Enzo Ristorante Italiano

4.5
270 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
If a Western Mediterranean version of life exists, you will find it nestled between Ocean ave and Seventh st on San Carlos Street in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The European style village nestled above a picturesque white sandy beach is the perfect backdrop to "ENZO". At Enzo, you will be beckoned by the rustically charming patios surrounded by draping bougainvillea on a sundrenched day or the cozy and simplistic interior warmed by the fireplace when the cool fog blankets the coast.

Calabria is a southern region in Italy where the owner, Enzo, comes from. Calabria is a place where life is still slow.

It's the beauty, the passion, the family, the love...

this is what you will find at Enzo...simplicity, love, comfort, family!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Pasta Was delicious.

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vipmarinlark
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Based on the reviews, I selected Enzos for a lunch with a friend visiting from NY. We had rose, 4 seasons pizza and the pear salad. Everything was delicious, fresh and amazing -- including the service! I will be back.

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TinaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Our server recommended a wine we wouldn't have chosen to go with our dish which was spectacular! Warm, inviting environment! Beautiful restaurant. We will be back and back again and again! Thank you, Enzo's!

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vipManu
London
50 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good but too pricy. The owner is very entertaining.

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DanteB
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Enzo & Italo are wonderful hosts

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vipFoodieNomo
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came to Carmel-by-the-sea in Oct 2020 for our minimoon and Enzo was one of the restaurants that was highly recommended by our bellhop at La Playa. We enjoyed the food so much that we decided to come back to Carmel (and Paso Robles) for our first anniversary. Enzo was one of the 3 restaurants that was on our list. We ordered the same dishes (Crab Ravioli & Rigatoni Calabria) and I am happy to share that the food here is just as delicious as the first time. The service is good overall but lacked "friendly communication".

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Yumintum
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enzo is the perfect little restaurant for any occasion. We were there for a friends birthday. Food is excellent, service is wonderful, and it’s just all around yummy and a nice place to dine. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for consistent and authentic Italian cuisine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding southern Italian food. Great Italian and local wine list. Owner Italo personally presides.

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vipWilliamK
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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KIreneK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Visiting Carmel on a long weekend. We sat outside along the street. That was fine. The table was so dark we had trouble seeing our food. A small candle would have helped. It was not busy. The food was good, not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! The food was excellent and the service was incredible. Great job! This is now one of our favorite restaurants!

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vipSandra
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I thought that Enzo had a gluten free option for pastas -- as I cannot eat gluten, we opted to find a different restaurant.

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vipTonyF
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food and wine.

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vipFrequentDiner
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were very good. Nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was mediocre. Everything else was fine.

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BobA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The wife likes the food so we come here. Did I mention she's from Modena, Italy?

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Rude and rushed service. Food that wasn’t fresh or good tasting-terrible lasagna and caprese. The server pushed us to order quickly saying there were only a few minutes before the kitchen closes. As we were leaving over an hour later they continued to seat people and stay open. Incidentally our food came out wrong. The server said he would not remove the incorrect order from the bill and we would have to reorder again. We were charged for both the incorrect order and the new corrected order. The worst restaurant experience I’ve had in at least a decade.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot for my 30th birthday dinner! The crab ravioli was divine and our waiter gave a great wine rec. Will be back!

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JHaz
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Pasta dishes lacked flavor and overpriced as a result.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Very good food. Waiter was a bit much.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The loud Latin music greeted us. They were nice enough to turn it down some when requested. All our meals were very nice except my salad it had large chunks of cucumber with a very tough bitter peel on it. The bread was served cold and took a long time to get it heated. I will come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enzo is a hidden gem in Carmel-By-The-Sea! The pastas are all homemade and the best I’ve had in Carmel (I’m local, so I’ve tried them all) and I literally dreamt about the branzino with truffles and artichoke hearts after devouring it. Can’t recommend highly enough!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to celebrate a birthday while on a getaway driving up highway 1. The food and service was excellent, it was everything I had hoped for it to be.

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ColleenB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous authentic Italian food. So happy we came here. We’ll definitely be back. We started with a cheese platter w/honey and a Greek salad. Mom had spaghetti with a beautiful hunk of Italian burrata on top. I had the gnocchi with pesto. We finished with the yummiest and most authentic Tiramisu we’ve ever had.

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vipTeresa
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outside patio and food was fantastic

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vipDani2Italian
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the food is authentic, Southern Italian, great selection, fabulous wines fairly priced, attentive service, one of the few places to come back again and again. Enzo and his team are such an enrichment in Carmel

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JenniferC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance was fantastic! The staff was very friendly and personable, and checked on us frequently. The food was DEVINE and genuine excellent Italian cuisine. Will be back for sure :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVE Enzo! Fresh, amazing food, wonderful wine selections and great staff. My husband and I have come here multiple times, best place for Italian in Carmel!

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vipGaryF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First indoor dinner in a year

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JasonS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waiter did the bottled water "flat" water switch on us right out of the gate. From there it just felt like he was pushing everything on us to the max dollar. I ordered a $50 bottle of wine, he asked if he could make a suggestion, and went to the $175. Even when I declined the $175 he pushed back. Just came off a bad pushy service. I hope they'll adjust there service approach, it's not necessary. We ended up only having wine and leaving.

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Bill
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have walked by Enzo several times and decided to have dinner with friends from out of town. What a wonderful surprise. Everything was great. Owner met us and our table was ready. The food was amazing. What a joy to find a extensive 1/2 bottle wine list. Not everyone wanted wine so it was a perfect fit for the group. Would highly recommend putting Enzo on your list of places to eat when you are in Carmel.

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vipJohnL
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Eating outside in the rain was just OK due to cover and heater. Will be happy when we can again eat outside. The food was outstanding. We will return the next time we are in Carmel

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paulb
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great meal. Good service. Cooking fee was high at 30.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Great place love it. Pizza doughy and tasteless tho.

DP
vipDottieP
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding-- especially on Valentine's Day -- was exceptional. One of my favorite restaurants in the country.

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vipOlvido
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner outdoors. Our entrees were amazing, will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it here! All of the food was great, and the wine choice was amazing. Looking forward to coming back!

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vipDswingsing
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food, excellent service and lovely ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. Food was authentic, perfectly seasoned and every bite delicious. Service was extremely friendly and attentive. Definitely need to head back when we are in town again.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and great service at Enzo. Highly recommend the Branzino and the Lamb Shank. Would definitely return!

FAQs

Enzo Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 624-6545.

Enzo Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.5 stars by 270 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.