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“So good we ate here twice!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rio Grill

Rio Grill
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Ranked #10 of 153 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 4:00-9:30.
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“So good we ate here twice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Ate here 2 nights in a row on a Carmel stop over. The food was superb. The potato skin starter was awesome and the pork ribs were enormous and totally delicious. The waiters were so friendly and more than happy to help us navigate their extensive hi-tech wine list to find something to suit our tastes. The owner was great and made us feel very welcome. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable couple of meals.

Visited September 2013
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Austin, TX
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Consistently good food and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

We eat here about once a week so we must like it. The grilled artichoke is the best I have had. Everything is good. On Tuesday they have chicken fried veal liver. Nobody does it better. Slightly overpriced menu but we keep coming back. Would come more frequently if prices were a little lower.

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washington dc
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Delicious Soup, Salad & Appetizers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed one night in Monterey after a week in Big Sur luxury at Ventana Inn. I decided I wanted something comforting and easy to drive and park. This restaurant is it a shopping center, and is one of the better meals we had during our trip. We sat in the bar area with no wait. The onion/garlic soup was amazing as was the flat bread appetizer with blue cheese, carmelized onions and arugula. Dessert was a delicious banana cake with yummy coconut ice cream that we ended up ordering extra of. The service was very good. Atmosphere felt like a nice place that locals dined at, and not at all "touristy." The type of menu that has something for everyone.

  • Visited September 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

We had a delightful dinner our first night in Carmel. Good food, great service, nice, easy ambiance. Fun beginning to a great birthday celebration.

Visited December 2012
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Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

This was a very busy place, we are so glad we went in anyway and within minutes were seated. The food was awesome, quick service, great attention, very friendly people working here, and seem to love their job and proud to be there

Visited September 2013
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