L'Escargot - Carmel

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732 reviews
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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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Cleveland
61 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really, the rating should be 3.5 overall. Did not meet our expectations. Service and ambiance were average. Food was good, but not outstanding. We had the salmon and duck, which were both flavorful and prepared correctly (not over cooked), but not really French or nouvelle French cuisine (in our opinion). Nice wine list.
While nice, we would probably not go again.

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Phoenix
97 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was really excited to come here. Lamb chops were cooked perfectly. Escargot could have used a little salt. I added some at the table. Husband liked dish, though I can't recall what it was. Wine by the glass selection was large with good options. Service was adequately friendly, but absent at times and somewhat ambivalent toward us as they and the chef were too busy trying to accommodate some obnoxious doctor and his family at another table who wanted to plan a party. We were the only other ones there, so it wasn't very busy for a Saturday night. which surprised me. I think they cater more to an older early dining crowd.

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n
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Regulars. No matter where we go on the Monterey peninsula nothing compares to the food , ambiance, service and atmosphere. Priced appropriately for the area. Thank you for never serving a questionable meal in over 10 years.

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DP
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal. I was waiting all week to dine there.

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BL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We’ve been coming to Carmel for years and L’Escargot is always a favorite. The selection is good with several specials every night. Prices are reasonable and Wednesday is half price wine night. The staff is always accommodating and very good at explaining the various offerings. Be sure to put it high on your list.

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JH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - great service. Recommend this for everyone.

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SG
San Francisco
172 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner here... charming atmosphere and maybe my favorite dinner in Carmel to date. Will definitely return!!!! Loved the Joseph Carr cab!

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is extraordinary, If your a lamb chop fan then this is the place for you!!

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n
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service outstanding. Food exceptional.

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JH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food menu has an outstanding variety of different items. The food and service was excellent. Our table which we reserved was ready for us. It's worthwhile to try just for the food that is not found in many restaurants.

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GM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic, traditional French cooking, very authentic! The service was even better our waiter seated us at our table earlier than our reservation request and took care of us all evening without being to obtrusive. They have a great wine list and the waiter was also very knowledgeable of the wine pairings with our dinner orders. I would definitely go back!

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal , reAlly good value in a otherwise overpriced town

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n
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at L’escargot for us is like going home. The food is superb always. The service is outstanding. From the owner on down

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CR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurant was loud even before the "baby" noise. Ordered the individual Chateaubriand special and was a bit overdone and not as tasty as I had once before. Definitely overpriced at $58. Some of the veal pieces had a "off" taste. Some of the bottles of wine cost triple to what it can be purchased in the store. Parking is difficult.

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Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation and were welcomed warmly. Our server was great and the food was exceptional. The variety of both appetizers and entrees were all enticing and the menu reflected French influence. There were items available including a special menu and tasting menu which were outstanding. Would definitely recommend L'Escargot to a friend. We had a very special time.

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TT
Mississippi
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very last minute reservation (made within the hour). We were at the US Open and wanted to dine somewhere close. We were promptly seated and served our beverages. My son ordered the duck two ways and I had the scallops (one of the specials). The scallops were the best I’ve ever had. Anywhere. And my son said the duck was outstanding as well. The service throughout was superb; we never waited long for any aspect of our meal, and our glasses were never empty. When we arrived back at our hotel that night I received a call from our server. I had accidentally left my hat behind. He took my home address and told me they would be happy to ship it to me! How about that! I can’t recommend this little spot enough. My son wants to come back to play Pebble Beach, and when we do, we will DEFINITELY dine he again.

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AV
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to this wonderful restaurant last week with my husband for the first time. We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. The whole evening was superb. Simply magical. Our waiter Sean provided exceptional service. The food was great. The atmosphere was so romantic. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we came again this week when my daughter was visiting from NY. Again the whole experience was wonderful. L’Escargot is our new favorite place in Carmel.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu was very traditional. The food was just fine, but wasn’t as good as we had expected. The most memorable part of the menu for my husband was the freshly baked bread.

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J
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at this amazing restaurant! The food is outstanding!! We will definitely return next time we’re in Carmel

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BH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. Our server was splendid. Nice wine list. Food was classic French bistro and delicious.

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C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always consistent! The specials are always a great addition to an excellent core menu.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful experience, even better with the deal they have on wine on Wednesday’s would definitely return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really outstanding, from food to service, and reasonable pricing. A must.

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BJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! My wife and I enjoyed a very nice dinner and the wait staff was very helpful and pleasant. Great place!

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D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve eaten at L’Escargo several times in the past and it’s consistently been one of the best restaurants in town. My most recent experience was strangely not up to par. The food really was unspectacular, the service was not timed very well, and the wine prices are bordering on abusive. $130 for a wine I buy regularly for $45-$50. It might have been an off night but sadly it’ll be awhile before I go back.

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went on a Tuesday and got nice table in a corner. Service was good. It was quiet enough for us to carry on a conversation. And the food was excellent. I had a great rack of lamb cooked just right that melted in my mouth. My husband had the scallops also very good. For dessert we had the creme brûlée presented in a very unique way served with fruits. Surprising light touch to the end of our dinner.

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PM
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Mother's Day a day early, to beat the rush. L'Escargot has been a go to for us for decades for an elegant, unpretentious meal. It is off the beaten track in Carmel, and has not fallen prey to the hip/upscale movement. The experience is absolutely delightful, and the food top quality. There is a very reasonable prix fixe menu that includes starter, entree and dessert. My wife had the sand dabs and I had the rack of lamb. It was panko crusted and was truly one of the most flavorful and succulent lamb dishes I have ever had.

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ER
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. We had the specials at the time and it was melt in your mouth deliciousness. My boyfriend has never had french food before, so I am incredibly happy he now loves it and this place has opened more doors to the palette!

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LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service. Off the beaten path and worth every penny!

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we initially arrived the entrance door was open and it was too cool to be comfortable. When I asked one of the servers to close the door, he did right away. Although a bit pricey, I enjoyed the evening, and so did my friends.

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m
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

very interesting little restaurant. It seems to cater to a select crowd but I wouldn't necessarily say it has a greater quality than other restaurants that offer the same type of cuisine. The beef wellington was superb though and I've never had better. What I find surprising is that you cannot get a glass of french sparkling at this french restaurant but you can get one at one of the other fine restaurants in Carmel. The service needs to work on polishing their presentation, I'd expect to hear the specials right from the start so I can consider them before I look at the menu. Not after I've been served my drink and decided what to order. There are other restaurants that offer better service and better french food.

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j
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A tasteling delight. Food was truly memorable. The paired wines were outstanding. Only objection was - LOTS OF UPSELLING (better beef, special cheese tray... all that should fit within a bill for two of over $900, tip Included.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At first my guest and I thought the waiters were a little snooty, but as the evening passed they seemed more friendly. "Bowl of olives is the best dish". Loved it. Also, the waiter... gorgeous. Service was wonderful and the food was better. First time eating escargot and frog legs.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always exceptional food and service. Best restaurant in Carmel

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service,food,ambiance. Overall an unforgettable experience!

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J
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

L'Escargot is one of our favorite Carmel restaurants. I'd normally give it a 5 star rating. The only glitch was that the appetizer was brought to the table before we had finished our cocktail and then we had to ask for our wine. Given that, our waiter was very professional and took responsibility and apologized. The restaurant took the right steps with respect to our bill. The food was outstanding and the ambience was great. This is one our must go to restaurants when we visit Carmel.

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NA
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and service!

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at L’Escargot once or twice a month. Authentic country French, all from scratch. One night when we were leaving a looked in the kitchen and saw a massive pot on the stove. Was told they were cooking stock for 14 hours as the base for their sauces. What else do you need o know.

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GM
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best quality dining experience in Carmel.... no one else comes close. Absolutely fabulous. So lucky to have this in my little town.
But don’t tell anyone.... it might get too busy 🤣

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Tahoe
30 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and what a great first impression! The place is charming but not stuffy, food was fantastic, I had Scallops and Risotto and my husband had the duck. The server was patient but attentive. Definitely going back soon!!

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