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Carmel Grill House

4.3
110 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Carmel Grill House makes fresh regional specialties from Greece, Italy, French,Turkey and all around the Mediterranean Region. Our menu is prepared fresh with healthy, locally sourced ingredients. Dine on our patio, indoor or call/order online for pick-up and taste the difference today.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 110 people are saying
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4.4
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4.2
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MontereyFoodCritics
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I have to say, after seeing all the positive feedback about this restaurant I thought we were going to be experiencing a hidden gem in the heart of Carmel. They really couldn't ask for a better spot in terms of location for a restaurant. However we were very disappointed on multiple fronts.

First, upon entering none of the servers were wearing masks. I found this a bit disturbing, as most indoor establishments are requiring or at least honoring the mask mandate. I also think its offputting when we are wearing our masks and they are not.

Second, the service was poor. Not one time during dinner did anyone come by to refill our water or drinks or to even check on how the food was. They dropped it off and left. That was it.

Third, there was a slight odor to the inside of the establishment. It had a hint of mold to it and could be the fact they had an open bar area right in the middle of the restaurant which tend to be musty if not cleaned properly.

In terms of the food. We got the Saganaki appetizer and it was terrible. We barely touched it. The Toast had a chemically burnt flavor to it and the overall dish was unappealing. For the dinner entree my wife ordered a greek salad which literally came as chopped up veggies in a bowl. No presentation or care given to it. I ordered the short rib which was good but they killed the dish by overusing truffle oil which (if overused) leaves a bitter after taste instead of enhancing the mushroom flavor.

The hostess parked her vehicle directly outside of the restaurant taking the prime time parking space that should be reserved for customers.

As the night was winding down, the owner and hostess had made a plate and poured wine for themselves at the bar preparing to sit down and eat before all their guests had left. It just seemed as though they were not focused on their guests and it was more about treating themselves. They need serious training to refocus on their customer experience and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for dinner on a quiet night. Everything was excellent, menu had all of the favorites such as duck confit which was outstanding, braised short ribs, risotto and much more. The owner was very attentive and welcoming. We will surely be back again!

Carmel Grill House
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. Looking forward to welcoming you soon again

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Lauren
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a gorgeous atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Braised Short Ribs was amazing, very friendly service menu is just perfect u can find everything nice wine menu we love to Kunefe dessert was great we will back for sure

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Artsy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Mussels were excellent. Brussels sprouts were over salted and the sauce on the duck was too creamy for the duck. Needed a tangy sauce to counteract the richness of the duck. Service was great.

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vipDaleG
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Was nice to sit inside at the table for two at the front window and enjoy the theatre of the street. Whole Branzino was very good and my wife's Fried chicken was also very good and crispy with a thin batter.

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vipSherryA
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We booked this restaurant at the last minute and so glad we did. We had a cute table by the window to watch all the dogs walk by.
The babaganoush was wonderful. My husband enjoyed the octopus dish and the duck confit was cooked perfectly. They had a nice wine list and the service was great. Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was great. But I was the only patron at the time of dining.

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vipcoolerbythelake
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Both my husband's and my food were over salted. The quality of his food was good. Mine was just OK.

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KenJJ
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was good, very nice and accomodating.
Narrow food selection.
Food was a bit too salty and nothing really special. For example. Fish with asperagos...thats it, or chiken breast with lettes. Feels more like a cook rather than a chef in the kitchen.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Worst service. Decent food. Not worth the stop.

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vipscotts
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was the worst. It took forever to order drinks and another 20 min wait to order food. We could have over looked this but the food was terrible. Everything arrived cold, the beans were over cooked into mush. The fried chicken was overcooked into a piece of leather and also cold. The french fries were overcooked and so salty we could not eat them. The waiter never came back to our table to check on us or refill drinks. The check was wrong and we waited another 15 min to get it corrected and there was never an apology. With all of the great restaurants in Carmel I can't understand why anyone would ever go here twice.

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SophieBayArea
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had Creamy Orzo Risotto, Idaho trout with haricots verts and toasted almonds and roasted mushroom as an extra side. All were exceptionally well cooked. Will recommend. We ate outside which was nice and the ambiance is that of the street.

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vipLANCEM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The freshest olives I’ve ever had!

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vipVlad
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food is great, the service (our particular waiter) is the worst in the USA (maybe in the world):
- we waited for a menu for ca 10 minutes,
- the waiter forgot to bring us one of the ordered dishes but charged us for it nonetheless,
- we waited for a dessert for another 10 minutes, so had to ask another waiter,
- I ordered 1 duck leg, he brought (and charged for) 2 legs, although promised not to charge for 2
- when he brought the duck legs, he asked if we ordered chicken (we said "no" and he went to another table with the duck to ask them if they ordered chicken)
- had to ask another waiter for drinks (our waiter never showed up to check on us)
- had to ask another waiter to bring us coffee

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Took a friend and her family there for dinner and was impressed b the amazing food. Braised Octopus, Mussels in Saffron broth fantastic!! Highly recommend this dining experience. The only negative was service was a bit slow.

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RalphM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Flavorful and unique food. Would certainly go again.

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MariaF
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service is fantastic, ambience is good. Food selection can be improved.

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ChrisN
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Brought out of town friends to Carmel Grill House and was very pleased. It was our first time, and we would definitely recommend. Delicious food, great value. Our party of four had the risotto and Trout, both were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branzino and buttermilk chicken were amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. Lived the meal, service and ambiance.

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vipJoannZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! We would go again!
Folks should try the Carmel Grill!

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Susie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sublime saffron mussels. Crunchy and moist fried chicken. Friendly service.

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vipstepheng
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the dinner. However, please make sure the menu prices are reflected correctly on the bill. We were ok with the additional charges but some may feel they are getting cheated.

Carmel Grill House
Responded on July 17, 2021

Hello Stepheng, Thank you for the feedback. We just updated the OpenTable menu, when we posted it on the website it took 48 hours to update. Thanks for understanding.

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PandDD
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was attentive.

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JoshC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very attentive. The kitchen was amazing! The Kunefe was just like being back in Amman.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hummus I ever tasted. Every dish is satisfying, some even mind blowing. Highly recommended.

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vipPhiladelphiaDiner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a really yummy meal, with great service. Will certainly return.

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HerculePoirot
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice folks. Had the trout. It was greasy. Portions were large.

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StephenT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience , food was great and the service was phenomenal

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MarkW
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location. Great service, and great menu.

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vipMila
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service- perfect! What a hidden Jen! Definitely will recommend!

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ChrisN
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food!
Generous Portions!
We will be returning!
Try the Octopus.
Fantastic hummus

Carmel Grill House
Responded on June 23, 2021

HELLO Chris, Thanks for the kind words! We're so glad you had a great time in with us and enjoyed your food and drinks. I hope you come back again soon. Have a great day GOKHAN CAKI / GM

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PaulV
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was impeccable, however my chicken meal was just blah. Not bad just no taste.
Fried chicken on the other hand was by far the best of all the meals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Average food and below average service. Total disappointment

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JayO
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

If you are hungry
Do not order the sea bass
Chicken,rib eye, was just ok

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vipJani
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything.

Carmel Grill House
Responded on May 28, 2021

HELLO jani, Thanks for the kind words! We're so glad you had a great time in with us and enjoyed your food and drinks. I hope you come back again soon. Have a great day GOKHAN CAKI / GM

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ToddF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The menu is diverse and unique. Fried chicken seems out of place but is an absolute must have. Duck confit reminiscent of your French brasserie, octopus was fork tender and the mussels were delightful. Service was good but had a couple of hiccups nothing that disrupted our experience overall. I will be back for sure!

Carmel Grill House
Responded on May 28, 2021

HELLO Todd, Thanks for the kind words! We're so glad you had a great time in with us and enjoyed your food and drinks. I hope you come back again soon. Have a great day GOKHAN CAKI / GM

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vipjomodra
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Well located, friendly staff.

Pretty average restaurant. Certainly you may find better options in Carmel

FAQs

Carmel Grill House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 574-8991.

Carmel Grill House is rated 4.3 stars by 110 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.