L'Escargot - Carmel

4.7
866 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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vipElaineE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipdavid
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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.

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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
15 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
5 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
28 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef Wellington and the duck were excellent!!!

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vipLocal
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt the best restaurant in Carmel! We live here year round and nothing is better for an amazing dinner. The food was perfect. The service was perfect. Have already made a reservation to go back again!!

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Vjarora
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing
Great food
Amazing service
Charming restaurant

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vipSherri
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Only wish we had something like this @ home!

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nobhillnic
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an anniversary dinner and it all exceeded our expectations. Our server was very attentive and friendly. Overall, the service was seamless. The food was really delicious and the wine perfect. L’Escargot was a wonderful
place to celebrate. We can’t wait to return!

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vipnicholas
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood favorite. Atmosphere and food execeptional.

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SheilaB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat inside. Service was outstanding. Food delicious!

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PeggyC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful find in Carmel, not cheap but outstanding French cuisine beautifully prepared. Outdoor dining was great; best onion soup I've had in the U.S. and a small but excellent wine list and cocktails. Our phone provided French music to complete the atmosphere.

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Judy
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Perfectly prepared and presented. Best Lemon drop in Carmel so far, just enough sour and sweet. We split the Dover Soul on special which was plated table side. The prosciutto wrapped stuffed figs were delicious. Top it off with drops of creme brûlée the perfect ending. Can't wait for next time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bastille Day

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PatrickW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef Wellington was amazing, service impeccable. We go here each year for our anniversary.

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JerilynR
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delightful! Got lost- staff so patiently talked us in. Easy pace. Never felt rushed- food delicious. Loved our waiter whose mom makes the best cheesecake ever!!!!

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NancyS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I visited this restaurant in the past and was impressed.
The quality of the food is fair, used to be much better. Their menu is uninspired.
Service was okay, but in a restaurant of this caliber, it should have been first rate.

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Cvjon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Life long Carmel people. We have known this wonderful restaurant all our life’s. Cant get better food and service anywhere. Sean is our favorite server.
He’s the best.
Jon

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SophiaD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great, service was stellar. The outdoor seating was great and tables were well spaced apart - we were able to have our large dog without her being in the way for anybody.

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JamesBFresno
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu items and specials are extraordinarily creative, and the wine list impressive. On our trips to Carmel we always fit in L’Escargot.

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MariaB
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Duckling was overcooked , no one knew how to make common cocktail like appletini , very limited choices for drinks unless you want wine . Escargots we’re on the dry side as well . Patio concrete where they placed us had a big hole so chair kept sliding and was very uncomfortable .

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L'Escargot - Carmel is rated 4.7 stars by 866 OpenTable diners.

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