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  • In a place with as rich a culinary community as Carmel, you need to know the right restaurants to get the best at the right value. Many of the restaurants on this list feature two of the other essential ingredients-besides food--to a great dining experience: excellent service and a determination to use only the freshest and most local of ingredients.

    Number 1 on this list is a newer restaurant and a departure from the regular "surf and turf" restaurants that normally make Top 10 Carmel dining lists. Dametra is the haut eatery of the moment, and if the exquisitely executed menu and superb service keep up, it sounds like Dametra is positioned to be the Number 1 Carmel eatery for the long haul. In a highly competitive field, Dametra keeps the menu straightforward and delicious but raises the bar by flavoring its cuisine with just the right mix of penache to keep the crowds begging for more.

    La Bicyclette beat out old favorites like Flaherty's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar and Grasing's Coastal Cuisine because it, like Dametra's, offers a different kind of menu that is no less delicious. Serving French-inspired cuisine, La Bicyclette is as much a social experience as a dining one. Once you've ordered from a pre-determined list of succulent entrees, you're free to nosh on the salad and soup provided by the kitchen. It's old world, rustic charm brought to Carmel in an unassuming, yet fantastically filling, environ.

    Representing the traditional cuisine found at many Carmel restaurants, Number 7 on this list is the Wickets Bistro at Bernardus Lodge. Don't be star-struck if Bill Murray or another Hollywood star is sitting next to you (ok, maybe a little star-struck), digging into the same flat iron steak and swordfish as you. A consistently good meal in a fabled setting is always on the menu at Bernardus.

    The dining scene is always evolving in Carmel as new chefs set up shop and those who've been here for decades refine their dishes and experiment with new and amazing ingredients. This list is a jumping off point to the many varied, entertaining and delightful dining experience available in Carmel.

    Dametra Cafe

    South East corner of Ocean Avenue and Lincoln

    Greek and Turkish cuisine... read more

    L'Auberge Carmel

    Monte Verde at Seventh

    Tasting menu and wine pairings... read more

    La Bicyclette

    7th Avenue & Dolores St

    French bistro... read more

    Em Le's Old Carmel Restaurant

    Dolores between 5th and 6th

    Best Breakfast in Monterey County... read more

    The Restaurant at Mission Ranch

    26270 Dolores St
    At Mission Ranch

    expert pick

    Il Fornaio

    Ocean Avenue & Monte Verde St

    Fine Italian Cuisine... read more

    Wickets Bistro - Bernardus Lodge

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    415 Carmel Valley Rd
    Bernardus Lodge

    Intimate Bistro at Bernardus... 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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    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


    Mission St & 6th Ave

    Japanese, specializing in sushi... read more

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    415 West Carmel Valley Road
    (at Bernardus Lodge)

    A Californian chef with Continental savvy... read more

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    Little Napoli Wine Bar

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    Dolores Street
    Near 7th Avenue

    Great service, great atmosphere, and great wine...
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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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    Flanagan's Pub

    3772 The Barnyard

    An Irish-American culinary institution... read more

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    San Carlos Street

    A Carmel tapas restaurant specializing in bold, enlivened flavors inspired by Spain and made with local ingredients... read more

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    Rocky Point

    36700 Hwy 1

    Right on the Ocean... read more

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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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    Anton & Michel

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

    Very fine dining... read more

    Village Corner

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    At the corner of Dolores Street and Sixth Avenue

    Old World ambience, eclectic cuisine... read more
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