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“A Bit Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
On 6th Between San Carlos & Dolores, Carmel 93921, Carmel, CA 93923
831 625 1500
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Ranked #43 of 148 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: At Flaherty's...Fish is Everything! We know good seafood, we know how to buy it and we know how to prepare it. Unlike most restaurants (even the best of them) where fish is often a secondary item on the menu...at Flaherty's it's all about seafood. Here, you will experience a small town, comfortable, family atmosphere, where quality ingredients and quality preparation come together with quality service. We also include gluten free items in our menu to provide all of our customers with the best service possible. It's who we are...come and experience seafood like it was meant to be.
Toronto, Canada
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29 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A Bit Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We were drawn here by the crowds and promise of fresh seafood. Our food wasn't bad, but it was mediocre. My tuna was nicely seared, but the texture was flabby and the accompanying noodle cake seemed to be made up of bits of leftover pasta of different shapes. My husband's seafood pasta was ok, but he found it bland. Dinner service is very fast and we were out of there in well under an hour. We would not return - there are much better choices in Carmel.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Casual, nice folks, good choice for quality fish centric dishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We did make a reservation but they have an overflow space that is more spartan that you can probably walk in an get seated. It was worth the planning as we got a good table at 7:40 p.m. and were helped by one of the on site pro's, Victoria. I would highly recommend her. She is sharp, helpful and funny. We only got chowder ( really flavorful and not salty) and some salads the Cobb and Crab Louie but they were all very well done and filling. We saw the entrees, they looked OK but with an average price of $ 25 or more- it was more than we wanted. I think their sides are really enough unless you are starving. Get some oysters, calamari and soup or salad and you are set.They have a fine dessert menu as well which we saw but did not partake. Wine list was adequate for the menu. I'd go back and recommend this to others.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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restauranteurCarmel, Owner at Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. I'll be sure to let Victoria know you appreciated her sharp and helpful service. The next time you visit, feel free to split an entree that catches your eye. Our entrees are generously portioned with fresh, high quality seafood. Hope to see you back again soon!

Best,
Kenneth, Owner
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Carmel, California
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“Seafood restaurant that actually sells seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal. Family friendly with one of the best selections I have seen for children. Extensive raw bar and fish menu in different styles. We had 12 oysters to share followed by moules and calamari with a side salad. We weren't that hungry but needed a good snack. This is the sort of restaurant I could live in. Portion size seems to be more European than American which was great. Staff were attentive and good with the children. Fast, prompt and efficient service. Would highly recommend for seafood lovers and would put it up against any seafood restaurant anywhere without the pomp!

Visited October 2013
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restauranteurCarmel, Owner at Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Hi Nick,

I'm so glad to hear you really enjoyed your meal. Knowing that "this is the sort of restaurant you could live in" is the best compliment. It's our goal to serve fresh seafood in a casual, inviting atmosphere. Hope to see you back again soon!

Best,
Kenneth, Owner
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“Excellent choice for a family dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Small, lively restaurant in the heart of Carmel. Interesting menu with a lot of options, sure to please almost anyone. Scampi with risotto was amazing, the calamari steak was very good, the scallops with white beans was an unexpected (but delicious) combination. Wine prices reasonable, atmosphere pleasant and lively, service was very good. Will definitely return

Visited October 2013
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restauranteurCarmel, Owner at Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
I'm happy to hear you thought the scampi with risotto was amazing! It's our goal to create delicious dishes composed with unique and surprising combinations of ingredients. Looking forward to your next meal with us!

All the best,
Kenneth, Owner
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“Very enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

My sister and I came in for lunch and ended up having a couple appetizers to start off with. My entree consisted of the Po'Boy Shrimp sandwich and my sister had the Tuna Melt with the lobster bisque which is to die for. I had to grab a couple bites of that too. Was told by the server it has been award winning. We wanted to go for a dessert but since we were so full with all that food we opted to come back and enjoy one next time.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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restauranteurCarmel, Owner at Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thanks for having lunch with us the other day! I'm happy to know you and your sister had a fantastic experience. We put a lot of love into our cooking, using the freshest seafood available. Hope you get a chance to try our desserts sometime soon!

All the best,
Kenneth, Owner
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