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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 every day at 11:30 and serves straight through until 10:00 PM. Rio also serves a great brunch on Sundays from 11:30 – 4:00PM.
Carmel, CA 93923
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
$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, Takeout, 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
We've been to Rio Grill a couple of times; this time went there for a family get-together with out-of-towners and they were impressed. Decor is colorful but not tacky. The ambience is always nice, warm and fun. It was noisy at dinner, but the noise is never too boisterous or deafening, and the tables are far enough apart we get some privacy. Waiter was friendly and pleasant, though he seemed a little stretched and frazzled. Bread is always fantastic! Great seafood chowder, unique to Rio Grill. Good artichoke. Our entrees were all flavorful and portions were filling, but seafood pastas were a bit overpriced. And for the price the execution could have been better, e.g., pork shank was beautifully crisped but a bit dry inside. Didn't try dessert because we were all in a food coma by the end. Overall, an experience worth repeating if you feel like splurging.
Great place for an intimate dinner or family affair. My friend and I met up to have a girls'night out and never imagined how delicious the food would be (skirt steak, my friends) the thoughtful and local wine list and very attentive service. I have lived in Carmel for over 30 years and the Rio Grill has never disappointed. It's always perfect.
We were at Rio Grill for brunch. While my husband liked his carnitas omelet, I did not like the green eggs & ham sandwich. The choice of bread (ciabbata) was too heavy & impossible to saw through. I asked the server for a substitute, softer bread but was told there was only a hamburger bun, which I thought was very odd.
So glad my husband and I made a same day reservation for a Saturday night. Good thing, the no-reservation wait was an hour. Happy to get our cozy table. They were out of the first two menu choices. My hubby had to change his wine selection to go with a third choice and they accommodated. Loved the bacon dust on the wedge salad. The calamari was solid with a flavorful (but garlicky) dip. The pork shank and skirt steak were very different and both amazing.
Rio Grill and its sister restaurant Tarpy's Roadhouse are dining experiences that will not disappoint you.
The best burger in town at Rio Grill. The roasted chicken dinner is one of my favs. Can be noisy at times because of the size.
Nothing better than seated in the outdoor patio at Tarpy's enjoying the best Cobb salad ever! Sunday Brunch very enjoyable as well.
Great specials at both restaurants, farm to table, organically delicious.
Don't miss the Ollaliberry pie with Vanilla ice cream.
Good martini's and wine list.
If you order the artichoke and the ribs, you'll go away happy. Everything else can be risky. We come here a couple of times a year, and when I don't order the tried and true, I'm disappointed. This time it was the duck breast that the staff talked up. Maybe I got a bad piece, but my portion was a dud-- just a few slices with a lot of fat and grizzle. Yuck.
Have eaten there twice. Calamari was good as was the chicken salad. The service is decent. Our first occasion the waiter was attentive half the time and absent the second half of the the meal. The second time I ate there the waitress was ambivalent and not attentive. A little hit or miss so I'd like to see some improvement there.
I find that if you need a quick bite and you're looking for decent food that isn't egregiously overpriced, (which is not always easy to come by in Carmel,) this is a good choice.
Restaurant prepared table for my wife's birthday but waiter never once acknowledged her special occasion. He was pretty much out or just had no personality to be serving. Food was ok but not great. Steak was expensive and undercooked. Glass of wine and sparkling wine are expensive
The location doesn't really fit the the great food they serve here. We were in a party of 4 and every dish we ordered was fantastic! First, we ordered empañadas. Yum!!!! The arugula salad was so tasty, I wanted to lick the dressing off the plate. Heehee. The chinese chicken salad is not your regular chicken salad. This one comes with dark noodles amd is very intimidating when you see it. But delicious!! The duck breast is served with chilaquilles and mole....WHAT?!! Again, YUM!!
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