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Dolores St., Between 5th & 6th, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 625-6780
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Sun 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great breakfast

Ate there one morning, early. Owner and cook the only people in the place. Quiet, perfect for reading the paper and drinking coffee. Then having an enormous breakfast. Would eat there again, and recommend it to others with no qualms.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Masuoslo
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SLO
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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SLO
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Ate there one morning, early. Owner and cook the only people in the place. Quiet, perfect for reading the paper and drinking coffee. Then having an enormous breakfast. Would eat there again, and recommend it to others with no qualms.

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Fresno, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Ordered a calmari steak for beakfast and it was very overcooked and not too tasty. The biscuits and gravy were something else as well...

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Newman, CA
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

Ok, I'll start with the positives: the service was very friendly and accommodating. They made a yummy dish that was completely within the special diet of one of our party. Great! So why was the formerly fabulous French toast so bad?! It was stacked so absurdly high that they used a long skewer to keep it from toppling over. That... More 

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Carmel, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

If you want high prices, lousy food, horrible service and a depressing atmosphere, then this is the place for you.

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Meriden, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The waffle was fabulous, crisp and delicious and covered with cinnamon sugar. Wonderful and plentiful maple syrup. Also great was the hot chocolate! Everyone around us seemed to be enjoying his or her food. Recommended for breakfast!

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Traverse City, Michigan
Top Contributor
263 reviews 263 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My wife and I stopped in here for the advertised early bird special. When we entered there was only one occupied table joined by the only employee on the floor who apparently was the owner or manager. When we sat down and requested the early bird menu he seemed irritated and said "If people order dinner in a breakfast joint... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I have been coming here off and on since 1958 with my parents under different owners but with the same name. And with Jim the latest owner I have never been disappointed with the "Breakfast" I even receive a "Local" discount good food always done write and good portions. And of course they have an Cappuccino Espresso maker you can't... More 

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Sunnyvale, CA
Top Contributor
239 reviews 239 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
994 helpful votes 994 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The place looks quaint with white wooden walls and light baby blue trim on the outside, with the main door curved at the top, and a Dutch window along the front, where pedestrians n the sidewalk peek in to say hello to the old fart running the place. We walk in about 545pm , just in time for the $14... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Perfect service and food. It's an address to go for breakfast or brunch when you are in Carmel A very quiet place

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Walnut Cove, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have never written a negative review for Tripadvisor. I am reluctant to harm a business off of one brief encounter, but I find that my experience here so coincides with what others are saying that I decided to write this. I have enjoyed Em Les for years, but my experience there yesterday was a real disappointment. We went for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Dolores St., Between 5th & 6th, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831) 625-6780

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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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?