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Forge in the Forest Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Contemporary
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Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (5th Avenue)
+1 831-624-2233
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Berkeley, California
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209 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have friends with dogs and this is their favorite place to for lunch with their dogs. We arrived around 12:30 PM on a mid-December Sunday with our dog, and we liked it as well, but not as much as they do. I had 1/2 of the Copper Wall draft beer ($6.50), which was quite good, and my wife had... More 

Thank BerkeleyJohn
San Jose, California
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This institution in Carmel proper has been here forever it seems. Outdoor front patio, or rustic inside seating, or outside back patio. Fireplaces, good energy, nice servers, and really imaginative fare. We had a cheeseburger that tasted as great as it looked, hot crispy fresh French fries, and we had to try the Reuben Eggrolls! OMG so good! AND it's... More 

1 Thank babygirldeedee1
Brea, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a light supper and this place looked really attractive. They had an outstanding tomato cream soup with meatballs. Oh my! Great rainy evening fare! The restaurant has maybe half a dozen fireplaces, copper walls (!), and must be the most inviting look for "warm and cozy" that I've seen yet. Think hobbits, maybe. Great blend of... More 

1 Thank HomemVelho
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family would take me here as a kid every time we visited Carmel in the 80s. Now I carry on the tradition with my family. They have a great selection of beers and California comfort food. They also have a dog menu for those sitting on the garden patio. Even in the winter it's warm and welcoming. Menu and... More 

1 Thank Michael S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant has great outdoor space. The menu is average, and the food is as well. The wait staff is somewhat slow, but friendly. Our drinks were ok, but would order a beer or wine to be safe.

Thank Deborah C
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sun managed to peep out on a rainy weekend so we sat outside at this restaurant. Beautiful outdoor setting, and good variety of the menu. We were just walking around and found this little gem of a restaurant. There are lots of choices on the menu and great location downtown Carmel

Thank staceylevasseur
Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is for the happy hour on December 21st (around 3:30-4ish). The two gentlemen at the bar (one who was leaving and one just coming on shift) were great. They made me feel like a regular, and that's a skill not everyone working behind a bar has. Each was friendly, attentive, and had great suggestions for what I should... More 

1 Thank Angela S
Carmel, California
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This was our second visit here. The Forge in the Forest has a cutest ambience, with fire-pits, cosy tables and heaters. We brought our two dogs along too and they provided a dog menu (our girls we're pretty much in heaven with their own quarter 'hounders). Service was extremely friendly (we came here after being greeted so rudely at the... More 

1 Thank TeeEmm
Medford, Oregon
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

While I've visit Carmel many times over the years, I had never eaten at the Forge in the Forest. Though it was a cool evening, we ate outside on the patio - probably the only negative for the evening was getting the overhead heating adjusted to an appropriate temperature. I ordered the Beef Short Ribs - which I thoroughly enjoyed... More 

1 Thank OregonMember
Lee, Florida, United States
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We were so glad we could take our four legged baby with us here. They even have a special menu for dogs! The Staff greeted us with treats for our dog! We dined outdoors with heaters. The seating was very comfortable. The Forge Burger was delicious and generous portions! It was really too big. The curried chicken panini was very... More 

1 Thank Trish B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$25
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fifth Ave and Junipero Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
    (5th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: MST stops on Junipero Ave, half block from restaurant
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-2233

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?