Mundaka
Mundaka

Mundaka

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mundakacarmel.com/
  • Phone: 8316247400x
  • Hours of Operation:



    Dinner: Su-W 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Th-Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Californian, Basque
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Miller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private and semi-private dining in various rooms depending on the size of the group
  • Private Party Contact: Gabe Georis 8316247400x
  • Entertainment: Mundaka Provides a variety of live music and DJ entertainment. Sunday-Wednesday nights we have dinner hour music from 7pm-9pm. Thursday-Saturday is late night DJ from 9:30pm-Midnight
    Specifics are available on our website calendar: www.mundakacarmel.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Ocean Ave & 7th Ave
  • Public Transit: Monterey Peninsula Transit Bus Stop is located right out front on the sidewalk.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street as well as in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot adjacent to us after 6pm
A word from Mundaka
Mundaka is a Spanish style tapas restaurant in downtown Carmel, CA. It is the result of great friendships, a love of food and wine and music, and a long term romance with Spain and its culture. Open in March 2009, Mundaka continues to evolve daily with the creations of our chef Brandon Miller, and the musical musings of all our talented contributors. Mundaka aspires to be the hub for all that is tasty, fun, artistic, creative, and cultural in Carmel-by-the-sea. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Mundaka reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (16)good for groups (13)late-night find (12)hot spot (11)special occasion (11)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good not great
    Tapashunters
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Lamb was chewy; monkfish also chewy but both tasty. Dates were delicious, shredded summer squash was good. Expensive for tapas. Not like tapas we had in San Sebastian, Spain. More like small plates.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    CatCh2VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great time people watching while we ate a variety of interesting tapas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bland
    mike
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was just in barcelona and was craving some tapas. This was not what I was expecting. Bland and overpriced. Paid almost $100 for paella and tapas. Typical Carmel food for old people with no taste. The atmosphere and staff were the only thing that kept me fromvwalking out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VinniePondAlgae
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Service staff often confused, dishes ordered and forgotten, table forgotten. We were given a strange small 1-cup teapot ($5.50 for a "pot" of mint leaf tea) and server was not even sure how it should be poured. Some dishes were goof and others were mediocre, which should not be the case at that price point. We advise skipping dessert, not worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas in Carmel
    Juror17
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We honestly weren't expecting much from this restaurant after the host/manager earnestly explained to us what tapas are, (Duh) and were very pleasantly surprised. First, they have a list of G&T cocktails, very big in Spain, which include one with mulled blackberries: delicious. The fried garbanzos with truffle salt are an addictive starter. We shared six tapas plates between the two of us, plus a dense orange pound cake, and were satisfied with everything. Best find: the 15 year old Spanish Brandy, aged in Sherry casks and dark as coffee, was a revelation and we will be ordering some ASAP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Experience
    Tapas
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First time there, and I was delightfully surprised. Our waiter was Spanish, having only live in the U.S. three years, he told us about the foods, how they were prepared, etc. His suggestions were terrific. Each bite was wonderful. With a little alcohol, the $340 for two was a little more than I expected, but the food ... Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Honestly didn't stay long enough to warrant a proper review because the service was so bad. All our food came within 5 mins of being seated and we never got our wine we asked for 3 times. Our menu caught on fire and our server said"oh that sucks" and walked away. Never headed back there
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  • KenD
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great place for tapas and some interesting wines. But all you yuppies, please leave the kiddies with a baby sitter. Saturday night at 8 pm at Mundaka is not the time or place for screaming toddlers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy, with small and pricey plates
    sfswim
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The restaurant was very noisy. The food was good, but a little bland. Patatas bravas did not require bravery. Plates were quite small and expensive. We really couldn't wait to get out of there.
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  • Discriminate against older patrons
    BarrykinsVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Although we had reservations, and although the main dining room was half empty, my wife and I were made to eat by ourselves in the small annex next door. It was a really sad, lonely dinner and made the food taste terrible. If you are over 50, you are in for a very disappointing experience.
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  • Poor Service
    wub7
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Mundaka is a cute restaurant in Carmel. However, the service was so poor that I would not recommend visiting. Our waiter spent lots of time chatting with each new party, and he spent the most time talking with a larger party, but he basically neglected his tables once a new party arrived. We ordered two simple dishes (almonds and bread) that involve no real prep, but it took over 20 minutes to arrive (even though the larger party, which ordered after we did, received all of their dishes). After we pointed this out to the waiter, he went to get the dishes, but he never apologized or offered anything to make up for this. Also, we waited for nearly 15 minutes for the bill after asking for it. Don't go here!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was good but the service was not too much time between plates especially since Tapas.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came here for my husbands birthday. We had reservations and somehow got stuck in their extra room next door which is a cafe/bagel shop during the day. It should be called the forgotten room where they forget about you. We were there for almost 2 hours & ordered 5 tapas plates. After we finally got each of our plates we decided to leave and go some aces else. Unfortunate that this happened on my husbands birthday, when I talked this restaurant up so much (due to all the reviews). On our search we found a great place that didn't need reservations and had much better service.
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  • Awesome. Thank you.
    MJMC8yummy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great place. YUMMY food! Felt very special. Well treated by owners, Gabe & Mandy and all staff. Arrived early. Accommodated our time frames well, even toug jumping, hopping busy. Had a time frame with Principal Performer at the www.bachfestival.org Carmel BACH Festival, Edwin Huizinga www.edwinhuizinga.com and his partner Jennifer Toole Photographer. Rachel came and talked with us. Others checked on us. Robert, though busy, kept a timely eye on us. Infinitely Grateful for a fabulous yummy experience. MaryJOsephine Morton Cain ;-) Paella was fabulous. Sangria delicious!!! PS AS far as the Open Table computer reservation, it was confirmed the next day, after we had been there. That could be a concern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty, fun, relaxed
    Robm
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The long and short of it is we had a very good meal. The small plates are well presented and very tasty, even if the selection is a little limited. The fried garbanzos and the arugalah sald and the home made chorizo were especially good. The wait staff were helpful, attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    mjogmf
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was outstanding an authentic. The service was very personable and quite excellent. We were seated in the extra room where the seating/ambiance was marginal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our new favorite spot
    Mars
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were in Carmel for our honeymoon weekend and went to Mundaka for dinner. The wait staff was extremely friendly and helpful with selecting drink and menu items. Our waiter Robert provided excellent customer service. He guessed we were on our honeymoon without us even mentioning it. He took extra time to discuss the menu and take several pictures of us for us to remember this wonderful night. We had the El Trailero which was unbelievable. I think we had about three each. We recommend this restaurant for the great food, ambiance, and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovetodine
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    if you like real tapas don't go here, it was made for the American market, what tapas place has sliders on its menu? the wine we had should of been decanted as there was sediment in the bottom of the bottle, no i would not go back
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing tapas plus
    azAnaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Plenty of options in Carmel but don't miss Mundaka. Amazing tapas, wine, and service in a relaxed setting...even a guitar player on a Monday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sbocarmel
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Best restaurant in Carmel. Great food, service and ambiance. Authentic Spanish Tasty tapas served up by unpretentious helpful staff. Spanish wines and Belgian beer on tap. Fun relaxed atmosphere . Perfect for one, two or a group. Don't pass up a chance to experience this gem and experience a little of the bohemian ambiance that reflects the heart of this little town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive tapas
    bb1769
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Quite the menu here - some traditional tapas, but lots of creative tasty items. We wanted to try them all. Prices really weren't too bad for Carmel. The staff were very welcoming as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The waitress disappeared when we needed her so it took a little while to get the check and our drinks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    PamEats
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an excellent time on a Saturday night. Our server was very knowledgeable and helped us pick our vegetarian dishes. He even brought us a dish on the house when we expressed interest in learning more about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas to die for
    mayaleo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our search for a unique, satisfying dining experience had come to a fruitful ending! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is adventurous when it comes to eating. The selections we ordered met our expectations. Our server was enthusiastic and charming. He guided us through the tapas experience deftly. Don't miss this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great evening
    LainieM
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    As always, the food at Mundaka was excellent. It's one of my favorite places to eat, especially when I can bring a friend or two along to share all the delicious tapas. There were two of us; we had the cauliflower gratin with a touch of horseradish that really made it sparkle, the piquillos stuffed with housemade bacalao, and some serrano ham with figs. Everything was delicious. The place is casual, boisterous and fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SouthernerVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This is a cute, fun, friendly place for awesome tapas. The staff is welcoming and the food is spectacular. A nice change of pace for Carmel dining. Kudos to the chef and the staff for a great dining experience
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    RagsVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife wasn't so sure. The menu doesn't tell you about the courses. But she finally found some she liked. They could do a better job about the menu. If you are a tapas fan from Spain, then you probably know what's on the menu. Else, you don't have a clue. Interesting. I liked it, Not sure if my wife did.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spanish Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A wide spectrum of super fresh and tasty small plates of very authentic Spanish style food. Very good Spanish wine list. Unbelievable 32 ounce ribeye steak shared by four people. Authentic Spanish cocktails and coffee. Very casual. All in the group are seasoned travelers to Spain and San Sebastian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 136 reviews are from the Mundaka reviews archive.
  • Good traditional tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Have been a few times - very authentic dishes (tortilla, boquerones, patatas bravas) and nice ambience. Great drinks (had a jalapeno margarita and a few claras, which is a spanish shandy). Service was not great this time, though it has been before. I would/will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goer
    goer
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Mundaka is Carmel's local hot spot. Great small plates (tapa style). Quality ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Underwhelming Forgotten
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Tapas that have two bites shouldn't cost $10-14 per plate. Missing that special kick of flavor. Since tapas are normally such small portions they are packed with flavor. Mundaka is just not hitting that mark. We had a group of 4 and ordered 10 different plates. Only one I can remember was the potatoes and ketchup. Oh yeah... And the pitcher of house sangria taste like a box of red wine. Headed to Barcelona in a couple weeks... Hope the tapas bars/restaurants there erase my memory of Mundakas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where's the cod
    Hungryformore
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Bravas were delicious, and while most of the food was good -- it was not remarkable. And there were major inconsistencies. They really skimped on ingredients -- if you are going to charge $11+ for two roasted Pequillo peppers, you need to stuff them with more than mashed potatoes. (No evidence of salt cod advertised.) Same goes with fritters supposedly containing chorizo and olives.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Healdsberg
    Tapas1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We wanted a culinary experience. Although unique items, food was rather bland. Waitress was perky and nice but service was very slow. Cocktails overpriced. We probably won't go again although it was a unique experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Fun place to east
    sea1VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Great food and service. Enjoyed learning about Spanish food and wine. A great way to have fun.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mundaka wows again!
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This is our second visit to Mundaka. It was fabulous. Wvery dish was a surprise to the taste buds. From fried garbanzo beans to the Pato we enjoyed it all my boys especially loved the anchovies. Yum!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite
    goer
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great food and value. The local younger crowd favor it though us "older folks" like it too!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, service was weird.
    GNorthCarolina
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Our waiter disappeared. The bartender was excellent and picked up the slack. Otherwise, it was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    DesdeVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I was very happy to find a place open past 9 in the area. I was very spoiled in San Diego with late night dining options, so when I moved here, not being able to catch a late night bite was disappointing. Mundaka was recommended by a co-worker who raved about the food and the unique atmosphere. Upon entering I knew it was a unique place. The menu is outstanding and our waiter made excellent recommendations. Even dropped a few jokes. I did not like the crepes. There wasn't as much love put into the dessert than the savory dishes, but since everything was so good before that, it would not keep me from coming again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening with a good friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The service and food were both exceptional. It is an interesting place that provides a comfortable setting and a true experience, yet allows for good conversation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mundaka was a great find!
    TwoLuvs
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    My husband usually does not like to venture too far afield when it comes to food, but I was able to convince him to try Mundaka because we had Spanish food before (on Belden Place in San Francisco) and liked it. Mundaka's tapas menu was a great change of pace, and we really got into the spirit of trying several different small plates. The variety was good (beef, pork, chicken, fish and vegetables) and the tastes were spectacular! The waitstaff were pleasant, helpful and very knowledgeable of the dishes (even removing meat where possible to make more dishes vagetarian). We also enjoyed the flamenco guitarist playing in the bar area. It added a lovely background to the fun food experience. All in all, Mundaka was a great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.