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Forge in the Forest Restaurant

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American, Contemporary
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Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (5th Avenue)
(831) 624-2233
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Madisonville, LA
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok $5 wine by glass and a number of bar food items for $5-$8 We had chicken skewers and the sliders looked great. Very comfortable atmosphere with fireplace in bar made to look like a blacksmiths shop. Good friendly service. We'll be back for lunch and/or dinner.

Thank JimR459
Tequesta, Florida
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had just arrived in Carmel and were hungry, but still wanted to enjoy some of the Olympics...our B & B suggested this awesome place! We sat at the bar (Jennifer was delightful) for a cocktail and some light dinner. I had the appetizer of a Crab Stuffed Portabella.....just perfect...so flavorful!! We will certainly dine there again when visiting Carmel.

Thank bytheseaforme
Las Vegas, Nevada
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been coming to the Forge almost every year on our vacation for a long time and won't be going back. We always bring our dogs so we sit on the patio. This time the larger patio was closed so we were seated at a very small table in the smaller patio. The sun was directly in my eyes so... More 

1 Thank drmarkhm
Ocean City, Maryland
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135 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were walking around the town of Carmel looking for somewhere to have dinner where we could also sit outside. This restaurant was recommended by someone at the hotel that we were staying at so we thought we would give it a try. The menu looked good and not terribly overpriced like many of the other restaurants in town. We... More 

1 Thank marylandusacpl
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have eaten here many times in my 30 years on the peninsula. I always enjoyed sitting by the fire pits In the last few years they started offering locals a 10 or 15 percent discount to attract more locals and maintain the loyal customers they have had over the years. Well this new management it not very friendly. They... More 

Thank Robertstrip
Gprofeta, Owner at Forge in the Forest Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Robert. I am very sorry to hear about your experience and am not sure why you were met with that conclusion about the comp card not being accepted. We do in fact offer a complimentary glass of wine(2 in fact) to all our new local supporters. If you would be so kind as to reach out to me, I... More 

Rancho Murieta, California
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is nice and the food was relatively good tasting. I ordered the pork ribs. They were a little dried out so I could see they had just put BBQ sauce on them to presumably make them taste better and look better. The ribs were warm but the BBQ sauce was cool. That's not right and within two hours... More 

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Pebble Beach, California
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our usual stops that we eat at every other month. They have great burgers, seafood chowder and great empanadas. The wine list is good and also a selection of good beer. We like to sit outside on porch and they usually have a heater when it is cold out

1 Thank holger458
Newark, Delaware USA
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241 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To start off this is the only restaurant I've ever walked out on so we didn't actually eat here. Our first table was outside by the fire, as we had asked for; but the people on the other side of the fire were a little too weird for us and had their dog in a baby car rag and a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is one of my "go to" dinner spots when I'm in town. I love sitting outside on the patio under the twinkle lights. The space is cozy and low lit, and there are heat lamps and a fire. My last experience there we ordered the Cheese and Cold Cut board, Wine, and the Chinese Chicken Salad. Everything tasted... More 

1 Thank millebou
Davis, California
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the many pet friendly locations in Carmel by the Sea, The Forge in the Forest bridges ambiance, good food, and hosting 2 legged and 4 legged friends well. We had a pleasant meal with friendly and prompt service. Their chicken Caesar salad was very nice washed down with my glass of Sauv Blanc. Hubs enjoyed the lunch special... More 

1 Thank Carrie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $25
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
    (5th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: MST stops on Junipero Ave, half block from restaurant
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831) 624-2233

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?