California Market at Carmel Highlands
California Market at Carmel Highlands

California Market at Carmel Highlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pacificsedge.com/
  • Phone: (831) 622-5450
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: M-F 7:00am-11:00am; Sa-Su 7:00am-11:30am

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:30pm; Sa-Su 12:30pm-3:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chad Minton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 1
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for all of our guests dining in the California Market restaurant.
A word from California Market at Carmel Highlands
Dine al fresco overlooking the magnificent Yankee Point, or indoors surrounded by the rustic décor of the California Market restaurant, where something for every taste is served in a casual, bistro setting. Select from a menu that features a delightful breakfast array, Carmel’s freshest seafood and fresh local produce, along with gourmet sandwiches and daily specials. Take in the spectacular views from the large redwood deck or the warmth of our restaurant’s pot-bellied stove and enjoy our friendly and attentive service.

Reservations are highly recommended.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
California Market at Carmel Highlands reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (43)scenic view (40)great for lunch (36)great for brunch (24)romantic (21)special occasion (17)neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Doesn't get any better than this!
    Wineau
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    An outdoor setting high up overlooking the Pacific with dolphins frolicking below ... the most fresh, delicious halibut sandwiches one could eat ... impeccable service. California Market remains #1 in our list of favorite places to eat on the Monterey Peninsula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always the best!
    Wineau
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    There is no better restaurant anywhere & our favorite in this area. It's rare to find outside seating with a spectacular view that's also protected from the wind, so it's always very comfortable. Their fish sandwiches are superb & as fresh as they come. And the service is always the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thevagabond
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been here many times and each time was better than the time before, I will continue to patronize this great restaurant and continue to tell my friends to do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The View!
    lulu
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The view from California Market is spectacular! A great place to enjoy the coastline and good food too! There aren't a lot of 4 tops on the balcony if you have a party of 4 but there are good views from inside the dinning room too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Pegasus
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    the quality of the food has gotten much better in the last 6 months. The day we went they had a wild mushroom soup, the next day we went to a very nice French restaurant in Carmel and had a wild mushroom soup. I found that I liked the one at the California market much more flavorful, and the muscles were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good breakfast on the patio
    TNMEN
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great views from the patio for dining. Would recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Isayanniversary
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food very good, but a little price-y. $4 for coffee and Diet Pepsi? A bit much. That is o.k. for the rich and famous, or for occasional visitors like us who are celebrating. Could've used some bread for the lunch salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cflynnlVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Love the location and view, but the menu is kinda tired. Lunch for four got one terrific meal and 3 pretty good ones. Go for that crazy beautiful view!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS view & setting!
    flavorseeker
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    To eat really good food/drink & be in a setting with such an amazing view (if you sit outside on the deck) is truly a special/memorable. If you are going to Carmel area you must come here for lunch! I wish I lived closer so I could go more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning Views, Excellent Service
    Julibbb
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've been coming here for years now -- and it just keeps getting better and better! Sunny gorgeous day sitting out on the patio and watching the whales spout and breach! Can life get any better than this? Loved the Crème Brulee and the drinks are to die for! Salads are so fresh and crisp and the best ingredients used! Tony our waiter is a true gem of this place - been there for 19 years and goes above and beyond what any server does! Always happy and it's seems like a pleasure for him to serve us! Can't say enough about this very kind man! EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    terilou
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our third time visiting this lovely dining place. We sat outdoors and were able to enjoy not only the wonderful menu but also a beautiful view of the water, service was excellent. Our food, the Monterey Salad and Fish Tacos were wonderfully fresh and delicious. The onsite Blue Jay apparently loves this place also, he wisked a pat of butter from our table, very amusing!!! Thanks we will be back on our next visit to the Monterey area!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite place for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Spectacular view, lovely relaxed environment and good fresh food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Views!
    RubySlippers
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Bring a jacket and settle in for the best views! Our server was attentive, my Cobb salad had a nice mix of fresh vegetables, and the location is perfect. The menu has plenty to choose from. Perfect view of the ocean and Carmel Highlands. A blue stellar jay dropped by looking for a bite to eat. Great first visit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Event
    LongTimeResident
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have been a long time resident of the Monterey - Highlands Area.The Inn has been magnificent from the 50's and 60's till now. The view was romantically superb and the wife enjoyed her smoked salmon!! The ambience was just what I remembered from earlier days. I naturally took pictures to preserve the Event. I definitely want to show others our experience. We enjoyed a wonderful, leisurely, relatively quiet morning with sumptuous food and a thrilling view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 94 reviews are from the California Market at Carmel Highlands reviews archive.
  • Best mussels
    RickzVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I started off with the mussels appetizer. The broth was loaded with garlic and sliced heirloom tomatoes. The baguette was buttered and grilled. The PEI mussels were very tasty, a nice medium size, and plentiful. Definitely a great way to start and something I will have again. The vegetable sandwich was delicious, all fresh, nice portabella, avocado, tomato, ... The meal was perfect. We sat under an umbrella by the railing (both requested when making the reservation - it always helps to make reservations) but would have been OK because the day was a little overcast and the temperatures were mild. Yes, it is a trifle expensive but the view and the food make it worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic lunch with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    What a wonderful place for lunch. Amazing food with a truly stunning view! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    giorgio
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The waiter and food were outstanding! Over the top! The view of Big Sur on the patio was incredible! We loved it! Would recommend to everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always lively
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The breath taking view is complimented by the good food and attentive service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good View in Need of Cuisine
    PeninsulaFoodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A world class view and ambience on the terrace overlooking the Big Sur coast. Both the food quality and service has an uphill climb to reach the level of the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food and service were very good but we went more for the view. Often times this time of year there is fog early, and there was. We still had a beautiful view. We went for breakfast. The heaters outside we're broken that morning or we would have sat outside. That was the only disappointment to the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Lunch - Mediocre Service
    carmelcoasttraveler
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Having eaten here often, I was disappointed today. Took a friend for a special lunch. Because it was windy and foggy, we ate indoors (normally very pleasant) but service was particularly slow & inattentive. Took forever to get our food, but we were rushed when they decided we should leave. And, a family occupying a corner table had young kids playing cards & shouting so loudly that most of the rest of the diners were very uncomfortable. My friend & I, seated in adjacent chairs at our table could barely hear each other. Server said, 'Well, they would normally be outside where you wouldn't hear them as much.' Absolutely not an excuse. Food, as always, was very good. Excellent burger & seared ahi salad; great carrot cake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View!
    BoxterVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had lunch outside. The weather was gorgeous, and the view was beautiful. It took a while for someone to acknowledge that we were there and bring waters. I had the halibut sandwich (delicious) and my husband had the fish tacos (he liked them but said the mayo based was a little too much - we've both had better fish tacos for a lot less. The portions were huge, we could have split one dish. We may try breakfast some time. Overall, it was very good, but pricey, like most restaurants in the Monterey area. You're paying for the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food. sceanic ocean views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was very good.. beautiful. . Table for 2 is right off the cliff. table for 4 not so scenic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience !
    curtis
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Our party of five had a wonderful lunch. Outstanding in every way. We had the halibut sandwich, fish tacos, grilled cheese and the portobello sandwich. The wine list is excellent. The service was perfect. On top of all of this was the perfect weather and incredible view. A great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a view!
    Goodeats
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great breakfast menu with good variety. The food was excellent with unique presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • relax with lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    all the elements necessary to add up for an excellent are located here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food, Beautiful View
    Shutterpeg
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had a late lunch at California Market on a recent Monday in June, 2014, and it was well worth it. The view of the shore and the food were both amazing. I had the Point Reyes blue cheese salad, my husband had the fish tacos, and my daughter had the mussels. We were all thrilled with our selections. Each of us enjoyed a glass of white wine as well, with each of us choosing a different wine. Again, we were all very pleased with the wines. The selection of wines by the glass is very good, and there is a much more extensive list of wines by the bottle. When we are back in the area again, we will definitely visit California Market again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmelover
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The view of the rugged coast of Carmel Highlands from the outside dining deck is one of the best in the US. Pricey food, but very good. Clam chowder and French fries are excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    ChachiVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    CA Market was a great find and one to come back to. I had an outstanding Halibut sandwich. The soup was delicious too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful view
    baboon
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very nice view! We sat on their beautiful deck with the heaters on since it was cooler. It was very nice. The food was pretty good and the service was okay... When it was time to pay our server was MIA so that took longer than it should have... If you eat there and use a cc be aware they put an extra hold just like hotels do
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scenic view, stylish food.
    Luthera77
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My husband and I recently enjoyed a beautiful view over the coast in the Californian sun one lunchtime during a Pacific Coast Highway trip. Service was efficient and unobtrusive, my Ahi Tuna salad was beautifully cooked with a lightly dressed salad. My husband enjoyed his spicy Fish Cioppino, sadly neither of us imbibed as we were sharing driving duties that day. The wine list appeared tasteful and varied however, with an agreeable range of prices. Fellow diners were quietly conversing and enjoying the view. Tables were appropriately distanced to enable a feeling of private space. For the quality of the food, I felt the menu was reasonably priced. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Went for a special occasion - birthday celebration brunch. The service was lacking, the crab omelette had no flavor & was hardly worth the expensive price. We had to send the other omelette back. Had to ask several times for each thing we needed. Very disappointing experience over all. I have had lunch there & it was really good. Not sure why the brunch experience was so lacking.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view and even better service
    cinnamonheart
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We made lunch reservations for the great view and left having the great view along with good food and great service. The service made the view and the food even better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlands brunch
    PositiveDining
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We got married here and circle back a few times a year to remember the venue and we always enjoy the drive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Place to be!
    JayceeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We love this place.We have been there for nice family celebrations. I think it will continue to be a special spot for us!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • servers
    Pegasus
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Tony, and Shama are the best of all the servers.. Get them when you can. The view from the outside seating is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pipermaru
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Food was great and so was the ambience and ocean view. Female hostess was nice. Male waiter was nice. But no one bothered to follow up after the food came. No one came around at all so no one to ask for the toast that was supposed to come with my omelet. They totally forgot. No one to ask for drink refills. Hostess came back eventually but only to bring the bill. So I would not recommend this place nor would I come back.
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  • Not bad but could be better
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We've had worse hotel experiences--but also far better ones. The staff is disorganized (my DH has a degree in hotel/rest mgmt, and was appalled). Don't show up early, they want to ignore you until noon. Don't ask for simple requests (no peppers on the steak sandwich, pls) because they won't remember. They don't care who wanted the rare steak vs the medium-rare steak. Pros: Food is pretty good for a hotel restaurant. Ocean view is spectacular on a sunny day, but note patio umbrellas are fixed position, can't be moved around. Hotel grounds poorly marked: turn up the drive, go past Tickle Pink Inn, take first right. Visitor parking lot (unmarked) immediately on the left; both hotel restaurants straight ahead in main building on LH side.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Fun!
    SyrahGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Beautiful views and very good food make California Market one of our faves for lunch in the area! :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really nice ambience
    mchee
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It was a very nice place and I will be coming back again, hopefully real soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.