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/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
Although I dined there before, it's alwa ...
Although I dined there before, it's always fun to see what new items the chef has put on the menu. The sirloin was excellent and cooked perfectly to my taste (and to my dining companion's). Lovely food presentation and excellent service. In fact, we discussed the wines and were offered us a taste of the ones we were considering. We requested a quiet room as the front rooms can be quite noisy. Try Happy Hour, great drinks and appetizers, especially the fried artichokes. Enjoyable dinner. Lots of parking.
Food is good, but don't expect typical s ...
Food is good, but don't expect typical southweastern fare or cocktails. We've gone here over the years and not sure it is a repeater. The food is flavorful but at dinner time it is so noisy and pack it is difficult to enjoy conversation or food.
We saw that the table next to us had ord ...
We saw that the table next to us had ordered the skirt steak entree and it was well presented. It's a dish that is easy to split for an up-charge, so we ordered it. What we got was a haphazard split of a meal, each plate looking like the food was thrown on it. It was a mess compared to our neighboring table.
Not only that, but the meat was so tough it was difficult to cut and eat. Why? Because they were passing off flank steak--a cheaper cut of meat--as skirt steak. Fraudulently advertising one and substituting another for an unsuspecting clientele.
We called them on the substitution and commented on how bad it was, and they removed the charge from our bill, including the up-charge (a total of $36!)
In spite of Rio Grill's popularity, going strong for over 30 years, I have to say the food can be inconsistent. And they have some of the worst deserts. Whoever makes them must be an untrained pastry chef. Save your money because generally they are not worth the calories.
Not much change to the menu over the years and repetitive dining there can get pretty boring.
Food well prepared and generous portions ...
Food well prepared and generous portions, service failed to deliver. The waiter was pleasant but his service was less then timely. No one came to the table for 15minutes and 20minutes to find the bottle of wine we ordered. Very unfortunate.
Great restaurant. Staff was wonderful. I ...
Great restaurant. Staff was wonderful. I had my 8 week old daughter and the hostess sat us down somewhere where I could put the car seat next to us. The noise level is pretty loud too, so when she cried, unless you were seated right next to us, you didn't hear her cry.
We have been going to Rio Grill for over ...
We have been going to Rio Grill for over 20 years. Love the food and drinks but the noise level is really a conversation killer. Arrived for early dinner at 6pm and within a half hour the four of us were shouting at each other across the table. Sadly, we felt a bit rushed by our server, which hasn't been our experience in the past. Ribs and burgers are terrific, as are the duck entrees. We would only recommend this restaurant to people who enjoy a raucous bar scene and welcome a lively crowd.
The Rio Grill in Carmel can't be beat. ...
The Rio Grill in Carmel can't be beat. Wonderful cheerful service and delicious food. My husband had the half chicken which was served in a divine sauce with new potatoes and artichokes. It was excellent! I had one of the specials, sand dabs served with truffled potato cakes and try-color carrots cooked to perfection! We had not been to the Rio Grill in many years due to distance. They are still doing an excellent job!!! We look forward to going back again soon.
It was a really nice clean place with So ...
It was a really nice clean place with Southwestern vibe and food was good but just not memorable. Service was exceptional and a few interesting things on the menu but conversation is challenging with the ambient noise. For the price, I think there are many better choices in the Carmel area.
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.
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