California Market at Pacific’s Edge

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2256 reviews
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The new California Market at Pacific’s Edge is the exciting fusion of the Hyatt Carmel Highlands' two popular and award-winning restaurants, the casual bistro California Market and the fine dining Pacific's Edge.

After the biggest renovation in the hotel's 100-year history, the California Market at Pacific’s Edge is ready to welcome diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner on its expansive new 870-square-foot deck, featuring louvered roof and glass-panel walls with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur coast.

Combining the best of both worlds, California Market is committed to fresh, organic, locally grown and raised ingredients to create food that not only fulfills our appetites but pleases our sensibilities.



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Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Mon - Fri 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:30PM 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Sat 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 7:00PM - 8:30PM

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CG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect in every way. The food is on point (but pricey) well worth it. Oysters are fresh, surf and turf to die for. Perfectly cooked, ceviche, halibut... everything is so beautiful

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Berlin
31 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you must select a location for your last meal on Earth, let it be the California Market. A view that words cannot describe of the seafront around Point Lobos; superb food with 100% local ingredients, excellent service. A perfect place from which to say "Goodbye" to this life....

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue with above average food. We have returned to this venue a few times over the last few years to celebrate my parent's wedding anniversary (they honeymooned at the hotel associated with Pacific Market).

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k
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We were very excited to eat here, but we were very disappointed with both our dinner and breakfast experiences. Service was friendly, but very, very slow. Food was not up to par at all. The only saving grace was the VIEW. It is extraordinary!!! But we will not return.

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E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Stunning space and views (though you can't see much in the dark.) Food's so so.

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T
Tampa
53 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Exquisite setting overlooking the Pacific. Good food, good variety. Service is usually better than we experienced today, which had notable delays and gaps.

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RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My wife and I were there for New Years eve. It was a fixed price menu as we expected.

The good part was the restaurant was very nice and we had a table next to the window, a little away from the main part of the restaurant, so it was a little quieter.

The disappointing part was the food. It was not what we expected at this price point. Dishes were intended to be fancy, but the execution didn't match the description. It wasn't terrible, but not that good.

I don't recommend it.

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EN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always special. The view from the bar is awesome. I had a ravioli special with a spicy cream tomato sauce that was out of this world.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Healthy portions. PHENOMENAL VIEWS!!
Highly recommend.

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L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Pacific edge was known for fine dining. No more fine dining! Prices went up and quality of food and service went down. The champagne was served warm; the scallops had slime and smell; server spoke to us like we were at a fast food diner. My plate was a skillet! I noticed only one waitress on the floor that has been there for a while. It's cold in the restaurant too. Some people commented that the backlit menus are cool. It's a gimmic. I noticed this man taking pics of his wife with the menu. She won't be happy the flourescent light exagerated her wrinkles. Nobody with any sensibility would subject diners to that. It just put the icing on the cake for me.
This has become a place for patrons that have little fine dining experience and tourist. Very sad!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Incredible view, great service but don’t expect outstanding food. I don’t recommend the mushroom sandwich, my husband liked his burger though.
Great illy coffee

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BB
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very noisy to the point of difficult to converse with fellow diners.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great view and service but fish was fishy.

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r
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing plant-based and wine paoring experience with a magical view of the sunset, impeccable service, and a polite and attentive waitress (Ms Allison, best waitress ever).

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R
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent evening, arrived early and sat by the window with a fantastic view and enjoyed a cocktails and great conversation with a nice couple. Dinner on this Xmas was buffet. Expensive but everything was delicious. King crab lags, prime rib, huge shrimp, sea bass, salads, other entrees I didn’t get to. Good service, all in all, terrific evening.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife and I decided to have Christmas Dinner at the Pacific Edge this year. We had an a delicious dinner with a spectacular view of the setting sun over the Pacific. We had two great servers who took perfect care of our dinning experience.
All of food was all excellent and we will return for another dinner or lunch soon.

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SL
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was not very good. Our waiter didn't bring our wine until we were midway through the first course. We used to enjoy this restaurant when it was just Pacific's Edge, and they had a fabulous menu. Now that they have merged with the California Market Restaurant, their new menu is extremely limited. There was no poultry dish and no salmon, just halibut. We won't be returning. I have to admit that their backlit menus are pretty unique.

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BB
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great disappointment after many previous visit. Perhaps just a problem with Christmas holiday staffing.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly good food. Especially recommend the surf and turf - lobster and beef dinner. The beef was perfect - it ranks as my top one or two pieces of beef ever - it was that good. The cheese platter is good as well. We also had the Halibut which was perfectly cooked as well. And the wine was at the top of our list of best wines also. We definitely recommend without question. We'll go back if ever in the area again. Please note, in the winter the sun goes down by 5pm so though the sunset and ocean are right there - it's only viewable up until about 5pm and I believe the restaurant doesn't open until 5:30. So just something to be aware of.

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WL
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view! Great menu, nice presentation and delicious American cuisine.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Views are fantastic, service & ambiance excellent. Have a good credit line on your credit card. Expensive but the setting and food make it worthwhile.

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OT
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was nothing special and service was slow.

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P
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a spectacular evening! We celebrated my birthday there.....

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D
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband and I were entertaining friends from out of the area and it was there first time a this restaurant. We were really disappointed that the California Market has been moved to the main dining room, we used to enjoy the small outside seating area along with the gift shop which is now gone. The view is always spectacular, so that isn’t the issue. The food was excellent, noticed the prices went up a couple of dollars due to the view. There were not many dining at the time we arrived and when we left. However our service was extremely slow. We will not be back to dine as you can’t run a restaurant on view alone. It isn’t the “special” place it used to be with great service, most important making us feel special , the food was very good though. We feel the time share has caused things to slide and outside public isn’t treated the way we should be. Our friends had a turkey sandwich, and a Rueben and they both said they were delicious. I had the Portobella Mushroom sandwich with Cashew cheese, one of the best I’ve had. My husband had the Quinoa Beet Salad, he too said it was good. If the service can be restored I would go back.

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ZH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

My wife & I have enjoyed quiet romantic dinners with spectacular views here over the past 15 years ... we have also stayed at this Hyatt several times with our young daughters

No more

The restaurant is a disaster

We arrived in time time at 5:30pm on Saturday night for the first sitting ... prior we had spent 5/5:30pm on the deck for cocktails and the sunset ... very enjoyable

After placing our orders in a sparsely filled dining room, our party of 6 waited 1 hour for our starters ... and then another 20 minutes for our main courses

There was a wedding party on the other side of the building but we were assured that would not impact our dinner service

The soup arrived cold, and other appetizers arrived in delayed sequence

When the main courses arrived, the truffle abalone ravioli had zero sign of t or a ($53) ... the surf ‘n turf had 2 small slivers of lobster and a mushy roast-like 4 oz steak swimming in melange of cheese & puréed potatoes (yech) ... the black truffle risotto for 12 year old daughter was enjoyed as was beef Burgoyne by 14 year old daughter

Disaster meal

The ambiance was totally destroyed by wedding party which was playing disco from the 70s and 80s (Brick House by Rick James, “Super Freak” etc) at VERY loud volume ... even though we were in farthest side of restaurant from the party and it was in room to the side of bar between us, we could not think let alone converse ... and the restaurant continued to pipe new age Muzak thru the overhead speakers to cause mental stress as the two incongruous music sets clashed in our ears and heads

The restaurant management excuse for this disaster? “We just changed over to our winter menu”...

Never again ... be warned ... be very warned (!)

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r
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

On this occasion our experience was rather disappointing. The food was excellent, as usual. There were fewer customers than usual. The service was lackluster. California Market has been our "go to" choice whenever we are in the vicinity of the Carmel highlands. We hope that this experience was an anomaly.

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R
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Pacific's Edge every year for our anniversary and this time it was also my husband's birthday. They always make us feel so special. This year, our server was Sonja. She was so engaging and took time to describe all the entrees and appetizers. The meal was fantastic and I asked Sonja to share our delight with the chef. Elegant dining all the way. Rebecca and Bill

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KV
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the most relaxing dining experience I have had in a long time. Service was excellent and the fact that we were not pushed out after eating and we could continue to visit and enjoy the fabulous view was really important to us.

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was fabulous but someone in the kitchen killed my halibut twice. Over cooked which was a shame, but my friend enjoyed her dish and everything else was great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal with exceptional service (Allison). My lamb was cooked to perfection and the view at sunset was phenomenal. A great occasion venue!!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view, good food and great service. We always bring our out of town guests here and they have never been disappointed.

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PJ
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great view! Good breakfast too! The French toast was delicious.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, great service and hostess. Only waited 10 minutes for a spectacular window table. This was still 30 minutes before reservation. If none are available ask for a second tier looking out. Buffet on Holidays. I mean a huge Michlein 4 star buffet. Prime everything. Cheese. Cold starts, rolls. The best pumpkin spice soup I've ever had. Turkey and sides delicious, prime rib was perfect. Wine came at the right time. Service was very good without being intrusive. Only down was desert. Great 2 tables with choices, not very spectacular given the rest of the meal. Pumpkin pie was ho hum. Price is very expensive compared to the rest of Carmel. Worth it for special occasions. I have loved the Highlands Inn since the early 70s. New one is nice but to my new surprise they kept the old restaurant as a great room just above the bar. That old fireplace as tall as a man was there burning a tree trunk beautifully. We used to call it the yule log. Wish the old yule fire celebration was still going. Maybe after this.......will be there again.

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CC
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We paid $95 each for their Thanksgiving buffet. They also added a gratuity on top of that.

Most of the food was lukewarm or cold. The pumpkin soup was good, but cold. The prime rib was tender and flavorful, but barely warm. The turkey, which should have been the star of the buffet, was a Butterball-type of Turkey and it was cold and tough. I hoped the gravy would warm it up, but it didn’t.
My dining partner had the shrimp and crab and ended up sick that night.
There was no real view as the sun had already set. No music either, which would have been nice.

$250 for two people with no alcohol is way overpriced.
We won’t go again.

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d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our Thanksgiving dinner reservations were toward the end of the shift, so we were seated just about as far away from the buffet area as possible, which seemed to affect service -- it took a while for someone to find us and offer drinks and direct us to the buffet. Service was otherwise good, and food was excellent considering it was a Thanksgiving buffet and not their typical menu. Next time we just need to remember that it gets dark early in November -- we missed out on what I'm sure was a great view! Hopefully we will plan our schedule a little better next time, because we do want to return.

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LC
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The view makes the restaurant. In fact it IS the restaurant.
Thanksgiving meal was a buffet and while everything was ok it was rather average and certainly overpriced. Turkey not moist--a bit dry and I never did see the gravy available. Carver served the meat with his fingers--YES he was wearing gloves and I confess it made me laugh. Prime rib was excellent says my husband.
Wait staff was pleasant.

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CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

California Market is always lovely - wonderful food, great space- we are regulars!

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NF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new chef makes dining at this classic spot like visiting a new restaurant. The unparalleled beautiful setting never changes, but the new menu items and the chef have really brought fresh energy and enjoyment to the dining experience. The focus is still local and fresh, and some of the old favorites are still available. Everything is cooked to perfection and thoughtfully sauced and garnished. And the wait staff is doing an excellent job recommending and delivering a wonderful meal.
We had stopped eating here as often, but now can't wait to go back!

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TB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. A must do. Celebrated honeymoon and anniversary

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S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My mom has a time share here so we always come for the fish tacos and the view. However this time the tacos were even better! A new chef maybe? We were celebrating my mom's birthday and our server Manuel was fantastic! When we couldn't decide between the NZ sauvignon blanc and the Dutton Ranch he brought us a taste of each. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit.

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