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“Inventive Menu”
Review of Rio Grill

Rio Grill
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Ranked #15 of 159 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.
Venice
Level 6 Contributor
256 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Inventive Menu”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Outstanding menu choices will keep us coming back in the future. The dining room is very nice and the service is tremendous.

The place has a Mexican/California flair made all the more appealing by the creativeness of its head chef for finding interesting possibilities. We were there for dinner and because we weren't wanting main courses, salads and appetizers instead, we choice really nice Dungeness crab cakes and calamari with a nice orange/spicy sauce along with an Asian salad.

We liked it so much that we decided to go again before going back home.

  • Visited October 2013
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Dubuque, Iowa
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely dinner”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

While the locale may technically be in a shopping mall, don't you dare think food court dining! Rio Grill with its cheerful decor is an elegant yet casual restaurant with many eclectic choices on the menu. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. The wine list for your leisurely preview is viewable via tablet at your table. Try the oak smoked half chicken- it's excellent.

  • Visited September 2013
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Parker, Colorado
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had intended to have lunch in Carmel itself but the town was packed so we headed across the highway to the Crossroads mall. We saw the restaurant and I remembered seeing good reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed! I had the sand dab taco special on the menu and my wife had the prawn and brie wrap. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and the ambiance. A great lunch all round.

  • Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is a great place for lunch. Your choices are endless.. Nice environment, and the wait staff is great. Good wine, casual dinning, and you can find some wonderful dishes. It was so great we ate there for lunch twice. Good sandwiches, and a very enjoyable afternoon.

  • Visited September 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Yum!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

You have to try this place. You won't go home hungry. So good and staff are all so nice!
Casual dining too and cosy atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
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