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Rio Grill

101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-625-5436
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Rio Grill is a staple for us when in the Carmel area. The food is always delicious and service is professional and attentive. There is a full bar and interesting menu. This particular visit we had a charming waiter, I wish I could remember...More

Thank ChristineY1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate a special occasion meal here--a birthday celebration. Choose the special for the day which was Mahi-mahi with a tomato-pear topping, mixed colored, whole baby carrots and mashed potaoes with a hint of heat from peppers. The combination was really excellent. We also has...More

Thank 1952LAB
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's so nice to hear you chose to celebrate a birthday with us and had excellent food! We appreciate you sharing your experience and hope to welcome you back sometime, thank you for the review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a place to go back to...The Pumpkin Salmon was great and the half chicken was so much better than expected and ordered off recommendations...Maybe one of the best dishes...Friendly staff and free parking

Thank travelshooter71
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It's so nice to hear you had friendly service and enjoyed the Smoked Chicken, its a great choice! We hope to see you again, thank you for the review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped into the Rio Grill for brunch with family after hiking in Point Lobos State Park for the morning. The restaurant is up-scale, but accommodating of young children. Their brunch menu is at first glance limited, but the options available are pretty fantastic. I had...More

Thank NomeMan
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're happy you all chose to visit us and had a fantastic brunch! We hope to welcome you back again, thank you for the review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is still very good, but the Service was lacking on our recent visit. Sad, because this has been a gold standard for us for decades.More

Thank jeff o
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're glad you had good food and very sorry to hear about dropping the ball on service. We want all of our guests to have wonderful, attentive service and we are sorry we did not deliver that for you. We appreciate your patronage and value...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Food has a Southwest Flair that is farm to table fresh and well prepared. Try the bottomless Mimosas if they are available, the flavor combinations are unique and delicious.

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We have been to Rio Grill several times over the years. Anytime we are visiting Carmel, we try to have either lunch or dinner at this restaurant. The food is consistently good and we are always happy with the service we receive. The staff is...More

Thank Randy G
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

We're happy to hear you always have friendly service and good food on your visits with us! We appreciate your patronage over the years and for recommending us to others, thank you for the review, see you soon!

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Joe was a wonderfully professional and attentive waiter. My husband said his Cesar salad was the best he's ever had: dressing was creamy, anchovies perfectly filleted, croutons crisp but not hard. My Chinese chicken salad was like none I've ever had. It was deconstructed with...More

Thank PismoLulu
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

It's so nice to hear you had wonderful service from Joe and delicious salads on your visit! We appreciate you sharing your experience and hope to see you again for another fantastic lunch! Thank you for the review!

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here and found there food to be pretty good, but a bit like many chain restaurants I've been to. It was a bit on the pricey side, i.e. More than $100 for dinner and drinks for two. Service was good, our first server...More

Thank Side1slip
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

A little expensive but I think that’s all of Carmel! However, we were all pleased with our meals. We started off with the Calamari which was perfect and went on to having the house soup, ribs and chicken Tinga tacos. The flan for dessert with...More

Thank sazm42
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

We're happy to hear you had perfect calamari and a nice flan for dessert! We hope to welcome you back again for another excellent visit, thank you for the review!

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Response from Calicobass | Reviewed this property |
As far as I remember they have GF
Robert B
6 October 2016|
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Response from Ed B | Reviewed this property |
How self involved to even ask.
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24 September 2015|
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Response from SusieFD | Reviewed this property |
Rio Grill is a restaurant. The closest hotel would be the Carmel Mission Inn. Search TripAdvisor for hotels, or below is a link for the smaller not chain hotels. Cannot insert the link, but you can find it under... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
    (Rio Road)
  • Public Transportation: Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-625-5436
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 riogrillcom. The restaurant opens for lunch every day at 11:30 and serves straight through until 9:30 PM. Rio also serves a great brunch on Sundays from 11:30 - 3:00PM. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4:00pm-6:30 and Sunday 4:00-6:30.
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