Christopher's on Lincoln
Christopher's on Lincoln

Christopher's on Lincoln

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://christophersrestaurantcarmel.com/
  • Phone: 8316268000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Monday: 5:00pm - closing
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher J. Caul
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Christopher 8316268000

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Christopher's on Lincoln
One of Carmel's newest and most exciting dining experience is Christopher's on Lincoln. Award winning chef/owner Christopher J. Caul has transformed one of the village's oldest restaurant locations into a modern, fun, and friendly dinner house. Dress is Carmel casual and the attitude laid back and contemporary, so guests feel comfortable in everything from shorts to suits. Charming and affable, Christopher's cuisine is sublime. Christopher's 30 years of experience as well as his three former restaurants have culminated in a menu that showcases the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients the Central Coast has to offer. Christopher's wine list features mostly Monterey County wines, as well as his favorites from around the state. Christopher's also features a full bar with some of the finest handcrafted spirits available. Christopher is right where he loves to be; come say hello soon!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Christopher's on Lincoln reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (37)romantic (36)special occasion (36)notable wine list (21)good for groups (13)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Don't Miss It!
    gregostVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Off the main street in Carmel was a great find we found through Open Table. It was a perfect quiet respite from San Francisco the night before. Service and food were outstanding. The owners were extremely gracious and the staff was available whenever we requested their services. I highly recommend their suggestions. Crème Brule was the best I ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved the atmosphere
    gigilanny
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We loved the atmosphere of Christopher's. It is very cozy and comfortable. Loved the big windows and warm setting. The food was excellent and the service was great. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A small, intimate room, great bread, inventive polenta, well prepred fish all make for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was a very pleasant evening in Carmel! Christopher's was a good choice for good food, good wine, and good ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outside heaters would be good.
    BigAl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ate outside with our poodles. Very accommodating, excellent food and service. Hope they add heaters for outside. Did not go in, but an open window indicated a high noise level inside. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    When we lived here years ago, the location was one of our favorites know as San Souci. The change of name and ownership has only improved the quality of the experience. Appetizers only on this trip, but great dining nonetheless. The mushroom soup was the best we've had since we lived in the mushroom country of SE Pennsylvania. And the Carpaccio was heavenly. Very thin slices of beef with parmesan, lemon and a special sauce (Harry's Bar Sauce). We look forward to returning for a full meal very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yet Another Wonderful Meal!
    DWhip
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have dined at Christopher's at least a dozen times, in both small (4) and large (12) groups. Each has been characterized by absolutely wonderful, innovative food, affordable wine, and personal service. We will continue to recommend it to friends and frequent it ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    AtlfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As a part time resident of Carmel we hadn't tried Christopher"s and were pleasantly surprised. Great food and service and a lovely room. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Carmel Gem
    SalimAlamaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have had the pleasure of dining at Christropher's on several occasions. Our latest visit continued to impress us. Katherine is a gracious host and made us feel welcome and was genuinely glad to see us back again. As always the martini was perfect and a great start to the evening. We began with the mushroom soup and the oysters- both perfectly prepared. We shared the beet salad with a wonderful blue cheese vinaigrette. Our mains on this visit were the filet - excellently executed - and the lamb shank on a bed of polenta. Throughout the meal service was attentive yet not obtrusive. Again a wonderful evening at Christopher's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME DINNING EXPERIENCE
    NANIVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    THE LAST TIME I WAS AT CHRISTOPHER'S FOR DINNER IT WAS THROUGH A GROUPON DISCOUNT AND WE WERE TREATED LIKE ROYALTY BY THE STAFF, AND I DIDN'T FORGET THAT. LAST WEEK IT WAS OUR 43RD ANNIVERSARY AND LIVING ON THE MONTEREY WE HAVE SO MANY GREAT OPTIONS FOR DINNING. LIKE I SAID I DIDN'T FORGET. OMG !!! THE FOOD, THE OWNER AND THE STAFF WERE OVER THE TOP, TALK ABOUT BEING TREATED LIKE ROYALTY ,THE ONLY THING MISSING WAS MY CROWN. THEY HAVE A FULL ON BAR AND GREAT WINE LIST. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL EVENING IN CARMEL, SO WE WERE EVEN ABLE TO SIT OUTSIDE AND HAVE OUR ESPRESSO AND CIGAR. PLEASE, GIVE CHRISTOPHER A TRY YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restaurants
    SylviVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We really enjoyed the romantic atmosphere of this restaurant. The food and service were superb.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    dubndis
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    jThe service is outstanding only to be outdone by the food. It was tasty, satisfying and ample for filling any void.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Customer
    1localfoodie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I have known Ken, the owner for many years & he has a reputation of wonderful food & all at every restaurant He has had in Carmel. He is gets a 5 star rating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Started with a Ginger-tini, which was amazing! We had a crab bisque and mushroom soup to start that was very good. The special was a stuff fish that was very flavorful, but too rich to finish. I had the Osso Bucco with polenta. The polenta was excellent. The Osso Bucco was good, but not great and lacked flavor. Service was questionable, but we weren't in much of a hurry, so it wasn't a big deal. All in all, a good meal, but I've had better in Carmel.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impress your friends
    parboy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Christopher's is that rare find - great atmosphere, good service, great value, fabulous food, solid wine list and thanks to Open Table, it's easy to go there. The menu is upscale California cuisine with good beef, foul and fish choices. Love the appetizers - cornmeal crusted spicy chili relleno and fried green tomatoes are a couple faves. The rack of lamb is the best I've had and everyone likes the Muscovy Duck. Desserts are always good here if you have any room. This is where we go when we want to treat ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    TOOBAD2
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Once again we had a memorable experience at Christopher's. Best waiter and food we found in Carmel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and excellent service!!
    crzy8tsVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Christopher's was excellent. What else do I need to say. The food was outstanding, try the Chili Relleno and the Seafood Pasta...great dishes...small with excellent service...we were not rushed and really allowed to move at our own pace. Will be back the next time we are in Carmel!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very welcoming and private setting
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were met with sincere friendliness and the high level of service continued throughout the meal. We had the filet and fresh catch--- both were excellent and the wine selection was impressive. This great place is not a Carmel tourist trap. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie in Carmel
    love2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great evening at Christopher's!!! Good food, wine, service and atmosphere! Will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfy and yummy
    carmelrez
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a lovely, warm, inviting restaurant with very good food and reliable service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dining experience!!!
    NightCrawler
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I were thrilled with your quaint restaurant. Outstanding service. Creative and intelligent menu. Food wonderful!!! Will return!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aroundtheworld
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The owner was very attentive and the food was absolutely wonderful! This will be a go to for us in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went here for big anniversary dinner with wife. Nice ambiance and great food and service. Loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome dining
    DrDave
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Christopher's always has a wonderful menu with great specials of the day. We chose the stuffed Petrale Sole and were treated to a wonderfully, flavorful seafood preparation. Full bar of cocktails.....Cosmo In Paris was delightful. Wine by the glass, excellent choices. Our drinks were complementary....big SURPRISE, later were told by our D-I-L that she had called and arranged to pay for our drinks. The staff dropped the ball there by not telling us at the time, only that drinks were taken care of....a little embarrassing since she had asked them to tell us they were compliments of her and our son. Must say Chris was out that night and may be the reason entire message was not conveyed. Overall, wonderful dining and plan on returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Far better than I thought
    jimg93940
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We've eaten at Christophers several times, and it is always a delight. The food, the service, the ambiance are all perfect for a relaxing and wonderful evening of good food and conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Delightful experience - food was wonderful and service very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We found Christopher's a couple of years ago and it remains on our top 10 list of places. The food is outstanding and the service is truly stellar. If I could give 6 stars, I would! Christopher's is also a very good value. Their prices are remarkable for the quality of food and service you get. We also like to small restaurant feeling. We highly recommend Christopher's if you are visiting Carmel/Monterey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wondeful Experience
    Sluggo
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner at Christopher's. The food was very good, the server made my children totally at ease, and provided exceptional service. The menu choices were select, but interesting, and well prepared. the overall experience was memorable. One of my favorites in Carmel. I heard Christopher was out recovering from back surgery- I hope your recovery goes well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst experience ever!
    FooddummyVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Not sure how these great reviews showed up. Our experience was really bad. The waiter was impolite to say the least. When we wanted to talk to someone in charge, there was no one to talk to. We talked to another waiter. The food was really bad. None of us (6 in total) finished our dinner. The only good thing on thr menu was the chilli relleno. All this when there were only 4 tables occupied. Never going back!
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  • NnylaVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Salad was extremely overdressed, duck was quite overcooked, ice chunks in the martinis and made by our waiter, not a trained bartender...it was a Monday so maybe it was just an off night, but the restaurant itself was cute and a very pretty courtyard
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 397 reviews are from the Christopher's on Lincoln reviews archive.
  • Excellent ood and Atmosphere
    JewelOfCochellaVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    WE enjoyed our evening at Christopher. The food was excellent and the surrounding cosy and nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh so delicious
    GinnyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We loved our visit to Christopher's. I had the fresh salmon (absolutely wonderful) and my husband had the Osso Busco ( also wonderful). The owner was very attentive and helpful. He recommended a wonderful wine that went well with both of our entrees. The room was comfortable and relaxing. We highly recommend it for a quiet lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad food
    Marina
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Trying to cook fancy but fails desperately. Undercooked vegetables, tasteless food. Way too pricy and fancy for the quality of the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    Sidekick
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    One of the few, if not only, restaurant where the wait staff know not to pick up serving plates before everyone at the table has finished that dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    CMBPB
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    After years living in the Monterey area, we found Christopher's. Excellent food and service. Quiet, relaxing atmosphere, We will be returninig often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could have been perfect
    Chilipepper
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My salmon was perfect, but my husband's steak was overcooked. The owner and waiter were at the table when he first cut into it. They knew of the problem but made no attempt to rectify the situation. We ended our meal with coffee and ice cream and they didn't even offer that as a concession. We had a better experience the night before at Mission Ranch for about half the price.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The food was delicious, great menu and excellent staff. Don't miss this place. It is a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chirstophers on Lincoln
    RoccaVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was our first visit to Christopher's. It is upscale dining with friendly atmosphere. Had the special stuffed sole with crab, shrimp and salmon with a lobster sauce. It was fantastic. Waiter was very attentive but not pushy in the least. We were able to enjoy our evening at our pace. Prices are extremely reasonable and would recommend this place as well as come back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Warm and welcoming. Fresh California cuisine. Friendly, attentive service. A hit all around!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great carmel find
    casualgourmetVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Wonderful food,extensive menu, fair prices , lovely atmosphere. Everything was fresh, innovative, original and delicious. Don't miss a great dinner at this terrific restaurant, despite it being right in the middle of a busy tourist Mecca. It is on a quiet leafy side street however, and is as satisfying as it is inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet