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Carmel Restaurants

PortaBella RestaurantPortaBella Restaurant
432 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Brought my ninety year old father and eighty seven year old mother to celebrate Mom's birthday. The staff were so warm and welcoming. They made Mom's day, with a glass of champagne when she was seated, and a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday with her special dessert, and hugs when we left. They really went out of their way to make it a very special occasion. Everyone we interacted with was helpful. The food was great and the portions were generous. The ambience is lovely, though it was quite chilly that day at our table near the door. Next time I would ask to sit in the back, near the very charming little bar. Highly recommend. More

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L'Escargot - CarmelL'Escargot - Carmel
671 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Valentine’s Day, everything was perfect! Food and service were excellent. We both had beef Wellington and it was superb.... Romantic place, very quaint and cozy, highly recommended! More

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Carmel's Bistro GiovanniCarmel's Bistro Giovanni
154 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Our favorite Carmel restaurant. Friendly waitstaff and delicious meals keep us coming back. We appreciate the inviting atmosphere where you are treated like a valued diner. More

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Aubergine at L'Auberge CarmelAubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
784 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Absolutely lovely experience. Danny provided phenomenal wine expertise. A memorable evening. More

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Etats Unis French American BistroEtats Unis French American Bistro
43 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful everything. Delicious food, fabulous service, Love the menu. EVERYTHING! Michele Axley More

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Seventh & DoloresSeventh & Dolores
313 reviews
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Steakhouse | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Great waitress. Food was very good. Ambiance not so much. More of a cafeteria feel. Mildly disappointing. More

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Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
221 reviews
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Everything was great! We brought our friends who had never been there and they loved it too! More

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Grasing'sGrasing's
1702 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The ambience was very nice, but the tables were a little too close. Not very private. The food was good and so was the service. More

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YafaYafa
78 reviews
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Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

We met friends before going out to Sunset Center. Felt a little cramped in the corner and people kept leaving the door open and it was freezing out. The waiter seemed more interested in doing the music serenade than serving us. Left an empty bottle on our tiny table after multiple visits. Finally just set it on the floor.. We had a few bottles of inexpensive wine and Prosecco that were marked up pretty high from Trader Joe’s prices of about $8-12 per bottle up to $40. Food was good. Overall it was fine but not exceptional. More

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Il TegaminoIl Tegamino
143 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

We live in San Francisco and came down to the area for a few days. What a great little spot. The food was delicious, the atmosphere cozy and all the staff was friendly and welcoming. You should definitely give this place a try - you won’t regret it. Try their signature pasta dish - DELICIOUS! More

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Rio GrillRio Grill
1289 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Our waiter was really friendly and right off the bat wanted to know what we were interested in and offered us the options that best met our needs. Overall we had an amazing experience and would definitely visit again! More

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California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
2274 reviews
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Celebrating a new job... More

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Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
127 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

We had a party of four and all of us enjoyed the experience. The food was very good, truly Italian. More

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Cantinetta LucaCantinetta Luca
1593 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

My boyfriend and I came for Valentine's Day dinner, and we had a lovely time. Our waiter was very personable and attentive, and the food was great. More

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Anton & Michel RestaurantAnton & Michel Restaurant
1476 reviews
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European | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Even though the "Classic 3 Course" dinner has increased in cost over the years it's still a good value and a GREAT dinner. Our server, Tiffany, was excellent and did a fine job preparing, carving, and assembling each course tableside. More

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Casanova Restaurant CarmelCasanova Restaurant Carmel
464 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Great Valentines Day dinner. We got there 45 minutes early and they found us a seat in 2 minutes! Great service and great food!!! More

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Mediterranean Restaurant - CarmelMediterranean Restaurant - Carmel
70 reviews
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Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Great food and great service, we highly recommended this restaurant More

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Village Corner California BistroVillage Corner California Bistro
19 reviews
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Bistro | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Excellent food. Excellent service!!! More

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Edgar's - Quail LodgeEdgar's - Quail Lodge
251 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

A low-keyed, relaxing scene with great food at realistic prices. Nice place to dine with friends and family when audible conversation is desired. More

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Il Fornaio - CarmelIl Fornaio - Carmel
1411 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

We celebrated Valentine day at our favorite restaurant! Il Fornaio. The special valentine chocolate dessert was a MASTER Piece!! I suggest you added it to your menu... we would order it every time! Grazile More

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Carmel BoucheeCarmel Bouchee
14 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful service and great food, we truly enjoyed our dining experience. More

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Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster BarFlaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
741 reviews
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Seafood | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Me and my girl ate there Tuesday night,We started with the abalone it was delicious then I had the salmon & my girl had the sea bass they both were perfect The service was top notch highly recommended! More

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Waypoint Bar & DeckWaypoint Bar & Deck
4 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Excellent choice, very good food, reasonable price and nice atmosphere More

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Villa SombrerosVilla Sombreros
81 reviews
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Traditional Mexican | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

We had the Halibut special & a shrimp quesadilla both were excellent. We also loved the margaritas. Thank you! More

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The Hog's Breath Inn - CarmelThe Hog's Breath Inn - Carmel
199 reviews
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

ATTProAM daddy-daughter weekend More

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AffinaAffina
73 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The piano player was way too loud. To the point that we were annoyed and had to try to block it out. More

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Carmel Diners' Choice Winners

Carmel's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
L'Escargot - CarmelL'Escargot - Carmel
671 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Valentine’s Day, everything was perfect! Food and service were excellent. We both had beef Wellington and it was superb.... Romantic place, very quaint and cozy, highly recommended! More

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PortaBella RestaurantPortaBella Restaurant
432 reviews
$$$$
French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Brought my ninety year old father and eighty seven year old mother to celebrate Mom's birthday. The staff were so warm and welcoming. They made Mom's day, with a glass of champagne when she was seated, and a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday with her special dessert, and hugs when we left. They really went out of their way to make it a very special occasion. Everyone we interacted with was helpful. The food was great and the portions were generous. The ambience is lovely, though it was quite chilly that day at our table near the door. Next time I would ask to sit in the back, near the very charming little bar. Highly recommend. More

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Aubergine at L'Auberge CarmelAubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
784 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Absolutely lovely experience. Danny provided phenomenal wine expertise. A memorable evening. More

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Carmel's Bistro GiovanniCarmel's Bistro Giovanni
154 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Our favorite Carmel restaurant. Friendly waitstaff and delicious meals keep us coming back. We appreciate the inviting atmosphere where you are treated like a valued diner. More

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Seventh & DoloresSeventh & Dolores
313 reviews
$$$$
Steakhouse | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Great waitress. Food was very good. Ambiance not so much. More of a cafeteria feel. Mildly disappointing. More

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Etats Unis French American BistroEtats Unis French American Bistro
43 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful everything. Delicious food, fabulous service, Love the menu. EVERYTHING! Michele Axley More

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Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
221 reviews
$$$$
American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Everything was great! We brought our friends who had never been there and they loved it too! More

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Grasing'sGrasing's
1702 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The ambience was very nice, but the tables were a little too close. Not very private. The food was good and so was the service. More

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Rio GrillRio Grill
1289 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Our waiter was really friendly and right off the bat wanted to know what we were interested in and offered us the options that best met our needs. Overall we had an amazing experience and would definitely visit again! More

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Anton & Michel RestaurantAnton & Michel Restaurant
1476 reviews
$$$$
European | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Even though the "Classic 3 Course" dinner has increased in cost over the years it's still a good value and a GREAT dinner. Our server, Tiffany, was excellent and did a fine job preparing, carving, and assembling each course tableside. More

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Discover Carmel

A rising star along the California coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea is quickly making a name for itself on the dining scene. There's a European feel to Carmel, and that ambiance is reflected in the city's large number of French-influenced restaurants. As you nibble French bread and sip a glass of wine, it will be easy to imagine that you've been transported to a genuine Parisian bistro. Fresh seafood is plentiful in Carmel - no surprise given its coastal location. You'll find seafood dishes in Carmel's restaurants that range from European to Mexican in cuisine. You'll also have no trouble finding great seafood in Carmel's All-American steakhouses. The Californian commitment to healthy eating means that dishes lean heavily on produce, and vegetarian options abound in the local restaurants. Even vegans will find dishes to suit their tastes.