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One day and night in Carmel

Hello out there,
I'm going to be traveling at the end of August to California with my husband and parents. The four of us are spending one night in Pacific Grove and spending the next day in the Carmel area. Would love suggestions on where to eat...we particularly love seafood and french food. We don't want to break the bank on any meal so we're not so interested in the $$$$ restaurants. Would grately appreciate any tips from folks who know Carmel:)

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  1. In Carmel I really like Cantinetta Luca for fresh, delicious Italian, the Mission Ranch Inn for good, basic American fare and Katy's Place for breakfast. I also like Monterey's Fish House and First Awakenings for breakfast in Pacific Grove. None are overly expensive.

    Just wondering why you are splitting your time, moving between PG and Carmel for a day as they are just a few minutes drive apart.

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    1. re: curiousgeo

      I guess your post title explains that, didn't read it carefully enough.

    2. Seafood: Sandbar and Grill (think fish shack/diner) located on the municipal pier, Monterey
      Massero and Santos (a bit more upscale) Coast Guard pier, close to Cannery.
      French: Fifi's, highly suggested for reasonable and tasty food. Pacific Grove

      Just good American food with a pastorial view of sheep grazing and peek of ocean, Mission Ranch is hard to beat, as Curious mentioned. Lovely deck too. A lively piano bar later if that interests you.
      Been to all these places, if you have specific questions, post back.

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      Mission Ranch Restaurant
      26270 Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923

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      1. re: Gail

        had a great meal at le bicyclette last nigt in carmel. reminded us of a french bistro

        1. re: toncasmo

          Think we'll try to get there next trip (Oct). Have you tried the Corkscrew Bistro in Carmel Valley? The same owner owns that and also Casanova. Corkscrew is a great place to stop for lunch after wine tasting.

      2. The best restaurant in Pacific Grove is Passionfish. It serves sustainable seafood (and a few other things) in interesting preparations at reasonable prices. The wine list is very extensive and the wines are priced at retail. No view, not much atmosphere, and kindof noisy at times, it has been, nonetheless, my go-to restaurant in the area each time I visit. Open for dinners only and I recommend reservations. You can search this board to get a range of opinions and experiences there, but certainly worth a visit imho.

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        Passionfish
        701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

        1. Dametra Cafe. Good food, reasonable prices. I loved my lamb and my husband loved his sampler plate. When the tables are full and the owner and wait staff pull out their musical instruments, it's magical. Might not be the best food in Carmel but definitely our favorite experience.

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          Dametra Cafe
          Ocean Ave, Carmel, CA 93923

          1. We really liked the casual but stylish tapas place: Mundaka inside one of Carmel's charming courtyards. Sangria was particularly refreshing and the papas bravas the best. Chowhounder recommended this and it was a good choice: http://www.mundakacarmel.com/

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            1. re: glbtrtr

              Casanova and Demetra Cafe are both very good in Carmel. In Pacific Grove, check out Fandango. We recently had an outstanding meal at Montrio Bistro in downtown Monterey. :)

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              Montrio Bistro
              414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940