Carmel Restaurants

There are several different types of restaurants to enjoy a nice, relaxing meals at while staying at a Carmel B&B. Whether your favorite is Chinese, French, Italian, or Caribbean, there is something here for everyone. Here are some of the best in fining dining in Carmel, California.

Merlot Bistro

Ocean Avenue between Lincoln & Monte Verde, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-5659
http://www.carmelsbest.com/merlot/home.html

If you are at a Carmel bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway, this is the place to take that special someone. Arched doorways, rattan chairs, and textured booths only add to the ambience of this cozy eatery. Share a bottle of good California wine while enjoying a lunch of portabello mushroom risotto, duck and mango salad, or chicken and apple sausage penne pasta. For a dinner, entrees like escargot ravioli, roasted lamb and mango pizza, and a vegetarian plate of grilled vegetables and polenta are added to the menu. Even the desserts here are a course in fine dining with choices like key lime mousse and merlot-poached pear with spumante.

Bahama Billy's Island Steakhouse

3690 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone: (831) 626-0430
http://www.bahamabillys.com

Even if your Carmel inn isn't on the islands, you can still get in the mood with a stop at this Caribbean restaurant. With the palm trees, soft lights, and breezy fans, you can't help but relax and unwind while sipping a glass of chardonnay or merlot and dining on such delights as Hong Kong chicken lettuce wraps with shitake mushrooms, or blackened mahi sandwich with lime tartar.

Casanova Restaurant

5th Street between Mission and San Carlos, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 625-0501
http://www.casanovarestaurant.com

This romantic French and Italian restaurant holds the distinction of having the table from Auberge Ravoux that Van Gogh ate his meals at. This eatery has all the characteristics--vines, garden, flowers--of a little cozy European bistro. Customers can dine outside inside as well as outside in the heated garden. Enjoy a glass of French wine and a plate of veal medallions with white wine and capers, fresh mussels with shallots, or a warm duck salad with beets, pine nuts, & lentils. Or just go with your loved one and have a dessert of crème brulee or chocolate cake with Armagnac ice cream.

Da Giovanni

Lincoln between 5th and 6th Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 626-5800
http://www.dagiovannis.com/giovannihome.html

If you are on vacation at a Carmel bed and breakfast and want the complete dining experience, then you must visit this Italian eatery. It has good food, great service, and beautiful ambiance. Take your special someone here to get to know them better or to celebrate your relationship. This is fine dining and the prices reflect it, but it is well worth every penny. Especially if you are trying to impress. You can have a great conversation while dining on beef short ribs with cucumber sauce, prosciutto & melon, or grilled salmon spinach salad.

Flaherty's Seafood Grill

6th Avenue between Dolores and San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 625-1500
http://www.carmelsbest.com/flahertys

If you have run low on money while at your Carmel inn, but still want to enjoy a nice meal, then Flaherty's is the place to stop in at. This family staffed seafood restaurant is well known for its fresh seafood in the Monterey area. The prices here are very reasonable, and yet, the quality is that of fine high-end dining. So go ahead and enjoy a plate of salmon and tuna tartare, crab and artichoke quesadillas, or lobster BLT. There is also a oyster bar right next door to enjoy an order of their famous fried oysters.