Enzo Ristorante Italiano

4.3
245 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!

What 245 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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vipDani2Italian
Central Coast
11 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
1 review
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
7 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
57 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
Adelaide
2 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.

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vipDottieP
New York Area
53 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
64 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food, excellent service and lovely ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
4 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Quality of food was great. Ordered the pizza. Service was just ok. We didn’t feel very welcomed. We were rushed. One waiter took our menu before we ordered the entree. Said we could not hold onto it. Not really sure why- but ok.

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RebeccaI
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enzo was a perfect outdoor seated date night. The entrees were delicious. The flatbread pizza was out of this world and the service was excellent. Servers were attentive and patient. The owner was welcoming and made a point to introduce himself.

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Calafia
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our dinner and the wine. The service was excellent. We highly recommend this genuine Italian restaurant.

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vipPRgirl
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put this one on your “do not miss” list! Fantastic, fresh Italian. Amazing service and a lovely evening.

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janett
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

pastas are delicious. a very nice selection of wines by the glass and bottles, too.
service is attentive, bussers are polite.

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vipMannyG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outside Covid dining so ambience and noise are what they are. Food was excellent. Calamari and Shrimp appetizer is some of the best shrimp I've eaten. Paparedelle pasta was great.

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vipTildonker
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really should choose something other than pasta in an Italian restaurant. I like to eat a good portion and not just look at the mini portion and wonder where the rest is thinking that it's an appetizer. The other meal was just a plate of meat, I think there was a small spoon of potato. Thank goodness Carmel has plenty of choices.

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vipkenny
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The fried calamari and shrimp appetizer it was great. Tomato soup was also very good. The clam spaghetti excellent. Lasagna borderline would not order again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice service. We enjoyed the food. But there service was great and worth mentioning

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LisaV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Had a wonderful meal and great atmosphere. They did a fantastic job setting up outside due to COVID restrictions. Food was amazing. High recommend the Osobuco. Definitely will eat here every time were up in Carmel.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was so average. Owner was very unprofessional and yelled at a customer in front of everyone. The value was not there a all- food should have been half the price for the quality. I should have listened to the negative reviews.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wine list and food. My husband and I cannot wait to go back! Best pasta we’ve had in a LONG time!

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vipSigi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were in town for a relaxing, long weekend away from work. This was our first time dining at Enzo and we will definitely be coming back! Service, food and ambience were excellent! Highly recommend the vegetarian fettuccine and lemon mousse.

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JimBob
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We didn't realize our outdoor seating lighting would disappear after sundown, and lack of lighting diminished the dining experience. Also, they were out of the one beer I would have ordered, and likewise were out of our dessert preference. But the entrees were delicious, which made the overall experience enjoyable.

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SaraS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service.
Gratzie..............

MT
vipMobileTom
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and dining experience

NC
vipNatalieC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice cozy "outside" dining experience last weekend. Shared a Grecia salad and Calabrese flatbread which may or may not have been washed down with a glass or two of vino (it was) ... please help Enzo make it through the lockdown and stop by or pickup :D

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EvelynG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious! What a wonderful experience and I will go back again!

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vipMarkus
Sacramento
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Visiting Carmel my wife and wanted some good wine and a little pasta. Enzo did not disappoint. My traditional gnocchi with pesto was well executed and my wife’s lobster ravioli special was outstanding. Ahead of the pasta we split a caprese salad, which is a favorite of ours. Our individual glasses of wine were fairly priced and paired perfectly with our meal. Our service was very good and friendly while remaking professional. My only complaint was that we had to sit outside due to COVID restrictions. The rub was that our hosts did not have permission to turn on the overhead heaters and we became quite cold at one point, dining in mid-fifty degree weather.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit overpriced for what it was. Good food and ambience.

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DonnaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enzo always greets his guest; it’s a good feeling. The dishes I have tried are very good. If they have the Bronzino do yourself a favor and order it. I loved it and I do not really care for fish. You will enjoy the dining experience.

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vipDiannaB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this gem

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service

KG
KatherineG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was brilliant but pasta special arrived cold and with hair in it! The napkin cloth on the bread had a red stain as well. I was really disappointed.

FAQs

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

Enzo Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.3 stars by 245 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.