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Lokal Restaurant

13762 Center Street, Carmel Valley, CA
1 (831) 659-5886
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Ranked #18 of 24 restaurants in Carmel Valley
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Carmel Valley, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I reviewed this place once before, and liked it, but thought it a little overpriced for what you get. Went again last week and really impressed with the improved menu, service and quality of food. Had breakfast and owner was there and had just opened - was very nice to talk to. They now offer an eggs benedict (my favorite... More

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UK
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My wife and I went here based on a recommendation whilst wine tasting. We were not disappointed. The vibe is relaxed, everything seems to be local, in fact this is the only place we saw local sardines. The food is served tapas style, which my wife and I like as we enjoy sharing food. We tried the beets which were... More

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Monterey, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This restaurant has something for everyone. Vegetarian, meat and seafood on the menu. We shared several items among 4 of us, so we could sample the menu. The macaroni cheese balls with lobster, and the beet salad were favorites. For dessert be sure to try the Chocolate Cookie ice cream sandwich - it's "plate size". We had a local bottle... More

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Monterey, California
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5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We've had better dining experiences in West Africa Four of us went into this place out in Carmel Valley Village recently for a light dinner just after 6 pm. We wanted to try something new and passed up several good options. We were looking for a low key good dining experience and had no preconceptions. We had available a little... More

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Santa Clara, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We stopped by for a late lunch upon the recommendation of the tasting room staff at Joyce. It was a perfect, relaxed place to eat after wine tasting. The poached eggs and greens were delicious as was the BLT with egg. Good coffee and nice relaxed seating outside on a warm winter afternoon.

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Watsonville, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Exploring the village, stopped in at Lokal (I heard about it on the internet). The waitress working was very knowledgeable, and patient as the group didn't know if we were ready to eat, just wanted to have something to drink or what. When a drink was decided to be in order, then it took 3 of the 4 of us... More

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Carmel Valley, California
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

we're lunch patrons like the fresh well prepared reasonable priced fare. tried dinner last night , blown away. the Alaskan and the California halibut , yep we had both .were each uniquely presented and popcorn squash soup then Eggnog dessert. Oh my. Don't come here if you don't have time to wait for food but find time to complain or... More

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New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Came here on the recommendation of a friend and was blown away. It's a small kitchen and they are still working out some growing pains, so be ok with waiting a bit. But the food is completely worth it. Hands down one of the best meals I've had in years. The flavors are so perfect. There wasn't a single bite... More

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Monterey, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

After reading reviews of Lokal, we expected great food but dodgy service. We came for lunch on a Saturday and we were pleasantly surprised by all aspects of our dining experience. First, the food was splendid--fresh ingredients expertly cooked. Second, the service was friendly and wonderful. Our server always checked in with us and catered to our every need. Third,... More

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Monterey, California
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5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Just about the worst service we have ever seen. We have been there twice, once for breakfast and once for dinner. Each visit was characterized by seemingly endless waits, delivery of the dinner items (quasi tapas dishes) in a random order as cooked (we were warned) so that each of us got to watch the other person eat, and then... More

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