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Anton & Michel Restaurant
Anton & Michel Restaurant

Anton & Michel Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmelsbest.com/antonmichel
  • Phone: (831) 624-2406
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Admittedly we are used to the SF food scene however we expected food at the level we are used to at this restaurant. Sadly it was disappointing. The fish was over cooked and cold at serving. This place presents as a top line restaurant and has the look but needs to do better at this price point."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Great place that acted as though they were happy to see you! Service was very good, followed by outstanding food - especially loved the dessert. Worth the price."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went here for our first date and it was fantastic. I ordered the prawns and scallop pasta and she got the pesto salmon. Both were very good. Service was very good, our drinks were always filled and our server and the busser were very prompt. It's was a bit pricy, I ended up spending about 100 dollars, but I'm a college student so anything over 40 bucks for two people us expensive for me haha. Overall a great night"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Have been going here for years and have always found the menu well balanced and have never been disappointed with the entre I picked for the evening. Service has always been good and the decor is very nicely done. Very good wine list."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This 30 year old restaurant, handsomely redecorated, is right in the heart of town, overlooking a courtyard and reflecting pool. The wait staff are seasoned veterans - gracious, professional and genuinely interested in diners having a good experience. This is a restaurant that still offers traditional favorites such as Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee flamed at table side, a blast from the past. Food is delicious if a bit pricey: my Wagu short ribs were mouthwateringly tender, and each plate was a brilliant assemblage of colors and texture, a delight to the eyes as well as the palate."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "This review would have been so much better had we not been seated next to some blow hard pontificating about any and all topics from the riots in the south to Obama being a bad president to the end of the world coming soon. He was so loud it ruined the experience for us. He was a local and nobody said anything but really can't you ask these people to talk lower? The whole dining room could hear this blow hard!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "food was bvery good. the wine list was excellent and not to pricy.The wait staff were courteous and gave us plenty of time between courses. When we go back to Carmel back to Carmel we will definitely make reservations here. Book in advance to get the best tables by the windows."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The staff at Anton Michel's is very friendly and professional!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I setup a VERY SPECIAL night and thought this would be the perfect place to take someone special!!! All the reviews sounded great and I went by that alone and it was a BUST! The server never poured my champagne and laughed when she came by at the end of dinner and said "well, I see that's all done" - the food was terrible! I think the chef has left or was not there that night because everything was so basic!! My better-half said "I think Olive Garden would have been better" - well, at $200, I was not thrilled with that comment!!! I don't know what is going on here although I will not be back!! This was not a good thing being that several out of town people were in town for the Concours d'Elegance like myself and this is a very tight group."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The restaurant remodel is beautiful. The service and food are exceptional. A table with a view of the water and fountain only adds to to ambiance. On a nice day outside dinning is available."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Went here with another couple during a quick weekend in Carmel. I probably wouldn't go back. It was fine, but not great. The waiter was definitely "winded" and sweating badly when he came to our table. He was friendly, but made some obvious errors in describing menu items. We all ordered a special halibut that wasn't on the menu. It tasted good, with the right seasonings but was pretty dry. Our dinner dates wanted to send it back but I talked them out of it just because I didn't think it was worth making a big deal about it. We ordered a $30 abalone appetizer, which was fine but wow the price wasn't really worth it. Desserts were just OK. The decor is a bit faux fancy and the lighting was pretty bright for a nice restaurant."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We went here for my birthday and were pleasantly surprised! The rooms were cozy and updated. We appreciated the privacy of our two top toward the back, never once did we feel isolated though. Our server was polite and prompt. The manager was friendly without being obtrusive. My only complaint was my filet was undercooked (despite double checking that medium rare meant pink throughout). It was easily remedied and the staff did not seem offended when I had it sent back. The wine list was very impressive. We only eat out at "fancy places" a few times a year and will definitely return. If only we could find a high end restaurant that didn't include children..."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Anton and Michel provides an elegant yet comfortable setting to enjoy good food and company. We spent over three hours, by choice, catching up with an old friend. The staff of the restaurant supported that on a Thursday night with no hint that it was time for us to leave. Thank you! Service got off to a bit of a slow and aloof start, however, once we connected with the server service was warm, timely, and more interactive. We will be back to try out the Sunset Dinner menu (three courses, until 6:30 for $28)!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Anton & Michel's was recommended to us by a friend who had eaten there years ago. We had never heard of it before. We were very impressed with the service, the food and the ambiance. The wine list is fairly extensive, and the prices sre very reasonable. Overall, we were extremely happy with the restaurant, and will not only be back, but will tell our friends about it as well."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Had lunch at Anton & Michel for my mom's birthday and it was a lovely experience. Our server and host was super friendly and the food was delicious. They recently remodeled and the place looked great! We will be back the next time we are in Carmel :)"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "With the nice selections on the menu including soup or salad, entrees that include shellfish, fish, pork, lamb, chicken and steak, and two desserts, there is something that should match everyone's tastes. Most of these items are the same as on the regular menu. And they are made to the same level of perfection as the items on the regular menu. For those of you who eat early (offered only until 6:30 PM), you should take advantage of this nightly offering."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Reserved this charming Carmel neighborhood, excited for a wonderful meal on our last night in California. We arrived on time but the man at the front told us to wait in the bar. He seemed bored and uninterested in us, never told us why we were to wait and for how long. Waited 25 minutes then he said he'd seat us. Not a great start. During dinner, we watched other guests being served Bananas Foster - and ordered ours at the suggestion of our server. It looked fabulous! Unfortunately, the uninterested man told us there was no more vanilla ice cream, and offered raspberry sorbet. My teenage son was crushed! Who runs out of vanilla ice cream and offered no sorry. We left with no dessert and felt let down."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The ambiance was lovely; great new feel (renovated "recently"). Tiffany, our server, was delightful; very attentive but not obstrusive. We had the rack of lamb for two; the Caesar salad was made table-side as was the final prep & carving of the lamb. And to finish it off the Crepes Suzette were also prepared table-side making the whole experience a special treat"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We had the pleasure of having lunch in this really nice restaurant 3 weeks ago. The food was not only good, the whole atmosphere around the restaurant was very nice, and we really enjoyed it. On our 30 day vacation throughout the US this was by far one of the best meals we had. We would definitely visit this restaurant again, and I would say that it is a must if you visit Carmel bts."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The rack of lamb was very good, but portion of swordfish was small. While it was late midweek, we were the only ones in the restaurant. The week before it was pretty busy and many seem to prefer the bar menu."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I was surprised that the food and cocktails were only fair after the other great reviews. Definitely overpriced for the experience. The updated lounge area was very nice however the decor in the restaurant area was not as nice and the carpeting was old, dirty and in need of updating. Would chose another restaurant in the future."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We have visited this restaurant on each trip o Carmel. The waiter was great and the food delicious! Would recommend as one of the best!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great spot for any occasion. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Good food but menu is a little dated compared to the inventive cuisines you see now on the west coast."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great patio for lunch with our dog. Staff very accomodating. Pasta with seafood disappointing this time. Very sweet. Different than when same dish ordered last fall. Sand dabs cooked perfectly as was flat iron steak so 2 out of 3 entrees very good."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Rack of lamb and braised short ribs were perfect. Service was outstanding. Great dining in Carmel."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This time we had the pork tenderloin and the barramundi. Both were prepared and plated beautifully. For desert we each had creme brulee which was too good. The service was excellent from our arrival through our departure."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A very quiet and elegant place but the food was needed a little more attention to detail - e.g the lemons withe fish looked a little old and thee same with vegetables! Service was good and the tables were spaced apart and not too crowded."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We celebrated our 41st Anniversary here. The service was impeccable but low key. The food was delicious, well prepared and presented. The wine list was ample and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our dining experience at this restaurant was extremely disappointing and we will not be going back. First, although the restaurant was empty, we were seated in a sun room that was blistering hot, with no air stirring and the sun beating in. When we looked clearly uncomfortable, the guy that brought us to our seats said not to worry as the sun would be going down soon. The air remained heavy and moist and unpleasant throughout our meal. My French Onion soup was the only decent part of the dinner. The Martini was terrible, as was the Beef Shortrib (unbelievably fatty), the Tuna Tartar wasn't fresh and was tasteless. My spouse's steak was salty, although it was a good cut of beef. We didn't order dessert and couldn't wait to leave."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My group thoroughly enjoyed their dinner here . My son-in-law had the short ribs which he loved ! He is picky so they must have been especially good . Everyone else had the fish special which was a Hawaiian fish called MaChong ( probably spelled incorrectly) and it was fabulous ! We plan to dine at Anton and Michel again very soon. !"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The only aspect of the dining experience at Anton & Michel that I would comment on would be the bread/butter service before the meal. They use the little wrapped butter packets that you have to open with your fingers and it's really messy. I think a much more elegant way to serve the bread would be to have the little ceramic butter containers with various types of butter - garlic butter, honey, tomato - there are many that would present themselves well, be easier to use and give diners a choice. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We visit Carmel fairly often, and have been wanting to try Anton & Michel's. Was not disappointed when my wife, myself and our golden retriever sat outdoors on a recent trip. Food was very good, and about expected Carmel prices, and service was excellent. Very friendly staff that recommended great wine for us, as we enjoyed the vibe of the sunshine, outdoor fountains, and ......Carmel. Great romantic feel to the place. The bar looked well stocked and ready for action also, so maybe next time we'll check that."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great menu, nicely prepared, solid bar service, and stands up to a 4-star rating."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Anton & Michel has a very nicely priced ($28.50) three course Sunset Dinner with soup/salad, excellent entree choices and two nice dessert choices. These are the same items that are on their regular menu. Of course it is only offered between 5 and 6:30 but it is offered every day of the week. And the quality and the service are both excellent."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I went for both lunch and dinner (the next day) on a recent trip to Carmel. We had dined there last year and wanted to experience this wonderful restaurant once again. For lunch I had the French Onion soup and the Baramundi salad. Both were terrific. My husband had a salad and sandwich. His were also, both very good. The highlight was dinner! We shared a wonderful Pinot Noir while he had the maple duck and I the Kobe beef short ribs. Wow! Both of our dinners were superb in both flavor and presentation. The service here is impeccable and the atmosphere is very romantic. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for wonderful food, service and and extensive wine list :-) Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I dine here annually on at least one of my several visits to Carmel each year. The standards at Anton & Michel remain very high, making dinner at this restaurant always enjoyable. Yes, it is traditional in its menu and service, but constant novelty in dining itself becomes boring. A meal here is a happy venture into the cultured past."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This felt like a tourist trap. It's not expensive but the food is truly mediocre. I had the Niçoise salad and it was basically mescllun mix with a tuna steak from Safeway plopped on top. With some pickled ginger (really?), potatoes and beans. Wow. Not very good at all."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I went for lunch and was a bit taken aback by how empty the restaurant was. Our table overlooked the pool and not another patron was in sight (although there were 3 other tables filled, each in a different area of the restaurant). We liked the quiet and feeling of privacy. We shared 2 entrees, a portobello mushroom sandwich with sweet potato fries and a beef brochette Cobb salad. The sweet potato fries were yummy...perhaps the best I've had and we enjoyed the mushroom sandwich. The salad was not as successful. The beef was dry and the salad and dressing were so-so. The best part was the chimichurri sauce for the beef. We had an enjoyable but not spectacular lunch. We will try it for dinner and report back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went to Anton and Michel to celebrate our first anniversary. We love good food and good wine. We often dine in the bar area of nice restaurants for convenience of service and selection. We chose to have an intimate anniversary dinner. Everything from the ambiance of the intimate decor along with the romantic looking pool and fountains, to the impeccable service, to the delicious food was absolutely wonderful. My husband had the lamb chops which were prepared perfectly. I had the short rib with pasta...I ate the whole dish which rarely happens...but it was fall apart delicious. We got married in Monterey at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and come to the Monterey/Carmel area often. We will definitely be back to Anton and Michel."
    Dined on 6/13/2014