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
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.
Ok neighborhood place but not that great ...
Ok neighborhood place but not that great.
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!!!
Love this place, wouldn't come to Carmel without having dinner here at least once.
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.
The server Sarah was especially warm and ...
The server Sarah was especially warm and friendly and attentive and the food better than usual there
Always Enjoy Rio
Always love coming here. The food is consistently good. It's a festive setting, particularly considering its mall locale. It's our 'go to' restaurant.
Always Good, But Rarely Quiet
As always, the kitchen does a superb job preparing delicious food, and quickly too. Their pork chop is the best I've ever had, and the smoked chicken was great too. If you want a refreshing salad to start, the beet salad is wonderful and big enough for two to share. The servers are helpful and attentive. The restaurant was packed the night we were there, full of happy dinners. Consequently, the noise level was off the charts. That makes it good for kids; they won't even be heard.
Consistently good food and service. Alwa ...
Consistently good food and service. Always a pleasure to dine at the Rio.
always a favorite
after all these years rio still rocks! love the burgers, artichoke, smoked chicken, ribs all the cocktails and the wine list. great place never disappoints. server Sarah K is the best as is the hostess Alexis always makes us feel welcome. Thanks Rio for always filling our tummys and hearts.
Avoid Happy Hour
We went there for happy hour on a Sunday. Order "bbq ribs" and received a plate with 2, yes two small ribs. Ordered "habanero deviled" eggs and received one very small deviled egg. Ask for the beer and the only beer served was "Rolling Rock". I've not seen Rolling Rock since the late 1980's when we lived in Ohio. We won't be back for happy hour. The food though, is excellent.
Outstanding and perfect
We went for a birthday brunch and it turn out it surpassed our expectations. The service was very kind and extremely professional (all the little things stand out). The food was excellent. Something new, personally -- seasonings and overall flavor of the food was perfectly combined. We are most likely going back soon.
A little disappointing.
Have been to Rio many, many times but this time was disappointing. Very very busy - this is pretty typical, but there was a large loud party that made it even more chaotic than usual. I suspect the food and service suffered a little because it. Will most likely go back, but this visit didn't measure up to Rio's usual excellence.
Always a fabulous experience
Love the menu Service is always on point Delicious food Artichoke appetizer is a must Chinese chicken salad is a favorite Banana Carmel dessert is to die for
Excellent for a casual dinner
Excellent restaurant for a casual or special dinner. Food is just great, all with a Mexican flavor. The service was superb. Our waiter came back several times to make sure our dinner was just as we ordered it, and even went back to the kitchen to inquire about an item. The wines were on the expensive side, but our choice was very good. A great place for dinner.
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