Lokal is a unique establishment that is located in Carmel Valley, California. The outside of the restaurant is brick, with many wood accents inside. You can enjoy the dining room or sit outside in nice weather. The chalkboard menu located in Lokal is changed regularly and showcases fresh dishes with great flavor.
If you come in for dinner, you can enjoy a diverse menu with items like pear salad and macaroni and cheese balls. Seafood specials at Lokal include ceviche, crab rolls, salmon and oysters. If you're looking for something heartier, the belly sliders of duck are great options to fill you up. Brunch brings dishes like skirt steak sandwich, sourdough French toast and vegetarian eggs Benedict.
New spot in Carmel Valley definitely worth a visit. We thought the summer panzanella with watermelon and cucumber was excellent, flavorful and worth the trip. We also tried the pork belly sliders. More pork loin than belly so we were a little disappointed but with unique almost Asian style buns. Dessert-two donuts in a bag with cinnamon sugar were better than the bread pudding which was not their best option. Joseph our waiter was personable and knowledgeable. We would try Lokal again for breakfast and/or lunch. They have an outdoor patio as well.
We reserved via Open Table. We even called in the afternoon to check that we could bring a dog and sit outside--and they confirmed. When we arrived, they claimed never to have got the reservation and said they did not have a place or enough food for us. We had to go elsewhere.
The food at Lokal's is interesting & delicious. We dined there on a weekend night. Unfortunately, once they got busy there wasn't enough waitstaff. Hopefully, if they continue to be busy, they will hire more help