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Anton & Michel Restaurant
Anton & Michel Restaurant
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Anton & Michel Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.carmelsbest.com/antonmichel
  • Email: anton@carmelsbest.com
  • Phone: (831) 624-2406
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Californian, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Mark Simpson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Anton & Michel can accommodate parties of 10 to 100. The semi private Fireplace Rooms seats up to 26 guests and the Fountain Room seats up to 50 guests. The whole restaurant can seat 100 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Bert Simpson (831) 624-2406

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission Street between Ocean & 7th.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Anton & Michel Restaurant
Since 1980, Anton & Michel has consistently maintained an award-winning reputation for true excellence in the art of fine dining. A complete interior remodel in 2013 features handset stonework throughout and an expanded lounge. The floor to ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the Court of the Fountains. Zagat Survey calls it “Carmel’s long-standing paean to graciousness in dining out". Along with updated and contemporary changes to the menus, ultimate table side service and spectacular flambé desserts remain. As quoted in the Wine Spectator, Anton & Michel is “probably the best dining experience in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea”. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our food was fabulous but what made our evening was our server Loreli- what a gem- she knew her wines so well- that we loved the wine she reccommended and went to the winery the next day and joined their wine club."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was our second visit to this wonderful long-established restaurant we discovered on our last visit to Carmel. We are happy to say it was just as great as on our first visit last year. Great, diverse menu, great selection of wines from rare hard to find wines to a broad reasonably priced selection, and flamed desserts. Service was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. It is now very high on our local favorites list. We will definitely return our next trip to Carmel."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This is a classic restaurants which has been in Carmel for years. My elderly mother and I chose it for dinner, because she remembered from years ago. It is in a wonderful spot, overlooking a sweet little patio with a water fountain. Our waiter, who has worked at the restaurant for over 20 years, was the perfect balance of attentive without being intrusive. I am a vegetarian, but there are no vegetarian meals on the menu. So, the chef made a special plate for me which was delicious. This is a quiet place with outstanding food and service."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We shared a wonderful dinner for four here The restaurant is beautiful and well appointed. The dining room looks out onto a gracious and well groomed garden courtyard that is lighted at night. The bar is very cozy with a great fireplace and couches to lounge in. We enjoyed a three course meal of cesear salad, rack of lamb and bananas foster all for $119 for two which we thought was a great bargain. Each of the courses were prepared at our table the old fashioned way. The salad was fantastic, the entree loaded with great lamb and also lots of veggies, the bananas foster has about four kinds of liqueur flamed and put over ice cream. It was the best we had all ever had. Our waiter was gracious, informative, engaging and just a delight."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Went for the bar menu, but all tables were full. On a whim we opted for the full dining experience, and we were NOT disappointed. Service and food were excellent, with nothing lacking. I would go back in a heart beat."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "From the greeting at the door to the service and food...The Best!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A and M almost always has service and food that guarantees a pleasant and delicious dining experience. We went for a family birthday dinner and it was quite special. The Kobe beef short ribs were amazing, as were the duck breast and filet mignon . the only thing that made it less than perfect was the drop off in service. As the restaurant got busier our waiter was more absent. They seem to only have a couple of main waiters and then the water/bus boy. They need assistants that are trained and speak English The decor was recently updated but the paintings lack life and color. The bathroom should be fancier. You can't beat this place for a pleasant and special night out. It remains in our top three of favorite restaurants in Carmel."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Inexpensive lunch menu. Good food, great service and great restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Took my son there to celebrate his "18th" along with dear friends. Everyone had a lovely time as always! Thank you"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I the heart of Carmel by the sea, A&M is low key, down to earth and relaxed despite the high end luxury offered. Fabulous food moderately to more than that price wise, worth every dollar. I would recommend the food to all. The staff were genuine and courteous like eating at your best friends house."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Had a weekend away with my husband and booked this restaurant as a surprise. At least I got that right, it was a surprise. I have been in America for nine years now and can honestly say this is in my top three of worst meals I have ever eaten. Our starter, my husband had the bruschetta, I had duck pate, the bread on both was stale, we sent them back. My husband had a steak which he said was ok, I had pork, it was horrible, no taste at all. We couldn't face dessert so left. I find it difficult to believe that this restaurant could survive serving such poor quality food in Carmel."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed the three course table side dinner - Caesar Salad made at the table, Rack of lamb carved at the table - and Crepes Suzette Flamed at the table - all delicious - do try!!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We recently dined at Anton & Michel for both lunch and dinner during a January visit to Carmel. Lunch outside near the fountain was wonderful, and dinner on our final night in Carmel was excellent. Carmel is loaded with a lot of great restaurants, and we feel this is the best of the best! Recently remodeled with a little more modern feel, the restaurant maintains a comfortable feeling of elegance that is rare now a days. The staff is very experienced, very professional, and very friendly. Hats off to everyone involved with Anton & Michel - we can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Great service and ambiance. Great new riffs on the usual, e.g., risotto with peas and corn with a basalmic reduction! Wonderful."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "After 30 years of going to Anton and Michel, this will be the last time. Food still very good but service not what it used to be. VERY LOUD. Waiter served us with stains on his shirt and he was not "spiffy clean" looking. Extremely loud. Yes, they had three tables of six, spread out around the restaurant, but very loud. We used to go there for a nice, quiet evening. Not anymore."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Waiter was phenomenal. Attention yo every detail with being overbearing. Food was excellent. Lamb and filet cooked to perfection. Would go there again in a heart beat. Carmel has a lot of places to choose from and these guys know it. Their food, service and chef are top notch for that very reason! You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Been there before. Specifically asked and confirmed table by window only to find it was pre-empted by couple (we were four). We were put next to a pillar and had to move the table to have elbow room. Mysterious rice/starch with wife's duck was cold. Her duck was medium rare, not medium as requested. My sole was tasty but too much oil. Our companions raved about their fish dishes (burundi?) Service by french waitress was great, we had requested her as server from prior experience. We'd go back again but not happy about not getting table location we requested, especially when we saw two people seated at table for four in location we asked for."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We made a reservation here on a whim and couldn't be more pleased with the place. Two of us shared a total of 5 dishes (2 apps, 2 salads, 1 entree) plus a bottle of wine and had a fantastic meal. To start, the corn and tomato risotto really is the best risotto I think I've ever had; the flavor was fantastic and savory, cooked perfectly, and a good portion size. We also shared the grilled artichoke and the prawns and scallops entree (also cooked to perfection). Pricing on the wine list was reasonable, with a great selection of small(ish) production bottles (we had the Chemin de Fleurs). My only constructive feedback is that the tableside caesar had too much garlic. Overall a fantastic meal and highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My steak was over cooked and served with potatoe fries. Not what I expected from a fine dining restaurant Overall impression, not impressed!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The seafood chowder, the salads, and the club sandwich were all prepared very nicely. My salad Nicoise had three nice pieces of Ahi tuna that were seared on the outside and pink in the middle. The greens, fresh green beans, olives, fingerling potatoes, pickles and ginger really made the salad special. The service was very attentive. This is definitely a place to visit again."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I took my very good friend who was just recently widowed to Anton & Michel on what would have been her anniversary. Although it was a party of two women and we ordered from the Sunset Special menu (3 courses at a fixed price of $28.50 each), we received outstanding service from the host to the bus boy. Our dinners were heavenly. We both chose the tenderloin of pork in fig sauce which was perfectly cooked. It was served with risotto and a medley of vegetables. As a northern Italian who makes her own risotto with homemade stock, I am generally disappointed with what restaurants pass off as risotto. However, I must say bravo to the chef as the risotto was delicious! I could easily have eaten an entire plate of it! We will be back again!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Attended a local winery event for Valentine's & it was horrific. Our daughter came here with her boyfriend for Valentines and raved about a great evening. We decided to give it a try the following week. We were not disappointed. The newer makeover is relaxed and elegant, food expertly cooked and the service was outstanding. Tiffany you were terrific. On a side note, we brought a bottle of wine and were told the corkage was $25. This is rather high. A fair, standard fee for opening and serving my wine is $15 max. However we were told that if we ordered anything off their house wine list the corkage is waived. We selected a half bottle of Rutherford Ranch cab for $26. So for a buck we enjoyed an appetizer sized bottle of fairly good wine."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I had the pleasure of dining at Anton and Michel's on a Sunday afternoon. The hostess and waitstaff were very friendly and attentive to my party's needs. The flat iron steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned; my dining partner's crab ravioli was delicious. The portions were generous, so I was too full to eat dessert, but the other diners seemed to enjoy their desserts."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Service, food and wine is excellent here. You won't be disappointed! We will definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant feels European. It has very elegant decor, very attentive wait staff, and an intimate peaceful atmosphere. The food is well-prepared with generous portions and very high quality tender meats. It is perfect for a romantic dinner followed by a stroll down the main street of Carmel."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Have been going there for years, service over the last couple of years has declined. The food is still high quality and I would recommend the place for a great meal. I know that everyone has bad days, yet to give you an idea, the menus were left at the table until the end of the meal right before he asked if we wanted dessert, at that time the water glasses were also finally refilled. If I had not removed the plates from in front of us for our first course the waiter would not have had any place to put our second course. Those plates were removed a few moments later. I know we all have bad days, but this did not make for an enjoyable lunch. There are many choices in Carmel, not sure when or if I will return again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We go to Anton & Michel every year during the AT&T golf tournament. We usually go on Sunday night after the tournament because it is generally quiet and we can enjoy our meal. This year is was crowded and there were some unusually loud people at one table. Even they couldn't ruin the overall experience since the service and food were great. My husband had rack of lamb which he loved and I had fish (can't remember name) but it was also excellent. The restaurant has been beautifully remodeled and the ambiance is so lovely. The service is always outstanding and we never miss an opportunity to to to Anton & MIchel when we are in Carmel."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "It's always nice to have a reason to visit Carmel. Both the French Onion and mushroom soup were wonderful on a cold day! Entrees were good, but my favorite was the flambé presentation! Can't wait to go back! So much to choose from!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "surprised to easily get a 7 pm saturday night reservation during ATT golf weekend a few days before..thanks OT. Came recommended at several different travel sites as not super expensive, yet fine dining. I would agree-entree with veggies $22-30. Waiter had many good recommendations, especially soup of the day was terrific-carrot, ginger, spice puree.The portions nicely sized, fresh veggies and food was very, very good-not over the top superb. Staff was very attentive and the owners were circulating. Nice setting next to large windows looking out into an inner courtyard fountain. enjoyable evening as the main room had filled by the time we left."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I was disappointed by the seating for our reservation. I made this reservation in plenty of time to good table, but they put my date and I in the corner next to a cold window. And to make matters worse, the table next to us was quite literally sitting in our lap. I could have eaten the meal that was served at their table and they couldn't move without bumping our table. Not sure I would ever go back to this location unless I have 4 or more and they give us a nice table….."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This is one of our local go-to places but it's great for visitors too. Lots of parking in the lot across the street and near good shopping as well. Service, food, ambiance always top notch. Nice quiet bar too. A bit pricey but worth every penny. Try the table side items....Caesar salad, rack of lamb, and three great flambé desserts."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We dined in the evening, and our table had a beautiful, romantic view; it was at the window and looked out onto the illuminated pool and pretty glass & graceful metal-roofed structure. My favorite sauvignon blanc from New Zealand was not available by the glass or even the half-bottle, but the bread was excellent and my swordfish was tasty. The general consensus among the four of us was that the food was very good. However, my husband was brought a dessert that was different from the one he had ordered. I felt that the staff were hovering a bit and were eager to clear too early."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant and we were very pleased with the quality of the food and service. The ambiance was also very nice. Their wine list was extensive and I like the fact that they had a lot of half bottles for sale. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Beautiful, romantic setting and wonderful meal. Can't ask for much more! We had salmon and filet mignon entrees with crepes Suzette for dessert. All prepared well and served beautifully."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "You will always have here a very good meal. The tables by the windows looking onto the brick courtyard can make your dinner a special one."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Poor service and food not up to usual standards. I will not go back"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner at Anton and Michel. Talal is a great server. He provided answers to all our questions and paired wine a great wine with our meal. We will be returning to dine the next time we visit Carmel."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This dining experience was great! I enjoyed the food, and the ambience. The service was excellent. I am glad I chose this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Really great service, very quiet local place was recently redone. good food, huge wine list. If your looking for a relaxed quiet place this is the one. A little old school but that was the thing I enjoyed. For the dinners for two, they prepare at your table. Rack of lamb was the special of the house and was outstanding."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My Wife and I have been here twice and bot times have been Incredible. All around Great Service"
    Dined on 1/3/2014