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About Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

At Flaherty's...Fish is Everything!

We know good seafood, we know how to buy it and we know how to prepare it. Unlike most restaurants (even the best of them) where fish is often a secondary item on the menu...at Flaherty's it's all about seafood.

Here, you will experience a small town, comfortable, family atmosphere, where quality ingredients and quality preparation come together with quality service. We also include gluten free items in our menu to provide all of our customers with the best service possible. It's who we are...come and experience seafood like it was meant to be.

On 6th Avenue between Dolores & San Carlos
Carmel, CA 93921
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 625-1500

Website:
http://www.flahertysseafood.com/

Parking Details:
Please allow 15-20 extra minutes before your reservation to find street parking.

Private Party Facilities:
On Site Catering for private company (two rooms available)

Menu can be fresh fish or meat or poultry (all free range)

We will adjust the menu to your liking - our talented chef can provide any type of meal.

Private Party Contact:
800-435-4576: (800) 435-4576

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
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Sunday Lunch (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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Great Beer (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our first time eating at Flaherty’s. It began very well with the hostess remembering me calling about bringing our dog. We ate outside where our pooch was treated to water right away. We enjoyed a half bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and share a lobster enchilada. The lobster taste was a bit drowned out by Mexican spices and cilantro, no fault of the restaurant. The pico de gallo was tasty. Not a big fan of the very sweet corn fritter. It seemed a bit out of place. A not-so-sweet one may have worked better. Service was good though we waited awhile to order. After that, all were attentive. We would return and try another dish!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Red sangria was excellent. Stuffed trout was a little bland, the corn meal snapper was good. The bread pudding was too mushy, but had good flavor

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Okay. The Uncle Ben's converted rice was a nostalgic blast from the past. Did not think the price was worth the dining experience. Stark atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Quality is spotty – since we last visited, the food has taken a turn for the worse. It's not bad, exactly – but the salad was full of bits of very old celery and browning lettuce; the seafood linguini was mediocre – very little flavor, slightly over-cooked shellfish, and it came with a sauce different from the one on the menu (about which we did not complain). The pie was clearly bought from another chain. There are so many other options in Carmel that we will try somewhere else next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was just average. I ordered crab cakes and they were mainly filler. That said I grew up on the east coast and crab cakes are lump crab with little filler. We ordered the creme brûlée for dessert and they came out cold. They do have gluten free options which is a bonus.

The dining space is very cramped so don't expect any privacy.

Overall it was ok. I wouldn't go there for a special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good seafood and reasonable prices. Busy, but the staff are on too of it. Would definitely come back again.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We arrived 15 minutes earlier than our reservation time. They seated us immediately. Since it was Thanksgiving, the place was packed. However, though we were sort of on top of our neighbor's tables, we still enjoyed ourselves. There were big parties and it made service slow. Yet, once we were taken care of, it appeared to be more comfortable and accommodating. The service staff was very friendly and professional. The food we ordered was quite good.
This is our second time at the restaurant and we would definitely go again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great lunch and wonderful service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was good was overpriced. We made a reservation but really didn't need one for an earlier dinner. They have a reasonable kids menu. The wait staff was attentive and helpful.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was a celebratory dinner between my girlfriend and my parents, and we had a phenomenal time. The oysters were great and my Lobster Melt was delicious. It seemed like everybody enjoyed their food thoroughly.

Sara, our waitress, did a wonderful job and just made the experience outstanding. She was very personable and made us all feel right at home.

We definitely hope to be back.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great food. Recommend scallop and crab risotto.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I am sorry to leave a bad review, but must in this case. The noise level was extremely loud and we could hardly hear ourselves speak. My husband and I ordered oysters Rockefeller, a salad to share, my husband ordered halibut and I ordered the scallops. The oysters arrived with what looked like yellow cheese melted on them, but what turned out to be hollandaise sauce that to me tasted like Aunt Penny's from a can (awful). My husbands halibut was tasteless as were the mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. My scallops were marginally better. We never received the salad and had to ask for it to be removed when we finally got the bill... Nope, not going back.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We really enjoyed the crab salad melt and the Shrimp Louie salad. Food was fresh and delicious.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 7, 2017

No hostess to greet you. Wait staff yelled across the bar to sit anywhere. Jennifer, our waitress, did a great job, friendly, quick, efficient. Owner of the restaurant came in from the back, moved a chair at the table in front of us banging into our table, didn't apologize. then he sat at the table with a scruffy individual and started talking business. Not very appropriate with other people trying to dine and enjoy their meal. He then started talking to another waitress, poked at her stomach with a pen making some comment about it; extremely rude and inconsiderate.
I would not return to this establishment.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our lunch was fantastic; fresh and elegantly prepared.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We were well taken care of by a great team oriented staff.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I did'nt for the calamari steak dinner-the restaurant did accommodate offering a complimentary dinner on our next visit, ( we live 4 hours away) but I feel they should have accommodated us for the meal also

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had reservations in the main restaurant but we were routed to the bar area for “better service” but it was separate from the restaurant and a little too casual for a couples dinner out. The food however, was excellent. Recommend the catfish and lobster ravioli.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Did not dine. Went into restaurant and it looked like a total tourist trap

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Flahertys is a great restaurant downtown in Carmel. We love the variety of seafood. This time I got the Monterey Bay Fish Stew which is delicious. My wife got the seafood jambalaya which she loved. Have not had a bad meal in the 5+ times we have eaten there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good place to eat seafood !
My husband always wants to eat here at least once every time we visit Carmel. Tonight he ate apps & had the calamari, crab cakes, and a salad. Usually he orders an entree.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had a lovely meal with excellent fish dishes and casual atmosphere. The wait staff was attentive and helpful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

They were ready from my reservation ... they set us at a table the put together in the very back by the kitchen. The servers took forever... they said they would re seat us when a table came open and we had to finally ask after watch people get up and then they sat other people. I was very disappointed and won't be going back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The wait staff was excellent, prompt, knowledgeable and friendly - perfect

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The service was the worse we have ever experienced. We were not offered menus, it took for ever to get attention and order our food .
Then it took a long time to get drinks and food.
The worse part of the experience was the women’s bathroom.
The toilet was actually soiled inside and out.
The restaurant did not meet the standard of the restaurants in Carmel or Open table.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Friendly and helpful service. We started with a very tasty bissque. Main course was filet mignon. Perfect - and a good winesuggestion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The lobster sandwich was wonderful. Good service
Prices were fair and popular with tourists

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent for several decades. Your entrees always meet our expectations,

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were visiting Carmel from the Boston area and as such are selective in seafood cuisine - Flaherty's offerings were inventive and then some - great food, convenient location - we'd return if we lived closer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service & drinks were very good, food not so much. We had a over cooked chewy calamari appetizer that the waiter promptly replaced with a better ahi sushi appetizer. My gnocchi & lobster entree was very good except they had to replace the undercooked lobster, which they did with no problem. My husbands chicken was overcooked. They offered free dessert & gave us some drinks & appetizer for free. Cook had an off day apparently.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Flahertys is a no nonsense kind of restaurant that seems to attract an older crowd. I chose it because they had a lot of options on their gluten-free menu including crab cakes that I thought were quite good. I wish they had the crab cakes as an entree because they I could've just eaten them and a cup of clam chowder and be satisfied. Instead I split the order with my companion and we shared the artichoke which was good and then I ate the mixed seafood grill. This sounds like a lot of food but the mixed grill was not rich and heavy and had 2 shrimp, 2 scallops a piece of fish, 2 clams and about 6 mussels. There were also a small serving of fries with this and I was very impressed by how knowledgeable the server was on GF foods and assured me of the care the kitchen took in preparing my meal including cooking everything separately including the fries. It's a casual atmosphere in the bar but looked less stuffy than the dining room. A family came in with small kids and seemed to struggle with finding food for them. I'd go back for a casual night of dining.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We had a great lunch at Flaherty's. Our server was excellent...very attentive and helpful. The food portions were large and very tasty. We will definitely return again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Not friendly. Did not get everything we ordered. Food was average at best.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We had a late lunch for my husband's birthday. Big selection of fresh fish. Our halibut was perfectly cooked, and a generous portion. Great veggies nicely displayed with the fish. Service was very good despite having only one server for a mid afternoon time period and 4-5 tables occupied during our time there. This is a very casual unpretentious restaurant that we will return to next time we are in Carmel.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 28, 2017

One of the very few places with gf options while we were there. The food and service was amazing!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Cute place, nice location, and great service, but the food was disappointing. I ordered a fish dish with potatoes and veggies. When it first arrived the potatoes were on the cold side. The waitress apologized and brought it back to the kitchen. She quickly returned with a new plate and the potatoes were warmer (though still not heated enough) but now the veggies were cold. I didn't say anything at that point and just ate the meal as I was hungry.

For the price, it should have been much better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Searched opentable for a last minute dinner option in Carmel during Concourse d'elegance. The beauty of this restaurant is that it gives you 2 options. A bar area with tv's and tables or a quieter side for excellent dining and the ability to carry normal toned conversations. The food was awesome and Kayla (sp?) was an amazing server!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

8/19/17

For years this has been our favorite place for lunch in lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea. Delicious options make it difficult to choose but you can't go wrong. Service is friendly and attentive. Delightful!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great place. Excellent food with a nice variety. Great service, very friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very kind staff, welcoming to our dogs dining with us on the patio. Server was so sweet and even pet the dogs. Accommodating to my vegan diet as well, delicious cocktails, good bread, and food. Average priced.

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