Mission Bistro

4.2
97 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
Mission Bistro is located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea featuring a wine bar, private dining room, main dining room, and outdoor patio! Our cozy restaurant is the perfect place to wine and dine with your friends, family and all well-behaved dogs.

Our menu includes dish selections from New American, Mexican, Italian, and other International options. We carry many local wines in addition to great selection of regional wines.

Mission Bistro is open daily, for lunch and dinner offering a wide variety of delectable entrees and fine wine in a casual homey atmosphere.

We look forward to offer you and your guests a great meal in our relaxing setting and cozy atmosphere.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 97 people are saying
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Nonni
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This IS a good restaurant and my 2nd time there. Ill be back 🍻

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vipGood
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters and maitre de were very helpful, friendly and solicitous. The food and drinks were all very tasty and the portions were large.

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vipmarenm
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and generous service, with delicious food — we will be back.

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KevinJ
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, good service. Quiet because it was a Tuesday night. Great outside dining with heaters on the weekends.

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steveP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Desperate to go somewhere we could wear sweaters after a summer in Southern California we headed up to Carmel for a few days and found the cool, foggy relief we'd been craving. We also found Mission Bistro, where our server, Pablo welcomed us with fresh warm bread and excellent wine recommendations. My wife's Prosecco was as crisp and dry as he promised and, after weeks of cold beer, my Daou Cabernet was like a cashmere sweater at Christmas. It went great with my beef bourguignon, which was loaded with carrots, potatoes and perfectly done prime rib in a red wine stew as tasty as the Daou. My only regret was that I'd eaten too much of the delicious artichoke and corn fritter appetizer to finish the ample main course, or the crispy cheese bread soaked in the stew. But I came close. My wife had the special Mahi Mahi with scallops, again ample and perfectly done. Pablo came by several times, not only to check on the meal, but to add unasked for but much appreciated pours of our drinks. We floated out of the restaurant congratulating ourselves on the good fortune of picking this place for our first meal in town. It's going to be tough to beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The prime rib tasted like something off of a buffet. My wife had the fillet, and it was dry. The sauce on top was not edible.

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vipVaclavR
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was surprised as to how empty this restaurant was when I walked in. As I was leaving, I was truly scratching my head as to why.

I had a reservation, and was seated within 60 seconds of arriving. Within another 60 seconds, I had a warm roll with a mustard sauce and a glass of ice water. The server welcomed me with an upbeat personality and a great attitude. I ordered a glass of wine and the Beef Bourguignon. The wine was served within 1-2 minutes. The dinner appeared in about ten minutes, piping hot. An ample portion, it was quite flavorful. My water glass was refilled twice, and was never empty. My wine glass was also refilled prior to it being empty. The restaurant has an open kitchen concept, so I thanked the chef for a wonderful meal, and he smiled and bowed his head to say thank you. Again, not quite sure why this place isn't jam packed, but I know I will return, maybe even tonight!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was very mediocre especially considering the cost. The service was very poor, half of our food was served and just sitting cold on the table before the rest arrived 10 minutes later. Definitely recommend going to rise and roam just down the street

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OanaC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had dinner here while vacationing. The appetizers were good-chips and salsa, Caesar salad and crab cakes. Main dishes were a disaster. Short ribs were ridiculously dry and the meat itself might have been old (inedible bad) and the lobster ravioli cloyingly sweet (sugar added sweet) a leave it in the plate bad dish.
Service was slow took 1 hr 45 min from seating to leaving asap, and we are fast eaters.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, personable service. We left feeling we had a wonderful dinner at an old friend’s house.

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, generous meals, good outdoor space, pleasant staff.

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vipAnna
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and awesome staff! Thank you for the great experience :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently delicious and hot! I’ve never had a bad meal here. The service is superb, with caring and charismatic staff. I’ve recommended Mission Bistro to many people and they have all been impressed as well.

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vipFrank
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food . A lot of food. Quiet at first than extremely loud diners.

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vipcarmelvillager
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good—better than we expected. Service was sufficient. The location is good, less than a block off Ocean Avenue. The downside was the noise level. Too loud for us to hear each other talk and enjoy any kind of conversation over dinner. What spoiled it for us was mostly the small group of men drinking at the bar that is right in the dining area. The restaurant owner should somehow address the acoustic issues of the space.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service and delicious food! Loved our outdoor table!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very accommodating. We had our 2 small dogs so we sat in side alley. Had a heater next to our table. Had a nice time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst service ever. Waited 20 minutes to order desert and then another 30 before we could get a waiter to come back to the table. Never got our desert and took another 10 minutes to get the check. Never left a $1 tip before, normally very generous but terrible service. To top it off our waiter was accusatory like it was our fault.

If you like mediocre food and terrible service, this is the place for you.

I have never left a restaurant angry before. Wish I had those 2 hours of my life back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding!!!

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mbtacoma
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped here with my daughter while traveling through town. She had the carbonara, while I had lobster bisque and a Caesar salad. Food came out quickly, servings were huge, and everything was delicious. Would definitely return!

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KarenM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Overpriced and my short rib entree was cold. I had to send it back. It returned hot but not at all tender. Very disappointing especially given the glowing reviews for this restaurant.

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TraceyM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic! They have a great menu with many dishes to choose from. The owner stopped by our table and chatted for a bit about their menu, chef, etc. We really enjoyed our dinner and are looking forward to our next visit.

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L245
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mission Bistro was very friendly and helpful, their location on Mission was a bit busy but comfortable and there was good room (we asked for outdoor dining). Food was excellent, everything flavorful and a good selection of different dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food were exceptional. Many restaurants during/after COVID have had a negative impact with service and quality of food. NOT this one-excellent all around. The owner was present and it made a huge difference in the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great, well priced wine list. Delightful service and outside tables with heat lamps were great. Artichoke fritters and hurrays salad were the highlights. Seafood skillet delicious. Short rib and lamb shank were dry and not at the same level. Coffee could definitely use an upgrade.

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MiguelQ1
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Terrible dining experience. We were sat in an stinky alley, next to the kitchen were we could here the cooks cussing. Waiters didn’t check on us. Worst sitting and service ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Mala comida

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JessicaA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Servers were working hard, but understaffed. The food was nothing special, but good experience overall

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Great staff & fantastic food!

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vipTomJ
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We arrived a little early for a 7:30 reservation, and the hostess greeted us and seated us early. The table service was very good, and the food arrived quickly. The open kitchen, coupled with the brick and plaster walls and a loud crowd made the restaurant very loud. The menu was eclectic; food quality was good and portions were ample size. Two people can share an appetizer, salad and one entree and be satisfied.

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vipPamI
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service…Amazing!
Food…Even more amazing!!
Banana bread pudding…The Best!
Go for lunch and then you will want return for dinner!!

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VictorinoF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I'm glad that you could come up with some food from the dinner menu during our lunch visit. Thank you.

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CatG
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service!!! Everyone was welcoming and checked on us often to make sure everything is okay. The Bolognese and Scampi were delish and the Sangrias, red and white, both were great! It would have been nice if they had some complimentary bread.

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Ziggy
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food. Good menu wine by the glass is a good value. Very friendly staff

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MB1994
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff! Nice atmosphere and service. Food very good!

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JennyJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was “fine” but not crave worthy. The service a bit poor. We waited over 15 minutes to be welcomed by our server for the first time and it didn’t get much better after that.

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vipFoodReviews
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Kind and attentive service. Very good meal. Very much liked the banana bread pudding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice setting - sidewalk dining, they were kind enough to call and confirm because it was a little windy - and very professional, attentive service. 6/6 in our group, which was young (4) to old (79)!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was great!!! House wine was awesome!!!!!

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vipDaleH
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blackened salmon was outstanding!

FAQs

Mission Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 574-8344.

Mission Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 97 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.