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Ocean Ave AT Lincoln Ln, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-5659
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Good for:
Large groups

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very food and a great value

A very nice meal. I had the Sand Dabs on the $15.95 menu with Italian Wedding soup and both were very good. My wife enjoyed the Salmon. Both were served with a generous helping of mashed or roasted potatoes and vegetables. I especially enjoyed the Makers Mark Manhattan. We went on a Thursday... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Bill C
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Novato, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Novato, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

A very nice meal. I had the Sand Dabs on the $15.95 menu with Italian Wedding soup and both were very good. My wife enjoyed the Salmon. Both were served with a generous helping of mashed or roasted potatoes and vegetables. I especially enjoyed the Makers Mark Manhattan. We went on a Thursday night in March and there were only... More 

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75 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

We ordered from the day menu, I had the fish, which was really tasty and my husband had the stroganoff, again delicious. A soup to start, and we have had 2 course for $15.95. Very good and attentive service. Would dine again and easy to recommend

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The Merlot has an all day menu for 15.95. We wanted a light dinner and the Merlot provided it. Soup or Salad with your choice of Entrée. I had the Mushroom soup and it was so delicious. My husband had the field green salad with a house made dressing, it was fantastic. We each had Sand Dabs with organic vegetables... More 

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Top Contributor
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80 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Lots of diners, so it must have something going for it. I was seated immediately downstairs where it was a little quieter. The service was quick, professional, and helpful. My pork chops came out quickly, hot, and cooked properly. All looked and tasted great at a reasonable price. I will return.

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London suburbs
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have visited lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea on a number of previous occasions but this is the first time we have stayed for (an early) dinner. It was a good experience. We had the 'soup du jour' which was if I remember correctly was oddly named 'Italian Wedding Soup' and Coconut Shrimp Soup. This was followed by grilled salmon served with roasted... More 

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San Jose, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We have tried most of the restaurants under the Carmel Preferred Restaurant Group, and Merlot Bistro lived up to our expectations. We have our favorite, but wanted to go somewhere new, and we were looking at the menu here for lunch. The host came out and told us about the specials and the "Super Bird Diner" served all day. That... More 

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Reno, nv
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a nice cozy restaurant in the middle of Carmel. The food is tasty, service is excellent, and the location is right in the middle of the Carmel shopping area, and we had a table on the windows overlooking the sidewalk. I had the Calamari steak, it was lightly breaded and buttery, and it was delicious. The sides complement... More 

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Klamath Falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I was in Carmel for a couple of days and came upon this small but warm and inviting little restaurant in downtown. I had the salad with blackened shrimp. It was very good and the shrimp was seasoned perfectly. The Executive Chef, Kenneth Skinner greeted us at our table and visited with us giving us some suggestions to make our... More 

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canada
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6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Stumbled on this Cozy and comfortable restaurant in the heart of the town. Very fair prices for a tasty meal and very good service. Extensive wine list. The early bird dinner special was great quantity and quality. Sand dabs were fresh, lightly battered. Soups and salads were generous and well seasoned.

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Crayons and paper to kill the minute until your drink order arrives! We were in the mood. And this restaurant didn't disappoint. Very nice restaurant without the attitude. Food and drinks were very good as was the service. Right on the main street. We had every restaurant to choose from, as we were there mid-week in September, and we were... More 

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Restaurant Details

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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