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The Forge in the Forest welcomes you to this 10,000 square foot historic Carmel landmark which has been voted “Best Outdoor Dining” since 1992! The Forge’s award-winning garden patios are nestled among the oak and pine trees of downtown Carmel and are made comfortable year-round with fireplaces, heaters and large patio umbrellas. There are also four uniquely themed and appointed private dining areas that can host parties from 10-250 people. Whether you choose the Wine Cellar with its hand-painted mural ceiling above the wrought iron chandelier and racks of large format wine bottles and hand-painted walls, or the newly renovated Grotto with its hand-laid stone walls, fireplace and beautiful copper niches with French doors that open up and flow out into the garden setting of the beautiful Oak Tree Patio, or a complete property buyout, you will be bathed in old-world ambiance and exceptional service. When you combine these very unique atmospheres with an exceptionally talented Executive Chef and event managers, you are guaranteed an incredible dining experience that you and your guests will not soon forget!

Greg Profeta, Event Manager:

Carolyne Geisler, Event Manager:

Main Restaurant Telephone: 831-624-2233

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  • a large dining table

    The Wine Cellar

    An upscale special environment with one large round table. Unquestionably, the Monterey Peninsula’s most elegant private dining room. Seating is available for 8~15 guests.

    Room dimensions: 17.25’ x 20

    Capacity: 8-15

  • a large dining table in a room

    The Vinoteck Room

    Seating up to 60 showcasing works from local artists, with the adjacent Oak Tree Patio and fireplace available.

    Room dimensions: 17’ x 35’

    Capacity: 60

  • two large dining tables in a room


    Newly constructed and quite arguably the most impressive dining room in all of Monterey County, featuring hand laid stone walls with copper inlaid niches and a ceiling made entirely of wooden wine boxes all make this room feel like you’ve stepped into an Italian Grotto, allowing seating up to 35 guests. This room can also be adjoined with the Oak Tree Patio to accommodate up to 80 Guests.

    Room dimensions: 18.75’ x 21’

    Capacity: 35 - 80

  • several dining tables

    The Oak Tree Patio

    Immediately adjacent to the Oak Tree Room and the Vinoteck, this patio can accommodate larger “buffet” style or cocktail parties up to 150, when all three areas are booked together. Alone, this beautiful patio can accommodate 45 guests for cocktail receptions, brunches and special events.

    Room dimension: 28’ x 32’ (including fireplace)

    Capacity: 45-150