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Em Le's

Dolores St., Between 5th & 6th, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 625-6780
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Ranked #90 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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Salinas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Last March my husband and I came to Carmel for a romantic getaway weekend. While we were walking, we passed by a restaurant with the most amazing looking breakfast! I actually did a double take, went back and asked a poor man through the window what he was eating. He told me he was having their "Famous" french toast. It... More

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Carmel, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

First of all the service was the worse that we have seen in Carmel!! I felt so bad that I wanted to leave but was there with kids for breakfast so decided to give the food a try.Ordered the french Toast which was very oily that with every bite we could feel the oil in our mouth!!! Very pricy too!... More

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Santa Monica, California
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Love pigging out on this tasty French toast, They deep fry in special batter and serve with crushed almonds and their "secret syrup"' , This is a venerable small coffee shop/restaurant located in downtown Carmel, Not your typical tourist place, no advertising and basically a haven for locals and regulars. Warning the full order is a huge serving, better for... More

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Carmel
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

The pecan waffle was hard and just had pecans sprinkled on it, though a lot. The French toast was good but soggy. For 11.95, I would have expected some whipped cream and better presentation. Cute place though, just not great and overpriced.

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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Em Le's has such a delicious menu for breakfast that leaves you belly full and happy. The atmosphere is quaint and fits the style of Carmel, but the breakfast is something to check out. Stop on by with your appetite.

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Monterey, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The French Toast at Em Le's is addictive and legendary, so every time relatives or friends come to visit us, we take them there and they swoon! Last night all of us enjoyed the Early Bird dinner specials which were tasty and of very good value. I usually order the lamb shanks or the pasta with pink vodka sauce, but... More

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Carmel, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We visited Em Le's at 1:00 PM looking for a great breakfast. We ordered a ham and cheese omelet and pancakes for one of us and scrambled eggs, hash browns and toast for the other two in the party. We figured with the high prices would come delicious, high quality food. Not so. This was the worst Tasting, worst quality... More

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Yuba City, Ca
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The day the wife and I arrived in Carmel we checked and saw that Em Le's offers a early bird dinner before 6:00PM so we went there for dinner. When we arrived there was only one other couple in the restaurant and it was nice and quiet. The wife and I placed our orders and were served fairly quickly. I... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Em Le's is known for its' breakfasts but we had a certificate and went for an early dinner. They have a great $13 a holler early bird menu that is very nice but we ordered off the regular menu for the grins. Go hungry. Go very,very hungry. Holy smokes what portions! My wife had a very nice piece of salmon... More

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New York City, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I remember the first time we ate here almost 30 yrs. ago and our breakfast was so good we came a second morning. We walked in and the waitress said, "Coffee black and tea with milk." We loved watching the locals come in to sit and chat at the counter. We took our children here when we came back to... More

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