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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
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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Depoe Bay, Oregon
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Server seemed as if he didn't want to be there. Half the food was good, half was subpar. Ambience was great, but there are far better places to eat in Carmel.

Thank hhredevil
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped for drinks however decided to forgo dinner when it took us 20 mins to get our check for the drinks. Nice atmosphere but very poor service.

Thank Barb S
Ukiah, Ca
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112 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited the Forge in the Forest or "Forge" as one sign says (they should make up their mind) this week and never had a chance to try the food. We were seated at a cold outdoor table which we were assured would have heat at some point and waited for a waiter. After a long wait... More 

1 Thank Ukiahdds
Seattle, WA
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this setting tucked in a mini-forrest they have created with an outdoor dining area as well as an area for drinks by a fireplace. Quaint and offers comfortable spot to relax and imbibe.

1 Thank Sunzhine
Redwood City, California
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163 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

My husband and I kept walking by this place throughout our stay and came in for a night cap one evening to peruse the menu. Decided we would have lunch there the next day. It was a beautiful warm day and we managed to get a shaded spot in the courtyard. We opted for the iced tea which was fabulous.... More 

1 Thank Maya002
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

My wife and I split the Vegan Tray--which came in 3 separate dishes--we absolutely loved this selection. And since we came during Happy Hour, we got appetizers for half price--what a deal! And they were excellent as well. Staff was friendly--atmosphere romantic--we sat by the "forge" fire! A great experience in a lovely city--and we plan to go back....

1 Thank Rich B
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We walked by it earlier in the day and decided to stop in for dinner. Love the feel that you are in a private patio. Great to see dogs having a good time as well ! Fireplace and heat lamps made the night very comfortable. Our new go to in Carmel!

1 Thank Rumor1
Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Unique rustic atmosphere in the bar, dining area. Wonderful old carved bar and an an antique blacksmith forge lit with a cosy fire. Outside seating with fireplaces. All in all enchanting. Our waiter Ivan was a doll with a great sense of humour and gave us incredible, attentive service. He even remembered I had been ill the night before and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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162 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This was a 4+. Food was good with good service. Several of us had pizza which was done to perfection. Atmosphere is friendly.It was in the middle of a huge storm and staff was quick and supportive.

1 Thank KB9MNN
Dayton, Ohio
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Whenever you come to Carmel this is a must stop for lunch. Depending on the time of year they have an awesome patio. The portions are great and not overpriced. The Forge combo with the soup of the day and 1/2 sandwich is more than enough. The Forge Burger is also incredible.

1 Thank Jzaret67

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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?