I went here with my daughter shortly after New Year's and had one of the best meals ever: truly memorable! Wonderful place to really enjoy a meal with excellent food and service. I would come back any time.
12/26/2012 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food, attentive service, comfortable surroundings. Our new favorite in the area.
2/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is fantastic and
The food is fantastic and though this is a pricey meal, it compares favorably to other places like Manresa. The Chef's menu had an excellent set of food.
2/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amy Burk and the attentive
Amy Burk and the attentive staff make it a memorable experience.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Incredible Food. Impeccable Service
Incredible, artfully presented food, with impeccable service in a beautiful Carmel Valley setting. Like all fine restaurants, the dinner started with an amuse bouche and finished with a tray of chocolates (hand-painted in this case!). What happened in between was an incredible meal that exceeded our expectations. Even the palette cleanser before dessert was incredible. On the night we ate, they had both an Asst Sommelier and a full Sommelier. My wife and I went to dinner here for our 14th Anniversary and were quite surprised that our menus were printed with "Happy 14th Anniversary" that were hand-signed by the entire staff. What else can I say?
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Stunning dishes, friendly service
Food was excellent, service and ambience remarkable. All the dishes were stunning with unusual flavor combinations, especially regarding the deserts. The service is excellent, friendly and they really know what they are talking about.
Only downside: Portion sizes are rather small (and I'm European, so I don't expect the usual US "family size" portions). I complained about my main course and ordered a 2nd dish because I really was left hungry. My mum's main course (we both had fish) was at least twice as big as mine. Nice touch though: when my 2nd main course was served, my mum was served a lovely soup with it so I wouldn't be eating my course on my own. They also didn't charge for the course that I complained about.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonder Marinus restaurant
We have dined at Marinus restaurant many times. It is our special occasion restaurant and has never failed to please. The service is good, the food excellent, the ambiance is wonderful. The hotel itself is like an English country estate with large bowels of flowers
strategically placed. I would recommend it whole heartedly.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Marinus for our
We went to Marinus for our anniversary, hoping to have a nice meal and to leave us with good memories. Our expectations were left in the dust. The ambiance was beautiful and relaxing, the wait staff was perfect, and the food. . . ahhh, the food. It litteraly brought tears of joy to our eyes.
If you are watching your money or don't feel comfortable spending quite a bit, this may not be the right place for you. However, if you want to treat yourself to an amazing evening and if you truly love food that is a visual and palatable masterpiece, then this is the perfect destination.
ps. We each ordered the Chef's Tasting Menu with accompanying wines and it ran just under $600 for the two of us. . worth every cent!!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food but watch your bill
Food was top notch; everything was carefully prepared and elegantly presented. Wagyu beef was excellent, but way overpriced. Service was generally spot on, but the waiter was a little too manic and the wine steward was not forthcoming with price when he offered to do a "pairing" for our a la carte selections. We ended up paying $8 for sparkling water and $50 for about 4 half glasses of wine. Still we had a great time, and the setting is wonderful. Just ask about cost before making your choices.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Carmel has some special spots, and this is surly one. We had the tasting menu. The food was creative and perfectly prepared. The wine list is excellent. This is the special "go to" spot for many of the locals. Next time, we will likely stay at the Inn as well. It is beautiful.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience
The decor at this place is simply elegant. Mark, the sommulier, was a great help in selecting the perfect wines for our various courses. The chef's creations showed creativity and origionality and made good use of the local ingredients. A bit pricy but considering the whole experience it was a terrific value. Regret we live in LA and won't be able to get their more often.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very warm atmosphere....and charming. This place will pamper you beyond your taste buds...the food and wait staff is beyond belief. A dining experience to remember. Its a place you will come back to for that special dining experience. ..we loved everything from the beginning to end.....
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Marinus is now in the Top-3 of our all time dining experiences, thanks to the entire staff and the excellent Food & Wine we were served. My wife and I both tried things we have never eaten before, and they were all fantastic! Everyone at Marinus made us feel special for celebrating our Anniversary there with them (even acknowledging the anniversary on the menu they gave us!), and there was not one glitch the whole 150 minutes we were there (we enjoyed every minute)... We only do this sort of dining once a year or so, but as I told the staff; "you make us want to do this more often"... It was a perfect night!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was the perfect setting
It was the perfect setting for a very special birthday dinner. Everything was more than we had anticipated. We did the tasting menu. It was excellent in every way. We are looking forward to returning for dinner again as well as to stay at the lodge.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate at Marinus mid-week in May 2013, and it was easily one of our favorite, and most memorable dining experiences. I would highly recommend the Chef's Tasting Menu, which changes daily (based on what the Chef can find that's fresh at market each day). The service is excellent; attentive, but never overly 'stuffy.' The food was creative, but never at the level where it sacrificed taste (which is very important to me). Of special note, the sommelier and wine director, Mark, is a true gem: He gave excellent pairing recommendations and his passion for his vocation and desire to help others learn is quite clear, especially to a budding oenophile. In summary, par excellence!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Deserves 2 Michelin stars
Excellent restaurant in Carmel region. Romantic location, super service and great food!!!
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant that happens
Great restaurant that happens to be part of a great lodge. Absolutely, one of the best
dining experiences we've had. We look forward to returning.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
This is the second time my wife and I dined at Marinus and it was even better the second time. The duck I had was wonderful as was my wife's lamb. Our server had the perfect mix of professionalism and personality. Overall this was a great dining experience.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant Dining - Relaxed Atmosphere
Located at the secluded Bernardus Lodge, Marinus Restaurant is your best bet for fine dining in a relaxed, casual setting. The food is perfectly prepared, the staff is expertly trained and attentive, and the wine list is fairly priced and very well thought out. We highly recommend the Prix Fixe menu as it will undoubtedly offer the best courses of the evening. And, if a la carte is your choice, you will not be disappointed. Not an inexpensive place, but certainly worth every cent. We can't wait to get back here.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for special occasions
This is the third time we dined at Marinus, the last time being a couple of years ago and we had a wonderful meal as expected. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu and everything was delicious with the exception of their dessert and hence only 4 1/2 stars for food. Service was impeccable and overall a great dining experience. We look forward to returning.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
OMG ....nothing beats this place!
When the service is this good, it really competes with the food itself! Brought my two teenager girls and what a treat for them. Best high end restaurant they have ever been in. Strongly recommend to every foodie and for anyone who wants an impressive meal. The biggest surprise is that most restuarants of this caliber deliver dishes of small portions with the intention to make you want just one more bite. Well, this place says the heck with that...and they give you plenty! You will not only not leave fully satified consumption-wise, you will leave well served, happy, entertained and so impressed. I will definitely be back. Well worthe drive out to away from the hustle and bustle of Carmel intown area.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth driving out of Carmel
Wonderful dinner at the Bernardus Lodge fine dining restaurant. Delicious starters with seasonal ingredients. Waitstaff was very attentive to allergies. I dropped one star from the food because serving pork as medium rare results in a seared pork (just like seared tuna). I personally do not find sushi pork very appealing and would suggest that the most people don't either. It was returned and corrected in the kitchen but I just don't get the philosophy to serve pork this way (which was the house preference I was told). But having said that and if properly forewarned, the food was beautifully executed and taste was excellent. So I would not hesitate to return.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine dining at its best.
It's everything you want in a fine dining experience. Wonderful service, beautiful room and exquisite dishes. We chose to go ala carte this time (the tasting menu was a little too much food for us on our last visit) and asked for wine pairings to go with each course. Unique, fresh, organic dishes that were all exciting. It's expensive, of course, but we felt it was commensurate with the quality and the experience.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for our 40th Anniversary.
The food, service and ambiance was just what we wanted for our celebration.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Phenomenal Dining Experience
Food was served very quickly, presented beautifully, and tasted nothing short of amazing. The wine pairing was very good and the customer services was very attentive and responsive. While the meal was expensive, the entire experience was worth every cent.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Foodie paradise in a vineyard.
We have enjoyed this restaurant several times. The quality and presentation is amazing. Incredible wine list. Not cheap; but, a real value considering the quality and service
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. The
The food was excellent. The duck was probably one fo the best i have ever had -- perfectly cooked to just the right medium rare point. The vineyard's wines provided great options, which we enjoyed. The service was both very professional and appropriately friendly, creating a very good atmosphere. It is very quiet overall, and an older crowd dominated the tables the night we were there..
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Dining Experience
Everything was perfect, black truffle risotto was one of the highlights of my meal. We will make a visit to Marinus on our next trip.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked the private dining room for 9 people and 4-course tasting menu - and had a wonderful experience! The staff were attentive, the food exquisite, and we even enjoyed a 35-year old magnum of wine! The team did a fabulous job. Thank you!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
You might think that eating at another restaurant the night after having dined at a certain 3 Michelin star restaurant over in Napa Valley would be a recipe for disappointment. This gem of a restaurant in the very beautiful Bernardus Lodge was no disappointment. It outshone its rival in terms of the overall experience, the attentiveness of the service, value for money, and even the food. We had a truly magical and personalized experience dining there, which culminated in being taken out to the kitchen to meet the chef, and admire the chef's table area complete with Julia Child autograph on the wall. If you are near Carmel, do not miss this place.
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the best dining experiences I have ever had.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was tops- attentive
Service was tops- attentive without being intrusive, knowledgeable, professional and pleasant. Explained the dishes as they were presented without being snobbish. Wine list was quite impressive. Worth a second, or third, visit.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such interesting textures and tastes! A lovely evening with attentive but not obtrusive service.
All details attended to.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
FIRST CLASS RESTAURANT---SERVICE
FIRST CLASS RESTAURANT---SERVICE EXCELLENT--FOOD UNBELIEVABLY GOOD--THE TRUE SKILL OF THE CHEF COMES THROUGH WITH EACH AND EVERY COURSE.
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
It Was Fantastic Wine Pairings With Beautiful Food. The Staff Was Very Good And Attentive. This Is a Great spot For Great Food. And Great Wine
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent but pricey
Excellent food, wonderful amuse and intermediate dish complimentary. Romantic seating near the giant fire place. Amidst vineyard and gardens.
But portions are small and the wines at least 3 times retail. Wines below $100 dollar very limited, none below $50.
Husbands birthday well acknowledged with complimentary sweets and named menu card. Good for special occasion.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best dining experiences ever! From start to finish the service, food and wine were exceptional. So glad we came and we will definitely be back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent in all respects
My husband and I went here for his birthday. The restaurant is quiet, romantic, elegant, and cozy - and CLASSY. There is a beautiful ambiance with a large 12-foot fireplace and just enough tables for this restaurant to showcase its exclusivity. The food was absolutely amazing - top quality - a true masterpiece (we have eaten at many fine dining places). You may bring your own wine even though their wine list is extensive and superb. The service is wonderful and the staff is delightful. We are definitely going to return soon! The food is exquisite and the portions are a very good size so you will be full at the end of your meal as opposed to many "fancy" places that have small portions. We were thoroughly pleased - what a gem!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service
It was my birthday dinner and Marinus made it special. I had my own personalized menu, which I kept, and I also got a birthday card from the staff. Service was excellent and the food delicious. Notable was the beet salad, delicious and rich portobello mushroom soup, turbot and venison loin. It is a special place and a birthday highlight. A great dinner and evening.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the food; it was exquisite.
I loved the food; it was exquisite. The service was impeccable. We opted for the wine pairing menu. The white wines are too dry for my taste.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Marinus continues to provide
We have been here several times before. If we are in the Monterey Peninsula this is the restaurant of choice for special occasions.
It has been redecorated and is beautiful with a welcoming fire and welcoming personnel. The drinks (cocktails) are excellent and the wine list if quite good, especially for whole bottles. The amuse gueles were good and the entrees were excellent. The tasting menu was too extensive to consider. You would have to really be fasting to do it. Attentive wait staff and all in all a very satisfying way to celebrate one's 44th wedding anniversary.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb from start to finish. We dined on a Sunday evening when Chef Cal was not in the kitchen yet it was a flawless experience in every way. The team executes with a symphony of experience. The recently re-designed dining room is wine country chic, comfortable, elegant but not stuffy in any way and a harmonius match with the farm to table artisan cuisine.We enjoyed a table in front of the fire and lingered late into the evening course by course without feeling rushed in any way. Barnardus Lodge and Marinus is located just 20 minutes from C by the Sea and a dining must for visiting foodies to the area and a perfect little gem to runaway to.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Every single person was exceptional. There was no lack of attention but not overly so.
The food was amazing with presentation to match. Can't wait to come back.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is What We Have Been Missing!
Since moving to Central California from Chicago, we have been missing a certain level of dining experience. We aren't food snobs, but honestly, you come to expect a certain level of service and a certain level of thought in a menu. Being in Central California exposes us to a lot of high quality ingredients, so we expected a lot of high quality food - and Marinus delivers! The food is amazing, thoughtfully prepared and the servers were knowledgeable and never in a rush if we had questions. We will definitely be back!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Three of us had dinner at Marinus-Bernadus. The service was wonderful. The wine (Bernadus 2009 Pinot Noir) was excellent. The only problem I had was with the Abalone. It was very tough, and I have never had Abalone like that before. I was told that it was a new dish. Aside from that, the food was first rate
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent in every respect.
Exceeded my expectations. On par with fine European restaurants. Classic dining in upscale, romantic room. Creative kitchen, fresh ingredients, ample wine selections -- some good values on list and also some top of the charts stuff. Not stuffy, friendly and very attentive service. We recently moved to area and this will be a place we will return to for special occasions and some times just for a wonderful night out. Going to try the Lodge's bistro soon and expect it will be a good informal option for lighter fare.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent in every way -- a top-tier, high-class restaurant, worth driving to from Carmel (or farther away!).
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding dining experience
There is nothing to fault about yhis outstanding restaurant.
We had the tasting menu and were thrilled with the food.
The service had the perfect level of attention and the service team worked together better than i have ever seen.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Carmel Valley Gem
Marinus is an outstanding restaurant. Food goes above and beyond, service is impeccable and the ambiance is very romantic. We consider it the best restaurant in the Carmel area.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The tasting menu and wine pairing were outstanding. Service,especially the wine steward, was excellent. Best meal we've had in a long time. Can't wait to go again.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM