L'Escargot - Carmel

4.7
882 Reviews
$30 and under
French
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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RexL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Food and service. Not busy last night most likely because it’s the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and reasonable price! Service was very good as well. Love it!

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AlbertR
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!!😎

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vipSusyM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Anniversary and life

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vipDimitriR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent atmosphere and very calm. Really rare nowadays to find quiet place. Will definitely visit again

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vipSusan
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary

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CBar
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite, impeccable service, what a great night!

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MaryB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, service, ambience, and the food was great. I just thought it was a little overpriced.

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thefrenchfooddecorelover
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food. Authentic and tasty. I def go back!

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vipRLWRISK
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner in every respect. The server was very helpful with the wine selection. The service was prompt, respectful for our evening entertainment. The food was outstanding. We look forward to our return.

Outstanding, true reflection of the area.

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vipfoodiefromca
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True French menu and flair - everything was great

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BrettH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. The service was perfect, food was outstanding and the ambiance was magical. Thank you!!!

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SteveC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner at L’Escargot. The rack of lamb was perfect, melting in your mouth, butternut squash soup delicious and pear and blue cheese salud mouth watering. For dessert, the lemon tart was very tasty, and we had an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon recommended by our server Sean. Great service, wonderful food, lovely ambience. We look forward to returning next time we’re in Carmel.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have lived here for three years. We just discovered this wonderful restaurant! It feels like we’re back in the left Bank! The Chef is outstanding! And Sean is a true pro! Merci!
Frank & Mary Fritsch

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vipDBdb
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

L'Escargot is a small restaurant that tends toward traditional French cuisine. They have ample outdoor seating which is pleasant. The inside of the restaurant is quite small - when full it can be downright cramped. The restaurant itself is not particularly charming nor romantic - its just small but clean and well organized. Not being a tourist destination, L'Escargot maintains a relaxing 'local' ambiance where one can enjoy good company and good food. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful - there's no hint of pretentiousness. The menu is relatively seasonal and the chef has a limited variety that'd appeal to most people. The dishes are well prepared with quality ingredients. The kitchen is more down-home French cooking rather than haute-cuisine. If you're looking for a culinary adventure, this is not the restaurant. If you're looking a for good meal with friends or family, you'll enjoy your visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Carmel for a short vacation and could only eat twice at L'Escargot. Next time we'll plan better and dine there five times. There is that much on the menu that look delicious.

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vipElaineE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always had the most delicious meals here, from salad or soup or appetizers to entree and of course some apple galette for dessert....

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vipKarma
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipdavid
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While pricey, L’Escargot dining is a special experience. The sweetbreads with wild mushrooms in a creamed sauce, puff pastry and pear salad/gorgonzola were delicious and enough to share; same for the winter squash soup and escargot offered in different renditions. Entrees of roast duck done medium rare and imported Whole Dover sole deboned at table, with brown butter we’re perfect! Wine list was ample, service friendly and knowledgeable about ingredients and preparations. Definitely memorable and will return.

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vipJMT1
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Felt rushed from the start of dinner Appetizers were good but not as good as previous trips. Duck was extremely dry and over cooked. When I said something to our server he replied SORRY ABOUT THAT. Our friends were very disappointed also. Ran out of the wine we ordered after the first bottle. We won’t be going back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and service

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vipAnnaS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service, love dining there.

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jims
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We live the delicate French flavors. The outdoor atmosphere was very quaint and special. The service was excellent.

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Fastteddie
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

L'escargot offers straight-ahead French fare, expertly prepared with a few non-French specials. Beef Wellington, anyone? The service was expert, knowledgeable, and helpful, if a bit slow, understandable as the restaurant was full, outside too, and the service staff light. Ambiance was spare but tasteful. One suggested area for improvement: the menu and particularly the wine list, was hard to read (small and light print) in the soft lighting. A Carmel institution and should remain so.

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Markpsf
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food. The duck and pork medallion dishes were excellent. The service first rate. The ambiance lovely.
Great for aromatic dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience & delicious food. Shawn always provides exceptional service & a phenomenal person. Our favorite place to dine on the peninsula.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Horrible- clam chowder was paste. No clams or even potatoes. Fish tacos smelled not fresh. Run!

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DP11
Central Coast
42 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal & service.
A wonderful time as usual.
Our favorite restaurant by far.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was amazing! Absolutely love this restaurant.

MJ
vipMichaelJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A must when you are in Carmel

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DorianD
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Found this gem a few years back. Knew they served duck. The butter lettuce salad was a little small and slightly overdressed. The soup special white bean soup could have used a bit more beans and sausage.
My wife's duck breast was cooked correctly-medium rare. My breast was a bit over. The confit leg was tender, but did not have full flavor. Perhaps saved too long? Would have like haricot vert instead of broccoli and carrots.

The outdoor seating with our dog was great! They are also trying to make it permanent and improve the uneven driveway currently used.

Will always come back.

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vipDonS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional French restaurant in Carmel.
Staff is highly proficient and professional and food is fabulous.

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vipCherieD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious - escargot, pate, duck, sole and cheesecake!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean (sp?) is a wonderful waiter! Fabulous evening!!

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vipRogerD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are steak frites aficionados, and L'Escargot did not disappoint. The red wine butter sauce was incredible. Loved that the salad wasn't drenched in dressing---we could really taste the greens.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit and did not disappoint! Excellent food and wine. Save room for the cheesecake.

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LyleD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dining experience. Sean was an attentive professional server. From the escargot to dessert the food was great.

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vipDavidJ
Central Coast
138 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

L’Escargot is one of the last French restaurants in Carmel. The food is good, but it used to be better. For
Example the Rack of Lamb was ordered medium rare and was served medium. Too expensive to send back.
Probably should have been cooked sous vide, but I doubt the chef does that.

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vipJudiW
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Petrole Sole! We enjoyed sitting in their outside dining area.

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vipLizzieann
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef Wellington and the duck were excellent!!!

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L'Escargot - Carmel is rated 4.7 stars by 882 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.