One of Carmel's oldest restaurants, open since 1944. Extensive menu of American cuisine featuring tantalizing appetizers and entree selections that run the gamut from vegetarian to ribs, burgers to filet mignon, pizzas to pasta, tacos to stir fry and seafood to salads. Their wine list features California wines from Santa Barbara to Sonoma and a wide selection of spirits from their full-service bar.The Forge in the Forest has the distinction of being the only employee-owned and operated restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula. In 2001, rather than let this historic Carmel landmark close its doors forever, the employees banded together and bought the business! Voted Best Outdoor Dining by the Coast Weekly every year since 1992. Their three fire pits and award-winning garden patios are perfect for casual dining. Dogs are welcome on the patio.The restaurant has private party areas for groups of 2 to 200. Call for reservations or visit their website and make a reservation.