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Food and restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Top restaurants

Mediterranean Restaurant
“Come with a group for a fun, lively music filled evening! Right on Ocean Avenue, it always has a wait list to get in. It’s as much about the food as it is the atmosphere and the warm welcoming staff!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great rooftop bar with heating lamps and good food. This is a fun environment to get a drink or some food. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Clint Eastwood’s restaurant overlooking where Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean. The view is everything. Kids can play on the lawn and try and spot the lone black sheep in the herd! There’s also a piano player and a lovely bar scene. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“This quintessential bistro and relaxed neighborhood spot in the heart of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The quirky corner space offers petite but comfortable wooden chairs and tables, set beneath hanging copper pots and, of course, a bicycle or two. First and foremost, the kitchen focuses on comforting seasonal cuisine with a California-Mediterranean slant, plus a handful of pizzas and fantastic breads fired in their wood-burning oven. At the same time, they are dedicated to beloved French classics.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Located in an historic cottage once owned by Charlie Chaplin's private chef, Casanova's rustic French and Italian cooking features deliciously simple dishes, ranging from the likes of hearty cannelloni to a peak-season grilled peach topped with pickled onion, toasted almonds and torn basil. Before opening in 1987, the family remodeled the building after their Belgian farmhouse and even dug down to replicate their wine cellar, which today houses a notable collection. A private room invites 2-8 people to enjoy the chef’s prix-fixe on Vincent Van Gogh’s very own dining table. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
“This is an easy delicious breakfast, lunch and early dinner spot. It has amazing salads, charcuterie boards, soups, smoothies, pressed juice, baked goods including gluten free and vegan options and is run by a super friendly staff and 2 community- beloved owners. There’s a fireplace and strong WiFi in case you want to hang for awhile. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“A Carmel Icon. Noted For Their Generous Portions and Long Lines. You Will Leave With A Smile On Your Face. Katy's Place. Their Eggs Benedict dishes are wonderful.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Enjoy a brief trip to Italy with Italian country cooking and warm hospitality as you remember it. Come and experience the culture, cuisine and lively traditions at Pèpe's Little Napoli, Bistro Italiano. Rich Pèpe opened Little Napoli in 1990 and it has been considered the icon Italian restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula ever since. Antipasti, Pizza, Pasta and Risotto are prepared perfectly with the handed down Pèpe family signature recipes. Viva Little Napoli–Little Napoli is lively as a festa, packing more Italian charm into its cozy quarters than most big city restaurants. Chianti is served by the glass and olive oil is poured into saucers printed with sensible advise such as "non parlare, baciami" (don't talk, kiss me). All the talking and kissing stops quickly when the generous plates of food arrive at the table. Viva Little Napoli. – Reprinted quote from Gourmet Magazine AMENITIES Wheelchair Accessible Pet Friendly: Patio Restroom High-Speed Internet Amenities & Services To-Go Services Private Parties Corkage: $25 Outdoor Dining Romantic Dining Family Friendly Full Bar Catering: Call Business Type Bistro Cuisine Type Italian Daily Service Lunch Dinner Hours Open: 11:30 a.m.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Cafes

Mediterranean Restaurant
“Come with a group for a fun, lively music filled evening! Right on Ocean Avenue, it always has a wait list to get in. It’s as much about the food as it is the atmosphere and the warm welcoming staff!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Café
“This is an easy delicious breakfast, lunch and early dinner spot. It has amazing salads, charcuterie boards, soups, smoothies, pressed juice, baked goods including gluten free and vegan options and is run by a super friendly staff and 2 community- beloved owners. There’s a fireplace and strong WiFi in case you want to hang for awhile. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“You will find local crafts, art work, specialty shops. Local olive oil one of my favorites”
  • 5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Quite simply the best coffee and matcha green tea in town. They make it with care and don’t over roast the beans or serve it scorching! The breakfast and lunch selections are seasonal and imaginative. But if you’ve got a particular palate note they don’t make substitutions. But don’t worry it’s worth it! They also have a small, finely curated selection of handmade goods and as the name states, are artisan, custom stationers. A young, hip family run place you don’t want to miss. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Best breakfast burrito and coffee deal in the area. With outside seating. A little difficult to find, but a nice surprise when you do. They have a secret back way out through the small walkways too.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Wonderful Outdoor Dining. You Feel Like You Are Outdoors In An Elegant Tree House. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Serving Carmel Valley coffees and excellent hot chocolates, we go here to treat ourselves to a warm treat on a foggy day.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Our favorite and close to walk to. You will love the Wall Murals painted by a painter whose art is in nearby galleries.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Bakeries

Coffee Shop
“You will find local crafts, art work, specialty shops. Local olive oil one of my favorites”
  • 5 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“Quaint 1906 bakeshop dispensing European-style pastries & pretzels, coffee, soups & sandwiches”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Yummy bakery items and very authentically French! Original French owner from 1960. They also have many other scrumptious items to eat on their regular restaurant menu.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
  • 1 local recommends