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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
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.
Food options were unique however execution on certain dishes was lacking. The restaurant was pretty busy so if you are looking for a quite spot for a cozy date this might not be the best option. As mentioned certain dishes were unique and the flavors were amazing.
The food was fantastic and the casual atmosphere was inviting! I thoroughly enjoyed the special of the day and finished with an amazing bread pudding. Everyone in my group had a different entree from fish, duck, steak and lobster ravioli, no one was disappointed to say the least! Five stars all around!
We're from Orange County and manage to get to Carmel at least three times a year. Every time we make it to Carmel we go to Rio Grill at least one night. The food is always excellent and doesn't disappoint. Phenomenal drinks, as well, and desserts are not to be missed, especially the roasted banana cake.
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.
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