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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have eaten here a couple of time during previous visits for the area. It can be a little noisy when the restaurant is really busy. The service is always good and the food as well. The menu is varied with good selections no matter...what you are looking for . The gnocchi very good and the barbecue ribs were delicious, cooked just right and not too much sauce. They also have a good wine list, both by the bottle and by the glasses. A really enjoyable restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Sunil Sthapit, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the Positive Feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit at Rio Grill. Hope to see you soon again !

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love Rio Grill. Casual elegance with a nice menu and quiet ambience. We went twice during our visit to Carmel Highlands.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Sunil Sthapit, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the positive feedback. Thank you for visiting us twice during your stay. Please visit us again !

Reviewed 9 May 2024

Not a huge menu, but very interesting. Prices were midrange for today's inflated rates. Service was very good and some interesting specials. All food was tasty and well prepared and presented. Wine a bit overpriced in my estimation. A lot of dishes were spicey, fine...if that's your thing, but if not they will tone it down on request. Nice but spare decor. Not quiet, but you can easily hold a conversation here.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Sunil Sthapit, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the positive feedback. I am glad that your enjoyed the visit. See you soon again !

Reviewed 3 February 2024 via mobile

Disappointed. Service was mediocre - waitress was hurried and not warm or personable. Didn’t ask if it was our first time dining there and didn’t offer any recommendations. Just took the order. Food was good - not great. Ahi was frozen on the wontons and...the app was lacking sauce to pull the flavors together. Pork belly was the best thing we ate. Two entrees were barely warm when served. Sad to say we wouldn’t recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Debbie Edwards, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2024

Hello, First I would like to apologize this is not how we run Rio Grill or any of our establishments. I am so very sorry. I wish I knew who the server was so we could speak to her and possibly do more training to...More

Reviewed 27 November 2023 via mobile

Servers were very polite. Food was spot on and salad was very fresh. Had a reservation so there was no wait. Seated immediately. I will be back.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Debbie Edwards, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2024

I'm so glad to hear about your excellent experience. We strive to always put our best foot forward and it is so nice when it is noticed. Hope to see you again soon. Suzie Manager

Reviewed 24 October 2023

Just as good as we remembered. Great food, ambiance and friendly, helpful service. Our server recommended the perfect beer for me.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Debbie Edwards, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Thank you for the wonderful review!

Reviewed 4 August 2023 via mobile

We have always loved the food and the great service at Rio Grill - never been disappointed. A very creative menu and very comfortable and artsy embiance. This place has been a fave for over 25 years that we have visited and has never disappointed...us. Btw we are picky and my husband is a former professionally trained chef. Btw easy parkingMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Debbie Edwards, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Thank you for the wonderful review!

Reviewed 1 May 2023

The Server was great and the food was fantastic..salmon and mushroom risotto! I was very impressed.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Debbie Edwards, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Thank you for the wonderful review!

Reviewed 30 April 2023

Consistently great experiences - the staff and the food are always a treat... the steaks are fantastic... the scallops as well... always a treat to dine with friends and business associates, or even for a quick solo lunch... Rio Grill is one of my favorites...in the area, and has been for years... do yourself a favor and stop by!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Debbie Edwards, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Thank you for the wonderful review!

Reviewed 17 April 2023

The staff was very friendly and worked hard to accommodate our party of six. The restaurant can be a little noisy but we went a little later and it was great. I got the Asian salad which was different than I expected but pretty good....My wife got the appetizer portion of the gnocchi, which was wonderful. They had a good wine list including several wines by the glass. Overall, it was a nice place for a good dinner.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Debbie Edwards, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Thank you for the wonderful review!

Reviewed 9 December 2022 via mobile

Disappointed that we split a hamburger and salad, but Rio still charged us a full check!! Nice decor, clean and efficient service, but felt gouged on our bill !!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 20 September 2022 via mobile

Worst service ever. Took them 20 mins to even address table. Had to ask 3 people for water. Understaffed. Poor management.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Debbie, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2022

Hello 12389VGdianew, It's disappointing to hear about your recent experience. That is not the dinning experience we are known for. We appreciate your feedback. Have a nice day.

Reviewed 15 September 2022

Food was decent but nothing special. Prices, so-so. Wait staff attentive and friendly. My husbands ribeye was maybe 1/2" thick, if that. Ordered medium, it was a bit over cooked. I ordered my salmon medium but it was also overcooked. The food was good, but...nothing memorable.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Debbie, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2022

Hello there, We appreciate you dinning with us and taking the time to leave us a review. It's disappointing to hear your dishes were a bit overcooked. We sincerely thank you for your feedback. Please have a wonderful day.

Reviewed 24 April 2022 via mobile

We enjoyed a great dinner here with friends prior to our annual bike ride down the coast. Everything was good as usual. Our server was friendly and attentive. We ordered several appetizers which were all excellent, especially the Brussels sprouts. Our entrees and cocktails were...excellent as well. Lots of fun!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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GabeAtRio, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2022

Thank you so much for your positive comments and feedback! We can't for you to come back and see us again soon. Cheers, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

Reviewed 17 April 2022 via mobile

Awesome place. They always go above and beyond even more so being our anniversary. Service was amazing. The food always to die for and the drinks always compliment every meal and dessert. As I write this I want to go back.

Date of visit: April 2022
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GabeAtRio, General Manager at Rio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2022

Hi Pedro, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us. We are thankful for your support and look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4