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L'Escargot - Carmel
L'Escargot - Carmel

L'Escargot - Carmel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.escargot-carmel.com
  • Phone: (831) 620-1942
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Basque
  • Executive Chef: Kericos Loutas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L'Escargot - Carmel
Nestled in a residential neighborhood on Mission Street, three blocks north of Ocean Avenue lies a slice of “Old Carmel”. Originally founded in 1958 by Yvan Nopert and his family, Chef – Owner Kericos Loutas carries on the traditions of superb Country French Cuisine and personalized friendly service. A local favorite for casual fine dining in a romantic atmosphere, L’Escargot offers visitors an alternative to the “tourist experience”. The menu changes frequently, as do the specials. A three-course prix fixed Bistro Menu is offered nightly. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I first dined at L'Escargot in 1971. It was a "neighborhood gem" then, sometimes overshadowed by places that were more advertised (Marquis, then Hog's Breath, etc.); but we "locals" knew where to go for that special touch in fine dining. Although we don't live in Carmel now, we visit when we can --- and we always include a dinner at L'Escargot. Yes, it's THAT good."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and superior service. Fine wine list, fairly priced -- and even better on their half-price "Wine Wednesdays." Helpful, pleasant service -- attentive but not pressing. We rate this as one, if not the best, restaurants on the Central Coast."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Three choices of escargot, but mine were in the garlic sauce and overcooked. Hubby had the red wine sauce which did not compliment the snails. The best part of dinner was the capresse salad, fresh tomato and tasty mozzarella. My petrale sole was good in a caper butter sauce but I make this at home. Nothing special. The chocolate cake was dry and crumbled and not what you would expect from a flourless chocolate cake. For the price paid, I would not return."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We just loved everything about this restaurant. The food was superb, the ambience was lovely and the service was so attentive. personal, and caring--and menu direction was spot-on. We booked L'Escargot during Concours week (and it was also my husband's birthday), but from the level of attention we received--not to mention the heavenly food that was perfect and piping hot--you would never know that it was one of the busiest weekends in Carmel/Monterey. If you are heading to this insanely beautiful part of California, do not miss L'Escargot. It's not trendy, it's SUBLIME."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "L' Escargot is a quaint and charming little gem of a French restaurant that reminded us of our favorite little bistro in Paris. The food, service, and ambiance was perfect in every way. Our waiter was helpful, friendly, and informative about their wine and menu items. I shared their signature escargot appetizer with a friend, and it was even better that the several I had had in Paris last May. For my entree' I had duck fixed two ways, with a pan seared duck breast cooked pink, moist, and tender, and the leg and thigh confit, served with a savory, not overwhelming, orange sauce. Others in our party raved about their sand dabs, filet of sole, and rabbit. My husband and I shared the apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream. Superior dining!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "we were introduced to this restaurant earlier this year and have been back 3 times since- the menu is varied and should appeal to virtually any specific likes. we especially enjoyed the dover sole our first time there. the service is personal and timely. we shall return again"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Lovely neighborhood site - easy parking. And simply the best service I have experienced in years from making the reservation to having our table ready to a waiter who truy enjoys what he does. The food was impeccably described and prepared. Delicious to the last bite. Such a hie selection of choices."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It had been a couple of years since my wife and I last dined at L'Escargot - only because our stays in Carmel had been brief until this summer. It has been remodeled since we last were there, which is nice. But the food is still the same as we remembered it - awesome! I had duck ala orange. My wife had rabbit with penne pasta. Both were great. So was my sweetbreads appetizer and the country pate my wife had. With two very nice green salads in between. Nothing is over the top in preparation or presentation - it's just good country French food. I'm dying to try the cassoulet - gonna wait for a cold drizzly night though. The weather was too nice this last time! We will go back for sure."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The staff was very attentive. We tried everything recommended by the server. It was my first time having frog legs and I enjoyed them! My husband had the rabbit pasta. It was to die for. And I had the duck. It was amazing. You definitely can't go wrong with whatever you choose to indulge in."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had made reservations the same day we were lucky to get in as all the tables were full by 8pm, for good reason. We were staying in a little B&B close by and were walking back to the Inn when we passed the restaurant and the chef saw us looking at the restaurant he came up to us and starting inviting us in to see the place and was really genuinely welcoming. Everyone knew this guy it was like friends coming to dinner but the food was awesome."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Awesome duck - a must try as you'll want to go back for more."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Could not recommend this spot highly enough. Great service and sublime food. Not to be missed in a town of great restaurants."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Ordinary, poorly cooked food at tourist prices. The rabbit pasta (with two shredded pieces of some meat) was served with a very different sauce than described in the menu. Service was slow and non attentive. Suggest you stay away."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My favorite spot in Carmel. Food is always marvelous as is the service. Always consistently great. John"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The wait captain was special, very attentive service and recommendations Need to lower corkage for locals"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant for any occasion; a business meeting or a romantic evening. Delicious entrées, fantastic wines, sinful desserts."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great find. Thanks to OpenTable, we found a seat at a time that worked and we were impressed with everything. The Escargot was terrific, as was the pate. I had the duck and my wife had the sand dabs. Both were delicious The waiter could not have been more enthusiastic. He even found a half bottle of a dessert wine that we love. A terrific evening in a charming town. We are plotting our return visit already."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was a first visit. Note that maps put this at an intersection; it's a little south on Mission in a cozy little building. Ambiance was nice although we were seated too close to the kitchen. Service was friendly, relaxed, but knowledgeable. Food was authentic French cuisine in a California setting with a decent wine list and not too much markup. Salads were fresh and nicely presented. Main course bouillabaisse was very creative with 7 different types of seafood. Sand dabs also very good. Dessert was good not great. Coffee was excellent. Overall a good value and we would return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Once again my wife and I enjoyed a delicious, beautifully prepared and presented meal at L'Escargot. We have never been disappointed in the cuisine, ambience and service at L'Escargot; this occasion was not an exception. I had the Boulliabaisse, a veritable aquarium of delectable fish and shellfish, all fresh and "ocean-friendly." It looked beautiful and tasted even better. Meanwhile my wife enjoyed the rabbit prepared in a mustard chardonnay sauce and served over penne pasta. Her assessment: heavenly. All of this with a lovely Caraccioli Pinot on "Wino Wednesday". Perfect! Kudos to the chef and to the staff - especially Dino, who is the embodiment of hospitality, organization, efficiency and service. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We loved it. Hadn't been to Carmel in ages and wanted a French food infusion. Great off the beaten track, small personal service restaurant. Little hard to find, but worth it."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had our anniversary dinner here on a Sunday night during a weekend getaway. My wife loved it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent Food and Service. Highly Recommend. The waiter was very personable and took the dining experience to another level."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Last week we enjoyed a great dinner. My wife and I both had the lamb shank and it was delicious and the portion was huge. The 1/2 price Wednesday wine was a bonus. Ambiance and service were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service and a friendly atmosphere overall. Tables not too close but no feeling of being alone. There a was a large group in the back this last visit but not in any way disturbing to us as it was a good natured conversation. Wine list is good and reasonably priced with no attempt to sell up to pricier stuff. My cassoulet with duck and sausage was very good and very hot, just as I like it. I started with the pate plate which is good but perhaps not like I had in Paris! Wife had sand dabs and they were just as good as others report in their reviews. I give this five stars because it never fails to please and we go away always little surprised at how good it is."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "A perfect night. The wine, the Dover sole, the local sole and the escargot were wonderful. Professional wait staff. Can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "were accompanied by friends who have very much enjoyed the restaurant and recommended it to us. we found it every bit as good as they had indicated. the dover sole was outstanding although we were tempted by many other items on the excellent menu. definitively plan to return"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "this restaurant has so much class. the owner is a wonderful cook. the wait staff is beyond great. a top down fantastic place to eat. the food is the best I've had in any other place. the desserts are also over the top"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We love L'Escargot's food and service. It is perfect for a romantic evening or dining with friends because it is quiet enough to communicate. The menu has so many choices but I love the goat cheese tart and rack of lamb. This is as close as you will get to dining in France. The service is very special and our waiter on Friday night was superb. We were celebrating our anniversary so they brought us a glass of champagne to start our evening. I can see why this is the oldest restaurant in Carmel.....trends come and go but great food and service will keep you busy with happy customers."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "L'Escargot has gone through an interior updating that has transformed this cherished business into an attractive, cozy place to enjoy conversation and great food. They offer a three-course meal for $34 which is a bargain in Carmel and don't forget that Wednesday nights they offer bottles of wine for half price. Can't be beat. Food is delicious. They have been around since 1958 I believe and are still relevant with an updated interior and French country food served with flair."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "First time in this restaurant and we shall return. I had the cassoulet Toulouse it was everything I remembered from having it in Toulouse. Everything was so tasty with great service as well"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The best meal in Carmel in the past several years with awesome food and service Someone who does frog legs and sweetbreads like they know how."
    Dined on 4/5/2014