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About 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”.

Mission St & 7th Ave
Carmel, CA 93921-4917
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Californian, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Mission Street between Ocean & 7th.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 624-2406

Website:
http://www.antonandmichel.com/

Executive Chef:
Mark Simpson

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Anton & Michel Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (39)
Special Occasion (32)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Cozy (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Casual (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Couldn’t have been nicer. Service was excellent, attentive and professional without being overbearing. Food was also excellent, wonderful presentation with tastes to match.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s day-very busy. Just seemed like here wasn’t enough staff

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·Dined 4 days ago

The facility is very classy and was a special place for a Valentine dinner. Our waiter was mature and professional, conversational and thorough. Our meals were both well-presented and delicious. Would definitely visit again, as well as recommend to others

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

We had the rack of lamb for two. Everything from start to finish was superb. The table side preparation of the Caesar salad, serving of the lamb, and the flambé dessert was wonderful and everything tasted delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We have dinner at Anton & Michel every year when we go to the AT&T golf tournament. It is always a high-light to our stay in Carmel. It is a beautiful restaurant and the service is always excellent. This year our server was Terri and she was great - friendly and very helpful to our special requests. I had the special soup - cream of artichoke and my husband had the French onion soup which he always loves. We both had a filet and they were cooked to perfection. I had the au-gratin potatoes instead of fingerlings and they were delicious. We ended the evening with coffee and ice cream. It was a lovely evening and we are looking forward to our next visit - hopefully sooner than next February!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

As usual, the presentation, food and service were great. Nick is awesome and remains our favorite server. Attentive, funny and yet not overbearing. This is our favorite date night restaurant. My only criticism is that the tables are pretty close together and it can detract from the dining experience when you have a really loud group or couple next to you. That's probably less a criticism of the restaurant than it is of some folks manners.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was our 30th anniversary. We were seated as soon as we arrived. We were wished a happy anniversary by the waiter but nothing else. The food was good, the waiter left us alone much of the time. At the end, we noticed we were charged for a couple of before dinner drinks that we didn’t order. Waiter took bill and corrected it. I would definitely return as overall our experience was good. Just surprised about the drinks added to our bill. We only ordered a bottle of wine.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was very good especially the desserts. Everyone went out of their way to make our dinner special. Perfect for a night out with clients or date night. Excellent menu and very nice staff. Caesar salad was amazing and filet melted in my mouth. Their rack of lamb was amazing as well.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Anton & Michel's was a great find when we visited Carmel. The service was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The wine list was outstanding. The food was great (the shortribs were melt-in-your mouth!). Lobster bisque was very flavorful. Interesting combinations of ingredients. My wife and I sat next to the window that overlooked a courtyard with a fountain. It was nice while we enjoyed our drinks and dinner. We were very comfortable in this restaurant. The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive and we did not feel rushed at all but had to wait only a short time between courses. We look forward to dining at Anton & Michels the next time we are in Carmel.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

good food but very predictable / traditional menu. our server forgot a couple of things but was a very pleasant guy nevertheless! the wine list was average, nothing especially interesting. There are better places for the money

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Nice friendly restaurant with a really cool bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. We were probably over-dressed but we like to "dress" for dinner. We ordered the set menu for two and all dishes were prepared table-side. First, a fresh and tasty Ceasar salad beautifully tossed in fresh dressing and enough for four diners really! Second, we had the rack of lamb. OMG.....also finished table-side and we had five chops each that were meaty and tasty ....and served with delicious veggies. The server told us they were a good choice and she was 100% correct. We then had a choice of a flambeed dessert.....cherries jubilee or bananas foster...........again prepared table-side and we chose the bananas. It was a spectacle of preparation finished with a flair of sparks using cinnamon in the final flaming dish.
The service and the entire experience was wonderful and we would come back again when we visit Carmel.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Disappointing this time around. Have had a handful of wonderful dinners at Anton & Michel in the past couple of years but unfortunately our visit this past weekend was a bit disappointing. I would highly recommend asking for a table in main dining room and/or by windows. We have always been seated there but our last visit we were sat in the room off to the side of the main dining room and we felt as if we were sat there due to them being full that evening. However there were a few tables that sat opened the entire time we were there. Lighting also seemed much brighter than in the past not giving the restaurant that cozy, romantic feel. Food was also disappointing compared to the past. French onion soup lacked onions and flavor. In the past very flavorful. Rack of lamb was delicious however potatoes were disappointing. My husband had the NY. Very disappointing if you’re expecting a grilled steak full of flavor. There was no crust on the outside. Even if it wasn’t grilled it could’ve still had a nice crust from a cast-iron or pan. Desserts were also a disappointing.

I will say we have been to Anton & Michel a few times this past year for lunch and I would highly recommend it. We love dining outside and the food has been great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent classic dining experience, rack of lamb and short ribs were delicious.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Not like the old anton michel. Also Ladies restroom not up to standard . Pull screen in one of the toilet rooms very ugly.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 29, 2018

A wonderful meal before going to a concert at Sunset Hall.. Waiter was very good getting us fed and out so we could make it on time for show Wine good , bartender makes great drunks

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was our first trip to Carmel and we had a fabulous time! Our last night there we decided to eat at Anton and Michel. We arrived early, so there were just two other couples dining. We got to sit by this large glass window that had the most beautiful outdoor atrium. We loved watching the water fountain and looking at all the landscaping. For dinner , we decided to do a 3 course option that was offered. I had lamb and it was delicious, my husband had steak and said it was very good. I also thought the salad and dessert were good. The reason I gave 4 stars for service is because, we had about 3 different waiter's come up to us and they were confused and we were a bit confused. I understand having different wait staff do different things, but not when it comes to ordering and the menu. I would definitely not let this be a deal breaker, but wanted the Manager to know that one waiter wasn't sure what we had ordered and what our dessert options were ..... I highly recommend this restaurant for food and ambiance !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was average. Service was below par. After serving, no one came to ask how the food was or if we had any comments. The servers looked like they were stretched thin. After spending $240 for dinner for two, we left very disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We LOVE this place!! We came back for the second time in less than 24hrs! We had to have the mushroom risotto and the Crepe Suzette!! We shared the risotto the night before but, not today. No way
Just as the night before, the staff was friendly, very attentive and kind. If we have enough time we may even make it back again!! Don’t miss this delicious, wonderful beautiful place. 5 stars!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 22, 2018

a classy dinner spot in Carmel ...appropriate for any occasion

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The abalone was fantastic as was the lobster bisque and the gorgonzola gnocchi! So good!! Had a wonderful time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We had eaten here several times for dinner and decided on lunch here one time. The french onion soup was very good and the salads were fresh and substantial.

The service is always top notch and the ambiance allows for a quiet, relaxing, non-rushed dining experience. Their wines by the glass are a good value and the lunch menu allows for a wide selection of tastes. Sitting by the windows overlooking the courtyard fountains just adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The restaurant is a classic with excellent service, good food, and an ambiance that allows for an unhurried evening allowing for relaxed conversation. Our service was excellent. We often have the rack of lamb when visiting this restaurant. This one evening the rack came to the table more than medium rare and we mentioned it and the waiter agreed. without hesitation a new rack of lamb was put in the oven.

the wine selection is large (and pricey), but we have always been matched with a good bottle with our dinner and the selections have never disappointed.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Anton and Michels provided us an exceptional evening dining during our honeymoon! The atmosphere was beyond expectation as we found ourselves seated in front of large windows overlooking a scenic 'pond'. The service and kindness of the maitre de, Luiz, on a rainy evening to the waiter, Tahah, meeting our every need before being asked added to the quality of our evening. We enjoyed an amazing butternut ravioli as a starter that had a mild sauce, allowing us to fully taste the ravioli, salad that consisted of fresh tasting ingredients, a duck and salmon entree with sauces so light that accentuated the natural flavors of the selected course. We are eagerly anticipating our next visit!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a very nice meal. Lamb chops and short rib were both very tasty. The endive salad had great flavors and a nice crunch with the almonds. Presentation was beautiful. Kind of an expensive date but the food was good quality and service was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was outstanding. I had the rack of lamb it was the best I have ever had. Service was spectacular.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The service was good but we both got the duck and it was just rendered well. The skin was soft and there was tons of fat. The duck itself wasn’t particularly flavorful although the source was good.

Overall a C+/b- which was disappointing.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Delicious meal and wonderful service. For a special night out it's ideal

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Date night with husband. The service was excellent and the food was great. Lovely wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 1, 2018

From the time that we were greeted at the door to showing us our table, I felt like we were royalty. We had a wonderful time. Cherries Jubilee was awesome and fun to watch our maitre d make it for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was impeccable and the service was unobtrusive and stellar. I must highlight Luiz Ferreira's attention to every detail made this a truly noteworthy experience. I usually do not undertake restaurant reviews, but Anton Michel was exceptional by all measures and I am appreciative of the experience. This is the way a restaurant should be run and it was truly impressive. Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our experience was a wonderful dining experience. We felt like we were in PARIS at a very exclusive restaurant. The attentive staff was appreciated. The food was delicious and the wine, champagne was excellent.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years eve

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were seated outdoors on the patio near the fire pit. Carmel is a very dog friendly town and most restaurants make decent accommodations. However, I was surprised that patio had no heating lamps - - none! Well we did dress warmly since it was Dec 30th. So our evening was quiet, eating outside, on the patio with our dog. Food was very good, but not as I would have expected, but worth the visit. Our waiter was very pleasant and attentive. He was also very knowledgeable of the food and the wine, which always makes the dinning experience more pleasurable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

An outstanding experience. My wife and I come here every time we visit the Monterrey / Carmel area (We live in San Jose). This is our favorite restaurant there. It never disappoints.

Every time we visited we experienced exceptional service, great ambiance and superb food. This is a great place for a date or for a family. Making a reservation is highly recommended as this gem gets quite busy almost any day of the week. Enjoy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Not worth it. Very overrated. Don't know why it is rated #2 in Carmel

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had Christmas dinner at the restaurant. This locale reminds me of an updated version of the fancy restaurants where my parents spent special occasions. No real culinary risks here, offering the standards but with a more interesting presentation of the main protein and vegetables (unless you count the rice accompanying the salmon dish presented in the shape of a perfect mold). I had the Alaskan Halibut with vegetables. Our table ordered the last piece very early into the dinner hour. It tasted delicious and was one of the few menu items that wasn't as old school as the rest of the offerings. My sister had a lobster crab cocktail starter with a light horseradish sauce. Also good. Mostly the restaurant was a nice space to spend time with family on a holiday when most restaurants are closed.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Anton and Michel is in the top 5 of all of the restaurants where I've ever eaten. The service (Tiffany) was outstanding: attentive but not overbearing. The food was amazing. The ambience was wonderful. I will definitely return the next time I am in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was really good and service as well. Recommended in Carmel!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Huge disappointment for a very high price tag.
This place is considered high-end French food. My husband and I both ordered a fish entree and both came WELL DONE and dry. We do not eat meat, perhaps they are better at that.

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