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About 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!

Lincoln St between 5th & 6th ave
Carmel, CA 93921
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Monday: 5:00pm - closing

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 626-8000

Website:
http://christophersrestaurantcarmel.com/

Executive Chef:
Christopher J. Caul

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Christopher: (831) 626-8000

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Christopher's on Lincoln Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (12)
Special Occasion (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Christopher’s never disappoints! It’s a favorite classy restaurant of ours.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Creative and very reasonable menu, great service, nice selection of wines and friendly waitstaff. The lamb and swordfish are very tasty. Have never had less than an excellent meal here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is a quiet, elegant restaurant with excellent service and great food. As with all restaurants in Carmel, it is not cheap but you do get great value for your money. We have celebrated two anniversaries there and will probably do the same next year!
A lovely place to relax!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not only did we love our meal at Christopher’s, but everyone, from the owner who greeted us, to all the waitstaff, were pleasant & glad to see/serve us. This was my first time here & I will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

There is no parking near the restaurant. Either walk or take a taxi there.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas Dinner -We frequent Carmel a couple of times per year and this was the second time we have been to Christopher’s. Service is always great though we were given a table by the door which gave a lot of foot traffic. Food was good but the menu seemed limited compared to last year.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 26, 2017

3 hungry travelers had a delightful Christmas Day dinner here.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was delicious, good service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We very much enjoyed the cocktails and the dessert and selection of ports. I was less happy with my entree, but I think that had more to do with my choice. It was prepared well, but just not what I should have ordered.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love this restaurant. My husband is a great cook, so it is always hard for him to have a meal he feels he couldn’t do better. But he is always very impressed here.

You never disappoint!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was excellent along with the service. For a long time we wanted to try this restaurant and we were very happy with our total experience. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were looking forward to a lovely meal, but I have to say it was the worst meal we have had out in a restaurant in years. We ordered the evening special linguine with seafood. The waiter said it would be in a lite broth, but it was nothing but water. Absolutely NO flavor at all. They put a little pesto in the water. Ugh, I couldn’t believe a chef would let this dish out of the kitchen.
The seafood was so over cooked with no flavor. I asked the waitress for more pesto, I tasted the pesto and it had no flavor at all, but I added it to the dish desperate for flavor of some kind.
I started adding olive oil lots of salt and pepper and asked for pepper flakes hopping for a little flavor besides water. It was a disaster, we should have sent it back.
We started with a Caesar salad my grandkids could have made.....again, no flavor just cut up tiny pieces of romaine lettuce and tiny croutons. For $10.00 it was a joke.
Two thumbs down for this place, trust me you can do much better at so many other wonderful
In Carmel. Don’t waste your money here. Never again, unless the chef tastes his food first.
What a shame.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Enjoyed a nice but not extraordinary dinner here. Server was very efficient and everything was well presented. I had a nice tequila and lime cured salmon starter but was disappointed with the duck main which had a very watery and largely flavourless cherry and brandy gravy. More flavour would have been good to match the duck which was perfectly cooked. Ambience was nice.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We’ve been going to Christopher’s for 15 years & love it every time we go!! Amazing restaurant

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our first visit to Christophers, but we will definitely be back. Recommended to us by friends who also visit Carmel BTS frequently. Loved the food, the ambiance, the location and Taylor took great care of us.

An off the beaten track gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We are locals and Christopher's is one of our favorite restaurants - in a town that has MANY options. The food was wonderful and the service was terrific - very attentive but not smothering. We are so lucky to have such an excellent restaurant available to us.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved everything about this restaurant. The food artwork
Waiters where are great! Will comeback. Try the fried green tomatoes, so. Good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Christopher's is our favorite restaurant in Carmel. It is tucked away on a quiet street just off Ocean Avenue. The two tiered dining room is beautiful. The service is always outstanding. Servers are friendly, and very efficient. The food is excellent. Varied choices on the menu, and the food is always delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The main problems with this places was the service as it was spotty and a bit slow. Also got asked how the food was too many times. Additionally, the owner, who was dressed in chefs whites was hovering about the restaurant. If he is part of the kitchen crew as his dress would indicate, why was he out on the floor. His hovering was very weird. He should either stay in the kitchen or dress like rest of the floor staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was very good and attentive. Seemed to have limited liquor options and wine list was a little odd. Food was ok but nothing special. Kind of bland and basic. Probably won't go back again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Definitely a great meal off the main strip in Carmel. We were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere. It’s a nice, quiet place where you can actually talk to each other. I mentioned on OpenTable that it was or anniversary, and they brought us champagne to celebrate right off the bat (and did not charge us for it). Great service and the food was excellent. At dessert, my wife got a Port ‘upgrade’ from 10 to 20yr because they were out of 10yr.
I’m writing a rare review for me because this place is really good and might get overlooked by the younger well off crowd like us. We also sat next to two local women-another sign this place is the real deal. We’ll be back next time in Carmel.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was good but does not stand out against other places I have eaten. In Carmel terms, and probably regional terms terms, prices were fair. This was a recommendation from someone local, so perhaps we started with expectations to high and, without eating at other many other restaurants in Carmel, I can not fairly compare. Ingredients were fresh and well presented. You might be best going with the dishes they are well known for (the friendly and easy going staff can advise) or the specials. Wine selection was good. Service was good but not as skilled or informed as the excellent service we received at Cultura (interesting and Californian influenced Mexican). If I was looking for a comparison this was not a patch on what I would consider my best meal out in a Californian cuisine restaurant (Palmers on Fillmore Street, San Francisco).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was very good and the atmosphere was wonderful. The service was a little indifferent as they seemed understaffed. I had made the note on our reservation that this was our 48th wedding anniversary which also went unnoticed by the staff. A friend recommended Christopher's to us and it's a very good restaurant but there are many good restaurants in Carmel and we want to try all of them.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Part of a special vacation

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I would never eat here again. The food wasn't great, both entrees came out luke warm, reheated, came out scalding & over cooked. They had an excuse for everything.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Christopher's is our go-to for special occasions, and as usual, our dining experience exceeded expectations.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food is amazing! It’s so rich and delicious! The service was amazing and very well versed on the menu. Definitely a great find and well worth it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent menu and food. Very attentive waiter staff.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great wine list knowledgeable staff with pleasant atmosphere

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Charming restaurant on an adorable side street in a converted home nestled in the woods of Carmel. Service was excellent and they have numerous specials each evening in addition to their menu. Terrific selection of wines and recommend trying one of their house specialty cocktails.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Second time here in last few years, on annual visit to Carmel...
Great spot...minor issue with order, but otherwise very very good.
You won't be disappointed. Quiet and romantic in one of America's most
romantic towns.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was not well conceived.

Bland meat dish. It was tender and well cooked but just not flavorful.

A fish appetizer so salt laden it was not edible. But this was not mentioned until it was served! Inexplicable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Zenen did a great job providing professional table service. Kudos to the kitchen for a great meal too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 12, 2017

They just pour too much sauce on everything- you don't even know what the fish or meat is supposed to taste like .

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Christopher's has a very unique menu and they always deliver. We are weekenders in Carmel and it is one of our favorites. I especially like the fried green tomatoes and soft shell crab. I can hardly wait to return.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The environment and the menu seem "tired". Food was only okay, not bad but nothing to get my tastebuds excited about.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The servers were very attentive and friendly. We had the butternut squash ravioli, steak, osso bucco, and the short ribs. All were tasty and very tender and flavorful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Took forever

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Nice quiet restaurant with really great food. Would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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