Recommendation for a Carmel Restaurant?
This should really be on the CA board but I'll repsond here until it's moved.
We had an outstanding...I mean truly outstanding experience at Cantinetta Luca in the fall:
I would recommend going with the staff's suggestions even if it were for things you would not normally order (don't miss the fresh pulled mozzerella if it's available).
I would also advice to skip the sister restaurant that gets so much hype...Bouchee.
There are definitely too many restaurants in downtown Carmel to wander in and score a great meal. The odds are against you. I'd say maybe 25 percent of the restaurants are good to great but the others are nothing to rave about.
Have you tried Casanova? It has charm to spare and tasty but pricey food. It's great for lunch if you can get a seat in the interior patio area - feels like you're in Europe.
5th Avenue & Mission
Carmel, CA 93923
Not in downtown proper but in Carmel is Mission Ranch. They have an amazing burger and a wonderful heated patio with views over the lagoon/farmland to the ocean. Gorgeous spot, Clint Eastwood's restaurant but WAY better than his old place, Hog's Breath.
26270 Dolores St
Carmel, CA 93923
I agree on Cantinetta Luca but FYI - if you have a large group it would be tough to walk in and score a table. Also, it's pretty boisterous atmo.
New restaurant in Carmel Plaza: Bistro Beaujolais.
Amazing selection of Absinthe in the bar. great friendly service. We just planned on a drink and a snack. The three of us each had a delicious concoction featuring St George Absinthe. Plus smoked salmon on potato/latke like crisps. and escargot, that tasted just like mom used to make. I will definitely be retuning for a full meal soon.