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  • MikeTrapvip
    Greater Boston •35 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 1 day ago
    Fantastic restaurant. Charming, with great food and friendly service.
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    PortaBella RestaurantPrice: Expensive• French• Carmel
    4.6
  • Comfortvip
    Los Angeles •55 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 1 day ago
    This was an incredible restaurant. The food was inventive and excellent. The service was impeccable, the ambiance was beautiful and classy. This was a last minute decision to go there based on a recommendation from our hotel, the La Playa. This will be our first choice when we come back to Carmel
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    The PocketPrice: Expensive• Californian• Carmel
    4.7
  • Rudyvip
    San Francisco Bay Area •11 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 4 days ago
    I love their Shrimp Club sandwich. Yesterday my husband had the risotto and also the soup of the day. Excellent service and ambiance. Special place. I like it more for lunch than for dinner, especially when I can sit outside around the pool/fountain.
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    Anton & Michel RestaurantPrice: Expensive• Californian• Carmel
    4.7
  • NicoleJ
    Hawaii •11 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 6 days ago
    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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    Casanova Restaurant CarmelPrice: Very Expensive• Italian• Carmel
    4.6
  • Doodlebugluv
    San Diego •3 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on Feb 13, 2024
    Quaint little Italian place with great seafood. We ordered the crab cakes and Burrata appetizers. The port wine tamarind sauce with the crab cakes was delightfully unexpected and the burrata was reminiscent of my time in Florence.
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    Carmel's Bistro GiovanniPrice: Expensive• Italian• Carmel
    4.6

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Discover Carmel

A rising star along the California coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea is quickly making a name for itself on the dining scene. There's a European feel to Carmel, and that ambiance is reflected in the city's large number of French-influenced restaurants. As you nibble French bread and sip a glass of wine, it will be easy to imagine that you've been transported to a genuine Parisian bistro. Fresh seafood is plentiful in Carmel - no surprise given its coastal location. You'll find seafood dishes in Carmel's restaurants that range from European to Mexican in cuisine. You'll also have no trouble finding great seafood in Carmel's All-American steakhouses. The Californian commitment to healthy eating means that dishes lean heavily on produce, and vegetarian options abound in the local restaurants. Even vegans will find dishes to suit their tastes.

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Celebrate special occasion at the best restaurants in Carmel. Our customers recommend Anton & Michel Restaurant, Nicolas Cocina de Herencia and Grasing's

As of February 21, 2024 there are 42 restaurants in Carmel. Filter by “outdoor dining”, “romantic” or “dog friendly”.

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