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Cottage Restaurant

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Lincoln Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93923
831 625 6260
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Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We have eaten both breakfast and lunch here. Great food, great service and great berry pies! You also can enjoy a nice glass of wine with your choices. Very small little restaurant so it's very warm and cozy feeling. Also the size makes it very quiet for those of us who have difficulty hearing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We have eaten both breakfast and lunch here. Great food, great service and great berry pies! You also can enjoy a nice glass of wine with your choices. Very small little restaurant so it's very warm and cozy feeling. Also the size makes it very quiet for those of us who have difficulty hearing in those large noisy restaurants. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We had a late lunch here on our stop in Carmel. I was hesitant to eat here based on the décor inside because it's somewhat dated and worn. What a mistake it was on my part to judge a book by it's cover! We ended up having a really delicious lunch with excellent service! All of us had the fruit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The ambience of this small 'cafe' was excellent. I had the Avocado Soup and was delighted at the refreshing taste. I had the lasagna for my main course and it was as good as I have ever had. The salad was light and had just the right amount of dressing on it that the vegetables flavor stood out.

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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very good food and we did not have to wait for a table. The special was lasagna and it was Outstanding. My wife had a salad that was very large and good.

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COLUMBIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This small breakfast-lunch restaurant is centrally located in Carmel by the Sea. We ate there twice during our recent visit once for breakfast and once for lunch. Both were wonderful. For lunch, I had a Filet steak sandwich which was delicious and for breakfast I had eggs, ham and toast. Both meals came with a generous portion of fresh fruit... More 

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Auburn, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I have only eaten here one time, but I probably won't go back. The service took forever and the food was over priced. There was nothing "plain" on the menu; everything has some sort of special sauce on it. The waitstaff was not open to changes. I personally think people go here because they are well known, not because they... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Fun place we came across when visiting Carmel. Very cute and good service. Food was decent - nothing to rave about but good and priced appropriately. We would visit again next time we're in Carmel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We always make it a point to come here for the artichoke soup and the chili.Breakfast is also very good.The service is always outstanding with pleasant smiles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I don't really like breakfast but those Kathy Cakes (small pancakes) are amazing! The ambiance is quaint. It looks like you are in your grandma's house, but the service was good and the food was delicious. The artichoke soup was as good as everyone says as well! We will definitely be back next time we are in town. Compared to... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We stumbled into this place by accident...actually not...a local referred us to this place. The breakfast items are incredibly well prepared. My friend had a large cup of Granola which was filled to the brim with fresh berries. My Oatmeal was also plastered with giant blue berries and raspberries. The place is very cosy and there were several locals eating... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lincoln Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93923
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 831 625 6260

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?