Albatross Ridge Tasting Room - Downtown Carmel

4.7
41 Reviews
$30 and under
Winery

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Located on Dolores St, between Ocean and 6th Avenue, our Downtown Carmel Tasting Room is conveniently located next to fine dining restaurants, lodging, and other retail stores. Albatross Ridge Winery specializes in premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown on our Estate in Carmel Valley, just seven miles from Carmel by the Sea. Our recent 2014 release was rated by Wine Enthusiast 94 & 95 points! Albatross Ridge was also recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of the most Dramatic Vineyards in California.

In the early 1930's my grandfather William Hawley Bowlus began launching his one of a kind Albatross sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley. Today our family carries on his avant-garde legacy farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on a steep Carmel Valley ridge overlooking the Carmel Bay only seven miles in the distance.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!

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ChristopherD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing tasting. The pinots are world class awesome. The service was super friendly and attentive even though it was busy. This place is a must!

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DeniseE
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pinot Noirs and Rose wines are outstanding. Couldn't resist joining the winery even though we live in the Sacramento area. Best Carmel-by-the-Sea tasting room we've visited so far.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lovely wines! Make your reservation early. You won’t be disappointed.

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vipKathrynD
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Upon arrival we had to find someone to take us to our table. We had to ask for fresh glasses for the tasting and the server got the years of the wines mixed up. We ordered a charcuterie platter which took a while to come and very skimpy on cheeses

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the start of our Mothers and Daughters Weekend! Wine tasting was our first stop as we headed to Carmel. My mom, cousin, and her mother had never visited Carmel. My cousin loves Pinot and the reviews were highly rated. Nicole was courteous, friendly, and very attentive! The owners both stopped by and made us feel welcomed. Truly a beautiful experience for our weekend get-a-way!

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JOSEPH
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very good wine. Nichole was outstanding!

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vipDanielF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon was an outstanding hostess.

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atag
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good wine - could be priced slightly less for what you are getting, but overall we had a nice experience.

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PaigeA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon was amazing! We definitely will be back :)

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MikeB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great but was underwhelmed by the wines and the price point

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KevinB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicole is awesome! Actually, everyone at albatross ridge is awesome

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CodyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

It had me rate food, we did not eat but the wine was amazing

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WIneles
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, nice people. Go for the sparkling Rose, stay for the Pinot Noirs.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Didn’t order food

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vipBill
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wines were terrific and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a fun and educational experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Person working Sunday around 4:30 was rude. Did not know much about the wines

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Edmond
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Are tasting was very enjoyable are SOM was amazing with all the details of the wines in the area would totally recommend especially the pinots.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Actually, we had a tasting only with no food, but JK was very attentive and made our tasting delightful.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Glad we made this our first stop in Carmel.

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RayS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience! Jon Karlo is very knowledgeable and provided insight into the wines and vintages.

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SarahG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We loved our tasting at Albatross Ridge tasting room. We had a table outside and tasted 5 wines - all were great. The sommelier was very knowledgable and passionate about the wines. We got the mediterranean plate - it was good but nothing fancy. Would definitely recommend Albatross Ridge.

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Elizabeth
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great wine, ambiance and service. Beautiful tasting room and fun experience. Jon Karlo is always very helpful and wonderful every time I have been.

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AliciaN
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Flahterys and Aw Schucks. The food and ambiance was fantastic as always.

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SayraV
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Thursday so it was pretty quiet and we enjoyed it a lot. I didn’t catch the guys name that was helping us but he was awesome! Would recommend this place during the week when it’s more quiet.

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vipJdaly
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for wine tasting, and had one of the best experiences/ service from a wine tasting room. Thank you for the great experience.

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JackL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pretty skimpy pours for a $20 tasting. They only gave 3 pours which seemed a lot for the price. The ambiance is was ok outside. Food was also pricey - not a lot for basically a food tasting as well. Quality of everything was good. Service was average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Highly recommend. Excellent wines. Great service

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NancyQ
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Once we were in the shade, it was great!

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Glennder
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Can’t wait to go back. Beautiful day.

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Tori94
Monterrey
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite tasting room in Carmel!!! I love that the physical vineyard is located just a couple miles up the road toward Camel Valley (they even offer private tours of the vineyard which are also super fun!) You can’t go wrong with any of their wines but my faves are the 2017 First Flight Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, next is the 2019 Rose all day and last but surely not least their 2017 Pinot Noir is full bodied and absolutely fantastic. Additionally they have paired with The Cheese Shop here in Carmel and make a nice little charcuterie if you’re looking to munch on something while tasting!

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JulS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great wines!

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AyshaP
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and wine! I would definitely come back

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DblDate
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We visited in mid-August the day after they put in the outdoor porch seating. The wine was delicious, and the seating was comfortable and spacious. I think they are doing a great job following the state guidelines, and I would recommend coming here now and in the future.

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anonymous
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Tasting Room location in Downtown Carmel was closed due to construction work, but no one took care of cancelling previous reservations. So when we showed up there was only a sign at the door announcing the daily closure. Very disappointing.

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SeafoodLover
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I really enjoyed our wine tasting experience at Albatross Ridge. Our server was friendly and extremely knowledgable. I would recommend ordering the charcuterie plate along with the 5 wine taster. We will definitely be visiting when we return to Carmel.

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Fairgal
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We reserved a table outside on their new patio. Richard was our server and he was amazing, charming, knowledgable and an overall joy to spend our time with! The wines were fantastic! It was the perfect way to kick off our girlfriend getaway weekend!

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vipDebbieW
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was excellent! We were running a little late but greeted so warmly. Sat outside on a big table with 5 friends, just 2 or 3 other tables out front.
The wine was lovely! And we got an expected meat and chessboard too!
Our server couldn’t have been more helpful! So much fun

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vipHunter
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great tasting. Cardonay was our favorite. Best tasting room in dt Carmel.

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vipBrian
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice wine tasting, had five selections. We did not try any food.

FAQs

Albatross Ridge Tasting Room - Downtown Carmel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 293-8896.

Albatross Ridge Tasting Room - Downtown Carmel is rated 4.7 stars by 41 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.