For the many yrs we have been coming to vaca in carmel, this place continues to serve consistently delicious southwest inspired foods, amply portioned and reasonably priced, in the area's busiest, loudest venue. Big place with white walls and lots of vibrant colorful art everywhere. efficient friendly service and atmosphere. this place is always busy and always filled w/ locals and many large parties having a fun evening .You need reservations on wkends to avoid wait.
chopped romaine salad w/ spiced cojita cheese, tomato and avocado w/ ancho vinaigrette.
chile dusted onion striings
pasta w/grilled shrimp, peas , leeks and bacon, in creole sauce
grilled mahi mahi special on sweet potato chorizo rock shrimp hash
red wine list is v.good though v. limited on the .'less than $30' bottles
Rio Grill is owned by same talented team that owns Montrio and Tarpy's.
Lunch and dinner dly.