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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 - 9:00 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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  • 120
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    Very good
  • 61
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  • 32
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  • 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
Hidden Gem!

Like a lot of the quaint little restaurants in Carmel, you may miss this one. This was our second visit to The Forge, one previously for dinner. The menu offers a variety of choices. The food was very fresh and cooked to order. There is ample dining outdoors and in. The inside is a bit dark but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
CentralCABeachLover
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Riverbank, California, United States
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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Uk
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

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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Seabrook
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We tried the California fondu, and cervachi. We ended up making a meal of just these two. Both were awesome. It's off the main area, but outdoor seating is nice and waitstaff is friendly.

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Riverbank, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Like a lot of the quaint little restaurants in Carmel, you may miss this one. This was our second visit to The Forge, one previously for dinner. The menu offers a variety of choices. The food was very fresh and cooked to order. There is ample dining outdoors and in. The inside is a bit dark but in keeping with... More 

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Riverside, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Very nice restaurant with outdoor, heated seating. The staff was excellent and above and beyond helpful. The food was great and desserts were amazing. We would definitely go back.

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Redding, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is our second trip to this restaurant! We visit Carmel once a year and this is a great place to eat. Outdoor dining, fun menu, friendly service!

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Modesto
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374 reviews 374 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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?