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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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San Mateo
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179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Nice location - plenty of parking. Ambience - subtle southwest, very inviting. Table settings - beautiful on white table cloths. Service - decent, fast, attentive and efficient. Food - the dinner menu is small but don't let that fool you. The appetizers are superbly prepared and well presented but are usually just for one person. If you are thinking family... More 

Thank Fulldistance
Gardnerville, Nevada
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88 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014

The Rio Grill has something for everybody and it is good. We ate here for lunch before and said we needed to come back for dinner sometime. So, we did. We ordered an appetizer of smoked tri-tip empanadas with Hatch green chile and avocado crema. For entrées, my wife ordered the house smoked half chicken with mild-smoked chile butter, baby... More 

Thank Bill M
Kansas City, Missouri
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220 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Rio Grill was a lot of fun. The interior design is very colorful and includes a lot of very interesting artwork on the walls. The service was excellent and they were kindly flexible regarding food preferences and especially letting us essentially design our own cheese plate for desert. The fish stew was flavorful and definitely a desirable dish if... More 

Thank WillMyWifeGetSick
Vancouver, Canada
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

Located out of reach of most tourists the restaurant seems to cater more to the locals and tourists who make the effort to escape Carmel by the Sea proper. It's worth the 5 minute drive to eat good hearty fare with a Mexican flair but all the while not being a Mexican restaurant. Nice to see a kids menu with... More 

Thank Parbuster1962
Baltimore, Maryland
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167 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

I found this with my "Around Me" app. And what a good find. This place was decorated with exceptional creativity. Very unusual--and very very popular. The menu was a little different---some interesting combinations--and very thoughtful choices. There is a reason why this place is so mobbed. I think it is worth a wait.

Thank PikesvilleTraveler
California, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

We've gone to the Rio Grill for years. We commented after our most recent visit how consistently excellent their offerings and service are. There's a reason we always return. For sure try the flank steak!

Thank BethA38
Marina, California
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

As a long time resident of the Monterey Peninsula, I've been dining at the Rio Grill for many a year. On Sunday of this past week [during the Bach Festival in Carmel], I decided to go to one of my favorite places. Well, I'm elated that I did, for at the time that I went, the venue was quiet; the... More 

Thank Eddwarm2013
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

We went to Rio Grill yesterday with our three children (ages 6, 8 and 11). First off, the table was ready and we were pleasantly surprised that they have paper on the tables and crayons to encourage silly drawings and pictures by all. I was also happy to see that they gave each child a kids menu with little activities... More 

Thank berkeleyCA
New York City, New York
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118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the food here and the drinks. I really enjoyed the staff. The waiter was just the sweetest, nicest and always had a big smile on his face. I remember I couldn't decide what to eat because so many dishes sounded so good but since there were three of us we ordered different dishes and just tasted each... More 

Thank MercedesMercado1
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

Lovely restaurant in a outdoor shopping area. Delicious food and excellent service. They even had a gluten free menu. We weren't really dressed quite nice enough but they welcomed us in anyway. Nice casual will do. Yummy!

Thank BarbraBud

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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, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic
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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