Carmel, California Restaurants and Dining
Carmel and Monterey, California are renowned for elegant dining and award-winning restaurants. Discover some of the best restaurants in Carmel when you vacation at Best Western PLUS Carmel Bay View Inn hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Carmel, Best Western PLUS Carmel Bay View Inn hotel is walking distance from dozens of delicious restaurants.
Dining out tonight? Try one of our favorites listed here.
Bistro Beaujolais. Step in Mediterranean France at Bistro Beaujolais located in Carmel Plaza. Enjoy alfresco dining surrounded by a beautiful garden and fire pit, or move indoors to the elegant dining room accented with hand-painted murals. Bistro Beaujolais offers a delicious menu of light tapas-style servings and complete entrees. Savor such delicacies as truffle pate, clam and mussel bouillabaisse, gourmet quiches, French-style pizza and Beouf Bourguignon. Open daily, 11am to 9pm. Address: Carmel Plaza at Junipero & Ocean Avenue. Phone: (831) 624-5600.
PortaBella. Enjoy a savory tour of Spain, Italy and Southern France when you cross the aromatic threshold at PortaBella restaurant in Carmel. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu at PortaBella offers a range of artistic creations such as duck and feta ravioli, Monterey Bay sand dabs, Coq au Vin, rack of lamb, and grilled halibut. Indoor seating and year-round heated patio dining. Open daily, 11:30am to 11pm. Address: Ocean Avenue between Lincoln & Monte Verde Street. Phone: (831) 624-4395. [Top]
Il Fornaio. Traditional Italian cuisine is the specialty at Il Fornaio restaurant. Homemade pasta, sauces from scratch, grilled meats and seafood, and mouth-watering desserts tempt the taste buds in a casually elegant atmosphere. Il Fornaio Carmel also features a delectable bakery of sweet breads, fresh-baked breads and dark roasted coffee. Open daily. Monday - Thursday, 8am to 9pm. Friday, 8am to 10pm. Saturday, 9am to 10pm. Sunday, 9am to 9pm. Address: Ocean Avenue & Monte Verde Street. Phone: (831) 622-5100.
Grasing's Coastal Cuisine. Savor rich ingredients gleaned from the Central Coast and Carmel Valley at Grasing's Coastal Cuisine restaurant in Carmel. Chef Kurt Grasing offers a delectable brunch, lunch and dinner menu featuring such dishes as crab and avocado Benedict, Black Angus bistro burger, Monterey Bay red abalone, and seared Diver scallops with wild mushroom ravioli. Prix fixe dining is also available. Open daily. Lunch: 11am to 3:00pm. Dinner: 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Address: 6th Avenue & Mission Street. Phone: (831) 624-6562. [Top]
The Forge in the Forest Restaurant. A Carmel landmark restaurant since 1944, The Forge in the Forest restaurant offers something for the whole family - literally. Dining here includes delicious menus for adults, kids and Fido. The Forge also offers a selection of casual dining areas including outside gardens, a copper-walled saloon and an elegant indoor dining room. Signature dishes at The Forge in the Forest include corned beef sandwiches, bbq ribs, French onion soup, and the Reuben egg roll. Open daily. Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am to 9pm. Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 10pm. Sunday brunch: 11am - 2:30pm. Address: Junipero Street & 5th Avenue. Phone: (831) 624-2233.
The Grill on Ocean Avenue. Gather around the large stone fireplace at The Grill on Ocean Avenue restaurant in downtown Carmel. The menu is a delicious fusion of Pacific Rim and California cuisine featuring such dishes as Asian crab cakes with spicy mango chutney, oak-grilled rib eye steak, and seared Ahi with soy-balsamic sauce. The restaurant also serves sandwiches, salads and small dishes ideal for sharing or light meals. Open daily. Lunch: 11am to 4pm. Dinner: 5pm to 10pm. Address: Ocean Avenue between Dolores & Lincoln Streets. Phone: (831) 624-2569.[Top]
Anton & Michel. Anton & Michel restaurant offers an elegant European-style dining experience in downtown Carmel. Specializing in continental cuisine, Anton & Michel offers a diverse menu featuring everything from poached Alaskan halibut to pork chops, Monterey Bay abalone, lamb pot pie and Chinese chicken salad. Open daily. Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm. Dinner: 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Address: Mission Street between Ocean Avenue & 7th Avenue. Phone: (831) 624-2406.
Casanova Restaurant. Casanova Restaurant in Carmel offers not only delicious cuisine, but the feeling of being transported to faraway inns of Italy and France. Dining at Casanova is elegant yet casual, offering a menu of French and Italian specialties and traditional Belgian treats designed for sharing. The menu is updated daily to reflect the fresh produce and meats in season on the Monterey Bay. Open daily. Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm. Desserts & Appetizers: 3pm to 5pm. Dinner: 5pm to 10pm. Address: 5th Street between Mission & San Carlos. Phone: (831) 625-0501. [Top]
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