The Hog's Breath Inn - Carmel

4.1
564 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to the famous Hog's Breath Inn, Carmel.
Formerly owned by Clint Eastwood, and sold to a good family friend, Kaiser Morcus,
a seasoned restaurateur, hotelier, grocer, butcher and entrepreneur.

PATIO DINING, LUNCH & DINNER,OPEN 11 AM
Our belief is that you are what you eat.

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
  • 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 564 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! The wait staff is extremely friendly and the food is always great. We try to eat at this restaurant every time we come back to town. You get a lot of food for the price you pay. The only thing I’m sad about is not being able to eat more food, there are so many good looking items on the menu.

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Capri
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Restaurant interior appeared shabby. Few patrons there Sunday at 5:30 pm. Food mediocre other than the artichoke soup.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Hog’s breath inn for our wedding anniversary just last week and had an amazing time! The ambiance of the restaurant as well as the beautiful walls and decor! I usually don’t write reviews but I would highly recommend this place. The food was so so so so good!y wife and I agree, it was probably the best salmon we have ever had. We also had the creme brûlée and it was 10/10 as well. I’d give this place 10 stars if I could! Thank you again. All of the people working there were great too!

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vipmickeyCali
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and excellent service.
There were 12 at our table and our server never missed a beat!

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vipDianeP
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It had been a long time since I had been to Hog's Breath and the food was just as good as I remember. Fun spot and great atmosphere.

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Happy2haveUcook
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We were in the area. I had always wanted to go
It was a very nice setting. It was fun to go in the bar and see all the Clint Eastwood memorabilia. Our server was excellent.

I was disappointed in the food. We found it really only so-so. This is the reason for the rating. For the amount charged I expected much tastier food. We would not return.

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vipkadidiac
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice setting. If you’re there early enough, and it’s not too cold, definitely sit outside. Service was good, food was good, though a bit pricey. Around 7 pm definitely fills up and quickly.

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DCLock
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate my Birthday. My husband and I started off with a Dirty Harry Margarita, then had a cesar salad, and the fillet mignon. The drink was very tasty and the food was delicious. Our server brought me a complementary slice of cheesecake for my birthday. It was large enough to share. We were able to eat outside in the garden and had great service
It was a wonderful Birthday Dinner

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vipjrbrown2bsu
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere for laid back casual food

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just phenomenal as always! Outstanding food and service!

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DianeC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I booked this table well in advance. When we got to the restaurant the hostess didn't seem to even take note that we had a reservation. This was for my 20th anniversary and they sat us on a small corner right by the kitchen door. So the whole time we had this door flying open and waiters constantly passing us as we wait for even refill of water. Disappointed. My dish was not the best chicken piccata I've ever had but the most I've ever paid. No salad or soup when your paying almost 30 for entree not right.

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Mars
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate our anniversary. It was a very cool place. We were seated next to the fireplace. Loved the Dirty Harry margaritas! Food was great! Loved the ambiance.

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FishFeed
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience as always. The Hogs Breath never disappoints. The food and service were excellent as always. But the margaritas sure had a lot of ice in them. Overall though, very enjoyable.

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DrizzleD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food and service just ok… restaurant is in need of a deep cleaning….servers looked sloppy, aprons/shirts/vests?, all spotted and dirty… overall impression was of an old, tired venue

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RobertN
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Service? A surley waiter was the one who spoke English. Most others did not. My wife’s meal was returned. BBQ’d Ribs. Way over cook to be tough and instead of BBQ sauce, ketchup was used. Will not go again. Too many other restaurants to choose from. Went there because 10 years ago we went and it was wonderful. Now? Not so much

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vipMeffkiev
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great Carmel & Clint Eastwood dining experience. Highly recommended for your Carmel visit. Lots of warm fireplaces and plenty of Eastwood memorabilia.

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vipTmack
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

1) Rude staff. I know it's Dirty Harry's restaurant, but customers need to be treated like the cops, not the perps.
2) Watered down drinks. I ordered an old fashioned and the color of the drink was clear. Unless there's a clear bourbon or whiskey that I'm not aware of, it was highly watered down. The lack of kick confirmed it. The staff member gave me attitude when I asked for a remake.

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vipRichardS
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Price for the food is a definite one. I would give it a zero if it were possible.

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LisaF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambience as expected, we were very happy with our experience.

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MatthewP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to complement restaurants who made it through the pandemic! We loved the ambiance and everyone who worked there was friendly.

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WilliamO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food and presentation is worst than cafeteria food.. bland, tasteless. Fries arrived cold with the fish and chips, chicken piccata had no color, or flavor, most likely steamed, veggies are standard cafeteria steamed ..
For the price you would expect better..
Pass on this establishment…. We live in Carmel, will not be back..

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LetsGoOut
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Charming. Lots of outdoor/open-air seating. Great menu options.

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Carmel
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

So disappointed. Our server was excellent but the food was mediocre at best. Very disappointing.

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vipIrene
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience1

The Hog’s Breath Inn needs a MAJOR revamp. It’s pretty tired and the facility is poorly cared for. It looks seedy. The food very mediocre…The wedge salad was ok, the calamari was previously frozen, and the ribs were dry and flavorless. The service was great though…staff was very good. They should get jobs in restaurants that care about the quality of food they serve and clean the facility….

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experiences (4 people) was amazing. We arrived a few minutes late due to the lack parking but the hostess was very understanding and moved our reservation time to accommodate this issue.
This was my husband and my first experience at the restaurant but our friends who recommended we all dine there had been quite sometime ago. (When Clint Eastwood owned the restaurant)
The ambiance was great! All the rustic fireplaces and patio lights created a relaxed atmosphere. Our waiter, Sergio, was amazing! He was one of the reasons our experience was such a positive one.
The food & drinks were great! I thoroughly enjoyed my Shrimp Pad Thai and everyone else completely enjoyed their choice of entrees. We passed on the dessert but two of us enjoyed an after dinner dessert martini that was really tasty!
I would highly recommend this restaurant to any one who is in the Carmel area. Reservations are suggested and give yourself plenty of time to find parking and allow for the walk you’ll have make to the restaurant.
*Free public parking lot on 3rd street in between Junipero & Torres.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We fell for the hype of the place but were both disappointed with our meals. I wouldn't recommend it and will not plan to revisit in the future. There are plenty of other restaurants in Carmel at which you can find great ambiance. #totaldisappointment

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JaydeneM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is awesome.. Food is so delicious... Chicken Marsala was so flavorable... Love sitting outside in the patio.. Such a great setting. I highly recommend this place.

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My bottle of Budweiser was not cold enough and my glass was not cold enough.

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BarbaraT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious!! I have never seen a staff more attentive and always asking if we needed anything or how was the food. We were also so impressed that the entire staff working hard and working so well together as a team! Eating in the courtyard made for a nice quiet meal, off the noisy streets. Can't wait to go back next time we are in Carmel.

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ellent
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food and drinks!! We LOVE this place and we’ll definitely be back!

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VeronicaC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. I would definitely eat here again. Staff was very welcoming and we were served in a timely matter.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet Mignon and rib Eye steaks were cooked to perfection. Sooo good!

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OpenTable Diner
London
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

This place is living off the prior Clint Eastwood ownership. Eastwood memorabilia is everywhere and I’m fine with that as I’m a huge Clint fan. The food however was bad. Filet steak was very fatty and tasteless. Red wine sauce was congealed and out of a bottle. Potatoes au gratin were greasy.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

When I made the reservation online there was an opportunity to select if it was a special occasion. I selected Anniversary. At no point during our dinner was our wedding anniversary acknowledged. It was our 30th. The hostess who greeted us was not very friendly. In the women’s bathroom one of the two stalls had no lock on the door.
The food however was excellent! Our steaks were tender and cooked the way we asked for. Probably will not return again.

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Shelly
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was not very goo my boyfriend had steak that was full of grizzle and my pork chop was tough. Service was fair. After complaining they did take some money off our bill but overall it was not a pleasant experience

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ToniaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Horrible service! Rude hostess from Middle East or wherever. I changed res twice around my new college daughter move in and the hostess acted like she was so important. Seated us in corner, super rude, and waiter came by once…another guy came by with water only once after I had to ask a waitress where our waiter was after 15 mins of no service after seated!! Hostess said you can tell waiter if you want fireplace lit. No one ever did it! Great food but service horrible and I love this place, but will never return!

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CarmenG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We came for an anniversary and we had a wonderful experience. We alwill be back and are anxious to bring our family and friends.
Thank you!

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JosephD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service , great ambiance went for my wife’s birthday, had a little trouble finding parking but it was well worth it

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Family member’s birthday. Great table near the fireplace. Food was average for the price. Great ambiance.

FAQs

The Hog's Breath Inn - Carmel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 625-1044.

The Hog's Breath Inn - Carmel is rated 4.1 stars by 564 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.