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“Good Breakfast, Small Cozy Seating, TV's On” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Friar Tuck's Restaurant

Friar Tuck's Restaurant
Ranked #67 of 156 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff
Portland, OR
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good Breakfast, Small Cozy Seating, TV's On”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We were looking for breakfast in Carmel, and wanted a good chance at a quick table so we searched the side streets and decided to try Friar Tuck's. It was busy with lots of families and couples, but we got one of the last tables and were happy we did. The service was friendly, the menu had lots of choices of traditional Breakfast fare, and the food was pretty good in the casual old diner spot kind of way. A golf tournament was playing on the TV, but when you're close to Pebble Beach that's important apparently. I would go back if I'm hungry and don't want to worry about what I'm wearing.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Puget Sound
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Basic Cafe - And Welcomed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

In Carmel there are many cafes and restaurants that are serving nuveau cuisine with fancy linens and very creative menus. And we enjoy them. Yet there are those moments when all we want is a basic breakfast meal in a friendly, clean, old style cafe. This is one of those places. Off the main avenue on a quiet corner the place is unpretentious and inviting. The menu for breakfast was typical except for a few interesting choices. One was being able to choose a grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast as the breakfast meat. What pleasure in not being limied to the bacon, ham, sausage plan. This is not gourmet cooking - it is cafe cooking that is good. Yes, the corned beef hash comes from a can. And note that the owner likes to chat it up with the patrons. That can bother people but others will welcome it - personal preference. If you just want a quiet corner to read the paper, go somewhere else. If you want lively conversation and be introduced to your fellow diners, this is for you.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Danspar
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very friendly restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

A place to go if you want to meet some of the locals. The long time owner is originally from Chicago and he will chat you up. The breakfast portions are pretty good. Prices can be a little high for this no frills basic breakfast. We thought the corned beef hash tasted like it was from a can though.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Paul D
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San Diego, California, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Greg & Cynthia..... pleasant and always welcoming!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Locals know, if you want a quick easy breakfast, Friar Tucks will take care of you! Plus Greg will tell you about the movies he has seen recently, so you get breakfast a movie reviews. Don't expect exotic meals or a lot of substitutions allowed, but for a solid breakfast....you are sure to be taken care of.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Richard F
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Cairo, Egypt
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Shocking behavior, don't waste your time.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

In fairness, they highlight their burgers, which were pretty tasty. They are med/rare and they don't ask for your preference. I happen to like med/rare. The shock was the chef/(I assume) owner who was a complete misogynist. As I sat at my table eating my lunch he went over to a young boy, perhaps 10, pointed at me and called me an ugly name. I do not know this man or the boy or the man sitting with him. After paying for my meal I approached the chef and expressed my outrage at which he laughed and said it was a joke. I would not reccommend this place to anyone that respects women or wants to teach their children manners or respect.

    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank PA_foody
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