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Review of Rio Grill

Rio Grill
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Ranked #13 of 161 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rio Road
Transit: Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
Description: 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.
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Busy restaurant which is always a good sign. Had good reviews on yelp so we gave it a try. Were going to bring our own wine in but they have a $20 corkage fee so not worth it.
Empanada appetizer was delish! I had the short rib and could have licked my plate clean if I had the room. Every part of it was good. My friend had the ahi tuna special which needed a bit more spice but was also good.
Wait staff were all very friendly and so was the hostess. Because of how busy it was, it was very loud.

Thank Thomas1031
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

They have an excellent salad and the homemade ice cream is also quite good. The staff is nice and attentive. The location has a good atmosphere but it is quite noisy at times.

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Thank Indy
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Love this place. When we are in town we always have dinner here one night. Food is excellent and the decor is artsy and witty.
Prices can't be beat for the quality. It's in a mall!!!!!!!!!!

Thank grand old girl b
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

very good food & good service. All in all it is very busy there, the decor (especially the wall painting) is not my favorite at all, but if you sit at the right side of the table you don't have to look at it :-)

Thank Edith S
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Joe V, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Thank you so much for the positive review. We are constantly striving to improve our restaurant and your affirmations mean a lot to our hard work.
Thanks again and hope to see you again soon.
Joe Valencia

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

So busy we had to sit in bar area, which was not the best but made it worked. Food was great and so was the service.

Thank MarkR53092
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Joe V, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

I am so glad you ended up having a great experience in our bar. I know it can get a bit hectic in the lounge and we are happy to know we met your expectations. Next time you come in please ask for me so I can stop by. Thanks again for your positive comments it means a lot to us.
Joe V

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