Comfort Inn Carmel By the Sea
Ocean Ave & Torres St.
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 622-7090
Fax: (831) 622-7044
Hidden away inside the Redwood Court area sits this affordable Chinese restaurant that has been serving up fresh Hunan, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine for years. You can dine either on the patio next to the Buddha statues, or inside the small restaurant. Everything is 100 percent homemade. Princes Prawns and Scallops in Garlic Sauce are perennial favorites. Several dim sum plates are available, and the restaurant also offers many cheap lunch specials. This is a hidden treasure of a restaurant in Carmel By The Sea.
This charming bakery has been in business for more than 45 years. This is a great place for a delicious cup of coffee and snack or quick lunch. The menu features a variety of homemade scones, pastries, soft pretzels, deli sandwiches, and huge strawberries dipped in chocolate. Try the Pecan Shell pastry and a large cup of coffee made with fresh-roasted beans. In addition, the bakery serves tea (both hot and iced), as well as coffee drinks and juice. Note: Cash only.
Claiming to have the largest breakfast menu on the West Coast, this traditional country kitchen is popular with everyone in Carmel, and it has been around for almost 20 years. On the menu you will find several types of waffles and other gourmet breakfast edibles, served all day long. There are even 10 different Eggs Benedict dishes. Many repeat customers constantly flock to this legendary place, and the service is downright spectacular.
The dining experience here is superb. On the walls inside, find license plates, skillets, signs, toys, and all sorts of collectibles. On the patio outside is a stone rotisserie that cooks many of the meats. The menu has an excellent selection of center-cut steaks and pastas, and you can even get a crispy duck sandwich. The wine list is extensive, ranging from normal table wines to $110 bottles. The clientele is mostly locals, but tourists roll in now and then.
This small oyster bar serves award-winning clam chowder and oysters, as well as burgers, sandwiches and salads. For an appetizer or unusual shooter, try the Stoli oyster shooter: a shot of Stoli with a floating oyster. A house specialty is the chowder bread bowl. Although this place is small, it does offer a cozy seating arrangement at the long bar or at one of the elevated tables and chairs. The bar serves beer, wine and cocktails.
Some of the Oaxacan specialties on the menu at this place seem more nouveau than any California Cuisine chef's latest offering. Take, for example, the grilled fresh catch topped with a banana saute. The flavors are new to many diners, but they are traditional to certain regions of Mexico. Less adventurous eaters can stick with enchiladas, tostadas and fajitas. The wine selection is practically nil, but the selection of rare tequilas more than makes up for it. The decor strikes the right note: elegant, but not too stuffy. Open on Mondays and Wednesday to Sunday from noon and Tuesdays from 5pm.
This quaint downtown restaurant is split into two eateries — the raw bar, for oyster-slurping seafood fanatics; and the grill, for people who prefer something a little more formal. Both the grill and the raw bar serve a mouth-watering array of shellfish and fresh-caught fish. The grill also offers a few pasta and meat choices. The wine list is heavy on Sonoma and Napa wines, with a few Italian vintages thrown in for good measure. The interior of the restaurant is cozy and warm, with rosy tablecloths and a few pastel paintings on the wall. Open daily from 11am.
Culinary influences from everywhere have played a part in this restaurant's menu. Some dishes, such as Spiced Prawns and Shoestring Potatoes, can only be classified as California Cuisine. The breakfast menu is simple yet immensely tempting. Choose from gourmet omelets, build-your-own skillets, half a dozen varieties of pancakes, or several variations on Eggs Benedict. At lunchtime, a gourmet sandwich or salad may be the best bet. The decor is pointedly Mediterranean. With its old-fashioned frescoes and sand-colored sponged paint job, the place looks like an artist's rendition of an old-school Italian cafe. Open daily from 7am.
Established in 1911, The Carmel Bakery is a local institution in this quaint beach-side community. The bakery is known for their delicious and decadent sweets and breads like scones, shortbreads, canolis, biscotti and chocolate covered pretzels to name a few. The counter serves up impeccable French roasted coffee and espresso drinks and is a big hit among nearby businesses.
Savor the taste of delicacies from Italy at a casual restaurant Cantinetta Luca, located on the Dolores Street in Carmel. The place serves fresh pizzas that are baked traditionally on burning woods and other delicacies like pastas and meats which are prepared from fresh authentic ingredients. The restaurant set up is more of an Italian structure made of bricks, vaulted ceilings and contemporary designs made out of wood. The open kitchen, which is visible from the restaurant and bar, gives you a view of the chefs at work. Besides, the exquisite wine list provides a perfect combination along with the Italian cuisine. The place also doubles up as an event space, and plays host to small social gatherings and other celebrations. Call or visit their website for more information.
With tiled floors, straw chairs and polished wood, this family-owned restaurant offers traditional Italian food at a great price. Pasta entrees hover around $11 and $12 while the pizzas go for around $10. A spectacular choice is the 16-ounce Bistecca Alla Fiorentina for $16.95. A fine selection of wines can also be found, ranging in price from $20 to around $80. Every dish is made from fresh ingredients, and the service is unbeatable. The place even sells gift boxes with homemade dressings and olive oils.
Dametra Cafe is virtually impossible to get into for dinner without a reservation, the tiny restaurant features only 14 tables and is extremely popular as a dining spot. serving up a selection of authentic Greek and Middle-Eastern inspired dishes, the atmosphere is lively and convivial and warm. From the decor to the food you'll feel swept away to a different place. Often featuring live music and impromptu dancing, guests can relax over a good glass of ouzo and try out specialities like Spanakopita, Baba Ghanoug, Hummus with Pita and Lamb Shish kebab. For reservations, give them a call.