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

The Pocket

4.7
4.7
925 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Welcome to The Pocket, the perfect place to be.
We know, perfect is a big word! We didn’t get here overnight.

The Pocket is inspired by two lifetimes of love for great cuisine, culture, fine wine and cocktails, and the joy of discovering the perfect pairing with family and friends.

We were both born into the restaurant industry, watching our parents work hard to create beautiful experiences for their customers. From an early age, we both learned that the experience of dining out is just as important as the food itself.

When you achieve that perfect combination of people, ambience, food and drink—you are in The Pocket.

We’re so happy you found us.

Enjoy,

Kent Ipsen
Owner



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

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 925 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Service

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Ambiance

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Innovative

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Hot spot

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Lively

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

925 Reviews
  1. Comfort

    Los Angeles

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an incredible restaurant. The food was inventive and excellent. The service was impeccable, the ambiance was beautiful and classy. This was a last minute decision to go there based on a recommendation from our hotel, the La Playa. This will be our first choice when we come back to Carmel

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    A bit noisy but may have been just the drunk party of 8 racists pricks that were sitting next to us. Privilege is an annoying trait

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  3. PaulR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing food and even better service. and pet friendly! highly recommend

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  4. KirkT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails on point, the food was delicious, pacing on dinner perfect for a romantic evening. Service was excellent and treated so well. Highly Recommend!!

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  5. Tony

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time here. Great food and atmosphere, Service staff outstanding. We will be back soon

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  6. RonB

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible! Great Food Amazing Cocktails! Our new favorite restaurant in Carmel!

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  7. foodeeze

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our Valentine dinner at The Pocket.

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  8. Dave

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The chicken curry is always delicious. My wife scallops were not as good as usual last night. The restaurant was busy, Valentines day evening overall, it’s still one of our top two restaurants in Carmel.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambience with beautiful lighting and romantic setting. Services was excellent and very attentive. Food was delicious, good temperature and table delivery timing. It was a tad noisy but not distracting. Overall, setting, food and comfort were very good. We can’t wait to go back!!

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  10. JeffS

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner and service. Easy walk from Ocean ave.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sadly the Calamari was soggy/The chicken curry was so overly salty I could not eat it/Steak was good/Our server was delightful

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  12. DarylD

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our 2nd dinner at the Pocket. Each experience was absolutely marvelous. From the cocktails, to dessert, these were amazing evenings. My son and I attend the Pebble Beach Pro-Am every year and the Pocket has now become one of our "must go" dinner spots.

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  13. DianneD

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful decor and a wonderful dining experience.

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  14. CookieMonster

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been here several times. Fun place, but food was horrible this time. My wife got a Filet (medium) and I got a Rib Eye (medium rare). Not even close. Filet was medium rare on the edges and raw in the middle. Rib Eye was well done on the edges and medium well in the middle. We planned to send both back, but were with other people and they were about half done with their dinner before waitress asked us how things were. I ate the most well done parts of her rare Filet (middle was inedible) and she ate the least well done parts of my Rib Eye. I'm sure they cook hundreds of steaks per day and I'm very surprised that they sent these dishes to the table. Bummer. Unlikely to return. Tried to upload a photo, but OpenTable didn't allow it.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and fabulous food. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Carmel and it never has disappointed us.

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  16. KarinZ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great atmosphere. Service was excellent!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Short rib bone in out of this world. Ambiance amazing. Spinach salad great. Apple salad was tasty and uniquely genuine. Loved it.greay way to celebrate my bday w my beautiful wife

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  18. LoriL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing food. great service. wonderful ambiance. a favorite

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had to wait 10 minutes beyond our reservation time (we didn’t complain or mind at all they were quite busy) but we were served complimentary champagne once seated- to apologize for the wait, which was totally unnecessary but genuinely appreciated. Our server was wonderful, paced everything perfectly and provided the ideal balance of attentiveness and space for us to have conversation and enjoy our food. The burrata was incredible. The butternut squash tagliatelle, amazing and my friend loved her scallops. It was both of our second time to The Pocket and we loved it as much as the first visit. We are both locals and have eaten at many places on the coast and will absolutely keep this on our list of top places to dine. Highly recommend!

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  20. teresap

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, wonderful ambiance and a lovely time together! The service was impeccable. Highly recommend the pocket potion!

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  21. MichaelS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Didn’t like spicy sauces with Angus beef on special menu. Potatoes were placed on top of sauce. Maybe put sauce on side? Short rib seemed very overcooked. Apple crunch dessert needed twice as much cinnamon ice cream. Sorry. We were hoping for a better dinner.

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  22. NancyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I wanted to like this restaurant. It looked very inviting from the outside . But, the food was bland. Lacked flavor . My guest and I thought the same way. Cocktails were good .

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a reservation on a Wednesday evening…pretty busy at 7pm but seated right away and staff was on top of things. Our waiter Colin was very engaging and we enjoyed everything about the evening. I had the chicken curry (so many great flavors) and my wife had the salmon that was also very good. I can also recommend the sangria, mule and apple crisp for dessert.

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  24. Frenchfoodlover100

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great local cod dish, Brussels n calamari. Great attentive bus boy n waitress.

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  25. Triptex

    Houston

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute bistro serving innovative fare and extensive wine list.

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  26. 123delish

    Hawaii

    94 reviews

    3.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere and service was very good. The beet salad was amazing. The octopus was not cooked enough. The salmon did not have a lot of flavor. The black cod was just ok. Wine selection. Was great.

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  27. MikeC

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have enjoyed TP on several occasions but, this was my first 'inside experience'. Pleasantly, dining inside had a different feel. (Not that the patio has been a negative) The Service was very good, Attentive without being hovering. The 'Foursome' enjoyed every dish, and some bites were eyebrow-raisers. Cocktails and wine service was quality and timely. We will return.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    126 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been here many times, and this was the first sub par experience. It was crowded with many loud large parties. My wife's fish was overcooked, my pork special was under cooked and very tough. They'll get another shot because of history with them. Maybe just a off night.

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  29. CarlinL

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at the restaurant and very pleasantly surprised by the meal. The bone in spare rib was the biggest thing I’ve seen in a plate since a Florentine steak in Italy!! Service was very good and wine selections were reasonably priced.

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  30. BrianQ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambience. We celebrated a birthday here and couldn’t have been happier. We’ve been here before and will return. The Pocket is expensive but well worth it. You will not be disappointed.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never a bad experience here. Highly recommend. The menu is well thought out. Ingredients are well curated. The dishes are well prepared and presented. The service is impeccable. Just a great experience all around. 

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  32. CharinaQ

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining here but did not disappoint. The service was excellent. Food was great. Definitely a must come back!

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  33. ElizabethM

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner at The Pocket. The cocktails were amazing as was everything we tried from the appetizers, to the entrees, to dessert. Staff was very friendly.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve Had dinner there before that was excellent. But this time , group of 4 , I ordered a 60.00$ ribeye. Rare/medium was mostly medium and way way too chewy everyone agreed. Great flavor though , loved the roasted carrots and mushrooms. Which we added as sides as not a lot comes with the entree. But of course we will be back sometime for a third try .

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  35. LauraW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    OMG I love this place. Very nice service, everyone there were so nice, caring, considerate, and talkative. The lady gave me a furry blanket along with the heater on just to keep me warm. Great food as well! I ordered grilled Spanish octopus, pan seared scallops, and the sorbet. All of them are good!! The potato in the grilled octopus cleans out the greasiness super well with its tartness. The scallops are well seared that the inside was so so juicy and savory. I would recommend those who like guava or tart, refreshing desserts to try the pineapple orange guava sorbet!! (Also their water don’t taste like tab water at all which I like). Special thanks to Collin and the other gentleman who took his shift while he was on break that I don’t remember the name👉👈 Amazing dining experience even by myself.

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  36. bac4more

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at The Pocket. Food was delicious and service was outstanding! Ambiance was great. Lovely staff. Will come again and again.

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  37. TheresaJ

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The beet salad and the seafood entrees were outstanding.

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  38. Randall

    Houston

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best looking spots in Carmel. Beautiful design and crowd. Had a good meal and enjoyed the overall experience.

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  39. MichaelZ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Among five people, we all thoroughly enjoyed everything. The Brussels sprouts and squash starters were particularly delicious.

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  40. Mike

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots! Dinner last night did not disappoint, amazing!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Pocket is rated 4.7 stars by 925 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for The Pocket

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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