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Restaurants Every Foodie Must Try 

Aubergine Restaurant

Monte Verde at Seventh
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-8578
The award winning restaurant Aubergine is located at L’Auberge Carmel, Relais & Châteaux in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Chef Cogley’s cuisine showcases the finest ingredients with a razor-sharp balance of deference and innovation. The two menus served nightly highlight the best ingredients of the season, enhanced by skillful technique and an eye toward varied textures and flavors. The daily changing eight course Tasting Menu ($150 per person) is an of-the-moment celebration of seasonality and creativity.


Basil Seasonal Dining

San Carlos Ave (Ocean & 7th), Paseo Courtyard
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 626-8226
Located in the heart of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, Basil offers the freshest local seafood, the finest organic produce, fun and contemporary cocktails as well as the best selection of California wines.


Cantinetta Luca

Dolores between Ocean and 7th
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 625-6500
Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy featuring hand-crafted dishes using the finest Italian goods and locally sourced ingredients in a lively atmosphere. Executive Chef / Partner Jason Balestrieri shares his Italian culinary heritage and travels through handcrafted dishes prepared traditionally with a simple and rustic presentation.


Carmel Belle

Doud Craft Studios, SW Corner of San Carlos & Ocean
Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-1600
Carmel Belle proudly sources its ingredients from farmers and purveyors that practice sustainability, and provide honest, high-quality products that taste really good. Our meats are hormone-free, grass-fed/free-range and humanely raised in California. Our produce is largely organic and purchased from local farmers' markets, farmers, and/or distributors that support small farms. So please join us, and eat good food knowing that we would never serve you anything we wouldn’t serve to our own family.


il vecchio

110 Central Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 324-4282
The aromas are divine, the atmosphere lively and joyful. Our traditional recipes are from Rome, Umbria and Tuscany. Our gnocchi and fresh egg pasta are house-made every day. We make everything in our own kitchen and do not buy prepared products of any kind.


La Balena

Junipero Between 5th & 6th Streets
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 250-6295
A Creative Californian Spin on Rustic Italian Flavors featuring fresh pasta, local produce and slow-cooked meats. Chef Brad Briske's inventive, Italian-inspired offerings range from delicate to robust. The daily changing menu and devotion to using seasonal, locally-source foods creates a restaurant with California sensibilities and a Tuscan heart.


Seventh & Dolores

Dolores St and 7th Ave
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 293-7600
While the marble Raw Bar and fresh seafood have been awe-inspiring, the showstoppers are the all-natural meats from Niman Ranch, included 28-day dry aged steaks that melt in your mouth, and a burger that has been known to induce actual tears of joy.


Montrio Bistro

414 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 648-8880
Featuring locally sourced ingredients and sustainably caught seafood, Executive Chef Tony Baker's European inspired American menu combines the best of Italian, French and California cuisines. Every inspired dish that leaves the kitchen is crafted with exciting flavors, and the highest quality ingredients available.



701 Lighthouse Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 655-3311
Passionfish offers a unique California dining experience with serious food and wine in a fun and casual atmosphere. The ever-changing menu features the freshest, sustainable seafood, slow-cooked meats, organic greens and delectable desserts, all complemented by an award winning wine list priced well below what you've come to expect.


Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette Restaurant

3295 Dunes Dr
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: (831) 883-5535
Led by Executive Chef David Baron (formerly of Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn and Coi, Incanto and Casanova), the Salt Wood menu centers on raw, cured and wood-fired dishes, with a focus on seafood and features Central California Coast wines and local craft beer.


The Sur House

Ventana Big Sur, 48123 Hwy One
Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone: (831) 667-4242
Chef Paul Corsentino uses local, sustainable ingredients from California's Central Coast to create memorable dishes. Advance reservations are recommended.


Vesuvio Ristorante

Corner of 6th and Junipero
Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 626-7373
At Vesuvio, Chef Pèpe’s culinary style takes the so called “Mediterranean Diet” to the next level. Large dining room with wood-burning oven, full bar, and extensive wine list comprised of wines from Southern Italy and selected California regions. The rooftop terrace is a romantic spot for light-bites, stargazing and cocktails as you relax on sofas next to the firepits.


California Market at Pacific's Edge

120 Highlands Drive Carmel
Carmel, California 93923
Phone: 831-620-1234
California casual meets refined dining in a one-of-a-kind location that will take your breath away. Combining the best of both worlds, California Market is committed to fresh, organic, locally grown and raised ingredients to create food that not only fulfills our appetites but pleases our sensibilities.

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