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San Carlos & Ocean Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
831-624-6545
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Newly Renovated

Love this place as always. The pastas are their forte. The menu is going to be overhauled soon. Hope they leave some of the best dishes on. The new interior is modern, but warm. The waiters have been there for years and are great. Don't get the pizza I hear. That's my only tip. its not a cheap... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Braxton23
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Monterey, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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98 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Monterey, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Love this place as always. The pastas are their forte. The menu is going to be overhauled soon. Hope they leave some of the best dishes on. The new interior is modern, but warm. The waiters have been there for years and are great. Don't get the pizza I hear. That's my only tip. its not a cheap place. For... More 

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We stopped here for a light lunch. It was off-season and quiet so we got attentive service. The "melt in your mouth" gnocchi gorgonzola was delicious. A very nice experience overall.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Love this restaurant! Wish I could give it more stars! The prawn bisque is to die for and the spaghetti alla carbonara was hands down without a doubt the absolute best I have ever had!

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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We initially went for a Gluten Free pasta meal because of a chance passerby encounter with a lady from the restaurant last time we were down. Boris our waiter said that they don't always have it. Minor disappointment but I highly suggest to keep some GF pasta and bread on hand - to go with the tasty tomato salsa they serve... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We went to Nico"s on our first night in Carmel after stumbling across it on our travels. It looked quite nice from the outside and had a cosy looking fire however the waiter initially tried to seat us in a far less cosy spot in an empty part of the restaurant by the window ( perhaps to attract passers by!)... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I have lunch here whenever I come to Carmel. I have never been disappointed with the food. Service is very good and friendly. There are many great restaurants in Carmel. Nico's is one I make sure to never miss.

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Barcelona
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband daughter and I dined here during our stay in Carmel. Compared to other restaurants we tried this was the most average food, service ( waiters were not over friendly) and surroundings were average. The bill however, was not average it was more expensive than some of the restaurants on Ocean Drive and less value for money.

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Surrey, England
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101 reviews 101 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Ate here one night whilst on holiday. Food was good, service not terribly friendly. The interior could do with a spruce up too.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stopped in for a light lunch and were very pleased. We ordered two items from the appetizer menu. Our choices were the roasted whole Gilroy garlic with toasted Tuscan bread served over Spring greens and tomatoes. Also, we ordered the Aegean Lovers plate which was spanakopita, Ouzo meatballs, dolmas feta cheese and kalamta olives. Everything was quite good and... More 

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pittsburgh
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Two couples had dinner at this restaurant and we were extremely disappointed by the food and the service. The fish, the pasta and especially the pizza were tasteless. I think this restaurant deserves the award for the worst pizza ever. I sent it back twice because it was cool and they could not get it right. To make matters worse,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: San Carlos & Ocean Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 831-624-6545

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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?