Anton & Michel Restaurant
Anton & Michel Restaurant

Anton & Michel Restaurant

  • 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, Continental, Californian
  • 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 8316242406x

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”.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Anton & Michel Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (53)romantic (47)fit for foodies (42)notable wine list (38)neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (19)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (11)scenic view (9)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Carmel gem
    CarmeltravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Beautiful setting beside Court of Fountains. Casual but elegant. Food consistently good. Great place for a relaxing lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place for a quiet lunch
    RickzVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is always good at Anton & Michel as is the service. They were very nice to accommodate our seating preference, clearing and setting a very nice table next to the window near the center of the restaurant. The food was very tasty and the portions were ample.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had not been to Anton and Michel for many years. We are locals but tend to eat at the same places. We were given a gift certificate and made a reservation. The updated decor was great. The service was great and the food was wonderful. Thank you for a nice evening ~ we will be back! The Haisley's of Carmel
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to impress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have been coming here for more than 7 years, and it is always amazing. From the minute you enter the door and they are expecting you to the great calm and efficient and friendly service. We had the signature meal for 3 and it was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep going back
    RickzVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This place always provides great service, food, and drinks. Like other Carmel by the Sea restaurants, there is no view. However, Anton does have a lovely courtyard which is nicely decorated with flowers and includes a reflecting pool with fountains and lighting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Great
    1111VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Seems to be a local standby that most travelers might miss. We were very happy with food quality and portions. Service was excellent as well. Tables in courtyard by pool seemed to add the extra something you look for when traveling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Aprilbaby2000
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was overcooked and poorly presented on the plates. Looked like it was just thrown on the plate with out any consideration on how it looked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jeanette
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Took dear friends from out of town to this restaurant. We were not disappointed. We were seated at the exact table that I had requested through Open Table. Kiddos to the staff of Aton and Michel's Restaurant. Jeanette Daniels
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambience is excellent
    Jcave
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The newly remodeled restaurant is very attractive. I especially liked the stone work walls and the window view of the courtyard fountain was very nice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sophia
    Phia
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was cold, not very tasty, the waiter neglected to tell us after bringing out 3 dinners, that they ran out of steak for the fourth person. They did offer is as compensation dessert We would never consider goi g back to this reataurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our experience at Anton & Michel was outstanding. The food was great, the wine list complete and the service was second to none. We had dined there in the past, but were very impressed with their recent renovation. The interior is light and airy without being noisy. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet in heart of Carmel by the Sea
    CarmelFoodLover
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Quiet, elegant dining. Service was attentive, food was wonderfully presented.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried and True Favorite
    MrsB
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been eating at Anton & Michel for over 25 years, and always find that we have a beautifully prepared, and attractively served, meal, with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Carmel Gem
    New2PG
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My wife and I have been going to Anton & Michel for special occasions for many years. The food, wine list, and service have always been first rate! Now that we live in the area, we've become regular patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a dining pleasure
    tennisman35
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our latest dining experience at Anton and Michel. We had a nice quiet table next to the window looking out into the courtyard. We were warmly greeted and the service we received was top-notch throughout the evening. Wine selection was good and the food was excellent! We ended our dining with some of the best Irish coffees we have ever had. Thanks to everyone who made dining here such a pleasureable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding for 40 years!!!
    roadgormet
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant has an excellent kitchen! We had the lamb fixed price menu which was cooked to perfection. This was the second consecutive Anniversary my wife and celebrated there. It was outstanding last year and again this year. I cannot praise Anton and Michele enough. It was outstanding 20 years ago and it still is!! The service is outstanding by exceptional waiter and waitresses. Last year it was Tiffany and this year it was Victor. They are real professionals who care about you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Courtyard dining a must
    NorCalSusy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A beautiful day in Carmel. This restaurant has elegant indoor AND outdoor dining and unlike other Carmel establishments, is not at all "snooty". We chose the courtyard, which is serene and very romantic with two water features, beautiful landscaping, and an atrium, enclosed feel. The service was outstanding and the food delicious for our anniversary lunch. Husband chose the special: sole stuffed with crab over salad, which was beautifully presented and which he enjoyed very much. I opted for my all-time favs when dining out for lunch: French onion soup and French fries---how could you go wrong with that choice?! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We alway have love coming!!
    Denise
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Service has always been excellent! We have been coming for years and the food, ambiance.. and staff has always been excellent!! Look forward to many more visits to come!! Thanks you for a great time! 😘
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refined dining
    NoAxe2Grind
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    8:30pm evening reservation on a slow weekend. Restaurant was almost vacant, so they were closing down while we dined. Food was very good, not outstanding. Service matched. Better results likely if dining during prime time. Halibut w Jasmine rice: worth every bite. NY Strip with brandy peppercorn: Not my first preference, but waiter recommended. Properly prepared, but a bit tough. Wait staff very attentive even as they were closing down. Tables spaced for good privacy, lighting appropriate. Town is a haven for fine dining, and this 4S establishment has strong competition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening with friends
    Vinylfever
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our server Lauriel was very sweet, funny, attentive, and professional. The food was very good but not spectacular. The restaurant was beautifully done and our experience was what we were looking for to enjoy the company of our good friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant but menu lacking creativity
    leomint
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    In an area such as Carmel, there should be more of a concerted effort to serve organic or sustainable foods especially with a heavy meat menu. The vegetarian options were lacking, and the waiter was surly when we asked basic questions such as the above. The restaurant is elegant and is a special dining destination for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great, but...
    BobF
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Been coming here for many years to celebrate our anniversary...used Open Table this time to make the reservation... Every prior year, we always received the special table we requested... back room by a courtyard window. This year, the walk ins got them first. Seems open table special requests are not as well received as the personal phone conversation. For good seating, call direct. Table side Caesar salad and table side flambe deserts are an especially nice visual treat to a begin and end a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Sadly, the food was quite a disappointment. We asked to split an entree, the filet mignon, and the kitchen split the steak before grilling it, so that it came out medium well, not medium rare. After some consternation on the part of the wait staff, the steak was replaced. But it was still not as tender nor flavorful as one might have expected. Like the bar menu but not the dining room. Our 25th wedding anniversary. Could have done much better on our choice of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SamthewineguyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We all agreed. This was the worst dining experience in the last ten years or more. The remodel was beautiful and more contemporary but the food is an unmitigated, mediocre disaster. There wasn't a single redeeming dish. The table side Caesar salad, a restaurant signature, was very poor at best. The wedge salad had a dressing with so much vinegar in it that that was all you could taste. The main courses were devoid of any flavor or seasoning. It was as if they were prepared for people on a no salt diet who did not care for pepper either. The three filets were not even filets--more likely the lowest grade of choice sirloins. The advertised red wine sauce was missing, the accompanying potatoes and vegetables were tasteless and unattractive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • past its prime?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    rack of lamb was tasty but the rest of the meal fell flat. vegetables over cooked, asked for very light on the salad dressing but got served drenched in oil. cherries jubilee less than jubilant. we have been going there for several years when we visit Carmel. not in a hurry to go back, too many other good choices available.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Sunset Dinner
    RickzVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The sunset dinner is priced very well, especially considering Anton & Michel is in Carmel by the Sea which tends to be a little pricey. The quality is consistent with what you get later in the evening and the selections cover many of the regular menu items. The service is outstanding from the moment you enter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice......
    Bogey
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Enjoyed our meal after it was cooked table side for us.......knowledgable staff, and friendly too. Manager was terrific and engaging. Would recommend to others
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant, comfortable, but relaxed
    codycole
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Busy at the "Sunset" hour, when the older people in town dine, this lovely restaurant is very quiet and romantic later on. The food is very good. Two of us dined and the starters were a Hawaiian tuna tartar and a roast tomato & salmon risotto, followed by a barramundi filet of fish over a marvelous crispy kale, with vegetables and rice (the owner's favorite); and a filet mignon, cooked to perfection but which my dinner companion found had a strange flavor. We each had half bottles of wine from a very good selection (Rutherford cabernet & Grgich Hills fume blanc). No dessert. Service was charming and amusing. The restaurant was almost empty on this Thursday night at 8:30pm. Most locals dine earlier.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    CharlieTSJ
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Wonderful restaurant, food, service, and ambiance. Treated to an exceptional evening of fine food and relaxation. The service was attentive without being overbearing. I would strongly recommend this excellent restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot and cold
    Farfromhome
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was hot and cold. When they got guys later it was clear they were understaffed. The duck was fantastic. By desert we were forgotten about and our cherries jubilee was left wanting.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Spot
    JDranVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. Food and wine was very good and moderatly priced. Service was less than stellar but the food made the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expected more
    Earlamos
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super little place
    Kateye
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious night
    Luv2dine
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic and consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Charm in Carmel
    Juror17VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice Carmel spot
    tropicalefanVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Carmel
    touristdiners
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • staff
    Callie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The staff at Anton Michel's is very friendly and professional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!
    CharlyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
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