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Rio Grill




Southwest flavors meet

Dining in Carmel

One of the 10 best restaurants in Carmel, Rio Grill is Carmel dining that turns up the flavor with a southwestern flair, serving fresh local Californian eats while impressing food critics and foodies alike. Earning distinguished culinary awards for downtown Carmel restaurants, Rio Grill has been part of the local restaurants for 36 years. Welcome to creative American food at its best with a full bar, great wine and impeccable service.

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Our Story

Key ingredients:

Heart. Soul. Spice.

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Our Story

Opened in 1983 as a coastal counterpart to Mustard’s Grill and soon-to-be Fog City Diner, our restaurant in Carmel turned indie in 1988 and continues to top restaurants reviews in 2019. One of Carmel’s best restaurants, we’re located at the gateway to one of the world’s most celebrated drives—Highway 1. Rio Grill is a permanent fixture amongst Carmel restaurants.




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Lunch in Carmel

Where the locals go

Locals love to lunch at Rio Grill, one-of-three top Carmel Restaurants for inspired Southwestern American dishes. Over the years, our award-winning restaurant and dynamic environment has made us a Carmel institution. We’re on a first name basis with many customers and cherish being the “go-to” place for lunch in Carmel, birthdays and special occasions. Drop by and join the party or make your reservations online.

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Dear Friends,

At Rio Grill, Tarpy’s and Montrio, the health and well-being of our employees and guests are our first priorities. Our hearts go out to those who have been personally impacted.

As part of the hospitality industry and members of our amazing community, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to help prevent the spread of this virus.

We have temporarily closed our restaurants to ensure the safety of our teams and guests.
We will keep you apprised of our plans and look forward to seeing you when we reopen.

On behalf of all of us, I wish you peace, blessings and safety.

Tony Tollner and the entire Downtown Dining family

101 Crossroads Boulevard | Carmel | California | 93923 | (831) 625-5436