Village Corner California Bistro

4.1
84 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
**WE ONLY TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER - we do not take reservations for breakfast or lunch**

Village Corner California Bistro is a dining institution in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, that locals and travelers have been frequenting for 70 years. Experience our new menu as we work to carry on the tradition guests and Locals have enjoyed for decades.

Illy Cafe Full Espresso menu
Full Wine List featuring Local & California Wine
Enjoy Bloody Mary, Bellini, Mimosa
Certified Green Restaurant
Local Fish Specials
Prime Steaks
Wild Foraged Mushrooms
Vegetarian Dishes
Vegan Dishes - Daily Vegan Specials
Impossible Burger
Al-fresco Dining
Outdoor Patio
Dog Friendly
Kids Menus
Gluten Free Menu, Gluten Free Corn Pasta, Gluten Free Hamburger Buns, Gluten Free Breads, Gluten Free Bagels & English Muffins, Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas.
Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Wine Dinners
Full Beer Selection
We accept We Chat Pay




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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The seafood spaghetti was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 6 everybody loved their dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff. A magical evening.

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Sparky
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice as always. But it was a special occasion ( anniversary), and it would have been nice to have had something a little extra like a glass of champagne or dessert on the house. Not sure why the ask if nothing different happens.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Restaurant was closed but no one ever notified us! Terrible service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Short staffed

JF
JimF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was good. Ambiance was very good. Great menu & food!

PJ
vipPJD25
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Good food but terrible service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Family visiting from out of town after long Covid related hiatus.

They very unapologetically gave away our openable reservation for the patio even though we had checked in 15 minutes early. Very difficult to gain the attention waitstaff. Some dishes were very good ( pit pie and chicken piccata) but most were quite pedestrian pedestrian.

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BOBC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have eaten there many times in the past and always enjoy great food and excellent service. Service this time was average at best. Server forgot to bring out an appetizer. My friend asked for spaghetti with his chicken parm instead of the included pasta and the server said she would check. She never came back and told my friend they did not have spaghetti and later served him the dish again without pointing out that spaghetti was not available. If she had told him, he would have ordered something else. When we realized she never brought the appetizer, she never apologized or offered to take it off the bill right away.

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vipDebraB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit Carmel at least once every year for the car show. Never miss coming to Village Corner. Food was yummy as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Out of all my meals in Carmel over the course of a few days, my meal at this restaurant was definitely the worst. Food was uninteresting overall and the shrimp and scallop brochette was overly salty for some reason. Huge disappointment.

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Barb
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice. Sat us right away and service was great and so was the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed

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viprichardr
Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The half chicken was fabulous -loved the gravy. The split pea soup was delicious as was the hamburger cooked to perfection.
The staff was very attentive and we loved the background music.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

not sufficient wait staff

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Explicit music playing overhead which was disturbing since the restaurant was supposed to be kid friendly. Half chicken entree was burned and had to get sent back.

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vipTomS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We had a reservation, and were ignored even after they asked us if f we had a reservation. Another couple came in after us and we’re seated immediately. After 10-15 minutes we were seated in a parklet and completely forgotten. I kept trying to flag a server and they never looked in our vicinity. Another 15-20 minutes went by before we were able to order and be noticed. I would not recommend this restaurant. Food was ok.

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Louis17em
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was our first time back in several years prompted by out of town guests looking for comfort food that could be gluten-free. We were delighted with our meals. I think we will start coming again.

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vipsmile
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s ok. Nothing special

JV
JustVisiting
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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Watsonjnp
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

When we arrived for our reservation we were kind of thrown off by the appearance of the bistro. Looked a little like a diner but since we had reservations we decided to give it a shot and our food was delicious! We were seated in a courtyard patio area, did not appear to have indoor dining available. Our server was attentive and funny. It was a good meal. The bathroom could use an update and a good cleaning.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place and very attentive service from the chef/owner!

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DebraL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Tried to call to confirm what I believed was a 6:15 Rez but no answer. Arrived at 6:10 to be told they closed at 6:00 pm. What? Yet we had a Rez for 6:00pm (not 6:15 so yes we were 10 minutes late). Really? Rude but I’m sure their food and value were otherwise fine. Sorry but the sour taste left by the hostess probably won’t have me back on our semi annual return trips. I’m sure She doesn’t care.

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MichaelP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I can’t decide which was worse, the service or the food.
We made a reservation for 4:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday for my 50th birthday, figuring we’d beat the crowds. First we were ignored at the door, then even though the the place was half empty, the waiter argued with me about not having a reservation. He then proceeded to sit us at the hottest most sun baked table he had.
The food was not only over cooked and dried out, but the portions were equally small.
The only thing that I could possibly find positive about this place was the location, what a waste of good realty.
One word....HORRIBLE

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CyndiP
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for 7:00 got a confirmation but when we arrived we were told they were closed even though everything we checked showed they would be open. We were left searching for another place that could take us.

JM
JayM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had an Open Table reservation at 6:00pm on March 11th. We showed up on time and the restaurant was closed!

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Jack
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was fine but we felt a bit rushed. We got the main course just minutes after we got the appetizers so had to choose which one to allow to get cold. They had only one dessert and ran away before we had a chance to order coffee

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OpenTable Diner
Monterrey
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wonderful....... the food and the service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations on this app for dinner at 6:15. Everything was confirmed. We arrived and were told they were closing and they only serve breakfast and dinner. Very disappointed. You should update your information on the app so it’s not misleading to customers.

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Thamires
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We visited to celebrate my birthday and was thrown back when the server presented the check with her hand written tip and total on my credit card authorization slip. It’s one thing for the server to add a “ suggested” tip percentage on the itemized bill but very wrong ,if not ilegal , for anyone to pre fill my own credit card authorization slip. Very tacky, insulting and very unnecessary. The manager didn’t think it was a big deal. Not only, but they said is their policy to add gratuity to a party of more than 6. We were 3 adults and 4 small children lol . As a restaurant manager myself , I know how wrong that is. Still tipped the server 20% like I always do. Like I said, unnecessary.

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vipTanyaK
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great service, large portions and outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my dog on a girls “Harrah” trip after she got diagnosed with terminal cancer. We had dinner at the Village bistro the first night we arrived. My dog came with me and we sat on the patio near the fire pit the ambience was lovely and the food was wonderful! I would highly recommend.

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vipandrewl
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Online menu not the same as the actual menu, tried to sit us next the the clean up cart but moved us when asked

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TerriS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our new favorite spot in Carmel! Great food and service!

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Julie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were super disappointed in this restaurant. Screaming kids at the table next to us, forgetful servers (had to ask for water and condiments multiple times)...they were friendly enough but didn’t come by often, and most disappointing was the missing items from the food we ordered to go after we were over the poor service and the rowdy kids (chicken and waffles were missing the gravy, which we found out when we got home...). Would not return- wasted $80 meal plus 20% tip... I’ve always said there’s not a bad restaurant in Carmel- this place changed that for us. Going to stick with our favorites here on out.

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Pugchan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was underwhelming for the price.

FAQs

Village Corner California Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 624-3588.

Village Corner California Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 84 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.