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“Great lunch in Carmel Valley” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vineyard Bistro of Carmel Valley

Vineyard Bistro of Carmel Valley
6 Pilot Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9515
831-659-5020
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 6PILOT RD
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great lunch in Carmel Valley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We just had lunch here and thought everything was great. This place is tucked down a side street, so the outdoor seating is very pleasant. We both had the vegetable panini, and it was truly delicious (hint: get it on the sour dough bread). The prices were extremely reasonable, including the wines by the glass. The decor inside is very charming. Give this place a try next time you are in Carmel Valley.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Monterey, California
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great date spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

We had a delightful dinner here. We chose to sit inside because it was chilly out. The ambiance is very cozy. The service was prompt and knowledgable. The chef/owners son was our waiter and took great care of us. He knew a lot about all the local wines. I had the pork chop witch had a great apple chutney. Next time we will come for lunch so we can sit outside and enjoy the views of the valley!

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Nevada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“Save Your Money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Nice outdoor seating area, very attentive service, reasonable prices and POOR food. I just don't get it. We literally walked into the wrong place. The Cork Screw restaurant is right around the corner.

Everything tastes like it came right off a Sysco Fast Food Supply truck. From salad to soup and bread to sandwiches preparation was completely uninspiring. With at least four good other choices within walking distance Vineyard Bistro shouldn't even be considered.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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monterey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent choice for dinner out in the Valley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a spot that almost gives Rustica a run for the money. Very nice atmosphere, you can eat inside or out, excellent selection and always friendly people serving and managing. I had the rack of lamb and it was cooked exactly as it should be, not over or undercooked like it happens so many other places. My friend had the halibut and the sauce was perfect. Pricing is a little on the high side, but given the quality of both the food and the service, the nice atmosphere and the fact you can get in the door, this is a very fair deal. I like how Jimmy comes around to the table to make sure everything is ok-I think they really do care about the customer's experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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california
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110 reviews 110 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“slow and poor”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

The outdoor setting was charming, but stay away from this restaurant. We told them we had a performance to attend, and they said to arrive 90 minutes before we had to leave. We did so, but we barely made our performance!

The bread was stale, and when they brought new, warm bread, it appeared that it was warmed up stale bread!

The sole was horribly mushy, as if it had been frozen and then microwaved. The French onion soup was ok, but nothing special and the bowl was small for the price. The only things that were in the good category were the asparagus and stuffed mushrooms, although there were only 5 mushrooms for $8. The mashed potatoes were over-spiced.

The place was pretty empty, and although the soup and salad came quickly, there was no excuse for taking more than 45 minutes to serve the barely edible fish and the mushrooms! The waiter did not let us know what the big delay was about.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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