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Sep 16, 2008 04:09 PM

Coming to Carmel for 2 nights

Hi California Hounds, my husband and I will be in Carmel for 2 nights coming up, one of which is our first wedding anniversary, so we're looking for a special place to celebrate. Any recommendations for a romantic place with great food in Carmel/Monterrey area? We're from Boston so "California" or "Pan Asian" would be interesting, but we're open to most any cuisine. We have two nights, so we're looking for one fancy/romantic place and any other suggestions for the second night. Thanks so much!

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  1. No suggestions for romantic. But Passionfish in nearby Pacific Grove is certainly the most interesting "California/fusion" sustainable seafood place in the area. An outstanding wine list with wines priced at retail Most folks who go there like it. A quick search on this board will yield a range of experiences. Nothing like it in Boston, I suspect.


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      1. The OP is on the correct board.

      2. had dinner last night at Passionfish for my birthday/anniversary and it was outstanding!
        from the food to the wine list..this is a great place..also, dined at Pacific Edge at the Hyatt Highlands in Carmel and had a great meal as well..romantic setting.

        1. Passionfish is certainly a good choice, and I would recommend Anton & MIchel for the next evening. Located just off of Ocean in Downtown Carmel.
          The cuisine is superb IMHO.

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          1. re: Bruce in SLO

            These are great suggestions, thank you! We'll definitely try Passionfish and I'll let you know how it goes. Cheers!

            1. re: Fribble

              Passionfish is a very good choice. I would also look into Citronelle.
              Here is a short summary of a recent trip to Carmel


          2. For an off-the-beaten-track dinner, make the drive up Carmel Valley Rd to Cachagua Rd, then 25 miles up you'll find The Cachagua Store. A dinner house run by the owner of A Moveable Feast catering. All organic, locally-sourced produce, meats, cheeses. Reasonable prices and a good wine list.

            I have not eaten there, but a friend has, and said it was memorable. I called The Store, which IS also a general store. They serve Monday night dinners only (Oct 7th is oging to be a Tuesday Night dinner), year round. Two seatings at 6-6:30 and again at 8:30. They take reservations thought they do book up early, and have a regulars who eat there every week and have "their own table" so planning ahead seems the best way to get in. I'm going to try for winter when thing are a bit slower.

            Cachagua General Store
            18840 Cachagua Rd, Carmel Valley, CA