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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. 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
Half way through our appetizer before our drinks arrived. Had to send one drink back as it tasted of artificial flavoring???
BBQ ribs tough and very sweet. Chicken was dripping with gravy. Food took way to long to arrive. Different servers throughout meal.
Read good reviews of this restaurant...why?
It was Friday eve so the bar and restaurant was very noisy, even when requesting a quiet corner but the food and service were excellent. Two pieces of ranchy pork belly was enough to share but so good you didn't want to. Lamb belly was great but the spice was almost overwhelming, bison short ribs had the same mention by the diner and did the duck diner. Lemon tart with raspberry couli and mocha flan was outstanding. If you want a quieter experience I'd suggest a weekday eve.
Rio Grill has been in the Carmel Barnyard center for more than 30 years serving up well seasoned California Cuisine. I have been stopping in 1-2 a year for most of those years, whenever I am in the area. The Rio Grill has maintained is commitment to freshness and excellence. Being a bit off the beaten track in Carmel and Monterey they have needed to work harder that their competition, and they have done a good job at it. This visit I had the pork shank. I was wonderfully presented with a flavorful medley of vegetable and herbs. Grilled artichoke starter, a long time standard, was tasty and came with a piquant sun dried aioli. The ollallieberry pie, another standard, was a fine finish.
The Rio Grill is our "go to" restaurant in Carmel. It never disappoints. Their chicken is awesome, as are the ribs and salmon. The atmosphere is lively and the service is friendly. We were celebrating our son's engagement and they went the extra mile...even had rose petals scattered on the table!
We had a terrific dinner at Rio Grill last night. We traveled all day to California and then drove to Carmel. Long day. The meal made up for it. Food was artfully prepared and very tasty. Our server couldn't have been better. Though crowded she made sure we were well taken care of. Even better Monday was half price bottles of wine so we were able to take advantage of that! All in all we'd highly recommend this restaurant when in Carmel.
This is our go-to restaurant in our neighborhood. Rio Grill never disappoints and we have been going here for almost thirty years. We should have our faces painted in the bar along with other local patrons, albeit some of them are more famous! The chef, Cy, has a very creative Mexican sous chef and over the years the menu has leaned increasingly towards more inventive interpretations of Mexican cuisine such as the daily empanada and taco, duck tamales, and a variety of daily soup specials (potato poblano cheese is one of my favorites!)
Food was awesome, we had the sugared pork belly and buffalo carpaccio. Then we ordered a second pork belly since it was so good. Ishmael was our waiter and we went with all of his suggestions and they were perfect. We had a split on the two salads beer and mixed green then we shared the duck. It was duckmazing. It is a definite go to place. Totally will go back maybe even tonight👍🏻👏🏼🍷🍸
The acoustics in the dining area are terrible. We had to speak very loudly to be heard by one another, sitting directly across the table. Even without the unnecessary background music piped in, it was too difficult to carry on a regular conversation. Add a screaming toddler nearby, and it was not good at all.
The Rio Grill is and has always been one of our favorite restaurants. The food and drinks are amazing and inventive. I highly recommend the Blood Orange Chipotle Margarita along with the Red Chile Bison Shortribs for anyone who has a taste for dishes with a Southwestern flair. The grilled artichoke is always our favorite starter, and the desserts are a perfect finish to the meal, IF you have room for them.
Thanks to Chef Cy Yontz and the Rio Grill staff for another fine dining experience. Chef Yontz will be providing a luncheon at the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta in New Mexico this September that is highly anticipated by his fans.
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.
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