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
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.
This is the 2nd time I have been in town ...
This is the 2nd time I have been in town for a golf tournament and chose this venue. Great bar, great menu and great service. We had 6 and they were very flexible getting us in earlier than our reservation.
Wonderful food, as always. The baked ha ...
Wonderful food, as always. The baked half chicken is one of my favorites.
The calamari is great, especially the di ...
The calamari is great, especially the dipping sauce. The Chicken is the best and again taking the bread and cleaning up the chipotle sauce.
Theresa had a huge attitude that prevent ...
Theresa had a huge attitude that prevented us from getting the bread she promised, and she chose not to give us a dessert menu. We tipped her accordingly.
Clean facility, pleasant and responsive ...
Clean facility, pleasant and responsive service, nice selection and not too loud. Would go there again without question.
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.
The service and reception were very good ...
The service and reception were very good. Hanger steak and skirt steak were good. Caesar salad was wilted, not good. String beans were under cooked. Hard not al dente.
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.
Very welcoming. Knowledgeable wait sta ...
Very welcoming. Knowledgeable wait staff. Wonderful and interesting food selections.
This is one of our favorite places to go ...
This is one of our favorite places to go for a special occasion. The food is consistently good and the staff friendly. The only down side is that it can be noisy.
Loved it, service & food fab Love the kitties
Everything was amazing but you have to have the empanadas yummy Service is 10 stars
We got there at 8:15, on a Thursday ...
We got there at 8:15, on a Thursday night, it took forever to get water, drinks and finally dinner.
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.
Been coming here for years....nuff said. ...
Been coming here for years....nuff said. Great food and service. Thanks!
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.
The duck was amazing! And don't forget t ...
The duck was amazing! And don't forget to try their delicious desserts. The flourless chocolate cake was unbelievable.
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.
We had incredible food, ambience and service.
We visited Carmel for the weekend and stayed at a friends home. Rio was his recommended "Go To" and we now know why!
Beautifully presented meals that were ve ...
Beautifully presented meals that were very tasty and creative.
Great atmosphere, excellent menu.
We enjoy dining here and certainly will/do recommend it to friends.
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.
Nice brunch away from crowded downtown
Good brunch options and accomodating friendly service. Fresh food. Good portion size. Plenty of parking!
Rio Grill is very good, not great. EXCEPT for the smoked artichoke appetizer, it is phenomenal. Had a steak, requested medium, err very little pink and somewhat dried out. I cook much better at home. Not what I want to get from an expensive place.
Great food and service--but it is so LOU ...
Great food and service--but it is so LOUD you have to yell at each other
Service was excellent and food was fabulous.
Had artichokes and deviled eggs for appetizers. Artichokes were so tender and tasty. Skirt steak was cooked perfectly and the smoke chicken is a must have. It was simply perfect!
This was always my favorite place for 30 ...
This was always my favorite place for 30 years but I am afraid things have gone downhill 😢. Montrio is still amazing so I would recommend their sister restaurant in Monterey. So sad for the Rio.
The food was deliscious. Service was friendly and attentive. We got the empanadas appetizer which was very tasty and o got the prawns entree which was deliscious definitely recommend
We go to Rio Grill every time we visit Carmel!
We especially love the grilled artichoke, but everything is great!
We love this place. We always bring out ...
We love this place. We always bring out of town guests here because the food is consistently delicious and creative. Wonderful service too. Best burger and fries in the area, but wonderful salads, steaks, appetizers. Really, you can't go wrong with anything.
My family had a great time and the food ...
My family had a great time and the food was awesome!!!
Mediocre at best
As a local, I have been here before but this restaurant has gone downhill. Poor service and the steak was so filled with gristle that it was impossible to cut/eat - took it off our bill. 2nd entree was lukewarm. Rest of meal was uninspiring. Really a shame - used to be a nice place to go.
not up to the usual standard
We have been coming here for over 30 years, and have always enjoyed it. However, the food was not up to the usual standard for the Sunday brunch this week. We always get the fire roasted artichoke, but this time it was tough. The other dishes were not up to the usual standard either.
Neither of the main courses were very go ...
Neither of the main courses were very good. Burger was very average & the tuna was a huge lumpy piece of fish w/o much taste. The appetizers were good.
Food was great! We started off with the ...
Food was great! We started off with the empanadas and those were very tasty. Shortly after we received our main entrees. I had the pork shank which was a mountain of meat with a delicious basil sauce. My date had the skirt steak and she said it was one of the best meals she's ever experienced. Service was decent, he never asked if we wanted a refill on our drinks although the bussers were always there to refill our waters. All in all it was a great experience especially since it was Valentine's day. Would highly recommend this to anyone and will definitely be returning.
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