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Casanova Restaurant Carmel, Carmel, CA
Award-winning

Casanova Restaurant Carmel

4.6
4.6
2139 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Our current hours are as follows.
Monday - Thursday, Dinner 4:30pm to 9:00pm
Friday- Saturday, Dinner 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Policies: We do require a credit card for reservations. We reserve the right to charge guests who do not show up for their reservations or cancel within a 24 hour notice.
The charge for NO SHOW is $25 per guest. We will hold your table for 15min max, and will automatically allot 2hrs for your dining pleasure.
Parties of 5 or more will need to make special accommodations with the hostess.

Thank you for your continuous support!




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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Californian, French
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 216-3811
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Klaus Georis
  • Private party contact
    Christine Rodas: (831) 625-2727
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Cross street
    5th between Mission St and San Carlos
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for fine wines

  • California Central Coast

    Romantic

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Ambiance

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for fine wines

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Romantic

2,139 Reviews
  1. JeffreyB

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent staff and service. Best meal in California other than Mustards in Napa

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  2. Jabs

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a dining room reservation for wife's birthday. Showed up on time and was told by hostess that they were waiting for tables to clear. After 20 of waiting hostess handed us off to runner who took us outside and seated us on patio where it was beginning to rain. Asked waiter why we were not seated inside. He went back to hostess and then came back and said there were no other tables available. We decided to leave rather than sit in the rain for an expensive meal. Very unprofessional and I would recommend looking elsewhere. Disappointing night for my wife. No explanation offered by restaurant.

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  3. Elizabeth

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was yummy! Limited menu but all good. Michael was an excellent server as well as the sommelier (female- sorry forgot her name)

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  4. stevef

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place delivers on so many levels, depending on where you are seated (inside, outside, etc.). Not sure which seating I like best yet. The food is great. The sommelier knowledgeable. The service prompt. Walter is the most charming and interesting proprietor I’ve ever met. I travel from Santa Cruz during rush hour just to eat here on occasion.

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  5. KCgirl

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for a birthday celebration while staying in Carmel. We had gnocchi, Dover sole, and clam linguine at our table and all were amazing. We even got a piece of cheesecake for my friends birthday which was very yummy! My only ‘complaint’ which others have mentioned is we were 10 minutes early and had to wait when there were many open tables. I’m sure there is a reason for it but just don’t expect to be seated until your reservation time!

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  6. JenniferP

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We got there 15 minutes early and they made up wait for the table right up to the minute. Once the lady that seats you tried to seat us I wanted to be in an area that was cozy and private.  Why is she chose the living room? I really don’t know because it’s everything I asked not to be seated in. The restaurant at 4:45 in the afternoon this next to empty so I don’t understand because the table we were ultimately seated at had been emptied that whole time, and they seated someone right near us in the same little cubbyhole room, but not us. I have a super bad knee and can’t stand on it very long, there’s no place to sit down and wait, so I thought it was kind of crummy of them not to see us where we asked to be seated, which they ultimately did, but didn’t do at first at all, everything else was great. The food was great. Our waiter was nice. I wouldn’t say great but very nice. I mean it was my girlfriend‘s birthday, and they tried to give her an alcoholic drink, but she doesn’t drink, but nobody made an attempt to do anything further as a happy birthday thing I made it abundantly clear it was her birthday and like two days. Anyway, she loved it. I know how good this restaurant can be because we always go there for special occasions, so I was slightly disappointed in that part of the service. 

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such character and great service. The food was fantastic. If you like the European vibe! It’s perfect.

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  8. Gene

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately had a load out of control child at next table Also, restaurant should have something special for birthdays

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriend and I spent two hours at Casanova and fell in love with the food and service. Our server, Michael, gave us time to decide on each dish (appetizers, salads, mains) without us feeling rushed. The plates were picked up without us noticing, too. We are vegetarians but did not feel limited by the options. We will be coming back next season for another magical night.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve come to Casanova a handful of times and the experience keeps getting worse. The servers lack the knowledge or experience to give you a fine dinning meal. Considering the heavy prices and fine dinning rules like “no substitutions” you’d think the servers could mention their name and talk to you about the menu maybe even crack a smile. The last three times I’ve gone no one introduced themselves or asked if we had any questions. Our server last week didn’t even take our drink order, he only stopped by for entree orders. That being said the host are extremely friendly and helpful! They made suggestions for shopping and a good cocktail. The ambiance like the courtyard if beautiful and the wine selection is overpriced but large. A place you should try once and probably only once.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal in Carmel! Amazing service - Michael was our waiter and took such great care of us. He was proactive, offered suggestions and a fun person to have around.

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  12. CherieD

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent! Seafood linguine, escargot, beef cannelloni - all yummy!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Two courses on the main menu were not available. Service was not inline with the prices of this restaurant. Actually the service was bad.

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  14. thefrenchfooddecorelover

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I went there for dinner and we had an awesome meal. The place is super cute and charming, but I was not impressed with how we were treated and welcomed. It was raining in Carmel and we arrived an hour early. When talked to the waitress who was hanging out around the front desk, she was very rude and said we will not sit you down, and we saw so many tables that they could sit us down, or even offer us to sit and have a drink while you’re waiting for your table. Her name was Avery and I heard her telling the other waitress that. Oh no don’t worry about them, they’re just super early. So I was disappointed with someone like her being in front of the customers, and making those kind of decisions.  Going back to the food quality, it was amazing. Did dessert reminded me of my childhood and how we make rice pudding so it was super good to have that. I will definitely go back and I hope I don’t come across Avery again.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere couldn’t have been any better!!

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  16. RNsMom

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful. Ambience is perfect. Felt like I was back in France. Nice wine selection even if you are only ordering by the glass. Very pet friendly.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was attentive and not invasive. Our dinner was absolute perfection! My husband’s duck leg confit was tender & juicy & perfectly appointed, my opinion soup & gnocchi Casanova were delish! Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant. Best dining by experience we had in Carmel during our stay. Service, ambiance and food all top notch. Highly recommend. Will be back on our next trip!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this cute charming restaurant tucked away in bucolic Carmel. Great Italian food and service. Casanova’s never disappoints. We especially liked the salad and ravioli.

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  20. ElizabethK

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Casanova many times and particularly enjoy the Dover sole. The extensive wine list is also a draw. Staff is excellent, especially appreciated the friendly and flexible hostess who greeted us during our recent visit.

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  21. MarkA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and we had a marvelous time. The food was superb and the wine list is incredible. The ambiance is cozy and relaxed, but lively and fun. The highlight of the evening was the service, however. Our server made the evening truly memorable--very engaging, helpful, patient, not to mention hilarious! The table was guaranteed for two hours but we were there for almost four! We couldn't recommend a better place in Carmel to enjoy a fabulous meal.

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  22. Kelli

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing, food, atmosphere, service 100/10

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasn’t what we were hoping for. When we got into town we were recommended against it by our hotel’s receptionist, but would have been out $50 if we cancelled the reservation. Would have rather eaten the $50.

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  24. NatashaP

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We haven’t been to Casanova in awhile. We were disappointed when they stopped serving their Tapenade and country bread-but it’s back!!! We had the Dover Sole w/ potatoes. Superb! And the NY Steak au povoire with chanterelle mushrooms-perfection! Our waiter was wonderful. We enjoy being back!

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  25. LeslieT

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely fantastic meal and evening dining experience at Casanova! The Dover sole was beyond good - best i have ever tasted. Everything was great and the restaurant itself is cozy and inviting.

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  26. Simplymissm

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We’ve come to Casanova over the years and just loved it. It was disappointing this time; the escargot was lacking flavor and the chicken I had was very dry. Just wasn’t what it used to be and certainly overpriced for the food we received. Service was good and the ambiance is still there. Sadly, we likely will not be back.

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  27. Katie

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around great experience! The restaurant is cozy and romantic, especially in the courtyard. The gnochhi was indulgent and delicious. An unexpected surprise was how amazing the fresh greens salad was. I rarely leave a dinner thinking about the starter salad but I did this time because it was so good.

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  28. LouisS

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant in Carmel and look forward to going back every year! The food is cooked to perfection, and don’t forget the delicious bread & butter!

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  29. Yoli

    San Francisco

    171 reviews

    5.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great good and the service was excellent! Filet of sole and pasta were perfect as was the salad. Thank you!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Linguine was the best but the steak frites lacked flavor the fries were the best part and definitely not worth the 75 dollars for the steak but highly recommend the burata and when I reserved it’s my husbands bday they didn’t even mention the bday or remember to make it special

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  31. JudyT

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved Casanova! Everything was perfect, & will definitely go back for more!

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  32. BOBBYC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I proposed to my wife at this restaurant so when we visit I always try to request "our" table. The restaurant has gone through some changes in the past few years and table numbers were reassigned so the hostess was very accommodating and even though we couldn't get our table she got us the only other table in that room. We had the gnocchi and linguine, both were excellent! Long ago when I first visited Casanova they served a roasted garlic with bread sticks and warm bread at the beginning of dinner service, this was a nice touch which set them apart from other high end restaurants. On this trip I noticed that prices have dramatically risen and even bread service is an additional charge. We love Carmel and this restaurant in particular so it saddens me to see how prices have surged, however the quality of the food and service is definitely still front and center.

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  33. ChrisB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the feel of the restaurant! Very cute and unique.

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  34. JonquilB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal in Carmel. We enjoyed the duck the most. The tapenade app was also very nice. Incredible wine list.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a memorable, incredible meal. Every bite was a delicacy, even starting with bread and butter. Hubby loved his steak tartare and the gnocchi au gratin was to die for. He had the ravioli and loved it. I had the new York strip, kale and mashed potatoes, all done to perfection. With a bottle of petit verdot and a "burned cheesecake" dessert (not burned more caramelized, delicious) we ate our faces off and enjoyed every moment. The course timings weren't perfect but overall amazing experience.

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  36. JessicaS

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food was great tasting and the wine was delicious.

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  37. StevenN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, but be prepared to wait… the service is not good

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All went well. Service was excellent. Always a great treat when in Carmel.

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  39. NicoleJ

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive but worth it for a special occasion, like Valentine's Day. Such a cute cozy place! The patio heaters kept us very comfortable on a cool winter night. I'm a vegetarian but I was able to find yummy dishes to eat. I had the ravioli with a side of broccolini. So good together that they should always come together. My husband had the burrata appetizer and the roast chicken with broccolini, and he cleaned his plates. The service was very good but a bit slow, probably due to the holiday. I love this place but will save it for something special because it is pretty pricey.

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  40. Foody

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Hi - when we made the reservation, we stated that it was for a birthday, my husband’s 60th birthday. When we arrived at 6 for our 6 pm reservation, the front desk person seemed to have difficulty finding our reservation (but she was looking for a 6:30 reservation). She had the opportunity to wish us a happy birthday when she was seating us. She didn’t. She also stuffed us into a window seat (chairs are blocked from moving too far from the table by the actual window wall structure. And there was a loud table of 4 sitting right next to us. It was uncomfortable. We asked a manager type if we could have the window seat on the opposite side of the room (near an empty table). So we got moved. (Again it was my husband’s birthday and we wanted a nice dinner). Our waiter showed up and didn’t mention anything about my husband’s birthday either. And when we finished our dinner, paid and were leaving the restaurant, the ‘hostess’ never even looked up or said ‘good evening. Thanks for coming” - let alone Happy Birthday. So while a nice dinner — we certainly left feeling that our special evening was not treated very special by anyone at Casanova’s. A missed opportunity.

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FAQs

Casanova Restaurant Carmel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 216-3811.

Casanova Restaurant Carmel is rated 4.6 stars by 2139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Casanova Restaurant Carmel

5th Ave, Carmel, CA 93923

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    5th between Mission St and San Carlos
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Californian, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Klaus Georis
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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