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Ocean Ave AT Lincoln Ln, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-5659
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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
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
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  • Large groups
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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North Port, Florida
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 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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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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Top Contributor
205 reviews 205 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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5 restaurant reviews
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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
137 reviews 137 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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178 helpful votes 178 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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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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