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“Cool, relaxed, friendly, laid back atmosphere -terrific value without an attitude in pricey, pompus Carmel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Friar Tuck's Restaurant

Friar Tuck's Restaurant
Ranked #57 of 155 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Sunnyvale, CA
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372 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,490 helpful votes
“Cool, relaxed, friendly, laid back atmosphere -terrific value without an attitude in pricey, pompus Carmel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

We were walking around our hotel on 5th street, and ran into Friar Tucks, and decided to stop by for lunch on a Monday, as Tommy Wok's was closed that day. On the front of the restaurant is a picture of a woman pushing the cook, who is pushing a live cow into the store, with a notation 'when freshness counts!'

Friar Tucks is a small quaint restaurant with several large windows, and booths for people to enjoy a good valued breakfast or lunch. They have a number of breakfast dishes under $9. Today we are here for their lunch.

We sit down in a comfortable booth with a window the entire length of the restaurant, overlooking 5th street, on the edge of downtown Carmel. From the ceiling hangs colored lanterns, baskets of hanging plants, utensils with the cathedral ceilings lined with photographs from Carmel's past, glass tiled pictures, and even a deer head trophy. Nostalgic times from the previous century.

I order their $6 special: a quarter pound hamburger with fries, while my wife, who lived in Santa Fe New Mexico for 18 years, orders the 'Mexican hamburger', with hot chilis.

Our orders are taken promptly, and we get our glasses filled with water right away, as there are only two other people in the restaurant. The cook/proprietor comes out and starts small talk with us. Friendly and congenial, to add to the charm of the place, and make us feel more at ease -the 'we treat you like family here' theme.

Our hamburgers arrive. The generous portion of fries are right off the stove, and too hot to touch, firm and tasty. My hamburger has lettuce, lots of raw onions, tomato, and a small paddy on a fresh kaiser roll -the quarter pound hamburger must have shrunk a lot during cooking. It tastes delicious, and my wife gives me a few extra raw onions off of her burger, before munching on it. She also gives it a thumbs up, which is pretty astonishing, as she is pretty strict on her standards of hot chili food in New Mexico.

I've been told that the cook/proprietor has been here for several decades, and that nothing has changed. This is a good restaurant to relax and wind down for breakfast or lunch, with terrific value without an attitude, amid the pricey and pompus restaurants of Carmel. We get out of there for $14 for the two of us for lunch, before tax and tip! And yes, they now take credit cards.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank robert c
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Tucson, Arizona
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147 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great burgers!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

Others will give you the low-down on breakfast here. We had burgers for lunch. The best we've had in Carmel! Good draft beer choices to with them. The fries were crispy and hot! Great place for lunch!

Visited December 2013
Helpful?
Thank OpaHal
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Rocklin, California, United States
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97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The BEST Breakfast in Carmel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

I enjoyed the many different choices for breakfast. Many different varieties of Eggs Benedict including meatless with fresh spinach, and another with lean turkey for the health conscious diner. Everything we ordered was delicious !!!

Visited December 2013
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Thank Cheryl G
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Carmel, California, United States
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“OK place for burgers or grilled cheese”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

The prices are reasonable especially for the grilled cheese. The fries and rings were nice and hot and one could tell that they had just been made. They also serve a nice hot chocolate with whipped topping. It seems like this is the closest you can get to a diner in Carmel. It is worth a stop if that is what you want.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 611rickz
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Los Alamitos, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“vile owner/cook, bitter waffles made from old batter and no apology”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

went for breakfast with no prior knowledge. waffles came and my wife took a bite first and within seconds spit the food out of her mouth into a napkin. I took a taste and thought vinegar had slipped into the batter. called waiter and told him. he said that's the way it is made all the time. sent back and ordered toast which came out hardly toasted. no explanation until we were leaving and my wife said to cook/owner what's with the waffles tasting bitter and at that point he says, oh yes that was bad batter. she says was it not made fresh today and after an embarrassing moment of silence he says no it was not made today. so why did you not come over to us when we sent it back and tell us that. that crap could have made us sick and you don't admit or not charge us for anything. vile creep. went around the town rest of the day asking shop owners about that restaurant and the comments from people who live there and know him verify that the place is dirty and that he is a vile creep and no end of complaints. SHUT HIM DOWN.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bart w
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