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The Pocket

4.7
4.7
371 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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Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary Italian, Contemporary Latin

  • 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

  • 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

  • Parking details

    Make extra time to find parking in Carmel it's always 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

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What 371 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Food was cold.

  2. T

    Tonya

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always delicious and an elegant dining experience.

  3. FP

    FamilyPack

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food and great service. You won’t be disappointed.

  4. LI

    LIsaB

    Fort Lauderdale

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food! Beautiful outdoor area. Thanks for a perfect evening!

  5. l

    lyla9

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    My husband had the octopus and is still raving about how delicious it was. I had the chicken which was ok. We really wanted their hamburgers, but they've taken them off the menu. Real disappointment. The ambience is great. Be sure to order a Whisky Sour. I've never had better.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3

    The decor and interior is fresh and modern. Host was dressed immaculately (young guy), super friendly. Our server and other staff were very attentive, friendly and prompt. The noise level was a bit high even though tables were not full- think there are no sound dampers in restaurant. We had burratta salad, cup of mushroom soup. Salad was fair- said it was supposed to be heirloom tomatoes but they were not and the tomato was not ripe, but soup was delicious! We had the pasta- dish was very tasty and portion size was just right. And it came out hot! Which is very important to us. I have to say this place is WAY overpriced. Especially if the quality is so so. There are many great restaurants in Carmel that I don’t feel this is an issue with pricing.

  7. GC

    GregC

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food are incredible. Great experience. “B” is amazing.

  8. S

    Saint

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely balmy evening for dining outdoors with excellent service and delicious food which was attractively presented.

  9. I

    Incognito

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We requested a certain table inside the restaurant and we were given that exact table. VERY NICE.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my second time at The Pocket and each time it has been amazing! Food, service, cocktails and wine list are all exceptional and I can’t wait to return. It’s casual but upscale in taste! Perfect combo for my friends and I. 👌🏽

  11. JW

    JeffreyW

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Pocket continues to be one of my favorite restaurants. The food quality and service are excellent. The vibe is always friendly and fun and being in Carmel gives it a great location too! For any occasion, this is my first choice in the Monterey and Carmel area and is also considering all the really good restaurants in the Monterey area. Thanks Bee, Tia and Kayla for another great meal and experience!

  12. c

    cammyg

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday….had a reservation, sat outside it was BEAUTIFUL. Had a darling waitress. Food was great!

  13. CS

    CatherineS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Rib Eye steak, Manhattan Up [Maker's Mark] & chocolate torte. Nickolas K, our server, is always a treat! thank you!

  14. LL

    LayneL

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service, and beautifully prepared dishes. My son was visiting from Scottsdale, and this was our first visit to this restaurant. We started with The Pocket Charcuterie Plate, and it was excellent! My son really loved the candied walnuts, and I was especially fond of the camembert! For our main course, my wife had the Seared Yellowfin Tuna cooked to perfection, my son ordered the Pan Seared Seasonal Halibut and loved it, and I ordered the Shrimp Gnocchi, which was delicious! Servings are ample to generous. Be sure to leave room for the desserts! Parking in Carmel can be challenging, so allow a little extra time for that. We will definitely eat here again!

  15. MM

    MarkyMark

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wife’s Birthday

  16. B

    Bgjkm

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere. Service was outstanding and Kayla our server was a sweetheart. Food was delicious and presentation was awesome. Great time

  17. JK

    JonathanK

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A real find. Everything was just great, for cocktail thru desert. Service was excellent. A 10!

  18. L

    Love2eatgood

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had a great experience… food and service was exceptional… will definitely go again… couple of fyi’s… parking can be tough in Carmel so give yourself a little extra time to find a spot… also, check their menu on their website…. found it to be a little different than what was in open table… once again, great dinner… will be adding to our favorites in Open Table

  19. E

    Euroboy

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food is excellent. Very nice staff and attentive. The price needs to come down though on menu. $100 for steak is very pricey and Seafood dishes should be in the mid $30’s not $50. Overall, wonderful experience.

  20. S

    Sandy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful dinner at Pocket. The food is amazing however, it is a bit pricey. Overall we had a wonderful evening there.

  21. m

    markd

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Service was slow. The crab salad was made like tuna salad and lacked flavor. The short ribs were great.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    40th birthday.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful dinner at the pocket. It was lively, but romantic! The service was top notch, drinks were outstanding and the food was incredible! We will definitely be back!!

  24. WH

    WillardH

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service!

  25. N

    Nittler

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing all round - The Pocket is the best new restaurant we have tried for a long time! A real find and we will return often. Starting with the ambiance - it is beautiful with real attention to detail and design. Creative cocktail menu with a fabulous bar, good wine list with local and European options. Every course was phenomenal starting with delicious Oysters with citrus mignonette, a solid Caesar, seafood pasta was excellent but not as fantastically special as the Seared Tuna with mustard dressing (wonderful). Dessert was warmed chocolate soufflé cake with delicious salted caramel sauce. Service amazing - we had Jose who was delightful and so helpful. Don’t hesitate booking

  26. DD

    DianeD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great menu and the food is excellent. We like to wine taste at Talbots next door then head over for dinner....makes for a very fun evening!

  27. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our waiter Sonny is the best! Our dinner and drinks lived up to our expectations.

  28. GC

    GregC

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lovely place. Always attentive to their diners. Service very good. Food is always consistent. I’d give it 4.5 but no such rating offered. Go and enjoy a great experience.

  29. LS

    LowellS

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous new upscale dining experience for Carmel. Wonderful venue, excellent food and drinks.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Best scallop pappardelle EVER. great drinks, apps, dessert. Will be back

  31. Y

    Yummy

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2

    Made a reservation a long time ago and was disappointed with our table. We were seated in the spare room away from the main dining area.

  32. F

    Foody

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great spot but we had a vegetarian with us and there were no vegetarian entrees on the menu. This surprised me for such a new and upscale restaurant to not offer vegetarian options in today’s market.

  33. AR

    AnnaR

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always

  34. DE

    DENIST

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    This place was quite nice but the food was average and nothing special at all but the price was excessive and a rip off. The beers were not on the menu but when i asked if they did beers they said they did , so i ordered just a standard beer and only found out the price when the final bill came. the beer was 11 or 12 dollars, which is £9 in sterling. Probably the highest i was ever charged anywhere. I wouldn't return as there are much better places to go to in Carmel and better value for money. Even my hotel said this place had mixed reviews and was not very popular. Only one positive which was the service from our waitress...excellent and friendly.

  35. ML

    MarkLaronda

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3

    Manager was rude and unprofessional. Server forgot to put in our entree. Waited another hour for the forgotten entree. Used to come here a lot. Not returning anymore.

  36. DG

    DanielG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and great food. Our family of four all ordered different meals for dinner. Everyone loved what they ordered. Will definitely return.

  37. A

    Alockestar

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect Mother’s Day dinner!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing as usual but Nikolas makes the evening! He has been or waiter every time we’ve been in & he is so engaging & fun! Food & Nikolas are a must!!

  39. s

    simmbo

    Tucson

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service, Nicholas was excellent. Will definitely visit again.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food! Great service! This is our favorite restaurant in Carmel!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Pocket is rated 4.7 stars by 371 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Pocket

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary Italian, Contemporary Latin

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Make extra time to find parking in Carmel it's always a bit of a challenge

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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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