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.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
This is one of our favorite places when ...
This is one of our favorite places when we come to Carmel. The food is consistently excellent. This is more of a locals place rather than tourist centric. Tonight my wife had sea bass, and I had pan fried sand dabs. So good. Save room for dessert. My wife had ollalaberry pie, I had banana cake with burnt carmel sauce and coconut ice cream. Monday night, 50% off all bottles of wine.
Our food was well presented, seasoned an ...
Our food was well presented, seasoned and very tasty, but our service was fair. Wine list was very good and wine served at the proper temperature. From the moment we walked in to be seated by the hostess ( who appeared to be overwhelmed and complaining) to our waitstaff (our head waiter was hardly present through our entire dinner and the assistants had to be reminded three times to bring water and more bread), it was a marginal experience. Because the food was good, we would give it another try.
have been to this restaurant many times. ...
have been to this restaurant many times. one of our favorites. never for breakfast. big mistake we ordered eggs and an omelet. awful . can't believe they even served the sausage we received. it was so fatty. should have been put in the garbage. did not complain. didn't. never go there again and it is just down the street from us. we tended to take guests there. never again. would not recommend to anyone. warn.
Rio every time we come to Carmel1
Rio Grill never disappoints. Food is always delicious, with varied menu and seasonal specialties. Sometimes we dine in the dining room and sometimes in the bar. Fun but cozy bar. Dining room a little more formal (spiffy casual). Great cocktails too. And a couple TVs. We watched the Warriors game there (sound off).
My only wish is that they had patio dining as well. Sigh. Oh well. You can't have everything.
Very dependably excellent. The pork bel ...
Very dependably excellent. The pork belly was something new - outstanding. It goes by a very oddly named "Candied Swine "Jolly Rancheros". The duck breast with/tamale and tortilla-squash chilaquiles, is a small symphony of complementary flavors. Highly recommended.
Rio is a standard in Carmel; it has been there a long time. The restaurant was not busy. Food was OK; service was terrible. 1st time that I have ever experienced this at the Rio Grill. Waiter acted like he was our "friend"; very slow and not attentive to detail.
We have been going here for years but this trip left us very disappointed. I don't know if there is a new chef but our food was mediocre. The prices have risen drastically almost to price the locals out. There are so many excellent restaurants on the peninsula that are more affordable. We may really have to think about whether we will ever return.
What. Has happened to the Rio Grill?
We ha be been coming here for many years. Lately there have been Bar Affairs to get early
Drinkers in the bar with TGIF prices. The noise level has gone through the roof. The last time
We were here the food quality has decreased. It took 20 minutes to get the drinks. The
Perennial calamari was overcooked and oily. The crab cakes were sent back because there was NO taste of crab. The baby back ribs were the only item that was recognizable. Wines were $15 a glass and up. Ribs have gone from $19 to $24 a pop with NO improvement in taste. We have been coming here since Cindy Pawlcin opened the place. Carmel is really hurting with
Restaurants going downhill. Several parties left because of the noise level. We would have too
Except we had been served.
Slow Kitchen Sunday night
Arrived at 6 for our 6:30 reservation, so had a glass of wine at the bar. We had asked for a quieter table, but we were seated next to a party of 10. Should have said something right away, but we were prepared to give it a chance. Ater 45 minutes, we were still waiting for our entrees, when the air conditioning turned so cold that we got up and asked to be re-seated. We were quickly accomodated, and the new table was much quieter. As usual, the artichoke was great, and the smoked chick and artichoke very flavorful. My companion had the salmon and it was pronounced wonderful, too. The restaraunt was full of locals, and the kitchen had trouble keeping up the pace. But we left happy.
Great service from start to finish! Our ...
Great service from start to finish! Our server was there when we needed her and not aggressive when we were enjoying our food. Fun cocktail list with interesting twists to some common drinks. The salmon chowder was delicious. The Caesar Salad had just the right amount of dressing with two white anchovies. Try the Grilled Prawn Wrap with brie, spinach, chile - ask for the sun-dried tomato aioli on the side as they are a bit heavy handed on the amount. The restaurant has a cute bar area with murals on the wall and the general restaurant area has interesting sculpture throughout.
We returned to Carmel for a visit and had to eat at the Rio. It is still quite good and innovative at a good price. I had the pumpkin seed encrusted salmon with a great sauce and fun potato side. They are attentive to allergies - gluten free and dairy free. Our waitperson was very knowledgeable and attentive. It is still a popular restaurant.
When you can't decide where to go - Rio Grill!!
It seems we're often puzzling over where to go for dinner in Carmel. There are so many good restaurants here. Often one person wants one kind of food and someone else wants something entirely different. Several times, we've looked at our own personal list of favorite restaurants and said, "Oh! Rio Grill! Let's go there" and everyone agrees. We've been able to get last minute reservations, even when it meant sitting at the bar. The decor is bright and cheerful. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the food. And the food is delicious.
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