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Oct 22, 2011 08:56 AM



Spending a few days in the Monterey/Carmel area. We are looking for the best fine dining experience in that area. Cost is irrelevant for this trip.
Any suggestions?

Does any one care to discuss their favorite place in the area?
Any good over night spots, by the water, would be useful as well?

Thank You

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  1. Fine dining: Pacific's Edge at the Highlands Inn
    Favorites: Mission Ranch, Corkscrew Cafe (Carmel Valley), Massaro & Santos, Sandbar & Grill, Fifi's (Pacific Grove)
    Night spots, really don't know. Go to SF for that.

    Mission Ranch Restaurant
    26270 Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923

    Sandbar & Grill
    Municipal Wharf, Ste 16, Monterey, CA 93940

    Pacific's Edge Restaurant
    120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923

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    1. re: Gail

      Wow Gail, thanks so much. Perfect. Fifi's? Is that the little place next to Safeway up on the hill?

      Thanks again

      1. re: hms0898

        Yes, on Forrest. Don't let the outside deceive you. Good food (moule frites) and fair wine prices.
        Also, if you are interested in French, I'm hearing good things about Le Normandie.
        542 Lighthouse Ave. We haven't tried it yet, but read the reviews on Yelp.

    2. Here are some recent threads.
      I liked Cantinetta Luca.

      Cantinetta Luca
      Dolores St Between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921

      1. If you are asking about lodging ("over night spots" )we aren't allowed to discuss specifics on chowhound. If you are concerned about, say, walking to dinner, there are many spots in Pacific Grove handy to plenty of good dining, but not "the best fine dining". Lots of motels out by the point, and plenty of B&B's near Pacific Grove or Carmel.

        the links above should cover your dining.

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        1. re: toodie jane

          A couple of weeks ago we stayed at Normandy Inn, right on Ocean Ave. For $120/night was a lovely place to overnight. We walked to Demetra Cafe from there, we arrived late and Demetra was one of the only places opened late. Grape Leaves and the Baklava are not to miss there, it is a casual venue, tho. For fine dining, Pacific's Edge @ the Highland's can't be beat for the food quality and views. We also love Anton & Michel in the Courtyard of the Fountains in downtown Carmel. :)

          Anton & Michel Restaurant
          Mission Carmel CA, Mission Carmel, CA

          Pacific's Edge Restaurant
          120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923

        2. Not at all fancy, but really well-done and interesting dishes IMO, at Montrio. I also love what Anthony, the head bartender, is doing with cocktails - very creative and solid work.

          1. Pacific's Edge: 5+ stars for food, -1 for service. Strange how a place with such superb food and views (now there's a combo of words rarely seen in the same sentence) places so little emphasis on the quality of service. Arrive about 1 hour before sunset and marvel at view, then after sunset watch the bats fly in the illuminated darkness. Really.
            Basil: Top quality dishes in a very, very small space at reasonable prices. Dishes are very fresh and locally sourced.
            Nepenthe: About 45 mins south of Carmel. Try and luck out with a warm sunny day and you will enjoy a great daytime dining experience. Food is what it is, stick with what they do well. Cocktails, sandwiches and salads. Enjoy the view, its why you are there.
            Abalonetti: Monterey Fisherman's Wharf. OK, its in a tourist trap. But 99 cent fanny bays?? There were great, fresh and cheap. Can't buy that for less in the store. Dishes are perfectly prepared here and drink specials abound. Register online and get free app.

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            1. re: winophile

              La Bicyclette in Carmel is producing some great food right now! Wonderful salads and the Spaghette Squash with Goat Cheese is awesome. We were there for lunch not long ago. :)