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Forge in the Forest Restaurant

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American, Contemporary
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Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (5th Avenue)
MST stops on Junipero Ave, half block from restaurant
(831) 624-2233
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 125
    Excellent
  • 111
    Very good
  • 61
    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
Dogs More Than Welcome

Our dogs like coming here as much as we do. They, as us, are welcomed right away and the outdoor patio has a nice Carmel feel. I think I've only ordered the grilled chicken sandwich since it was a winner from the get-go. Everyone on the wait staff were really friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Craig J
,
Los Altos
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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355 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bountiful, Utah, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We made reservations ahead of time requesting an outside table with a heater and were told not problem. When we arrived we were told the only table they had available was by the fire and we could take it or leave it! We decided it would be fine, but after 25 minutes of waiting we had to go in search... More 

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Orange, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I love coming here. We always sit outside on the heated patio. There are standing heaters and a cute outdoor fireplace. It is very charming, has great food and service and most important, you can bring your dogs.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

OK, not being a Californian, perhaps I'm not qualified to render an expert opinion, but having finally arrived in Carmel after 12 hours of traveling, we were ready for a relaxing, nourishing, but not overly high-calorie lunch. At the Forge in the Forest, we started with a roasted artichoke, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, with a savory dipping sauce on the... More 

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Sanok, Poland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We had the French Onion which was delicious and the Forge Burger which was amazing! Highly recommend coming here and bring your pups!

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Los Altos
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Our dogs like coming here as much as we do. They, as us, are welcomed right away and the outdoor patio has a nice Carmel feel. I think I've only ordered the grilled chicken sandwich since it was a winner from the get-go. Everyone on the wait staff were really friendly.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Great service on a beautiful fireplace lit patio. It's dog friendly, with a doggie menu for your canine companion's dining pleasure. What fun! Not ridiculously expensive like some Carmel restaurants. Had a veery nice experience here.

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Oakville, Ontario
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

After booking a big party and being told no problem with that and a bill for each group of four, we were presented with one bill for a huge group. This is after very very slow service. Apparently food was great generally meaning the meat dishes but I only had an appetizer. One does not plan a get together, and... More 

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Grand Bay, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The food was good, but the service was poor. We sat for 15 minutes without being acknowledged by any waitor, though many walked past us. I finally went to the hostess stand where I was once again ignored. Someone finally acknowledged me, I told him what was going on. He apologized profusely and sent a waitress. She was less than... More 

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Salinas, California, United States
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Love to take out of town guests here for happy hour. You can't beat the appetizer and drink specials. Dog friendly outdoor patio with a fire pit. Staff is always very attentive and service is generally pretty fast. Location is right in downtown Carmel so you can wander around and then come by for a snack and a cocktail. On... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is the second time we've visited this place over 4 years. The first time we waited over 25 minutes to be served, nudged them and eventually walked out. Second time was last week, 4 years later. We popped in for drinks and brought friends. The service was terrible. The waitress was severe and miserable, missed one drinks order out... More 

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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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, 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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?