I'm going to Carmel in a couple of weeks, and sure
would like some new ideas about where to eat in the
general Carmel/Carmel Valley/Monterey area. I've been
to Rio Grill, Casanova, and Sans Souci, along with
a number of forgettable places. Has anyone been to
Pacific's Edge at The Highlands Inn? What about Caffe
Napoli? California Thai? I do remember with some
affection a very simple fish house in Monterey (NOT on
Cannery Row, but off of one of the main drags
inland)--a plastic tablecloth place with good grilled
octopus. Suggestions of places similar to this will be
I highly suggest the following restaurants in our area:
Fusion cuisine/fabulous food to tantalize your tastebuds/fantastic ocean view: Roy's - The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach.
Pacific's Edge - French-California cuisine, fantastic ocean views, known for its fabulous cuisine - Highland's Inn, Carmel Highlands.
Montrio - downtown Monterey- Creative Cal cuisine, very well known, your palate will be pleased.
Tarpy's - Monterey/Salinas Highway (near the airport) - California Cuisine, consistantly good, beautiful area.
Rio Grill - Same as Tarpy's - located at the Crossroads Shopping Center at the mouth of Carmel Valley (just south of Carmel).
Adobe Inn - same description as Tarpy's et al. Location - downtown Monterey.
Was the little seafood restaurant you spoke of called Seafood harvest?
Tom, If you're not thinking of the Whaling Station Inn
in Monterey, you should be. It's one of Chef John
Pisto's excellent restaurants. In addition to all of
the fish dishes, try anything with wild mushrooms in
it. Also, if they still have a bottle of Cedar
Mountain Cabarnet (from Livermore Valley, believe it or
not) you should try that. And please give my regards
to Mr. Pisto and his wife.
I recommend Caffe Napoli very much. The food is
fantastic. It's almost always packed and you may have
to wait on weekends. I may be mixed up, but I think the
owner, Pepe, also runs a very good bakery whose name
slips my mind.
Also, you might want to look at http://
www.carmelsbest.com for other ideas. I can't say any of
the restaurants on the site are outstanding, but
they're all good and I did their website for them when
I lived in Carmel.
re: stephen kaye
Nothing in Carmel that I can think of qualifies for
chowhounds. It is a strictly yuppie tourist trap.
Plenty of expensive and pretentious places.
Pacific Grove, nearby, used to be a real town, and I
like the branch of Fishwife there, and the Korean
restaurant nearby (if it's still there).
For ethnic places, try Salinas, Watsonville, Santa
re: stephen kaye