Romantic Restaurants in Carmel


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  • Carmel takes two things very seriously: romance and food. Without those two ingredients, this gorgeous gem of a town would not be the lovers would not flock here like they do. But where do to find the best, most intimate dining experience? This Top 10 breaks down the fairy tale eateries that put anyone in the mood for love.

    The Pacific's Edge Restaurant (Number 1) doesn't just have an ocean view, it owns it. You'll feel like the sun is setting just for you and your date as you watch it sink in a sky awash with color. With the sea as the spectacular backdrop, all the staff have left to do is compliment the atmosphere with award winning food and wine. Pacific's Edge Restaurant is the former host of the Annual Masters Food and Wine event, so fulfilling its reputation for excellence is no tall order.

    Superb food and service are the hallmarks of Flying Fish Grill (Number 3). Bringing together the best flavors from several culinary regions, the simplicity of this place puts diners at ease and prepares them for an eating experience that is out of this world. This is a special occasion place, one that certainly says, "I love you." Like a classic romance, Flying Fish Grill is one for the ages.

    Keeping with the simplicity theme, La Bicyclette relies on the tried and true French method of décor, food, and service to ensure a meal diners won't soon forget. Serving meals family style, La Bicyclette (Number 6) still manages to keep it intimate. Dining here is almost like dining with family or good friends in the Provencal countryside.

    Stick to this list and having a romantic night in Carmel, or two, will be a no brainer.

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    Pacific's Edge Restaurant

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    120 Highlands Drive
    (in the Highlands Inn)

    Fine dining at its very best. Serving steak, seafood, and a wine list 53-pages long. All served up with a side of the dazzling Pacific Ocean... 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

    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

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    Il Fornaio

    Ocean Avenue & Monte Verde St

    Fine Italian 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

    La Bicyclette

    7th Avenue & Dolores St

    French bistro... read more

    L'escargot Restaurant

    Mission & 4th Ave

    Country French Cuisine... read more

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    Anton & Michel

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

    Very fine dining... read more

    L'Auberge Carmel

    Monte Verde at Seventh

    Tasting menu and wine pairings... read more

    Andre's Bouchée

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

    An alluring restaurant that mixes charm and elegance... read more
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