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Ocean Ave AT Lincoln Ln, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-5659
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious food short wait good interior (yummy pasta)

Around 30 minute wait for the food it was delicious their main dishes are mainly pasta like angel hair clam and rock shrimp also a average selection of pizza any way the food is great and good for family size or self their fruit sorbet was great it tasted like sugary fruit desert it was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
William5011
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Pleasanton, California
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Pleasanton, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Around 30 minute wait for the food it was delicious their main dishes are mainly pasta like angel hair clam and rock shrimp also a average selection of pizza any way the food is great and good for family size or self their fruit sorbet was great it tasted like sugary fruit desert it was a satisfying end Their ravioli... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Carmel is replete with excellent places to eat. Often we return to the same places we enjoyed. On a whim we stopped here and sound a new place to add to our "musts". The food, service and location are of the highest quality.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Our family actually enjoyed our lunch here in Carmel. There were good choices for the adults and kid friendly options as well. We were able to get right in on a late Sunday afternoon and the service was friendly and fast.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I had the pittite filet mignon for lunch and what a wonderful choice it was! Again another pleasant place to watch people from the front window. Quiet with a very attentive staff. I know why they do not appear to be busy because of the prices, but it is well worth it! And the absence of the crowds makes it... More 

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Chambery, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

We are really desappointed, espacially regarding the quite good comments we saw in tripadvisor and that decided us to enter in this restaurant. For the pizza, i'm quite sure that it was a frozen one (in anycase, it was small and not very good, for 15$ ! ). For the fish i choose, too much oïl, green bean were hard... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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60 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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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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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