Monterey / Carmel Restaurants

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Best American Restaurants in Monterey / Carmel

Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(146)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1385)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2093)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Turn 12 Bar And GrillTurn 12 Bar And Grill
(157)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Jacks - Portola Hotel & SpaJacks - Portola Hotel & Spa
(65)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
The Hog's Breath Inn - CarmelThe Hog's Breath Inn - Carmel
(115)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(572)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(985)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(333)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(586)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(373)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(782)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(71)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraBistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(231)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(124)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(117)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(519)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Monterey / Carmel

La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(426)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(67)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Il Fornaio - CarmelIl Fornaio - Carmel
(1257)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Cantinetta LucaCantinetta Luca
(1481)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Cibo Ristorante ItalianoCibo Ristorante Italiano
(286)
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Italian | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Casanova Restaurant CarmelCasanova Restaurant Carmel
(231)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
TusCA RistoranteTusCA Ristorante
(244)
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Italian | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Tre LuneTre Lune
(467)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1774)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1053)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2154)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(985)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(881)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(580)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(219)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(798)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Trattoria MollieTrattoria Mollie
(510)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(443)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Monterey / Carmel's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel1. Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
717 reviews
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Californian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

My review is from the perspective of a non-foodie. I did not choose this restaurant by accident....I expected an extraordinary dining experience, and wife and I were not disappointed. Not our first tasting menu experience, but by far our best. We were made to feel welcome and pampered at every turn. The wait staff nearly outnumbered the guests. It was not a stuffy experience....the staff smiled, and at appropriate times were even funny. Every course was presented with a brief paragraph, describing the ingredients and method of preparation. All our questions were answered without condescension. It was simply art....culinary art and performance art, dining so elevated. The night we were there, a cheese course was offered, and I’m glad we accepted. We will likely never experience a night like this again. More

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Old Fisherman's Grotto2. Old Fisherman's Grotto
752 reviews
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Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel

Friendly staff, on fishmens wharf which is cool, as for a window seat. Seafood forward menu and overall good food. Decor a little dated but a good first time visit stop to check out. More

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L'Escargot - Carmel3. L'Escargot - Carmel
544 reviews
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French | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Wonderful experience. Great service. Delicious food. More

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La Mia Cucina4. La Mia Cucina
426 reviews
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel

We enjoyed a very delightful dinner last Friday night. The food, wine, service, wall art, and overall ambiance made it a very special time for us. We hope to visit again. Thanks! More

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Passionfish5. Passionfish
3652 reviews
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Seafood | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel

This restaurant offers sustainable seafood and they are committed to quality. More

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Monterey / Carmel restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Village Corner California BistroVillage Corner California Bistro
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Bistro | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

Village Corner California Bistro is a dining institution in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, that locals and travelers have been frequenting for 70 years. Experience our new menu as we work to carry on the tradition guests and Locals have enjoyed for decades. Chef Soerke Peters Specialties include

Illy Cafe Full Espresso menu
Full Wine List featuring Local & California Wine
Enjoy Bloody Mary's, Peach Bellini's, Mimosa's and our famous Kir Royal.
Local Seafood
Seafood Watch Program
Certified Green Restaurant
Local Fish Specials
Prime Steaks
Wild Foraged Mushrooms
Vegetarian Dishes
Vegan Dishes - Daily Vegan Specials
Impossible Burger
Al-fresco Dining
Outdoor Patio
Dog Friendly
Kids Menus
Gluten Free Menu, Gluten Free Corn Pasta, Gluten Free Hamburger Buns, Gluten Free Breads, Gluten Free Bagels & English Muffins, Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas.
Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Wine Dinners
Full Beer Selection
We accept We Chat Pay
We accept Visa, MC, American Express, Discover Card



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Discover Monterey

For decades, this area of California has been known for the quality of its locally grown produce and fresh seafood taken directly from the Pacific Ocean. This may be why many of the most important up-and-coming chefs in the United States are working in the Central Coast region of California. When you combine that type of talent with the quality of the local ingredients, you cannot help but create a vibrant, exciting food culture. The area is filled with unique restaurants, including some overlooking the gorgeous, golden coastline. Quite a few of the establishments also work directly with local farms and fishers, ensuring the freshness and quality of their ingredients from farm to table. Along the interior hillsides, one will find beautiful vineyards producing deliciously complex wines.