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“Over crowded and noisy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dametra Cafe

Dametra Cafe
Corner of Ocean Ave and Lincoln St, Carmel, CA 93921
831-622-7766
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Ranked #1 of 127 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Over crowded and noisy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I don't understand the number 1 rating for this restaurant. The greeter, whom I assume to be the owner was very friendly and offered a warm greeting. We were seated at the last table for two which gave me an unwelcome view into the kitchen. Patrons waiting for the bathroom, which is through the kitchen, waited their turn right by our table. I ordered the moussaka, a kind of Greek comfort food, which was good and plentiful. My wife ordered ravioli which came on a plate with only six or seven pieces. We noted everyone in the restaurant was seated cheek to jowl allowing for no privacy. We felt we paid too much for what we got. The next evening we ate at the Mission Ranch where, although we paid more, we felt we received excellent value.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great little restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Dametra deserves its very high ranking EVEN THOUGH the food is "only" very good. That is because the service and ambiance is so special. Our experience began when we called to see how long the wait was. The host asked, "where are you friend." When I told him we were staying nearby, he put my name on the waiting list and said he'd call when a table was going to be available in 15 minutes! And he called!! Clever marketing, and necessary since there is virtually no place to wait in this tightly-packed, cozy-yet-high-energy, pretty-yet-unpretentious little place. Once we were seated, the wait staff was attentive and very efficient. And it felt like we were in a Mediterranean village. We definitely enjoyed our food too. Though, to be honest, we have had better. Still, the food is good enough that you don't want to miss the fun.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Maybe we ordered wrong?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Had lunch here on a family trip with my parents, aunt, and uncle. Was very excited about eating here after reading the reviews. Maybe we ordered the wrong items, but it was nothing special at all. Decor is charming, restaurant small, service friendly and efficient. Greek menu looked interesting. The grilled vegetable salad (mushrooms, eggplant) sounded delicious but was just blah. Mushy, pre-grilled, tasteless vegetables over spinach and totally drenched in a heavy balsamic dressing. Almost inedible. The side salads featured lettuce only and were also drowning in dressing. The Tuscan pizza was okay, very thin crust (which we like), sauce and toppings nothing special. We did love the crusty bread and ate more than we should have to round off our meal because our salads and entrees totally missed the mark. Maybe we were there on a bad day. The restroom can only be reached by walking into the kitchen area where you squeeze against the back wall to avoid a collision with servers and trays of food. Restroom was not clean and smelled off.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Now I know why this is #1 in Carmel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Spent a wonderful Friday night dinner here. Everything was incredible! The people running the restaurant even broke into a song and dance while we were there! So fun!! Love this place!

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Modesto, California
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“Awesome experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

My fiance and I loved our dining experience at Dametra Cafe and will return every time we're in town. The food was amazing, the service was even better. We even got to enjoy some live entertainment performed by the staff. We had a great time!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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