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All 152 Carmel Restaurants

Forge in the Forest Restaurant

Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-2233
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Ranked #61 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $25 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 5th Avenue
Transit: MST stops on Junipero Ave, half block from restaurant
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The food is delicious but check the stability of your chairs. The patio is very uneven and our meal was ruined by the uncomfortable seating.

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Los Altos, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were here for lunch with our dog, and were seated outside near a stone fireplace at the middle of the patio area. They keep a self filling water bowl and a small pail of dog treats at the host stand, and also provide water bowls for each dog at their table. Service needs tweaking. Why? because I ordered duck... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Visiting family in Carmel for the holidays & we had dinner here. Food was excellent, sat outside under the stars but service needs improvement. Our waitress didn't even smile & we sat waiting for so long for service that my husband had to go and order drinks at the bar.

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Carmel, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Forge has been a personal favorite since 1976 when its unique arboreal, almost “protective” outdoor ambiance attracted me for the al fresco dining to which I'm addicted. (I’m Steve and I'm an outdoor nut.) And now years later, the amazing verdure and comfortable surroundings here still make for a cozy lunch outside, or dinner near a fireplace in the... More 

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Lubbock, TX
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The forge will overwhelm you with the ambience from the outside looking it as it has outside seating. After that, it's just an average bar. Everything is average. I have been there 4 times over the last 10 years and each time, I leave disappointed. This place should have a 30 minute waiting list rain or shine, the location and... More 

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Alameda, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We have walked by the place a number of times when in Carmel, and this trip finally eat dinner there. Cold evening but nice outdoor fire and heating lamps. Service and food good. Easy to have conversations. Dog friendly place but not that it invades your space.

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Redwood City, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We have passed it many times, and decided to try it out. An absolutely amazing winter squash soup, velvety smooth and NOT low cal. Nice wine list. Friendly and helpful staff. Outside is a dog friendly, if that is an issue. Everything from hotdogs to steak and seafood is available.

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San Luis Obispo
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We ate at Forge In The Forest our wedding night 6 years ago so we have really lovely memories of this restaurant. We decided to eat here for our anniversary and relive that happy ocassion. The food lived up to our expectations but the service did not. I don't know if our server had a lot of tables but he... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The food was good, and our food server looked like Lucy Lu, so that was cool. The atmosphere was nice, too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

There are sooo many great restaurants in Carmel and hard to choose which one on any given night during your stay. My husband and I just started walking and literally walked right past this place and thought it looked cute and inviting. This is a dog friendly city so be prepared for dogs to be dining pretty much any outside... More 

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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

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