AT THE CROSSROADS
Opened in 1983 as a coastal counterpart to Mustard’s Grill and soon-to-be Fog City Diner, Rio Grill turned indie in 1988 and never looked back, winning numerous reader’s choice awards and inspiring food critics near and far.
Executive Chef Cy Yontz arrived nearly 10 years ago following numerous triumphs and praise in the biz, and is now a partner. Recently awarded Monterey American Culinary Federation’s Celebrated Chef of the Year, he humbly credits his success to a loyal and expert team; lead prep cooks Luís (28 years) and Eduardo (26 years), General Manager Becky Ellis, Bar Manager Cory Calder and Wine Manager, Gabe de la Vega Come often, stay late.
But be careful. As a frequent guest, you could wind up immortalized on the esteemed “Wall of Fame” near the bar.