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The Pocket, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

The Pocket

4.7
4.7
965 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 626-8000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Mike Fischetti
  • Private party facilities
    Private event available in our gorgeous private dining room which can host an event up to 18 guests. Call us today to inquire about our special events package.
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Cross street
    Lincoln Street, Between 5th and 6th
  • Parking details
    Make extra time to find parking in Carmel, it can be a bit of a challenge
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 965 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

965 Reviews
  1. DragonFoodie

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Interesting flavors. Definitely a better option that most of the “touristy” restaurants on Ocean Ave. You’ll get way better tasting & quality food. Will definitely be back when in the Monterey / Carmel area in the future.

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  2. Saint

    Rome

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a first class experience! Sunny, Lisette, Chef and the entire staff couldn’t be more professional and welcoming. Chef recommended the Halibut which was fresh caught that day and lovely. The Calamari appetizer was plentiful and on an interesting and flavorful sauce. I could go on and on….

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greatly exceeded our expectations. Plenty of interesting plates to choose from, including several delicious vegetable side dishes. Large servings. Impeccable service provided by at least four staff members who tended to our needs. Although the restaurant was full, it was quiet enough that I could easily hear the conversation at the table.

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  4. Bax7

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So this restaurant was recommended to us by our driver. We made reservations and went to experience what the hype was all about. We started with the pea greens salad and it was so yummy. The mains came, I had the halibut and my partner had the wagu short ribs. His was really tasty from what he claims but my halibut was a bit dry. We finished with the berry bread pudding…. AMAZING!!! My take is that the $44 plate is really expensive for dry fish. $14 for a glass of perseco and $25 for a glass of wine….. a little much. I do realize we are in Carmel but I would have tried another spot had I known. Well worth the try….. just expensive.

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  5. FoodNinjaMonterey

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining spot! Food is fantastic, service was impeccable (shout out to Colin). Location is great. Best olive oil cake I’ve ever had. Not lying.

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  6. PollyR

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fabulous birthday dinner we had at The Pocket! Food was incredible and the menu was fresh and unique. Our server was outstanding, she made excellent recommendations and she nailed our order. The ambience is lovely, a friendly modern twist on classic Carmel dining. Welcoming staff made special reservations simple from afar. We will definitely dine here again and again!

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  7. Marc

    Columbus

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. The short rib was outstanding. Would definitely go back.

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  8. Luap

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleased. First time and our waiter Colin was excellent

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere, food was terrific and the service was excellent!

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  10. KSLD

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We always love this spot, the food is always very good, fresh and interesting. I would give it a five if: they changed the so called music. It is drivel, annoying and not conducive to conversation. They should at least try something softer, less bass, more relaxing. And I love music! Would love if they carried Beefeaters Gin; Hendricks or others are not my favorite.

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  11. Krista

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was absolutely the right place to go in Carmel! We sat outside under heat lamps, temp was perfect. Attentive service but not interruptive. Everything our server recommend was fabulous! Brussel sprouts, beet salad, Ragu, and Cod. Risotto was the only thing that wasn’t loved, could use more wine/seasoning! If you’re debating places to eat in Carmel, don’t pass this one up!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was woeful - we didn’t eat half of it. The wait staff were friendly and attentive.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff and food!! Everyone from the chef, waiter, wine somm and bartender were the best. Food was fantastic. Thank you!

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  14. DevonP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly one of the best meals we’ve had in a while, perhaps up there in the top 5 ever. And not just because of what we chose. There were so many delicious things in the menu that we needed help deciding. Speaking of which, the staff was exceptional, from host to server to busser. We might have to plan another trip to Carmel just to eat here again.

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  15. BobB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, with creative dishes. Beet salad was very good. Service was slow. Appetizers came out in 15 min., but entrees took another hour and 15 minutes. Octopus came out cold. Cod dish was not fresh fish. Risotto was good. Not great value for money. Would probably not return.

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  16. RRJup16

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Mike is a magician. Best in Carmel by the Sea
    The PocketResponded on April 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for the kind words! We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! :)

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  17. ToniI

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about The Pocket was top notch. Service A+ Food A+ Cute and comfortable outside dining so you can bring your dogs. Highly recommend

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  18. AmyD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommended by the hotel staff, and grateful we took them up on it. Upscale casual atmosphere yet cozy and date night worthy... staff was attentive and menu had a great variety. My boyfriend (who is a really amazing cook) said it's one of the top 5 meals he's had of all time. Highly Recommend!

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  19. NatashaP

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. Love the vibe. Excellent cocktails. And our server, Josh/Jason (?) was really a treat! Unfortunately, the quality is slipping. It’s becoming too heavy. More simplicity and craft will let the flavors shine. Veggies were over cooked and over seasoned. Bring back the elegance and let the food shine! We’ll keep coming though, you all are a treasure!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Pocket is a hidden gem that exceeded all expectations! The beet salad was a delightful start, fresh and perfectly dressed. The ribeye was cooked to perfection, juicy and flavorful, while the sea bass was a melt-in-your-mouth experience. The cocktails were expertly crafted, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the meal. The service was impeccable, making us feel welcomed and valued throughout our dining experience. A must-visit for anyone looking for exceptional food and outstanding service!

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  21. KathrynB

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food in a fun setting! The place was hopping on a Tuesday night so it took a bit of time to get our cocktails; otherwise the waitstaff and support staff work well together and keep things on an even keel. The starters, salads, entrees and desserts were all top notch! Can’t wait to visit Pebble Beach and The Pocket again.

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  22. Karen

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and the menu was exceptional. It was our 47 th Anniversary and it was definitely a wonderful evening to remember. Portions and flavors were outstanding. We will return

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  23. KenK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at The Pocket, excellent food and service. Will definitely be back someday

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  24. ToddD

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. Will be back many times

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  25. Micarl

    New York City

    118 reviews

    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded our expectations. Wonderful experience as locals either out of town visitor’s.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! We were four people… we ordered 3 starters.. Beet Salad (beautiful) Mac & Cheese and the Asparagus. All delish! Mains were Scallops, Hamburger, Spicy Crab noodlesx2…. Amazing! Lastly, we shared the Bread Pudding, Cherry Crisp and Olive Oil Cake…. Again very Tasty! I enjoyed one of their cocktails… so refreshing I had two. Great ambiance. Our waiter and staff were pros. We’ll be back!

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  27. cpdine

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was over charged for bottled water we didn’t even order and 1 beverage we didn’t have Otherwise was pretty good . Most people in our party of 8 liked their meals… Skip the $35 Fish and Chips!

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  28. Momof3

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We travel about 3-4 times a year to Carmel and we always stop by for dinner at the Pocket. The food, drinks and staff are excellent. Highly recommend.

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  29. Datenight

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside near the fountain and it was lovely! Our cocktails were fun and everything we had was very good although - I would skip the calamari. The octopus was delicious & tender & mushroom soup was wonderful. We will definitely go back!

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  30. Yankee

    Central Coast

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pocket is one of our favorite places in Carmel! Great food great service 

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  31. Travelbug

    Exclusive

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was horrible. It was over salted, way too much sauce on the fish. The most unsophisticated food I've had to date. We felt like we were eating at a low end wharf restaurant. There were three of us, each ordering something different. Everything was bad. The bruschetta was odd, over salted, no tomatoes? The waiter made sarcastic remarks about our food and drink choices. Spent a lot of money , very disappointed. We are locals but will never go back.

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  32. JasonN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Collin the server was top notch you may even want to request he went above and beyond. Brussels sprouts the best I’ve eaten. Highly recommend!!!

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  33. Drew

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was training someone. Less tan attentive. Manager assisted nicely but for the $300 tab for two we shouldn’t have had to flag them down to take our entree order so uncomfortably long after the appetizer plates were cleared. Same after the next course.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and great customer service Fine dining experience !!! Will return again soon and several times again…

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  35. Dawn38

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful "family reunion" having dinner at the Pocket--the food is amazing from the brussel sprout and asparagus appetizers to the main courses of short Ribs, risotto, Scampi etc. Cheese cake dessert is fabulous. Thank you for such a memorable evening at your wonderful restaurant.

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  36. KarrynL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    New menu - same great service! Delicious as always.

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  37. None

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Roasted Delicata Squash to share is outstanding and a “must try”. The West Indian Style Curried Chicken was spiced just enough flavor and the meat was tender and moist. Great place for dinner!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great. Portions were good. Scallops were too seasoned, overly salty. Otherwise it was good.

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  39. MaggieP

    Yosemite

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant. The staff is friendly and we rely on their food knowledge and recommendations. Fantastic food, cocktails, and ambience. The salmon tartlets (a special) were incredible!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided to have my friends birthday dinner here and it was an absolute delight..!

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The Pocket is rated 4.7 stars by 965 OpenTable diners.

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5 Lincoln St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lincoln Street, Between 5th and 6th
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Make extra time to find parking in Carmel, it can be a bit of a challenge
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Mike Fischetti
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 626-8000
  • Private party facilities
    Private event available in our gorgeous private dining room which can host an event up to 18 guests. Call us today to inquire about our special events package.
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