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Restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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R G Burgers 201 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea
R G Burgers
Hamburger • $$

R G Burgers

201 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

I will be visiting this place regularly! I haven't had a burger this good in a long time!! The appetizers were also fantastic. You really can't go...

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  • Superb322 Reviews4.7
Dametra Cafe CORNER OF OCEAN &, Lincoln St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Dametra Cafe
Greek • $$

Dametra Cafe

CORNER OF OCEAN &, Lincoln St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Ordered the Margarita Pizza to go before I headed down to the beach in Carmel. Ordering through Yelp was super easy and the order was ready when I got there....

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  • Superb312 Reviews4.6
Pangaea Grill North Side Of Ocean Avenue Between Lincoln Street And, Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Pangaea Grill
Asian Fusion • $$

Pangaea Grill

North Side Of Ocean Avenue Between Lincoln Street And, Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Just ate here for lunch on my weekend getaway for my Birthday with my fiance. I started out with the clam chowder which was really good and came out hot and...

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  • Superb249 Reviews4.7
Lafayette Bakery & Cafe 3659 The Barnyard e22, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Lafayette Bakery & Cafe
Patisserie/Cake Shop • $$

Lafayette Bakery & Cafe

3659 The Barnyard e22, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

This is the best French bakery in Carmel, even though it's out of town in the Barnyard complex. If you love classic French pastries, this is the...

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La Bicyclette Restaurant Dolores St &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
La Bicyclette Restaurant
European • $$

La Bicyclette Restaurant

Dolores St &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

We had an amazing experience at this wonderful restaurant. The food is so delicious. The customer service is excellent and of course the location is priceless....

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  • Superb264 Reviews4.6
Treehouse Café San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Treehouse Café
Mediterranean • $$

Treehouse Café

San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Great food at reasonable price. Good variety of seafood, pasta, curry, salads, etc. Really nice atmosphere with second story patio. Off the main drag so...

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  • Superb221 Reviews4.6
Brophy's Tavern San Carlos St &, 4th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Brophy's Tavern
Sports Bar • $$

Brophy's Tavern

San Carlos St &, 4th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

My husband & I stopped at this restaurant right before hitting Carmel Beach with our little ones. It was still early in the afternoon so when we got there,...

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Flying Fish Grill Mission St between Ocean and, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Flying Fish Grill
Japanese • $$$

Flying Fish Grill

Mission St between Ocean and, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

While check in was lengthy with parties leaving late and tables not available, eventually we got seated and thats with a reservation at 7:30 PM. So be wary...

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  • Superb190 Reviews4.6
Jeffrey's Grill & Catering 112 Mid Valley Center, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Jeffrey's Grill & Catering
Grills

Jeffrey's Grill & Catering

112 Mid Valley Center, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Just moved into the area and came here based on recommendations from friends. Breakfast is excellent. Chai latte was solid. Also ordered one of the...

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Carmel's Bistro Giovanni San Carlos between 5th &, 6th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Carmel's Bistro Giovanni
Italian • $$

Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos between 5th &, 6th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

We went to dinner at 6 pm, on a Friday night, and had our pick of outside tables (which is what we had requested). We had the Crab Cakes appetizer which came...

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  • Superb200 Reviews4.5
Mid Valley Shopping Center 312 Mid Valley Center #316, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Mid Valley Shopping Center
Sandwich Shop • $$

Mid Valley Shopping Center

312 Mid Valley Center #316, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

I went to UPS Store and the girls here are amazing always! They were able to get a sewing machine boxed up and shipped out to my nieces in Napa, arriving at...

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Rio Grill 101 The, Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Rio Grill
American • $$

Rio Grill

101 The, Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

In culinary art it's difficult to combine rich complexity with subtlety. Rio Grill's chef is to be commended for achieving it. We had mushroom tamale...

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  • Superb199 Reviews4.4
Bistro Giovanni 6 San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Bistro Giovanni
Italian • $$

Bistro Giovanni

6 San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Very good food and great service in a charming restaurant tucked in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Went there for my girlfriend’s birthday and the staff did...

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  • Superb173 Reviews4.5
Yafa Junipero St & 5th Ave NW, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Yafa
Mediterranean • $$

Yafa

Junipero St & 5th Ave NW, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Oh my goodness, YAFA!! We went to Yafa in Carmel by the Sea for the first time and it was A.MAZ.ING!!! We each ordered different plates so we could taste...

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  • Superb194 Reviews4.4
Little Napoli Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Little Napoli
Italian • $$

Little Napoli

Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Our all time favorite Italian restaurant In Carmel!! Started going to the Ocean Ave location but have been going for over 30 years! Had many family dinners,...

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Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant Mission Street between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant
French • $$

Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant

Mission Street between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

You are transported immediately to a home in the French countryside. Classic French rural cooking with a quite reasonable wine list Service is attentive and...

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  • Superb200 Reviews4.3
Il Tegamino South side of Ocean Avenue between Lincoln and Monte Verde We are tucked in the Courtyard behind Cottage of Sweets, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Il Tegamino
Italian • $$$

Il Tegamino

South side of Ocean Avenue between Lincoln and Monte Verde We are tucked in the Courtyard behind Cottage of Sweets, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

This was a cozy place to wrap up your day and kickoff a long weekend. The staff were pleasant, welcoming and very attentive. The food was okay-tasty. A little...

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  • Superb155 Reviews4.5
Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro Mission Street & 7th Ave Carmel Plaza, Suite 112, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro
Tapas/Small Plates • $$

Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro

Mission Street & 7th Ave Carmel Plaza, Suite 112, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

So, we came for the beer. But we stayed for the tacos. They had a Cinco De Mayo special which featured tri-tip tacos and shrimp tacos and they were REALLY...

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  • Superb193 Reviews4.3
Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar 6th Avenue between Dolores &, San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
Bar & Grill • $$

Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

6th Avenue between Dolores &, San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Wow! Delicious food! Sweet and friendly staff! We were actually invited to a wedding that appears to be the owner who's getting married! Clam chowder to...

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  • Good265 Reviews4
Vesuvio Restaurant 6th Ave & Junipero St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Vesuvio Restaurant
Pizza • $$

Vesuvio Restaurant

6th Ave & Junipero St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Delicious Italian food and drinks! Their grilled artichoke blew us away! The service was great; its an incredibly busy restaurant so best to go at an odd time...

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  • Good214 Reviews4.2
Cottage Restaurant 5 Lincoln St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Cottage Restaurant
Breakfast • $$

Cottage Restaurant

5 Lincoln St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Such a nice little hidden gem. Food was amazing and staff so friendly! My husband and I popped in with no reservation and we were able to be seated quickly....

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Cultura Comida y Bebida Dolores Street, between 5th and, 6th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Cultura Comida y Bebida
Mexican • $$

Cultura Comida y Bebida

Dolores Street, between 5th and, 6th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Wow. What a great restaurant with excellent traditional Mexican food with some new and exotic offerings. Some too exotic for myself. Excellent staff and...

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  • Superb157 Reviews4.4
A.W. Shucks Cocktail & Oyster Bar Ocean Ave 3SW of, San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
A.W. Shucks Cocktail & Oyster Bar
Seafood • $$$

A.W. Shucks Cocktail & Oyster Bar

Ocean Ave 3SW of, San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Don't be deceived by the casual atmosphere and the limited menu...it just means they stay focused on what they do best. $26 Dozen Oysters...fresh,...

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Hog's Breath Inn San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Hog's Breath Inn
American • $$

Hog's Breath Inn

San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Surprisingly this was my first visit here even though I’ve been visiting Carmel for many many years. It happened to be a short walk from our hotel so we...

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Pescadero Mexican Restaurant San Carlos St &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Pescadero Mexican Restaurant
Mexican • $$

Pescadero Mexican Restaurant

San Carlos St &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Ordered two nachos to go to enjoy with my wife ..along with some chips and salsa and a Mexican Coke. The nachos were very authentic ..everything was great! I...

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  • Good212 Reviews4.1
Carmel Belle San Carlos St, Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Carmel Belle
American • $$

Carmel Belle

San Carlos St, Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

It doesn't look like much from the outside but inside is a really cute food market. A real juice bar. I will definitely come here every time I'm in...

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  • Superb167 Reviews4.3
Tommy's Wok Mission between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Tommy's Wok
Asian • $$

Tommy's Wok

Mission between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Always excellent! I have ordered take-out from here about every 4 months for many years, but not since COVID. Usually I call in my order, but still have to...

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  • Superb164 Reviews4.3
Lugano Swiss Bistro 3670 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Lugano Swiss Bistro
Fondue • $$

Lugano Swiss Bistro

3670 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Had a pork schnitzel and it's not bad.Waiter is friendly and the atmosphere is great. The decorations is very detailed and fun.Will visit again to try...

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  • Superb144 Reviews4.4
L'Escargot Mission St & 4th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
L'Escargot
French • $$$

L'Escargot

Mission St & 4th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Our dinner at L'Escargot was definitely the highlight of our recent stay in Carmel. We have been coming to Carmel for so many years but for some reason...

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Mediterranean Restaurant Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Mediterranean Restaurant
Mediterranean • $$

Mediterranean Restaurant

Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

We ordered our dinner to be picked up when ready. We ordered the Hummus with Pita along with the Veggie Delight and the Greek Combo. Our order was ready for...

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  • Superb152 Reviews4.3

American Restaurants

American in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Mission Bistro Mission St. 2 SW of, Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Mission Bistro
American

Mission Bistro

Mission St. 2 SW of, Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

My friends were visiting us from out of town and we were going to eat across from this restaurant at the Flying Fish Grill. They were very rude and would not...

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  • Superb177 Reviews4.5
Edwin's Kaona Carmel Corner of 6th Avenue &, San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Edwin's Kaona Carmel
American • $$

Edwin's Kaona Carmel

Corner of 6th Avenue &, San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

An elevated version of familiar dishes! It was simply delicious and was presented beautifully. It was a delight to eat here. The servers and the owner were...

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California Market at Pacific's Edge 120 Highlands Dr, Carmel-By-The-Sea
California Market at Pacific's Edge
American • $$

California Market at Pacific's Edge

120 Highlands Dr, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

We had the honor of being the first patrons on the first day it was open since closing over a year due to COVID and it was incredible! Very friendly and...

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Rise + Roam Mission Street &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Rise + Roam
Pizza • $$

Rise + Roam

Mission Street &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

We had the mushroom pasta, pepperoni pizza and country loaf of bread.The pizza was good. I would recommend ordering pizza from this place.The bread was really...

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Allegro Pizzeria Big Sur Barn, 3770 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Allegro Pizzeria
Pizza • $$

Allegro Pizzeria

Big Sur Barn, 3770 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

We've been coming here for more than 20 years. The pizza I had today was the best I've ever had. They're still at the top of their game. And the...

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  • Good151 Reviews3.7
Mountain Mike's Pizza 26541 Carmel Rancho Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Mountain Mike's Pizza
Pizza • $$

Mountain Mike's Pizza

26541 Carmel Rancho Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Pizza delivered to VRBO house when staying in Carmel, delicious pizza!! White sauce one with chicken was good and a pepperoni one with pineapple also good....

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  • Average86 Reviews3.2

Mexican Restaurants

Mexican in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Baja Cantina & Grill 7166 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Baja Cantina & Grill
Mexican • $$

Baja Cantina & Grill

7166 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

I've heard of Baja but never been, kinda out of our way. I was in the area and and weather was nice so we took a ride and let me tell you it was worth...

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  • Good197 Reviews3.8
Barmel San Carlos & 7th ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Barmel
Mexican • $

Barmel

San Carlos & 7th ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

We stopped in for an afternoon cocktail and enjoyed the peace and quiet. This is a chill dive bar making excellent cocktails hidden away in the heart of...

  • Good137 Reviews3.9
Island Taco 211 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Island Taco
Mexican • $$

Island Taco

211 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

I love this little place. The Mahi Mahi tacos are delish and they have a plethora of salsas to choose from. I've also tried the Mahi Mahi rice bowl and...

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  • Good97 Reviews3.6
Sushi Heaven Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Sushi Heaven
Sushi • $$

Sushi Heaven

Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Our first time in Carmel and we stopped by this spot. They let us in early and the staff was so nice! We were served right away and our food was delicious. Our...

  • Good139 Reviews4.1
Akaoni 6th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Akaoni
Sushi Bar • $$

Akaoni

6th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Delicious and fresh, high quality sushi- and a very fair price for it. Must have reservations since the place is small. Nice service and very knowledgeable...

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Robata Grill & Sake Bar 3658 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Robata Grill & Sake Bar
Sushi Bar • $$

Robata Grill & Sake Bar

3658 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Went here (well multiple times in the last 20 years but ...) on the ONLY blind date I've ever been on! Did NOT work out but he picked a great spot!! The...

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  • Average109 Reviews3.2

Italian Restaurants

Italian in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Basil Seasonal Dining San Carlos Between Ocean &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Basil Seasonal Dining
Italian • $$

Basil Seasonal Dining

San Carlos Between Ocean &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

It is always a wonderful experience here. The waiters and waitresses are very friendly and nice. Our favorite dishes to order here are the Lasagna and Ravioli....

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  • Good180 Reviews4.1
Cantinetta Luca Ocean Ave &, Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Cantinetta Luca
Italian • $$$

Cantinetta Luca

Ocean Ave &, Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Absolutely great food with options for both adults and the kids - we loved everything that we ordered - burrata, focaccia, pizza, pasta, and fish. The only...

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  • Good175 Reviews4.1
Iolis' Pizzeria 307 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Iolis' Pizzeria
Italian • $$

Iolis' Pizzeria

307 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

It was the best service we’ve had. The employees made sure we were cared for. They went above and beyond service. Pizza and calzones were very good. We will...

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  • Superb105 Reviews4.5