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“Inviting, open-air, leafy terrace for spring dining”

Forge in the Forest Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 160 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 5th Avenue
Transit: MST stops on Junipero Ave, half block from restaurant
Reviewed 2 May 2014

We happened on the Forge for lunch and were charmed by the brick terrace and outdoor fire pit. Tables sit in dappled shade inviting diners to sit and linger.
The lunch menu carries several hearty appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, panini, sandwiches and pizzas. Hubby chose the duck empanadas, a two piece delicious, meaty appetizer served in flaky empanada crusts. These were followed by an order of house specialty Rueben egg rolls served on a bed of spicy cole slaw. I opted for the "award" winning seafood chowder and was not disappointed. Loaded with chunky seafood in a properly seasoned white cream base, it was filling and satisfying.

There is a full bar with specialty drinks and a solid wine list featuring California wines.

This is a lovely venue for a leisurely lunch..and, like most of Carmel, it is pet friendly.

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1  Thank Pam C
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Our dinner last night was a disaster. Poor service and terrible food. My wife ordered lobster tacos which came buried in soggy sautéed vegetables. Also what little seafood there was had the wonderful pink color of fake crab. I ordered the ricotta gnocchi and vegetable with a light cream sauce. On arrival, skimpy risotto, same over cooked vegetables and a sauce that was more dirty water. Manager took $12 off the $100 bill but never came to apologise in person. Server and manager could care less.

1  Thank BrianoGraeagle_CA
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We sat inside because it was a bit cool, but the patio was open with heaters. The forge was lit and created a very nice atmosphere. The service was impeccable, and the food was delicious, especially the appetizers. They have a famous cookie-cake for dessert.

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1  Thank Kim F
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

I have been to Carmel dozens of times, but just stumbled onto this charming place last Saturday for lunch. It was a gorgeous sunny day, so the 4 of us sat on the lovely patio. Very friendly and capable service, fair prices, and really great food. I had the "famous" chowder, which was great. Salads and sliders were very well received. The lace is very large with several different seating options. We even thought about going back for dinner - we will be back at one point. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

My wife and I were visiting for a getaway weekend and after walking around town, we stopped in for a drink and appetizers. we sat outdoors near one of the few outdoor fire pits. The staff were very attentive and friendly. the drinks and appetizers were just what we were looking for. A great place for a meal or a relaxing drink with friends and love ones.

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