L'Escargot - Carmel
L'Escargot - Carmel

L'Escargot - Carmel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.escargot-carmel.com/
  • Phone: 8316201942x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Basque, French
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
L'Escargot - Carmel reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)neighborhood gem (47)romantic (40)special occasion (37)notable wine list (28)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Quirky place
    ArthurJacobVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    L'escargot was good, albeit not memorably good. Would recommend to others but there are plenty of other dining alternatives in Carmel. Our waiter was the best part of the experience, amusing and polished. We got the impression that their regulars sit in one room while out of towners are banished to an ancillary dining area, especially true when you are the only table there for a period of time and the other room is fairly full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Soiree
    Hotplates4me
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Nice quiet neighborhood locale. Inside lights were really bright, minimized the romantic dinner mood. Good menu choices. Glass choice of sparkling wine was from New Mexico. I expected better. The veal sweetbreads, were absolutely wonderful. Husband and I both wanted the duck breast so to not duplicate, I opted for the Cassolet which contained duck. Bad choice, only taste was a mass of seasoned breadcrumbs - the other ingredients, beans, sausage, duck were completely overwhelmed by the crumb taste. I did send back and opted to share my husband's dinner. Lovely chocolate dessert - came with birthday candle. Haven was a charming, knowledgeable, waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • impeccable food and service
    aloha8o8
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner. I called ahead to pre-order the entire meal, and everything came out to our table on time with the greatest service I could have asked for. The ambiance was very romantic and since our reservations were on a Monday at 5pm (when they opened up for dinner), we were the only ones there so the noise level was extremely quiet. My pre-ordered floral arrangement made it to our table prior to our arrival which was also an addition to their service. The food was excellent!! The escargot was amazing, and so was the lamb and filet mignon. The chocolate marquise was very rich but was balanced with the tart from the raspberries. And the wine poached Bosc pear was to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What a find! Great food and service! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find in Downtown Carmel
    Buck
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Small French restaurant. Very good selection of menu items to choose from and good wine list. Moderately expensive. Our waiter, Dino, was excellent-- very knowledgeable about menu items & wines plus very professional. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!
    Bunz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had reservations for our first night in Carmel and loved this restaurant so much that we canceled our reservations somewhere else and came here again. We had the onion/goat cheese tart and mussels for appetizers, duck and lamb for our entrees and the choc decadence and apple tart for desserts. Large portions and delicious. Our only complaint is that the restaurant is a little dark with small rooms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner in Fall 2014
    Shrek
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I enjoyed this restaurant so much last year that I returned this year and made dinner reservations for 6:30PM; however, I was disappointed that they ran out of creme brûlée and earl grey tea
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What took us so long?
    AtlfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    When both service and thecquakitybif food home together it's magic. From the moment we arrived we knew we made a good call. Perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home Cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Meat/Fish & Ingredients were good & fresh, Wines OK, Good Friendly Service. But it is not a Fine Cuisine to justify that level of pricing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Carmel
    Dean6294VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wonderful, creative food and excellent service. I would come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in Carmel
    rbonfond
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We dined at l'Escargot for our anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed, great food and superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place
    Susie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal with impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable French Cuisine in Carmel
    Travelreviewer
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great service, very nice ambience, outstanding prices for the Bistro limited dinner menu of 3 courses for a set price. Our entrees of Sand Dabs, Chicken Provence and Pork Chop in Cherry Wine Sauce were not as tasty as we expected, but the Goat Cheese Tart appetizer was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We so enjoyed our anniversary dinner here. A very nice restaurant where they made us comfortable and took care of every need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little gem away from the crowds
    Sueaz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We booked this restaurant based on Open Table reviews, and we're glad we did! They had a very well-rounded menu and a very thoughtfully selected wine list. On Wednesdays all wines are half price, which is a great bonus;but the dinners are so good, it doesn't matter which day you dine. We both had the fresh Petrale sole, which was sooooooo good! Because we dined on a Wednesday, they had a great number of diners. However, our waiter was especially good at handling the diverse requests of the various tables, as well as deflecting the inevitable complaints of kitchen slowness from large groups that had made special food requests. We're from out of town but if we're ever in Carmel again, we'll definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, great service.
    Melovefood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food, good. Wine, great. Service, excellent. Thank you to Dino for reminding us what fantastic service is all about. Kudos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu is a delight
    2BeerTeddy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The menu's escargot and frog legs ensure french authenticity (though we didn't have the mettle that evening). The pre fix menu had everything you'd need for a satisfying dinner. Sand dabs were perfectly crispy and the pork chop was marinated to perfection. Cozy carmel ambiance and the service was very good. Would go back again... to perhaps order the escargot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining - The way it was meant to be
    Skip
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific French Food
    Pebble71
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average at best...
    FlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb, superb, superb
    justforthehalibut
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Favorite in Carmel
    meetNeat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amv38
    amv38
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truly wonderful experience
    visitor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous French - Carmel by the Sea
    JohnnyHop
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little spot.....Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Awesome duck - a must try as you'll want to go back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in a long while
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Could not recommend this spot highly enough. Great service and sublime food. Not to be missed in a town of great restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Standard American Style French
    ValueDiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Menu has the usual French dishes, escargot, veal etc. Wine list is not distinguished either by local or California selections. The service was adequate. Probably not a restaurant we would go to a second time considering the price, menu selections and ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very poor
    Dave
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    John
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My favorite spot in Carmel. Food is always marvelous as is the service. Always consistently great. John
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enchanting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The wait captain was special, very attentive service and recommendations Need to lower corkage for locals
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy the Experience
    PhxFoodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A wonderful restaurant for any occasion; a business meeting or a romantic evening. Delicious entrées, fantastic wines, sinful desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French on the Beach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 15 reviews are from the L'Escargot - Carmel reviews archive.
  • Good value, nice vibe, would return
    BayAreaNativeVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    Sciman
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and ambiance
    Yagouara
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our new favorite in Carmel
    Reddog
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner here on a Sunday night during a weekend getaway. My wife loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Excellent Food and Service. Highly Recommend. The waiter was very personable and took the dining experience to another level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.