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Japanese Restaurant Goshi
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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn
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Carmel Restaurants

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

One of the best meals I’ve ever had from a very talented kitchen. More

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

Really wonderful place, quintessential Carmel! Owner owns two other nearby restaurants, very amicable and an excellent businessman who takes great care of his customers, visiting every table and chatting. For portions are generous, you won't leave hungry! More

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

It was a quiet night but service was great. Food was delicious and atmosphere was very peaceful (but again, I did not go at a busy time). I would recommend the bistro due to excellence of both food and service (and they were understanding when I was late for the reservation as I had driven a long way that evening to get to Carmel). More

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

Best quality dining experience in Carmel.... no one else comes close. Absolutely fabulous. So lucky to have this in my little town. But don’t tell anyone.... it might get too busy 🤣 More

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

Wonderful! Everyone was a gem and the food and wine was perfection! More

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YafaYafa
80 reviews
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Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Friendly and efficient service. Delicious food in a comfortable environment. More

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

Great ambiance, service and food! More

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Grasing'sGrasing's
1747 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful service and food. Wine is reasonably priced. More

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

We especially enjoyed our Maitre d’ Douglas, and the wait staff are also excellent! More

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

Amazing all around. Great atmosphere and incredible food and service. More

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

Delicious food, beautiful location, decent price, courteous and attentive staff. More

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California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
2313 reviews
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Great service, the braised ribs are good but I don’t recommend bouillabaisse. It should have been on the menu as fish stew, no crab and the sauce was weak. Chef Rj More

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

Incredible service! Authentic food and great ambiance. Loved the small back patio with lights and garden. Will definitely recommend. More

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Cantinetta LucaCantinetta Luca
1619 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The food was good, not great but it’s a lovely restaurant overall. I think the menu was a bit limited More

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Rio GrillRio Grill
1337 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The food was very,very good. The Duck tamales In mole sauce I wish I could eat every day. But the most surprising dish we had were the polenta tater tots, perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy delicious inside!. More

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Anton & Michel RestaurantAnton & Michel Restaurant
1510 reviews
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European | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Pretty good. A touch pricey for lunch. Super nice people. More

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

I will drive from San Jose most weekends JUST to eat at this charming, warm and amazing restaurant. I have been coming here for the past six months and have eaten here every time I make a trip to Carmel or Pacific Grove. The owner personally walks around and introduces himself to you at the table. I had brought my son (17 years old) and after we had eaten lunch and were leaving, he commented that he had never once been to a place that every person we encountered on our way out had thanked him for coming and wished him a great day. I was very impressed that he made note of that. I will be a patron for life! Thank you for holding onto the culture and having the food express the passion you have for the Mediterranean. More

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

This was a very fun, enjoyable experience. Great ambiance and the service is so good it makes me wonder if the restaurant is employee-owned. The spinach gnocchi was outstanding, my wife thinks the best appetizer she ever had. She had the spinach cannelloni which was very good, I had the linguine vongole which was also very good, but neither was outstanding (hence the 4 stars). Will definitely come back, now one of our favorite restaurants in Carmel. More

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

Decent food, need more fresh fish selection , Wait staff is nothing special— B- Nice friendly staff, good feeling about the evening More

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

Tuesday night is moules and frites special night. They offer mussels cooked 3 different ways and French fries, all you can eat. All were Absolutely delicious! My favorite was the Thai mussels with in coconut milk and lemon grass. The Provençal were a close second. They also have the regular menu. I live 45 minutes away and will go back often for those mussels! More

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Waypoint Bar & KitchenWaypoint Bar & Kitchen
5 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Absolutely amazing! Best meal I've had in a very long time. More

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Il Fornaio - CarmelIl Fornaio - Carmel
1434 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Il Fornaio is a reliable place for good food and quality service. I have never been disappointed here. More

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

Excellent service, attentive and very friendly. Amazing seafood, so much variety, very fresh and tasty. Great for families! More

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

Delicious food especially steak nachos enchiladas and relenos! Authentic and special flavors. can’t wait to return More

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AffinaAffina
77 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

We had a delicious dinner at Affina. They had a child's menu and that was great since our eight year old granddaughter would not have been able to eat a large portion of food. The many appetizers were delicious, including bacon-wrapped chicken and great soup. The tagliarini bolognese was also excellent. More

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

Really cool environment and decor with outside courtyard seating as well as indoor options. Super service and good value for this area. More

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The Noodle PalaceThe Noodle Palace
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Vietnamese | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The Noodle Palace started with Pho Restaurants in San Francisco and San Jose, which opened in the 90’s, bringing us authentic Vietnamese Noodle soup that we called “Pho”. When The Noodle Palace Carmel opened, in 2015, the Carmel residents and Tourists from around the world called it the best or one of the best Pho they ever had. Every dish is made to order using only the freshest, finest ingredients. Besides we also serve many delicious Asian dishes including House Combo Fried Rice, Crispy Egg-noodles, House Yellow Curry, Grilled Pork Rice Plates, Vietnamese Coffee, SpringRolls, EggRolls, and Banh Mi Sandwiches.

In addition we have one of the best Vegetarian Pho Noodle Soups for Vegan and Vegetarian customers.

We look forward to seeing you at The Noodle Palace Carmel. The Noodle Palace Carmel is located at 3678 The Barnyard Ste E-31 in Carmel California 93923. We are upstairs right next to the windmill -a hidden jewel definitely worth finding when you’re in Carmel By The Sea.More

Carmel Diners' Choice Winners

Carmel's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Aubergine at L'Auberge CarmelAubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
796 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

One of the best meals I’ve ever had from a very talented kitchen. More

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

Really wonderful place, quintessential Carmel! Owner owns two other nearby restaurants, very amicable and an excellent businessman who takes great care of his customers, visiting every table and chatting. For portions are generous, you won't leave hungry! More

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

Best quality dining experience in Carmel.... no one else comes close. Absolutely fabulous. So lucky to have this in my little town. But don’t tell anyone.... it might get too busy 🤣 More

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

Wonderful! Everyone was a gem and the food and wine was perfection! More

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Grasing'sGrasing's
1747 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful service and food. Wine is reasonably priced. More

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

Great ambiance, service and food! More

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

Delicious food, beautiful location, decent price, courteous and attentive staff. More

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

We especially enjoyed our Maitre d’ Douglas, and the wait staff are also excellent! More

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

Amazing all around. Great atmosphere and incredible food and service. More

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

Incredible service! Authentic food and great ambiance. Loved the small back patio with lights and garden. Will definitely recommend. 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.