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.
120 Highlands Drive
(in the Highlands Inn)
Between Mission and San Carlos Streets
(bet. Ocean & 7th Aves.)
NW Corner Dolores & Eighth
(bet. Artillery & Scott Sts.)
At the corner of Ocean and Seventh Streets
Court of the Fountains Mission