This restaurant was voted the best by Adventures in Dining Magazine's readers' poll and it offers a delicious variety of Central California coastal cuisine using fresh, local produce. Locals haunt the place. The selection of wines is designed to perfectly complement the dishes. You can eat inside, surrounded by polished wood surfaces, or on the patio. It is a great bet for a reception or an intimate dinner. The service is warm and friendly.
Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel is a brilliant addition to the Central Coast's dining scene. With exquisite creations from the kitchen, this restaurant takes the concept of fine dining to another level while being approachable. The focus is on locally-sourced highest quality ingredients and fresh seasonal produce. The simple and elegant interiors perfectly juxtapose the complex dishes where all the value is on the plate. The menu is daily-changing, wine-pairings and tasting menus are also offered.
This Monterey coffee joint is where the locals come to get their caffeine fix. The lounge's central location is within easy walking distance of many shops, restaurants and of course, the beach. Indoor and outdoor seating is comfortable, with worn in couches, and sunny patio tables. Quick bites are available with simple items like baked from scratch pastries, wraps, salads, soup and sandwiches.
This beloved waterfront seafood restaurant is a famed Monterey institution. Established in the 1950s, Old Fisherman's Grotto still buys the catch of the day from local fishermen and sources its produce from the nearby fertile Salinas Valley. The menu features a large selection of seafood pastas as well as succulent steaks, lobster tail, Dungeness crab, salads, clam chowder and more. The floor to ceiling windows allow diners unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and perhaps a sea lion or two.
Carmel Belle is a perfect spot for a hearty meal with your family. The restaurant prides itself on the quality of their ingredients that ensure a wholesome meal with free-range meats and other organic produce sourced from suppliers close to home. Ideal for breakfast, Carmel Belle's delectable specials such as the Open-Faced Avocado, Roasted Mushroom Melt and the Poached Egg Sandwich come most recommended. They also have a plethora of lunch and dinner dishes. Wednesday's bring in Game Night at Carmel Belle, an evening that locals and travelers look forward to.
The Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Company is a must-visit for coffee aficionados touring Carmel. Known for their flavorful cuppa joe which is a product of freshly-roasted beans, this places takes your surely sets itself apart from several contemporaries. Ideal for you early morning caffiene fix, the cafe also serves a number of breakfast specials making it a spot for a hearty meal before patrons head out into the city. The Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Company also lets you buy coffee, and they also sell Loose Leaf Tea. From Dark Beans, Flavored coffee, DeCafe to espresso, you can buy them all here. Tea loves should not miss the English Breakfast Premium and the Chamomile tea.
This market and deli is popular among the armed forces residents of Monterey due to its location to the base. Known for its massive sandwiches, Compagno's tasty creations are big enough for two meals! A deli case with lighter fare is also available, with salads, and even sinful decadent sweets like chocolate cake. Their refreshments are just as delicious with artisan brand names and craft brews available.
First Awakenings is aptly named, it's a real eye opener and not just with the great breakfast they serve but with the bright surroundings and the friendly staff serving you. The breakfast served here is rave-worthy delicious. Whether it's a waffle, blueberry pancakes, omelets, burritos, crepes, hash browns or just a plain old fruit bowl, you'll sure to be satisfied. If you're in the city, do not miss a chance to have a hearty breakfast here. First Awakenings is also dog friendly. Although be warned, this breakfast house is so famous you can almost always expect to find a crowd.
If you wish to give your palate a break from the local food then Yafa is just apt for you. The restaurant has an inviting interior that's well-furnished to entertain families and larger parties. The decor is accentuated with Middle-Eastern paraphernalia creating a wonderful ambiance for your meal. Hummus and Pita Bread and the Grilled Octopus are must-try appetizers on their menu, while the Lamb Ravioli and the Costeleta ~ Rack Of Lamb is the perfect main course for meat lovers. The Pistachio Pudding marks a perfect end to your meal. Yafa also delights patrons with live music and performances by belly dancers on certain evenings.
Come to Basil Seasonal Dining with plenty of time on hand, as the restaurant's offerings are perfect for a laid-back meal. This is a casual eatery taking pride in the quality of their ingredients that go into the making of their creative dishes. Whether you are a seafood lover, a meat connoisseur or a vegetarian, Basil Seasonal Dining has something for everyone's preference. The restaurant keeps reinventing their menu, thus promising something with the advent of a new season. A perfect spot for a relaxed brunch with your furry friends, Basil Seasonal Dining's patio is a dream on warmer days.
Come to patisserie to try amazing cakes, cookies, tarts and pastries which are full of flavors and goodness of chocolate and cream. You can choose from triple chocolate cake, tiramisu, chocolate tart, fresh berry tart or pear almond tart. There are scores of pastries to choose from as well which are priced quite moderately. Apart from desserts, they also have sandwiches, soups and salads.
The Treehouse Cafe is nestled in the heart of the city and is the place to be when you don't really know what you want to eat. Their menu is extensive and features classic dishes from a wide variety of cuisines and some of the favorites include the Thai Chicken Curry, Beef Stroganoff, coconut prawn soup, Osso Bucco, and Pad Thai. On a cool night grab a table on the patio and take in the romantic vibe and magnificent views of the city as you dine on the spectacular fare. This restaurant truly provides patrons with an exceptional dining experience and the fine taste of flavors from around the world.