Anton & Michel has been an icon in Carmel’s dining scene for the past 35 and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. In fact, the popular eatery recently underwent a complete facelift, transforming the space from a European Continental design to a sophisticated California Continental Contemporary design with a new open look and feel.
A sleek entrance with simple lampposts and unpretentious signage is just a nibble at what is in store once inside. The lobby, bar and dining room have been completely transformed with the use of superb Virginia slate stonework and up-lighting. The bar in particular is a popular escape where one could easily find themselves curled up on an overstuffed couch near the fireplace or at the bar top chatting it up with the friendly bartender.
Lively orchids and Monterey County wine bottles line the gently lit entryway, leading into the main dining room which overlooks the restaurant’s unique patio and fountain courtyard.
Anton & Michel’s fountain courtyard is one of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s hidden little gems. There’s no better place to soak up the sun, unwind with the soothing sounds of water, and eat some great food, of course. The outdoor fire pit and overhanging party lights set the mood for an enchanting evening; even Fido is invited to the alfresco soiree!
While transforming their identity, Anton & Michel has prided themselves on sticking to their traditional roots which keeps the regulars coming back for more. One of their more unique services includes tableside service complete with specialty flambé desserts like Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster. Staples from their Californian inspired menu and their renowned hospitality have also remained untouched.
One of their most popular dishes is the rack of lamb, which you can also have carved tableside. The meaty, tender pops are coated in an addicting parmesan crust and perfectly seared to encapsulate the natural flavors.
Carnivores can also rejoice in their short rib dish which is braised in Guinness beer and served with tobacco onions. The luscious melt-in-your-mouth beef is served on a thick bed of fresh garlic-basil pappardelle pasta; rich, creamy and utterly delicious!
Several lighter dishes are also available like the Hawaiian tuna tartare served with sesame crackers and a luscious goat cheese salad.
If you save room, be sure to have one of their specialty desserts like the crepe suzette prepared tableside, flames and all!
A best kept secret is their Sunset Dinner Menu served daily from 5pm-6:30pm. The three-course prix fix menu is a can’t miss for just $28.50 per person.