We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Forge in the Forest Restaurant

$$$
American, Contemporary
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (5th Avenue)
MST stops on Junipero Ave, half block from restaurant
(831) 624-2233
Website
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 381 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 137
    Excellent
  • 120
    Very good
  • 66
    Average
  • 35
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious Furry Treat

The grilled artichoke is amazing!!! I suggest ordering one just for yourself. Delicious. The place had friendly staff and good drinks. The patio was packed with dogs. I don't understand why people want to dine with their dogs. I thought it was kinda gross. Maybe I just love my dog and not other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
ChulaBonita
,
Sacramento, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

381 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I absolutely love this restaurant. Pet friendly. Very friendly. I cannot say enough great things about it. I've been coming here since I was a child. Now, my husband and I have moved here and we can enjoy this little piece of heaven whenever we want. I love everything on the menu. I never modify anything and I eat it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cameron Park, California
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The food was delicious and the ambiance was really nice outside. It is dog friendly which is really great! We were very disappointed in the cocktails we ordered. 4 drinks cost $58.00 and the margarita's were terrible! Instead of making them with fresh limes, they were made with some mix that tasted terrible and for that price, we were very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zephyrhills, Florida, United States
Level Contributor
91 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is the cutest restaurant tucked behind forest-like landscaping at Junipero and Fifth. You enter through a leafy forest into a courtyard with fireplace and heat lamps. There is also indoor dining, but who would want to eat indoors!!! The patio is dog friendly and apparently many well-behaved dogs like to dine there also. The food and service was great,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The grilled artichoke is amazing!!! I suggest ordering one just for yourself. Delicious. The place had friendly staff and good drinks. The patio was packed with dogs. I don't understand why people want to dine with their dogs. I thought it was kinda gross. Maybe I just love my dog and not other people's fur shaking and slobbery cute muzzles?... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

My boyfriend and I were roadtripping the Cali coast with our dog and I saw it was dog friendly so we decided to stop. It was more than we could have asked for! Not only were they so friendly and welcoming to our dog, they offered him water, treats and we ended up getting him a Quarter Hounder. We sat... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Redwood City, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We went for lunch but can only imagine how amazing the atmosphere is at night! Sampler platter and nachos were delicious. (Chicken wings a bit spicy ... watch out!) We also had peach mojitos and the dessert trio. I personally only liked the brownie, but the presentation was lovely and it gives a nice variety of flavors. Brianna was our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Atlanta
Level Contributor
227 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Been to the Forge in the Forest multiple times, including one of my early dates with my wife twenty years ago. The food is above average, but the atmosphere is what makes it. The outdoor tables, fireplaces and quiet location off the main center of town all make this a worthwhile romantic stop. Good for families too.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
southeast
Level Contributor
33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We ate here last night, family of four. Good food, nice atmosphere. Our waiter was lovely and friendly. My son said the ribs he had were the best he'd even eaten. My daughter had the vegan plate and said it was delicious.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boston
Level Contributor
40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

We almost went to Yafa across the street, but opted instead to come to the Forge, due to its appealing outdoor fire pits and more casual atmosphere. This is an ideal bar space--great drinks & apps, including good steamers & chicken satay. The baseball game was on & the bar had a perfect ambiance for our mood. Waiter was friendly... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Francisco
Level Contributor
50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a great place to come if you have your dog in tow - they have outdoor seating that is dog-friendly, and they provide water and treats for your pet. The food is better than I expected - typical American fare with a few standouts, one of which is the grilled artichoke - delicious.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Forge in the Forest Restaurant also viewed

Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
 
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
 

Been to Forge in the Forest Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Forge in the Forest Restaurant

Address: Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: (831) 624-2233
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
    (5th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: MST stops on Junipero Ave, half block from restaurant
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831) 624-2233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Forge in the Forest Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?