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Mar 9, 2011 08:51 AM

Great eats in Carmel & around


I'm taking my parents (coming in from the NYC area) to Carmel for the day on Saturday. Planning on doing a bit of driving around the area during the day, grabbing a casual lunch, and then going in to Carmel for a delicious dinner in the evening. Do you have lunch or dinner favorites there? We're 4 adults who love good food and will eat just about anything (my mom doesn't like Mexican, but that's the only restriction). Prefer casual atmosphere with great food. What's the yummiest place around?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. My Carmel favorites are:

    Cantinetta Luca - great Italianj, love their breadsticks
    Demetra Cafe - Greek, Mediterranean--very casual, friendly service
    Bouchee Bistro - French
    Casanova - just about the cutest, most quaint restaurant I've ever been to.

    Cantinetta Luca
    Dolores St Carmel-By-the-Sea CA, Dolores St Carmel-By-the-Sea, CA

    1. Lunch: Casual seafood, Massaro & Santos or Sandbar and Grill, Monterey
      A view and great food: California Market, Highlands Inn, Carmel (4 miles S)
      Wine tasting in Carmel Valley with lunch at Corkscrew or Rustica.
      Dinner: Upscale, Pacific Edge, Highlands Inn, Carmel, Roy's at the Inn at Spanish Bay, Carmel
      Sardine Factory, Monterey
      Casual, Mission Ranch, Clint's place. Great, basic American food ie, prime rib, seafood
      Dinner and Sun Brunch only and no res. Piano bar nightly and jazz at brunch.
      If you narrow it down, post back and I can give you more specific info.

      Sardine Factory
      701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

      California Market Restaurant
      120 Highland Dr, Carmel, CA

      Mission Ranch Restaurant
      26270 Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923

      1. Lunch: Red House in Pacific Grove near Passionfish, which I also enjoy for dinner.

        701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

        Red House Cafe
        662 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

        1. Dinner at Passionfish is one of the best restaurants for seafood and the prices are reasonable as well..great wine list for just over cost.

          1. Great advice here....I'd add Aubergine in Auberge Carmel.

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            1. re: HoosierFoodie

              Demetra Cafe on Ocean Ave. is fantastic! Very casual with awesome food. We also love Casanova, they have a nice outdoor patio area there. We recently dined at PortaBella on Ocean Ave. The inside dining room is very charming and the food is very, very good. :)