Best American Restaurants in Carmel

Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(109)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2018)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Hog's Breath Inn - CarmelThe Hog's Breath Inn - Carmel
(88)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1300)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Jacks - Portola Hotel & SpaJacks - Portola Hotel & Spa
(49)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Turn 12 Bar And GrillTurn 12 Bar And Grill
(138)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(524)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(926)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(299)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(554)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(347)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(62)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(757)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraBistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(222)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(95)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(103)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Best Italian Restaurants in Carmel

Il Fornaio - CarmelIl Fornaio - Carmel
(1196)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Cantinetta LucaCantinetta Luca
(1429)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(379)
$$$$
Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Favaloro's Big Night BistroFavaloro's Big Night Bistro
(405)
$$$$
Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Cibo Ristorante ItalianoCibo Ristorante Italiano
(253)
$$$$
Italian | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
TusCA RistoranteTusCA Ristorante
(234)
$$$$
Italian | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Tre LuneTre Lune
(421)
$$$$
Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1659)
$$$$
Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(967)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(1976)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(906)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(826)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(174)
$$$$
Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(746)
$$$$
Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(539)
$$$$
Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Trattoria MollieTrattoria Mollie
(481)
$$$$
Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(378)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
CadizCadiz
(613)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

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Carmel Restaurants

YafaYafa
22 reviews
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Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. Great menu and everything we ordered was prepared on point with fresh ingredients. More

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

Love this “Old School” French restaurant in Carmel, which stays relevant with great food and sole. It is on our short list of restaurants in Carmel. More

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

Everything about our experience at Sur was perfect. I wanted my Ahi cooked all the way through instead of seared and my request was honored perfectly. Our waitress was attentive. Wonderful Valentine's Day choice. More

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Christopher's on LincolnChristopher's on Lincoln
739 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

This is our favorite restaurant in Carmel. Beautiful dining area. The service is outstanding. Our server was friendly and very efficient. The food, as usual was delicious. My wife had the salmon, and I enjoyed the swordfish. More

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

Perfect Casual! Low key, great food! More

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

This is one of those fine dining restaurants ala The French Laundry with as many waiters as patrons. The food is extremely creative. There is a set 8 course meal nightly. We really enjoyed every course, but especially the sea urchin. Love the location in LAuberge de Carmel. More

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Rio GrillRio Grill
1106 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful service on a very busy night. Hostess was jammed, but understanding and helpful. Waiter was also excellent. The paella was tasty, potato skins the same, and as I mentioned, the service was outstanding. More

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

The place was full on Valentine's Day evening. Great service. Made to feel special for choosing the restaurant. Will return. More

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Grasing'sGrasing's
1362 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

When family members called and said they had to come to Carmel for a business meeting the next morning, I immediately replied, "GREAT, we'll take you to Grasing's for lunch. Both of our guests are gourmet cooks and agreeable to eat familiar ingredients as well as try new things. I decided to have a cup of the Potato Leek Soup prior to my crab cakes and let everyone taste it because it was so delicious. Everyone raved about the complex mixture of flavors. My guests ordered three different sandwiches and ended up sharing them as all were well prepared and served at the correct temperatures. Side dishes that come with a sandwich included green salad, quinoa salad, potato salad or fries. Again all were shared because they were prepared perfectly. Service was excellent as usual - attentive, but not overbearing. Whether it's lunch or dinner, just yourselves or with family or friends, you will always be happy at Grasing's! More

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

Thursday is prime rib special night and is excellent and fairly priced. More

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

Great Steak Tartare and Lobster Louie! More

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ArtemisArtemis
32 reviews
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Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

This is the third time my wife and I have dined at Artemis. Each successive occasion was better than the previous one, while all were outstanding. Having spent time in Turkey working with Turkish diplomats I found the food both authentic and very well prepared. The wine list, fortunately, offers some very good Turkish wines that come at reasonable prices. The service is attentive and professional without being fawning; service is appropriately inter-spaced so you're not eating one course while the following course is being served nor are you left waiting for the next course to be placed on the table. There is a selection of well-prepared Turkish desserts. The Turkish coffee is excellent. Margo & John McKAY More

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

My wife and I had dinner on Valentine’s Day. The service and food were awesome for a busy night. The owner Enzo greeted us on our arrival and gave us a great dinner More

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Anton & Michel RestaurantAnton & Michel Restaurant
1221 reviews
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European | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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

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Andre’s Bouchée Bistro and Wine BarAndre’s Bouchée Bistro and Wine Bar
1195 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The experience overall was very pleasant, however, when we received the bill, we were surprised to see a charge for opening an expensive bottle of champagne. Because of where I work, I am often asked to recommend places to eat, I do say, Andre Bochee often. Next time I recommend you, I will mention the corkage fee. Also, the black cod that I ordered, had a rather strong taste. More

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Cantinetta LucaCantinetta Luca
1429 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

One of the best dinners I've eaten in years! More

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California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
2018 reviews
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Great spot, nice menu with good options at a great price point. Spectacular views!! More

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Il Fornaio - CarmelIl Fornaio - Carmel
1196 reviews
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Il Fornaio is always a dependable choice. We needed a place that would accommodate everyones tastes and they fit the bill! More

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

Great meal friendly service. Fast. Fireplaces very nice. Honest helpful waiter, told us what he liked and why, which helped us with our choice. Would have been nice to nice to have bread with the meal, which is common for us, but maybe not here. After our meal we sat outside by the fireplace to finish our wine. Highly recommended. More

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Casanova Restaurant CarmelCasanova Restaurant Carmel
83 reviews
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Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful as usual. Friendly consistent service with iconic Casanova dishes make this Carmel’s “can’t miss” choice More

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

Vacation/ Valentine Day More

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AffinaAffina
60 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Unbelievable find in Carmel. On a backstreet and amazing food,service and live music. A very memorable experience. N More

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La Dolce VitaLa Dolce Vita
1 review
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Stumbled on Small restaurant on a very popular and busy weekend. Service was outstanding, Food was very good and priced right. Appeared to be a more local crowd, not very busy but is off the popular path. Would recommend for a reasonable priced tasty meal. Had a guitar player and singer, which added a nice touch for dinner and after dinner cocktail in the front courtyard More

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HanagasaHanagasa
3 reviews
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Japanese | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Friendly staff and great fish. We had a great dinner. More

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The Covey - Quail LodgeThe Covey - Quail Lodge
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The Covey offers an a la carte selection that includes: egg dishes; skillets; eggs benedict; American, Continental, or Carmel Valley European breakfasts; pancakes, biscuits and gravy; and other breakfast favorites! On the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) enjoy an enhanced American Breakfast Buffet featuring scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, pancakes, bacon and chicken apple sausage, potatoes, oatmeal and cereals, yogurt, seasonal fruit, and more! (A limited a la carte menu will be offered on weekends.) Both indoor and outdoor seating comes with beautiful views overlooking our manicured landscape and pond. Our Carmel, CA breakfast restaurant is the place to capture the essence of a home-cooked Carmel Valley meal!More

Carmel Diners' Choice Winners

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

Love this “Old School” French restaurant in Carmel, which stays relevant with great food and sole. It is on our short list of restaurants in Carmel. More

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

Everything about our experience at Sur was perfect. I wanted my Ahi cooked all the way through instead of seared and my request was honored perfectly. Our waitress was attentive. Wonderful Valentine's Day choice. More

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YafaYafa
22 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. Great menu and everything we ordered was prepared on point with fresh ingredients. More

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Christopher's on LincolnChristopher's on Lincoln
739 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

This is our favorite restaurant in Carmel. Beautiful dining area. The service is outstanding. Our server was friendly and very efficient. The food, as usual was delicious. My wife had the salmon, and I enjoyed the swordfish. More

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

The place was full on Valentine's Day evening. Great service. Made to feel special for choosing the restaurant. Will return. More

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Rio GrillRio Grill
1106 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful service on a very busy night. Hostess was jammed, but understanding and helpful. Waiter was also excellent. The paella was tasty, potato skins the same, and as I mentioned, the service was outstanding. More

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Andre’s Bouchée Bistro and Wine BarAndre’s Bouchée Bistro and Wine Bar
1195 reviews
$$$$
French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

The experience overall was very pleasant, however, when we received the bill, we were surprised to see a charge for opening an expensive bottle of champagne. Because of where I work, I am often asked to recommend places to eat, I do say, Andre Bochee often. Next time I recommend you, I will mention the corkage fee. Also, the black cod that I ordered, had a rather strong taste. More

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

This is one of those fine dining restaurants ala The French Laundry with as many waiters as patrons. The food is extremely creative. There is a set 8 course meal nightly. We really enjoyed every course, but especially the sea urchin. Love the location in LAuberge de Carmel. More

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Mediterranean Restaurant - CarmelMediterranean Restaurant - Carmel
16 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Perfect Casual! Low key, great food! More

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Grasing'sGrasing's
1362 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

When family members called and said they had to come to Carmel for a business meeting the next morning, I immediately replied, "GREAT, we'll take you to Grasing's for lunch. Both of our guests are gourmet cooks and agreeable to eat familiar ingredients as well as try new things. I decided to have a cup of the Potato Leek Soup prior to my crab cakes and let everyone taste it because it was so delicious. Everyone raved about the complex mixture of flavors. My guests ordered three different sandwiches and ended up sharing them as all were well prepared and served at the correct temperatures. Side dishes that come with a sandwich included green salad, quinoa salad, potato salad or fries. Again all were shared because they were prepared perfectly. Service was excellent as usual - attentive, but not overbearing. Whether it's lunch or dinner, just yourselves or with family or friends, you will always be happy at Grasing's! More

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