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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.

Due to COVID-19 we currently only offer one menu.

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Rio Grill's Resolution Run 2022

(but the very first one held virtually!)

Looking to stay motivated and socially distanced, but still participate in active and healthy events? This race is for you!

Traditionally our race starts at Rio in the Crossroads and features an absolutely gorgeous course that includes trails, roads and stunning coastal vistas along the way. This year, you make your own virtual race — whatever fits your groove!

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Our Story

Key ingredients:

Heart. Soul. Spice.

Go West!

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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Add a little Spice

To Your Life

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