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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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11:30 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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101 The Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We had a wedding rehearsal cocktail party in the Santa Fe room. Food & Service was excellent. Wait staff always available, great bar tender. Very central location.

Thank ArizonaTom2423
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

We're happy you chose to spend a special occasion with us and had excellent food and service from our staff! We appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you back again, thank you for the review!

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Pleasant atmosphere, good service. Menu quite varied and not too pricy. All our dishes were nicely laid out and very tasty. I can definitely recommend this place

Thank millvalle
Reviewed 4 September 2017

As a first timer, I had lunch at Rio Grill on a very busy Labor Day weekend after a hike at Point Lobos. My lunch was Huevos Rancheros with coffee. I liked the innovative .presentation of the food, except for the black beans which were...More

Thank Ferdinand H
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

We're glad you chose to visit us and had excellent service and tasty food! We appreciate your feedback as we look into all the comments we receive to see where we can improve. Thank you for the review, we look forward to welcoming you back!

Reviewed 28 August 2017

The food her was incredible. We had the salmon, bison short ribs, and the soy steak. Everything was incredible. Try the banana cake it was amazing. A+ to the chef here and his/her menu.

Thank scooterdu
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for the nice review! We're glad you had incredible food on your visit with us! We hope to welcome you back sometime!

Reviewed 23 August 2017

Dinner for our group was good, but not great. One person's meal came out cold, not good! My dish was OK, but nothing special, I can't even remember what I had! The prices should bring exceptional food. I did enjoy the Tempura Brocollini appetizer at...More

Thank Liz C
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We were going to a concert so we came here for happy hour. Great drinks and small bites too care of our dinner needs. Blistered peppers, queso, duck tamale were all very good.

Thank msilverpc
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

We're glad you could join us for happy hour and had great drinks and good small bites! We hope to see you again, thank you for the review!

Reviewed 21 August 2017

I have reviewed Rio Grill in the past and I was quite impressed but I have been the twice since the beginning of the summer and it seems to have changed quite a bit. It is still a nice location and the bar is fun....More

Thank Wcarv
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

We're sorry about your recent visits and appreciate your candor about the areas we dropped the ball. We value your comments and look into all the reviews we receive to see how we can improve our guests experience. We hope you'd consider giving us another...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

The Rio Grill has been a favorite spot for lunch on my way to the coast. Service has been friendly and attentive, and this visit was no exception. I had a tasty crab wrap, and my travel companion enjoyed a salad. Coffee is great. Prices...More

Thank Cali4niahiker
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We would be in the minority of diners, if we were to give the Rio Grill a bad review – it wouldn’t deserve it and that won’t be an issue here there’s no need to worry. We have been to the Rio Grill many times...More

Thank mightytraveler
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

We're happy to hear you always have a good time with us, from food to service! We appreciate your patronage and thank you for sharing your experience, we look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I've been a pretty consistent regular here since before Julia Child put it on the map. I had been here the day before and had their classic Chinese Chicken Salad...as good as ever BUT simply not as 'generous' as it had been. The bread was...More

Thank CaPalm
Rio O, Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

We appreciate reviews such as yours since it lets us know what you really enjoyed, and where we can improve. We are glad you have been dining with us for years and we value your constructive feedback. As you know, this experience is not the...More

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16 December 2016|
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Response from Calicobass | Reviewed this property |
As far as I remember they have GF
Robert B
7 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, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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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