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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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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 117
    Excellent
  • 109
    Very good
  • 61
    Average
  • 32
    Poor
  • 22
    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
Most recent review
We Enjoyed Our Meal

The menu had a number of enticing options, making a decision difficult. I ordered the Vegetarian Sandwich. It has a great combination of cheese, vegetables and sauce. It is one of the best tasting vegetarian sandwiches I have tried. The sandwich came with French fries, which were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Modestotrekkerl
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Modesto
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Modesto
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371 reviews 371 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The menu had a number of enticing options, making a decision difficult. I ordered the Vegetarian Sandwich. It has a great combination of cheese, vegetables and sauce. It is one of the best tasting vegetarian sandwiches I have tried. The sandwich came with French fries, which were ordinary. My companion enjoyed the Quiche Lorraine, which came with a tasty salad.... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This long time favorite Carmel restaurant has possibly the best patio dining in Carmel, multiple fireplaces and thick vegetation create a very comfortable ambiance. One of the secrets is the fantastic value you get from 3pm-5pm, all the appetizers are basically half price, many for just $5. My wife in I will order four or five of them and have... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great place, right in town. The food was good and the outside patio is a great place to enjoy it.

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Monterey CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We are local, and decided to try this place after a long work week. The outdoor patio is quite charming, so sat near a fireplace to stay warm. The Menu has many choices, but seems a bit underwhelming in uniqueness. Our server was friendly, yet disappeared for long stretches at a time when we needed more drinks or water refilled.... More 

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Santa Barbara, Afghanistan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We have at least one lunch here every time we come to Carmel, with or without the Furry Kids. Their Ruben is very good, which I get sometimes, their food selection is good and prepared nicely. It is a very relaxing location. It is about two blocks off Ocean Avenue and easy to walk to from any location.

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Red Bluff, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We needed a light lunch, so we stopped in here before doing some walking through the shopping district. We opted to eat inside rather than on the busy patio. We sat at a bar height table right next to the forge. Loved just checking out this interesting forge display! The bar was close and beautifully crafted. We were served by... More 

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Danville, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

They fit us in on a busy Saturday night. If the weather is nice, sit on the patio... the twinkle-lights give it a magical ambience! The food was excellent. My pizza came out perfectly cooked, and the chef was very accommodating of my dietary requests. We came here for a romantic meal to celebrate our anniversary, and left very satisfied!

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Houston, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This place provided my family and friends with a lovely, quaint place to dine on the patio as we ended a day of shopping and exploring. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely.

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Grass Valley
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

All the atmosphere is outside under the heat lamps and vegetation. We ate in the downstairs dining room and had great service but lacked the "forest" feel.

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

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