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“Sweet little venue” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'escargot

L'escargot
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Ranked #43 of 156 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: L'Escargot is a French restaurant in Carmel, California with a warm, romantic dining room area and with plenty of space between tables.
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92 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Sweet little venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

A little hidden treasure of Old Carmel. The service is good and the duck is amazing. O enjoyed my French Onion soup. Excellent wine list

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Southern California
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366 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Delightful French”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here. Wednesday is half price wine list night. Good thing we showed up on Wednesday, as the wine list is a bit pricey here. At 50% off, the Darioush Cabernet was excellent! Dino, our waiter, is great - friendly service, really took care of us. We met the Chef, a down-to-earth gentleman who really knows how to create a lovely dining experience. The atmosphere is very quaint, lovely and warm. The French Onion Soup is excellent. The veal sweetbreads are superb! We shared the rabbit special - OMG - incredible. The apple tarte tatin is light and perfect. Everytime we come to this area, we chose to dine here. it is simply a "hidden gem" although we noticed very table is now reserved. If you are traveling to Carmel, please do not hesitate to dine here. Dino treats everyone special - locals, visitors alike. The Chef and his staff know how to run a bistro! Casual upscale dining at its best. The menu even offered braised goat along with many classic preparations......something on this menu for everyone. The table next to us ordered a beautiful rack of lamb and petrole sole - they looked fantastic too. Highly recommend this restaurant in Carmel.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Carmel, California
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“rediscovering an old favorite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had sort of forgotten about this restaurant for a few years. We went back and had a basically pleasant experience. Upon entering there was a rather unpleasant smell (food spilled on the carpet smell?) but we soon became accustomed to it and didn't notice it. Service was very good.
The food was generally good but not what was posted on their web site. I was disappointed that they didn't have what I had pre-planned to order. Rib eye steak was very fatty, but the sole was excellent.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank goodtogotoo
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tarzana ca
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“everything great about France with Cali influences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Everything from the French Californian Caesar salad down to the Salmon with pepito seeds was wonderful. You walk into a french country side restaurant that welcomes you in the best of home town feelings, with a wait staff that is highly trained and also extremely welcoming. It is the best of French cuisine with a truly Californian twist that will please the french gourmet to the Californian foody. It is 100% apparent that the ever humble and amazingly talented Chef Kerry knows what he is doing and how to happily encourage his staff to follow his direction.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BRTStark22
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Marina, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Expensive but worth it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Went here for my birthday dinner (11/10) and wasn't disappointed. Excellent food, good service, very cozy atmosphere. My wife and I have been here twice before and the only thing that's changed is the large wooden snail sculpture that used to be out front is gone. We live about 15 minutes away and know the area very well. Oh, the only negative is their baguette. I bake, and I like mine better :}

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Monterey_Magnum
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