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Cottage Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Lincoln Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93923
831 625 6260
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Saratoga, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tiny little place in the heart of Carmel (a few doors off of Ocean Avenue), on Lincoln - very close to the Carmel Bay Company (which is on the corner of Lincoln and Ocean). I visit Carmel at least a half-dozen times each year, and I eat breakfast at The Cottage about 90% of the time. Their... More 

Thank Mike D
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a nice breakfast with my wife at the cottage. Buck wheat pancakes with bangers was delicious along with omelette. Good service and tasty food

Thank Mark B
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spend the day roaming around Carmel while driving along the California coastline this Summer. Found this cute little cafe hidden amongst art galleries and eateries. Quaint, quiet, lovely for sitting in a corner and drinking a cafe latte or tea with biscuits, jam or baguettes, or just people watch. Suggestion: sit next to the window or outside if its not... More 

Thank YogiFeet
Redmond, Washington
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While it's in the downtown area, it's a little "off the beaten path" and feels like you're walking into someone's home. We found the lunch service excellent, and the fruit salad was one of the most amazing we'd ever seen in a restaurant. Portion sizes were more than adequate, with nice American fare. Soup, sandwich and salad options, or you... More 

Thank seattle1299
Scottsdale, Arizona
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229 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped for breakfast here while roaming around Carmel. Cozy place set up like a cottage home. Previous reviews complained of the service but we didn't have that problem (Weekday). Split a veggie omelet that was quite good and prepared just right. This little restaurant captures the essence of Carmel by the Sea.

Thank Coder
Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service are excellent. My guest had the turkey and avocado eggs benedict. I had the two eggs over medium with hash browns cooked a little more crispy and bacon. The portions are large, they gave 4 slices of bacon. Definitely try the freshly baked scones, freaking amazing!

Thank Raji R
Ladson, South Carolina
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44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was excellent, service was awesome. Hometown feel. Locals eat there, so you know the food is good. Pa

Thank crieder58
York, PA
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81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We were still on East Coast time so arrived at 7:30 Sunday morning. They open at 7:00 and we were the first there. Service was very slow, almost like they were waiting for 8:00 to really get things going. Food was good, but nothing special. Carmel prices. We didn't go back.

Thank carlheir
Santa Clarita, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

I want so badly to give the Cottage a 5 star rating but I can't based on the horrible service. The food is unbelievably delicious. I want to say the food is worth the wait but I've now given this restaurant three chances and the service just hasn't gotten any better. We called for take out because we have dogs... More 

Thank Dorothy M
Central NJ
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We were told we'd have a long wait for a table but we didn't and it was Labor Day weekend! Service was great, food was good (eggs benedict with turkey and avocado, Kathy cakes (pancakes), eggs, bacon, coffee) - I'd recommend all of it except....everywhere we had breakfast in Carmel the tab came to close to $50 for two people!!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lincoln Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93923
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 831 625 6260

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