101 The Crossroads, Carmel
A vibrant, lively atmosphere provides the perfect complement to the Rio Grill’s innovative mix of California and Southwest regional cuisine. Start with the fire-roasted Castroville artichoke, then move on to the pork tenderloin or the pumpkin seed-crusted salmon, and you’ll know why the Rio is one of the area’s top restaurants.
*House-Smoked Half Chicken*
House-smoked half chicken with mild-smoked chile butter, baby artichokes and red potatoes. 101 The Crossroads, Carmel, (831) 625-5436, www.riogrill.com