars painted all over the walls. If we lived in the arwa? It wouldn't take long for ours to be among them because we would certainly be regulars. We lucked out with a... More 

Thank ForeverYoung0611
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

There are a lot of great places to eat in and around Carmel, but this is not one of them. Poor welcome and attention from hostess. Felt like she was doing is a favor after ignoring us for a few minutes. The food was average as was the ambiance and overpriced as well. Tarpys, a sister restaurant, much better. We... More 

Thank BobBrunson
Joe V, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this review

Hi Bob, When did you come into the Rio? I would like to more about your experience with my hostess. Please call me so we can discuss this as I really want to make sure no one else has the same experience. Also let me buy you dinner so we can see if we can find some items on the... More 

Pueblo, CO
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Had the double cut pork chop. All around good meal for the price, I think $23 which is good for the area. Everything they brought out looked good. Not downtown. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Beaverto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Crusted scallops with chile flavored accents and fruit salsa, over flavored polenta. A must must. On special additions menu. Love the smoked chicken and other items also. Don't let location put you off.

Thank lovetravelingtheworl
San Francisco, California
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We. took our daughters and grandchildren,ages 4 and 8, to Rio Grill for Saturday dinner. We had an early reservation (6:00 pm), thinking we would avoid their busy time. We ordered appetizers and entrees, and had the kids' meals brought with the appetizers. Then we waited. I took the four year-old outside to run around while we waited. Once the... More 

Thank DansMarin
Merced, California
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228 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The lunch menu isn't extensive, but what is being offered is unique. I tend to have one of the salads. Last time I ordered the RG Chop Chop with 2 prawns. Fresh, delicious and attractively presented. Tasty special dressing. Service is very friendly if a tad on the slow side. Luckily we weren't in a hurry. Decor is Santa Fe/Mexican/Desert.... More 

Thank Cali4niahiker
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stopped for lunch on the way to Big Sure. The location is not so easy to find as the intersection is very busy. Finding the restaurant is worth the effort. The food and service were great. I want to go back!

Thank RedMustangPeg
Carmel, California
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80 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great Good and Great Service for many years. They have a Chieese Chichen Salad that is the best I have ever had. I have have had Chieese Chichen Salad all over the world and this is the best I have ever had. Their French Bread is the best as well. This restaurant was good enough for President Bush when he... More 

Thank James G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $35
American, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, 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 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 Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 18316255436
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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