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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Monterey / Carmel

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 (969)
$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
JenniferLvip
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent fresh pasta and the lightest tastiest homemade focaccia. Everyone was so gracious and my daughter is on crutches from an injury appreciated all the help and easy access ramp down to the larger dining area. Definitely will be back since we relocated to the area!
A photo of Le Soufflé restaurant
4.9
4.9 (427)
$50 and over
French
Carmel
About the restaurant
**LUNCH ONLY MONDAY-FRIDAY STARTING AT 11:30AM- CLOSED SAT/SUN**
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
KatyMvip
Dined 7 days ago
Such a fun experience! The host is lovely and the food is fantastic. Would definitely recommend to others, a true gem!
A photo of Treehouse Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (221)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Carmel
About the restaurant
Treehouse Cafe offers global fare in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful !!!!!! Delicious and loved the rooftop
A photo of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1206)
$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
RaisinBsvip
Dined 2 days ago
What a wonderful little place! The food is top tier Italian. Wine section is terrific, and service was unmatched. We will be back!
A photo of Pizza Heaven restaurant
4.9
4.9 (14)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Carmel
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the charming coastal town of Carmel-by-the Sea, Pizza Heaven entices both locals and tourists with its welcoming atmosphere and delightful menu.

Our delightful restaurant features a dog-friendly heated patio, where four-legged friends are invited to join their owners in indulging in a variety of culinary delights. From specialty pizzas brimming with distinctive flavors to timeless favorites that never disappoint, Pizza Heaven caters to all tastes.

In addition to pizza, the menu offers an enticing selection of options including pastas, salads, and Mediterranean pies, ensuring there's something for everyone. To elevate the dining experience, carefully chosen local and regional wines are available, adding a touch of sophistication to every meal.

Whether you're in search of a laid-back lunch spot or an intimate dinner setting, Pizza Heaven guarantees a taste of culinary delight amidst the coastal allure of Carmel, California.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
The pizza was excellent, especially the prosciutto pizza which is one of two recommended ones. The greek salad was outstanding. And to complement the experience, the service was impeccable and there was plenty of room between tables.
A photo of Stokes Adobe Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (654)
$31 to $50
Californian
Monterey
About the restaurant
Stokes Adobe is a new restaurant located in one of Old Monterey’s historic adobe homes. The menu offers chef driven seasonally inspired California cuisine. The bar and cozy outdoor fire pits offer classic cocktails, wines by the glass and local beers.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food and service! Best skirt steak we had ever had and halibut was a great piece of fish. Yellowtail crudo and green salad to start were perfect pairing. Small menu but something for every taste. Not inexpensive but worth the price for quality of the ingredients. Only bummer was table with one baby and toddler which was a bit noisy, not the kind of setting for those young ones. Firepits outside for nightcap made for perfect evening.
A photo of Spotted Duck restaurant
4.8
4.8 (121)
$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
JudithB
Dined 6 days ago
Anson is our waiter. Great service & excellent food. Always delicious. We’ve tried various dishes & they are always fabulous. Highly recommend.
A photo of Cella restaurant
4.8
4.8 (137)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Food was excellent! Sat outside under the patio. Felt like you’re in Italy with the small gravel under your feet. They have heaters all around the service was impeccable.
A photo of Dametra Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (187)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Monterey
About the restaurant
Dametra Cafe is a casual Mediterranean restaurant. Here, diners can expect high-quality healthy food delivered quickly in a relaxed atmosphere. The decor and styling of the dining room is distinctly Greek, specifically like one of the many coastal cities that the country is known for. Between that and the hearty portions and prompt service, Dametra Cafe sits nicely between an upscale restaurant and quick-service places.Dametra's Cafe features primarily Greek cuisine, with some Italian and Spanish thrown in for good measure. Appetizers include hummus with pita bread, fried calamari, grilled jumbo prawns and steamed mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce. The meals are split between sandwiches, pasta and entrée offerings and features dishes such as shrimp and crab ravioli, a salmon burger with red onion and tomatoes, lamb shish kebab and a Greek style lamb shank with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables.
Top review
NuritM
Dined 2 days ago
We had a lovely late dinner. The food was fantastic, as always, and even got to enjoy a little of live music. The waiter was super kind and helpful with his suggestions. Great value. We will be back.
A photo of L'Escargot - Carmel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1190)
$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
Brendanvip
Dined 4 days ago
As usual, the food and service were fantastic. You can’t beat the duckling two ways or sweetbreads. Great wine list too.
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