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Carmel Honeymoon - food tips - bfast/lunch/dinner

LA 'hound up north for a few days on her honeymoon! :) Need some restaurant tips for the next two days. I ventured to the restaurant at the Hyatt Highlands Inn (Pacific Edge) tonight but was a bit underwhelmed with my overcooked sea bass (mind-blowing mushroom and bean mixture underneath, though) and forgettable mission fig tart app. The oysters were good... but that's about it. The husband's :) salmon was also underwhelming.

Any tips for a nice, romantic dinner with excellent food to match?

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  1. A little confused where you are asking about. If Carmel, you probably should post on the California board (where I would recommend Casanova or Passion Fish in Monterey).

    If coming into the city, the neighborhood you are staying in and your price point would be helpful (although I suggest Ame, Farallon, or Aziza).

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    Farallon
    450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. Its a bit of a drive but Marinus at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley is outfreakingstanding. We've been to Casanova many times but recommend it for lunch over dinner. They seem to be less busy and pay more attention. This spring my mussels were dreadfully over-cooked. Also consider Abergine at Auberge Carmel.

      Too bad about Pacific's Edge....at one time it was wonderful.

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      Marinus
      415 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

      1. Passionfish for dinner, hands down. They have an awesome wine list and really good apps/entrees. The only let down I've ever experienced there has been in the dessert department. If you are planning to do the aquarium one morning I highly recommend First Awakenings for Breakfast/brunch especially if you are a pancake fan (note: stop somewhere and grab coffee before hand since the stuff they serve there leaves much to be desired).

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        Passionfish
        701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

        First Awakenings
        171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901

        1. Thanks, everyone! Any thoughts on Mission Ranch??

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          Mission Ranch Restaurant
          26270 Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923

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          1. re: The Oracle

            Yes, *go*! It's Clint's place and has very good, basic American food; ie great prime rib. They aren't open for lunch, but do serve Sun brunch and dinner every night. Also, a lively piano bar scene if that interests you. Their deck is in a lovely bucolic setting with sheep grazing and a peak of ocean. Deck also has heaters.

            1. re: Gail

              We went and loved it! It was perfect. Great crowd, lively piano bar, excellent, no-fuss service... well-exectued in what they presented. That's a hidden spot I'd definitely return and recommend. Highly chow-worthy, IMO.

              1. re: The Oracle

                I've never thought of it as a "hidden spot," not that much is in that area.

          2. Passionfish for dinner was one of the best meals I've eaten in along time!
            We had a 2 bedroom oceanfront at the Hyatt Highlands and dined at Pacific's Edge...meh..I would keep it only for drinks and app's.
            It only took about 10 minutes to get to Passionfish and you will not regret it!

            www.passionfish.net