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“one of the best kept secrets” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Baum & Blume & Carriage House

Baum & Blume & Carriage House
4 El Caminito Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
+1 831-659-0400
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Ranked #19 of 29 Restaurants in Carmel Valley
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: French, American, Brew Pub, Mediterranean, European, Pub
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Casual European-style Bistro with Garden Seating. Weekly changing menu features seasonal fresh meats, dairy and produce from local producers. Lunch, Supper and Full Take-out available. Beer Garden Opens May 30 in our adjoining brick patio. Featuring craft beers, wine cocktails, beer-centric gourmet small plates, bratwurst, handmade pretzels and more. Frozen foods, house made jams and pastries available from our on-site Gourmet Pantry.
Monterey, CA
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“one of the best kept secrets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

A small gem of a place. Hand-picked well thought-out store and handcrafted food offer so much to look forward to as you drive into Carmel Valley Village (yes, there is such a thing.)

There is a beautiful outside seating if the weather is good, and the holiday mailer they send out is a lot of fun. This is a family owned place and they put a lot of effort into everything they do.

Price is not unreasonable considering the remote location and given that they cook everything from scratch on-site. Given the quality, care and attention, they are down right well priced. The open house is always fun and a foodie love affair.
Be prepared to stick around for your next round of hors d'oeuvres and their recounting of trips and food.

Their expertise on food shows at every turn. Whatever is on the special, get it!!

There is a big growth of cactus by the parking, so watch your kids!

Ladies, say hi to Derek if he is minding the store when you go there. He is really nice.

  • Visited November 2011
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Carmel Valley
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“A gem for consistency & unique offerings within Carmel Valley Village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2010

The food, festivities, boutique and folks are always delightful at this very creative and deightful establishment. In my 10 years of selecting some gourmet take-out at the end of a day , attending their special events (dinners, St. Patrick Day's luncheon with guests, an annual Holiday venue) or stepping into the Carriage House for a gift, card or plant, I've been extremely pleased with Baum & Blume fare. Everyone listens to what you may like and suggests how your appetite or interests may best be met. For visitors, it's a real find in between wine tasting or a special event, whlie for locals like me, it's so easy to swing by after a postal run and check out the displayed menu on El Caminito or their website to see the generous extent of their daily offerings. As caterers, B&B selections are clients consider them must have and top-notch! They are an active, welcome presence to Monterey Penisula food affairs and charitable venues, where their presentations and energies are distinctively in the top of the class with their freshness and welcomed flourishes. Go discover and return again to enjoy Baum & Blume's unique offerings. (And The Carriage House, too!).

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Skip It!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2008

Don't even bother. Rude elderly female owner. They over charge for everything!!!

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Santa Cruz, California
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Headline: Great Hidden Bistro for Lunch in Carmel Valley Village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2007

This sweet little place on a side street off of Carmel Valley Road is so unpretentious you might drive right past it -- and never have a quintessential Carmel Valley dining experience.,,,, But no! Don't miss it -- map it, and go.
When you arrive, ask for a shady table on the tiny grassy patio ... ask for the wine of your choice from fine local vineyards ... and sit back for a relaxing luncheon. The owners are friendly and extremely knowledgeable about gourmet foods; they travel to France every year to learn more about what's being served in the land where God goes to dine. Whether you want locally grown fresh produce, naturally raised meat dishes, or just a nice little plate of carefully selected cheeses and fruit, accompanied by some fine bread and that wine you're sipping -- you'll enjoy whatever you choose from the fairly limited but wisely composed menu of the day. I wish they served dinners, but currently it's just lunch and afternoon snacks with tea; however you can order take-out, for an al-fresco supper at your chosen Carmel Valley hostelry.

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Stamford CT
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27 reviews
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“Friendly owners, excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2006

B&B has a gourmet take-out, a boutique, and a small cafe to eat in if you choose. The owners (D&J Wenzler) are friendly and the food is excellent!

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