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, 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
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.
A delightful find! Seated within 3-4 mi ...
A delightful find! Seated within 3-4 minutes of our arrival thanks to open table reservation. Dinner for 6 good friends with a menu to fit all our dietary needs. Absolutely excellent fish! Attentive and knowledgeable server. We can see why Rio Grill is a neighborhood favorite
Attentive service and good food. Beet s ...
Attentive service and good food. Beet salad was delicious but a little heavy on the dressing. Filet was also excellent. The bone-in steak made for great presentation, but the bone added nothing to the taste and was difficult to cut around. I would go back and I would recommend to friends.
Disappointing. The food was not fresh. ...
Disappointing. The food was not fresh. Maybe "rewarmed". Mine was spicy. Not tasty. Service was slow although the restaurant was not busy.
Restaurant is located in a strip mall. View is a parking lot. No towels in the rest room either.
Always consistent in quality. Food sele ...
Always consistent in quality. Food selection is spot on perfect . Very attentive staff as well as their presentation . Their salmon melts in your mouth while making your taste buds crave for more.
Very nice selection of wines, mixed drinks and other beverages.
Highly recommended for business or pleasure .
It took us one and one half hours to ord ...
It took us one and one half hours to order and get our food. Kitchen appeared to be seriously backed up. The place was so noisy it was difficult to carry on a conversation. The food was good and the wait person did her best.
We picked The Rio Grill solely on review ...
We picked The Rio Grill solely on reviews in OT. Having just arrived in Carmel after a long day of travel, we were tired and hungry. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the meal they prepared. I had the duck breast with duck confit tamale over apple jicama slaw with mole sauce. What flavor. The duck breast was cooked to perfection! My wife had the pork chop served with a spicy polenta, green beans and sautéed mushrooms. It was also excellent.
We would definitely return and recommend Rio.
Rio Grill is still a great place to eat ...
Rio Grill is still a great place to eat ! We have been going
since it opened over 30 yrs ago. This was our first time back
in 16 yrs and its still delicious. Only thing missing was the
roasted garlic they used to serve with the bread. Fabulous
pumpkin seed crusted salmon is not to be missed!
Our great experience started w the hoste ...
Our great experience started w the hostess and our server, Nick. They were very friendly, very accommodating and provided terrific service. And the food was amazing. It was really wonderful because they knew it was my husband's birthday (Optional Open Table info) and we waited just a minute or two as they made sure our table was festive. Oh, and don't forget to order a dessert!! We'll go back for sure!!
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