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About Rio Grill
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 www.riogrill.com. The restaurant opens for lunch M-F at 11:30-4pm with brunch on Sat & Sun from 11:30 – 3pm. Dinner nightly from 4pm-9:30pm with Happy Hour M-F & Sun 4pm - 6:30pm!
Carmel, CA 93923
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am - 3:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday-Friday & Sunday 4:00pm - 6:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Rio Grill offers plenty of convenient parking.
Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
At Rio Grill, we will provide an unforgettable experience and take care of all the details for your next event. With the newly refurbished Santa Fe Room and Chef Yontz’s fantastic food, we will accommodate all your personal and corporate event needs.
At Rio Grill, we will provide a memorable experience and take care of all the details for your next event. From the rehearsal dinner, to the wedding reception, Rio Grill is Carmel’s best restaurant for a special occasion.
Rio Grill Ratings and Reviews
Everything we've ordered at Rio Grill has been outstanding! I highly recommend the artichoke appetizer. It's by far the best artichoke I've ever had. Mondays are 1/2 price for bottles of wine, which is a definite plus too. We are here in Carmel for a month, and I'm sure we will frequent Rio Grill often during our stay.
Rio Grill is a fine though informal dining experience. The ambiance is most inviting with wonderful art decorating the restaurant. The strong southwestern influences on the food are superbly executed and worth going out of your way to enjoy. The duck breast and tamale with a red chili sauce is outstanding - not to be missed.
We bailed on the 1:45 wait at Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch Restaurant, and am glad we did. Rather than eating overpriced basic steakhouse fair, we were treated to a wonderful meal.
OMG - The lamb shank was out of this world. I am a lamb shank connoisseur and these folks know how to put a brilliant twist on a classic dish.
The chocolate flourless cake was #%*%ing incredible.
Rio Grill is a comfortable place to meet up with friends for an evening of feeling well attended to be the staff! Cocktails made to order and wine very good. We 4 ALL loved, loved our meals. My husband said it was the best steak he has ever had. I had the half chicken and I'm not kidding you when I say it too, it was the best chicken recipe I have ever had. It is such a pleasure to go to a "Real-Food Restaurant" ...this is really a mouth tasting sensation. Try it...I promise you you'll love it!!!
I am so happy that we found The Rio Grill online. His is a very unique restaurant. The decor and ambiance put you in a great mood. The staff does and great job. They are really top notch. The food is incredible. My family was high giving me after this dinner. Great choice.
It was my birthday and they put curly confetti on the table. Looked like a celebration when I got there. Food was magnificent, creative and inventive. Sadly no birthday dessert, but waiter did put candle on the ice cream. Loved the evening. Terrific waiter as well.
Rio is part of our annual visits to Carmel. It's like coming home. You're welcomed as a valued guest, served consistently high quality cuisine at a reasonable price, with a level of service second to none. It's one of those rare restaurants where you leave with a great feeling, year after year.
Can't beat The Rio for overall vibe. Smoked chicken, a signature dish, was a little off but the pork belly appetizer and deserts made up for it. Lots of newer faces in there for me which is good but anchored by long tine friend Alexis makes it feel like home turf. I wish my office was still nearby but going back to The Rio makes it even more special
Haven't been here in some years but the artichoke was everything wonderful that I had remembered. The poblano chile stuffed with quinoa and salsa with an enchilada type red sauce was wonderful. Hubby's ribs were great. The iced tea was flavorful and light. Sissy had spicy margarita, to die for. Loved our server.
I asked two times for the "music" to be turned down because we could not hear each other across a table for two. Finally it was turned down a bit, but not enough for adult conversation. The food is always good, and the service is too....if only they could do without the nearly deafening music.
I'll have to find another place to meet associates for lunch...
We have frequented this restaurant on many occasions and food and service have been fairly consistent. However, on this occasion we discovered that the menu had changed. Based on the limited items that we found to be appealing I went with "Rio's special" Chinese Chicken Salad. It was very disappointing with far too much dressing. Based on the competition in the Carmel area I thought that the price for meal and drinks was not a good value.
Have to wait about 20min. The lady at the front apolizied for the wait and offer a complimentary appetizer because we have to wait, great gesture. Server Nick was very friendly and helpful. Food was excellent and at least three other staffs checked with us during our meal to make sure everthing was good. Before we walked out of the restaurant, another staff came after us within half a minute to return a wallet we left behind.......can't get better service than that. Definitely will go back again.
Rio Grill has been a reliable and delightful local for our friends and family for years. Mother's Day was the first disappointment I have experienced. Our mother had asked specifically for a dish to be modified, (she want an avocado only sandwich) She was served the incorrect sandwich 2 times. which delayed our dining and our food became cold. I will still return to Rio Grill in the future, however, I will be paying closer attention to ensuring my order is understood.
I was pleased with the food but horrified with the service. I was charged twice for my bill. When I noticed the second charge I went back to the restaurant and spoke to the manager. I expressed my concern and she said that it's just how debit cards work. Well I've used my card for other restaurants and I have never been charged twice. She then told me that she has an honest staff and that my card would show only one charge in 3 to 4 days I was shocked because I never accused her staff of anything. I just wanted my money back. She then told me to leave her my number and she would check the charges. She said thank you for coming in. Mean while I have almost 200 dollars on hold on my account. I was told I had to wait. This makes no since to me. I used a gift card and that was subtracted but when it was subtracted my card was charged a second time. That is not how you should do business. So they have lost a family of six that will not return to this restaurant no matter how the food tasted. Also, My uncle was called a door man while entering the restaurant by a white woman just because he was being polite. Then got a strange look from her. My uncle is a handsome black man. We then got strange looks from people in the restaurant. Which we thought was odd. So, we became uncomfortable. One table was greeted by asking them if they wanted wine and were shared the specials for the day. Our table was not greeted the same way So! you can read under the lines how this restaurant roll. So as I was excited to take my family to a special place and buy their dinner. I was then disappointed by the service and the non-concern about the two charges on my account. Today is Monday and I am still being charged for the second charge. So now I have to deal with my bank.
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