About Rio Grill
Carmel, CA 93923
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, 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
If you order the artichoke and the ribs, ...
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.
We come to Carmel a couple of times a ye ...
We come to Carmel a couple of times a year. Rio is now one of our favorite dining spots. It is worth going across Hwy 1. The people are always friendly. I just had one of the bests pork chops with polenta that I have ever had.
Have eaten there twice. Calamari was goo ...
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 ...
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 food here delicious. We went early o ...
The food here delicious. We went early on New Years Eve, the place was packed and rather loud but the service was quite good and the food -- especially the fire roasted artichoke will bring us back next time we are in the area.
The Rio always is good food, great servi ...
The Rio always is good food, great service, and lots of fun! We are locals, and our family , extended family and friends have been eating there for 30+ years. Great management and long-time employees! PS...it is loud...but fun!
Restaurant was really loud. Waiter came ...
Restaurant was really loud. Waiter came by once every 30 minutes. We asked bussers for service. Food was room temperature. Pasta was gummy. Shrimp was undercooked and gooey. Ribs were crazy tough. Won't be back. Sad, because I've been going for 20 years.
This was our Anniversary and they went o ...
This was our Anniversary and they went out of their way to get us a semi private quiet table. They had a heart drawn on the table and rose petals surrounding it. Service was outstanding only issue was that the rib eye was not rare as requested.
The location doesn't really fit the the ...
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!!
small portions on the Soup and the Desse ...
small portions on the Soup and the Dessert - very irritating for the price - literally did not fill up the soup bowl even close to inner rim, and gave us a teeny tiny piece of pie for over $10 - and our dessert at a minimum should have been comp'd due to ridiculously noisy large party that the hostess took too long to control - ruined much of the meal
It's simply too noisy to enjoy a convers ...
It's simply too noisy to enjoy a conversation. The food is good as well as the service. It continues to deliver on all aspects of casual dining except for the noise which has grown worse and worse over the years. We finally struggled enough and, after many years; we decided not to go back there again.
Our food was wonderful, but our server w ...
Our food was wonderful, but our server was quite slow and inattentive. We had to signal her when we needed service several times and the entire dinner took about 2 hours. I had also called ahead of time to find out about gluten free options for a child. There weren't quite as many options as I had been led to believe, although the child was perfectly happy with the artichoke and a bunless burger. And the fries were not flour coated, so that was good. Wine prices are quite high, although we were fortunate to be there on half price wine Mondays.
Haven't been to Rio Grill in many many y ...
Haven't been to Rio Grill in many many years but was told by a friend that the menu was greatly improved. Very true, and we enjoyed all of our selections: good crab cakes, lovely calamari (with tentacles which is what we like) with a terrific tangy dipping sauce, good but slightly chewy skirt steak, very nice scallops, and shrimp linguini. All mains had good portions of well prepared tasty sides. We only had room enough to share one chocolate pudding, rich enough to be satisfied with a little bite.
Smoked salmon bruscetta was not a good idea (smoked salmon overcooked).
We have dined here many times over the y ...
We have dined here many times over the years, and we always have a delicious meal, and a nice dining experience. They have a great menu, with something for everyone.
Tip: come on Monday night and all bottles of wine are 50% off.....really a great deal.
Service was incredibly slow. Never offer ...
Service was incredibly slow. Never offered water until I nearly finished my beer (end of meal). It seemed like every table had a bread (complimentary) plate. We never received one. When the waiter finally came by we ordered drinks, app and meals all together.
Food and drinks were exceptional.
Likely won't come back.
Rio Grill has been our favorite Monterey ...
Rio Grill has been our favorite Monterey Peninsula restaurant for many years. Parking is plentiful in the shopping center. Menu is Southwestern focused with California fresh sourced ingredients. Not to be missed is the grilled artichoke with an herbed basalmic olive oil and side aioli dip, Meat empanadas were tasty. Garden salad with curry vinaigrette was yummy. The duck entree had a unique southwestern influence with squash tamal and mole sauce. The skin was reminiscent of Chinese roast duck. The duck was ordered medium rare and was. But the meat was on the chewy side and not easy to cut with the steak knife. Decor is modern SW and noise level was moderate. Service was spot on, friendly and professional.
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