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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Monterey / Carmel

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Monterey / Carmel? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of La Mia Cucina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (953)
$31 to $50
Italian
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.
Top review
MichaelL
Dined 6 days ago
This was our second visit in 3 weeks. We are used to excellent service and food and this was no exception. I tried the meat/spinach raviolis for the first time..it was mmm good. Reserve a table as it is popular with locals and tourists.
A photo of Basil Seasonal Dining restaurant
4.6
4.6 (866)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Creative and modern Californian/Mediterranean dining located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our seasonal menu is inspired by the freshest sustainable seafood the Monterey Bay has to offer and the finest organic produce from our local farmers. Compliment your experience with fun and contemporary cocktails as well as an excellent selection of California"s most sophisticated wines. Our menu includes a generous selection of vegetarian dishes as well as gluten free options. We offer outdoor seating that is dog friendly.
Top review
Marie
Dined on May 10, 2024
Excellent service! Delicious Italian food! Our favorite in Carmel.
A photo of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1170)
$30 and under
Italian
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
We are currently open for dine-in and outdoor heated sidewalk/patio.
We are always available for curbside pickup.
Welcome to Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar. Chef Soerke and Amy invite you in to enjoy daily house made Pasta, Mozzarella and Gelato.
We offer a full bar with specialty cocktails.
Chef’s Specialties include
Buccatini Al’Amatriciana
Linguini alla Vongole
Chicken Sausage Lasagne
Spaghetti Carbonara
Grilled Octopus
Lamb Meatballs
House-made Charcuterie
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Dolce Sauce & Black Truffle Oil
Little Gem Caesar Salad with Parmigiano Reggiano
Raviloi di Manzo
Pate di Anatra

Top review
RudyPvip
Dined 2 days ago
Authentic, real food made in-house, and it tastes it. Chef Soerke cares and it shows in the details.
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4.7
4.7 (105)
$50 and over
Californian
Monterey
About the restaurant
Discover CELLA Restaurant + Bar at Cooper Molera Adobe in Downtown Monterey. Step into a sleek, historic venue with a heated pergola and stunning local woodwork. General Manager Bernabe DeLuna leads an exceptional wine program with a remarkable staff. Savor seasonal cocktails and mocktails crafted by Barkeep Joshua Perry. Chef Ben Spungin & Chef Cal Stamenov create an ever-changing menu inspired by the bountiful central coast. Join us and experience the neighborhood's culinary gem!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food at Cella is always just exceptional. Fresh, beautiful, expertly prepared. It’s often too beautiful to eat but somehow I always manage 😉 Service is occasionally a little slow so be prepared for a relaxing evening. It doesn’t bother me but some folks like things to move more quickly. To me, it just tells me that everything is being painstakingly prepared and the staff are taking their time to not ever make anyone feel rushed. We are outdoors in their beautiful courtyard as the sun appeared just as we arrived. Even if there isn’t any sun the courtyard is extremely comfortable and the heaters do a great job. Highly recommend
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4.8
4.8 (113)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Join us at our welcoming establishment and indulge in the captivating flavors and unmatched ambiance that can only be found under the guidance of Chef Jerry Regester. We look forward to hosting you and sharing the unique culinary journey that has made our restaurant a beloved staple in the Monterey community
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
I had the scallops and I substituted the fingerlings for the whipped potatoes and it was wonderful!!
A photo of Il Tegamino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1018)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant
We are open for outdoor dining only where we do have awnings and heaters. Dressing for dining al fresco is still recommended.

We have socially distanced all our tables and require masks as per law. Masks are required at check in and when speaking to staff.

As a result of social distancing, our already small capacity is extremely limited. Cancellations and requested changes should be e-mailed in advance to info@iltegamino.com. We respectfully remind guests that we strictly enforce our cancellation/no show policy. Cancellations and changes with less than 24 hrs notice and no shows are charged a $25/person fee. Our grace period for reservation arrival is 5 minutes.

Due to Il Tegamino's close proximity to Portabella Restaurant, please make sure you are at the correct place upon arrival! This is the guest responsibility and you will be marked as a no-show and charged accordingly if you miss a reservation due to being at the incorrect restaurant We appreciate your understanding.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Great smaller place for a wonderful meal. Treated like family. Our main courses were the ragu and special fish of the day. Both excellent in taste and presentation. Make reservations and select inside our outside based on weather. Will go here again when in town!
A photo of L'Escargot - Carmel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1171)
$30 and under
French
Carmel
About the restaurant
Nestled in a residential neighborhood on Mission Street, three blocks north of Ocean Avenue lies a slice of “Old Carmel”. Originally founded in 1958 by Yvan Nopert and his family, Chef – Owner Kericos Loutas carries on the traditions of superb Country French Cuisine and personalized friendly service. A local favorite for casual fine dining in a romantic atmosphere, L’Escargot offers visitors an alternative to the “tourist experience”. The menu changes frequently, as do the specials. A three-course prix fixed Bistro Menu is offered nightly.
Top review
JJMac
Dined 3 days ago
Authentic French cuisine with a soft, romantic atmosphere, L’escargot offers “Provençal” dishes that you will find nowhere else - all perfectly prepared. You will be transported!
A photo of Coastal Kitchen Monterey restaurant
4.7
4.7 (237)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Monterey
About the restaurant
NOW SERVING SUNDAY BRUNCH!!

The Coastal Kitchen Monterey is an idyllic setting to enjoy inspirational fine dining. The culinary efforts are on display in the show kitchen and the service team is poised to offer impassioned explanations.

Chef Michael Rotondo’s multi-coursed tasting menu focuses on sustainability and celebrates the bounty of the Monterey Bay and Central Coast. A wine pairing of thoughtfully curated wines selected by the Sommelier team is available to complement each captivating course.

Additionally, we are also offering our Champagne Brunch on Sundays for 10am to 2pm.

Dinner Menus: Multiple Course Tasting Menu starts at $145 per person (Tuesday to Saturday Evenings)
3 Course Prix Fixe Menu $85 ( Tuesday to Thursday evenings)
Champagne Brunch Prix Fixe Menu: $75 per person (Sundays from 10am to 2pm)
Reservation Cancellation Policy: 24 Hours Prior to Reservation Time
Late Cancellation Fee: $50 per guest cancelation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful experience from start to finish. great team
A photo of Le Soufflé restaurant
4.7
4.7 (419)
$50 and over
French
Carmel
About the restaurant
**WE HAVE SWITCHED TO LUNCH SERVICE M-F STARTING AT 11:30AM**
We are located in CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, USA. Reservations are only available through OpenTable up to 3 weeks in advance. Intimate indoor dining room can accommodate parties up to 4 guests- Menu changes seasonally- see website for current menu.

Le Soufflé is a fine dining restaurant serving a traditional French soufflé lunch menu. Everything is exclusively prepared by our Executive Chef/Co-Owner creating a very unique and finely crafted dining experience. The wine list offers a selection of wines from exquisite boutique producers in France and are all available by the glass or bottle. Our guests can look forward to an elegant escape when they step into our intimate and luxurious dining room. We are located on Dolores Street, just two blocks off Ocean Avenue in the beautiful village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Top review
Ctjmmjvip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful little place. Host was very friendly. Food was amazing. Souffles were made to perfection. Had the Strawberry Souffle for dessert.
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