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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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