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Ocean Ave AT Lincoln Ln, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-5659
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
had to have local sand dabs

chose it for the sand dabs - good; other food and drink were fine; staff friendly-attentive on a not-busy weeknight. near inn where we stayed

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Turned up at 7.40 with no reservation and was told there wouldn't be a table ready for 20 minutes. That was fine with us, we just went for a walk round beautiful Carmel. On return after 20 mins we were taken to our table and given menus, to be then told there was a 90 minute wait for food! We... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Almost all restaurant were about to close, when we find this pleasant place. Nice service. Just few itens in the menú, but satisfying all tastes. I suggest the flat Iron Steak.

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We ended up at Merlot Bistro because we could not get into Demetra Cafe, which is just down the street. We picked Merlot Bistro because it was listed in TripAdvisor as one of the best near our location. The ambiance is attractive although, while waiting for a table at Demetra, we noticed that there were only two tables occupied -... More 

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We decided to dine at the Merlot after the maître'd told us about their Super Bird fixed price menu, $16.95 for two courses. The two courses were very good. Three things were disappointing however. 1. After sitting down the server didn't show us the fixed price menu, we had to ask for it. Every time anyone looked at the menu... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

They do a 2 course meal for $15.95. We had mushroom soup followed by beef stroganoff and both were hot and tasty - just what we wanted on a chilly day. Very speedy and pleasant service. Nice place to sit by the window and watch Carmel life go by.

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Coral Springs, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Cute place, friendly staff. Food not so good. Sauces and water didn't taste right. Vegetarian meal and pasta less than mediocre.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

chose it for the sand dabs - good; other food and drink were fine; staff friendly-attentive on a not-busy weeknight. near inn where we stayed

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Moraga, California
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122 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We chose the Merlot Bistro simply because it looked warm and attractive from the street side. Food was delicious and hot when served. Service was very good as well. There are many restaurants to choose from in Carmel and we would rate Merlot Bistro as one of the better places to eat. There is a good wine list to choose... More 

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North Port, Florida
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My husband and I had a couple of hours to see Carmel on our CA vacation and stumbled upon the Merlot Bistro while looking for a place to eat lunch. White tablecloths, soft music, great service AND great food! My husband opted for the Pork Medallions...portions larger than expected.Came with salad that was a meal in itself. Everything was freshly... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Truly you must visit this lovely and accommodating wine country bistro. Located in the heart of Carmel right on Ocean Avenue between Lincoln and Monte Verde, Merlot Bistro makes for an easy, tasty stop-by luncheon on a downtown shopping afternoon. Or better yet, make this your destination for an evening's dining-out experience. On the other hand, if you're not quite... More 

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Address: Ocean Ave AT Lincoln Ln, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: (831) 624-5659
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
Cuisine: French, American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ocean Ave AT Lincoln Ln, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831) 624-5659

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

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