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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Monterey / Carmel

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 (971)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
The overall demographic that they cater to is a little on the older side. But without being said, we had a fantastic time my wife and I 20 year anniversary The service and the people there really aim to please And the food was excellent. We will definitely be going back.
A photo of Spotted Duck restaurant
4.9
4.9 (123)
$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
dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
One of the best scallop dishes we've ever had. The grliled bread is also a treat.
A photo of Treehouse Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (224)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Carmel
About the restaurant
Treehouse Cafe offers global fare in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
This place was so amazing! It was the first place we went in Carmel, and everyone was so kind. The food was absolutely delicious. I tried the lasagna, and it was truly one of the best lasagnas I have had. Loved our whole experience! I can’t recommend it enough.
A photo of Il Tegamino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1048)
$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
SandieMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great attentive service. Good food. Located away from the street, it was a quiet atmosphere.
A photo of Alvarado On Main - Salinas restaurant
4.7
4.7 (75)
$31 to $50
American
Monterey
About the restaurant
Alvarado on Main is an art deco styled restaurant will revitalize the elegant feel of the 1930s in the center of beautiful Oldtown Salinas. Within its walls, a modern sense of craft beer will be combined with a concentration on fresh and local cuisine that speaks to the Salinas Valley.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Beautiful facility! Good food...great beer & drinks.
A photo of Toro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (629)
$30 and under
Sushi
Carmel
About the restaurant
Toro offers creative Japanese cuisine, and we believe in sourcing high quality ingredients. Our beverage program has a lovely sake and wine collection, as well as some creative sake cocktail creations. Join us soon!














Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Love it here. Food and service is always great. Will come back again.
A photo of Cantinetta Luca restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2334)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant


Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic Italian menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy. Chef/Owner Jason Balestrieri makes sure each hand-crafted dish uses the finest Italian products and locally sourced ingredients in a lively, adult atmosphere. A curated wine list with an expansive Italian varietals section attracts both the novice and educated palates. Inventive cocktails and house-made delicacies, such as salumi, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and house cut steaks, complete the Cantinetta Luca experience.



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Patriciavip
Dined 2 days ago
The food was good and our waiter was attentive. However, there must have been a major kitchen issue since my entree came about 15 minutes after all the others at our table of 4 - everyone was basically done eating before I got my pasta. I would have expected that dish or a desert to be comped after such a ridiculously long delay, but that did not occur.
A photo of Covey Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (298)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Taste the fresh ingredients harvested from local organic farms that are hand selected by Executive Chef Goran Basarov and exquisitely prepared by his culinary team into the savory dishes available on our new menus. Covey Grill features a casual elegance with its indoor and outdoor dining located alongside the natural backdrop of Quail's sparkling pond and lush gardens. Our Carmel, CA restaurant is proudly guided in the principles of sustainability by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and focuses on local farm to table options.

Sunday May 12th, we will be offering a Mother's Day Brunch Buffet from 11AM-3PM at Covey Grill. $84++ for adults, and $30++ for children 5+

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Service is consistently excellent. Food ranges from good to great, but never disappoints. Remodel is a significant upgrade. Worth a visit, especially on Wednesday night special dining.
A photo of Fishwife - Pacific Grove restaurant
4.4
4.4 (825)
$30 and under
Seafood
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Fishwife offers a menu of award-winning American cuisine with a Caribbean accent since 1986. With many daily specials, fresh Seafood as well as homemade pastas and dishes for children, there is something for everyone. Daily specials spotlight fresh catch and seasonal fish. Desserts are homemade as well. The atmosphere is casual with a FULL BAR and friendly service, making it a great place to visit with groups and family. Just a short walk from Asilomar Beach and Conference Center. Some of the most popular dishes are Clam chowder, Calamari, Alfredo Combo, Green Lip Mussels, Barramundi and famous homemade Key lime pie. You can also enjoy surf and turf or gluten-free options like the vegetarian bowl.

Top review
BarryKim
Dined 6 days ago
Simply the best calamari on the Monterey Peninsula! Great food and friendly staff .
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