Five Star Restaurants in Carmel


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  • There's no better place to treat yourself to life's finer things that at a premier, five-star Carmel restaurant. Due to the fierce competition for culinary excellence here, every eatery strives to be the very best. Nearly each one on this list offers spectacular food, decadently good food, and stunning service. Each has a wine list that would rival any housed at the world's top restaurants. Researching the Pacific's Edge as a dining destination is one thing. Actually eating here is an entirely different experience. People will tell you the food is exquisite, the wine some of the best in all of California, and the view awe-inspiring, but you'll just have to experience it for yourself. This eatery, where every table has an ocean view, isn't setting out to impress; they aim to please the palate and let you savor the scenery along with your meal. Because of its commitment to excellence, Pacific's Edge takes the top spot on this list. No list of fine dining in Carmel would be complete without local favorite Anton and Michel. This romantic hot spot has been serving refined foods like filet mignon and abalone for what seems like forever. One of Anton and Michel's signature spectacles is a rack of lamb carved tableside. Don't be daunted by the 600 selections of wine at the Number 3 restaurant; they'll be around long enough for you to try them all. For old world charm that's second to none, Casanova can't be beat for ambiance and overall depth of the dining experience. The restaurant transports diners to a quaint French countryside with its authentic d├ęcor and simple yet deceptively complex dishes like moules frites and gnocchi. The housed cured Carmel Valley ham is divine. While not as upscale as some of the restaurants on the list, like Marinus at the Bernardus Lodge or French Cream, Casanova more than makes up for in a refined romanticism that you can't find anywhere else. That alone puts it at Number 6 on this list of the best fine dining in Carmel.

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    Rocky Point

    36700 Hwy 1

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    The Grill On Ocean Avenue

    Ocean Avenue
    Between Dolores and Lincoln Streets

    A whimsical restaurant named one of the ten best restaurants on the Monterey Bay Peninsula. Serves Pan-Asian cuisine... read more

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    Fresh Cream Restaurant

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    NW Corner Dolores & Eighth
    (bet. Artillery & Scott Sts.)

    Fine dining... read more

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    Brophy's Tavern

    San Carlos Street

    A comfortable sports bar with a gourmet menu...
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    Anton & Michel

    At the corner of Ocean and Seventh Streets
    Court of the Fountains Mission

    Very fine dining... read more


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    Ocean Avenue
    Between Lincoln and Monte Verde Streets

    Cuisine of the sun... read more

    L'Auberge Carmel

    Monte Verde at Seventh

    Tasting menu and wine pairings... read more

    L'escargot Restaurant

    Mission & 4th Ave

    Country French Cuisine... read more

    The Forge in the Forest

    SW Corner of Junipero and 5th Ave

    Quintessential (dog-friendly) Carmel restaurant...
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    415 West Carmel Valley Road
    (at Bernardus Lodge)

    A Californian chef with Continental savvy... read more

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    Casanova Restaurant

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    Fifth Avenue
    Between Mission and San Carlos Streets

    World-class romantic... read more

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    Flanagan's Pub

    3772 The Barnyard

    An Irish-American culinary institution... read more

    Wickets Bistro - Bernardus Lodge

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    415 Carmel Valley Rd
    Bernardus Lodge

    Intimate Bistro at Bernardus... read more

    Village Corner

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    At the corner of Dolores Street and Sixth Avenue

    Old World ambience, eclectic cuisine... read more

    Flying Fish Grill

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    Mission St.
    (bet. Ocean & 7th Aves.)

    This intimate seafood grill in downtown Carmel marries Japanese, Asian and California influences with delicious results... read more

    Cantinetta Luca

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    Dolores St. B/W Ocean & 7th

    Pure Italian... read more

    Rio Grill

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    101 Crossroads Boulevard
    Crossroads Shopping Center

    Creative Southwestern cuisine... read more

    Jack Londons Bar & Grill

    10 Dolores Street, between 5th & 6th Streets

    A Louisiana meets West Mex restaurant and bar open late... read more

    Roy's at Pebble Beach

    2700 17 Mile Drive

    Hawaiian-fusion flavors paired with exquisite views at Spanish Bay... read more

    Dametra Cafe

    South East corner of Ocean Avenue and Lincoln

    Greek and Turkish cuisine... read more
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