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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
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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  • Large groups
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Coral Springs, Florida, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 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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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
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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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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
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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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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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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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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