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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The restaurant is very pretty and the service pleasant and nonintrusive. The big disappointment was the food, which could best be characterized as uneven. Some dishes were perfect, with beautiful presentation and subtle but impressive favors. Other dishes were mediocre, with flavors and presentation befitting a lesser restaurant. Salads were overdressed. Cherries jubilee tasted strongly of alcohol. We had high hopes, but in this price range in Carmel, there are better options for foodies."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food is excellent and the service is outstanding! We have been dining here for years and we have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The wine list was over the top!! Our waiter was exceptional and our food was delicious. We will return to this restaurant every time we're in Carmel. The bar looked inviting, but there wasn't time this trip. We loved the menu choices so much that we ordered three appetizers!!!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "If you are ever in Carmel, you have to have dinner at Anton & Michel!! Our family of 6 had a celebration and the food was fabulous! The Kobe Beef Short ribs were amazing and melted in your mouth. The duck was sensational, down to all of the flambe' desserts! We could not have asked for a better meal! Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Anton & Michel is a fantastic restaurant. From the moment we entered and met the maitre d' to the time we left, we could not have enjoyed ourselves more. We chose this restaurant to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and we were not disappointed in any way. The maitre d' was friendly and helpful with our wine choice and the service from our waiter Victor was excellent. The food was outstanding and if one chooses this restaurant for dining, one will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I've been meaning to eat at Anton & Michel's and finally made it. I had a very hard time choosing a dish, because they all sounded delightful. The main dish I had was the best I've had and the wine selection was superb. I will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "A very notable wine list with a wide range of options at reasonable markup. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and all dishes arrived at the perfect time and at the perfect temperature. Our food was beautifully prepared and delicious. The tuna tartare was an exceptionally fresh cut of ahi, again, beautifully prepared with just the right amount of wasabi. The restaurant is quite attractive and has a modern Carmel feel. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is old school dining at it's luxurious finest. Where else can one go these days where the Caesar salad is prepared from fresh, raw ingredients at tableside? Likewise the rack of lamb and the dessert (in this case, Bananas Foster... or flambe). Granted, this combination was the $130 "Classic Dinner for Two" but we saw this type of prep at many other tables as well. Food is magnificent but the service is even BETTER! Our waiter and table attendants were on the ball and always right there when we needed but not obtrusive like many other places. This is definitely a go-to spot for us when we're in town!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Family members from 10yrs to 80 yrs were happy with their lunch and attentive service. We had a lovely late lunch the day before Mother's Day."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Whenever we visit Carmel, we make it a point to book dinner at Anton & Michel's. It's a place we enjoy sharing with friends who are always delighted with selection and service as are we. Given how often restaurants change it's nice to know that even with their updated decor, their core values of great food, quiet ambiance and consistently professional service are still part of the experience."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Had a perfect evening celebrating a special occasion. Greeted warmly, received requested table, very friendly and efficient wait staff, and they comped our dessert. Dinner was delicious as was the wine. Presently in my top five of favorite restaurants. Jeanette Daniels"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The ambience could not be better. It tells all about Carmel by the Sea, specially for people visiting from other cities/States. Most of all, the service. Our the best we have had in a long time. It was a great choice."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Spent a night in Carmel to celebrate our 27th anniversary. Wanted to eat at another restaurant but they couldn't get us in so I settled on Anton & Michel and was I ever glad I did. Made a note on the OT reservation that it was an anniversary dinner, both the hostess and waiter (Victor) congratulated us, very nice touch. The food was very very good and at no time were we rushed, hard to find that these days! A very special place that we will frequent on our next trip down. Great job Anton & Michel we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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
  • "From the greeting at the door to the service and food...The Best!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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