The Tuck Box

Dolores & 7th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93923 USA

332 Reviews
$$
$$$$
Reasonable
Open Now
Sat 7:30a-2:30p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
Add to Trip
Remove Ads

Learn more about this business on Yelp.

“English Tea Room”

The Tuck Box was constructed by designer-builder Hugh Comstock in 1927, either as his office or in response to his wife's hobby of making "Otsy-Totsy" dolls. It was first used as a restaurant in the early 1930's and was named "Sally's". The building just to the rear was also built by Comstock in 1929 and was used as a garden shop, and much later as The Tuck Box Gift Shop. The kiosk next to the patio gate was added in 1931. In the early 1940's, two sisters from England started the small tea room which they named The Tuck Box. After operating the restaurant for eight years, Mrs. Bumbridge and Mrs. Watson, sold to another British couple, John and Elsie Grandfield. Elsie's delicious recipes have had the greatest and most lasting impact on The Tuck Box. Many are still in use today. In 1948, the Grandfields hired young Lucille Pinkston who eventually bought the restaurant in 1960. By 1964, Lucille had become Mrs. Glenn Berry and the couple also bought the property. In 1976, Glenn and Lucille sold the property and business to another long-time employee, Aleen Hillbun and her husband Harvey, thus ending Lucille's twenty-six years of association with and devotion to The Tuck Box English Tea Room.

Read More >
Photo of Esther A.

Reviewed by
Esther A.

My fiancé and I were staying in the area and asked the hotel staff about a good breakfast place and this place was suggested. The seating for this place is quiet small on the inside, but there is... Read more

Photo of Cristina M.

Reviewed by
Cristina M.

They're cash only or you pay via Zelle, completely under staffed, the food is average diner food (although the prices are reasonable so you aren't over paying for average diner food), and the... Read more

Photo of C L.

Reviewed by
C L.

Omg the cutest house in Carmel is the Tuck Box! Look up it's history and you'll appreciate the design. Adjacent to it is the groomer shop... Ordered the Omg 2-egg omelette with Swiss cheese,... Read more

The Tuck Box

Dolores & 7th Ave
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
93923 USA

Hours

Open now until 2:30 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations
Does not take
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Outdoor Seating
See More Details (22)

Parking, Dining

Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Salinas, California
FastBook
$

Click to discover a
great deal!

Monterey, California
FastBook
$

Click to discover a
great deal!

Seaside, California
FastBook
$

Click to discover a
great deal!

Castroville, California
Monterey, California

Related Trip Guides

  • Trip Guide
  • 1 Week

The top things to do on a Pacific Coast Highway road trip

  • 48 Places
  • 24:01
  • 1,058 mi
  • Trip Guide

The Ultimate Guide To Joshua Tree National Park

  • 53 Places
  • 11:44
  • 408 mi
  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on an I-40 road trip

  • 35 Places
  • 49:44
  • 2,851 mi
  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on an I-10 road trip

  • 55 Places
  • 56:13
  • 3,026 mi
Remove Ads
65518