Exquisite tasting menu and impeccable service have guests dropping French Laundry comparisons at this special occasion destination. A seasonal eight-course meal from superstar chef Justin Cogley features theatrical presentations of local seafood and produce like oysters and caviar packaged like a gift from a high-end boutique. A 2,500-bottle-strong wine cellar makes the supplemental wine pairing an indulgent must.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, stop it. Where to begin with the many charms of this quaint spot? A small beach city on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is a city of poets and artists, famous for its scenery and long history of aesthetics and creativity. Even artists need to eat, believe it or not, and Carmel is home to some seriously splendid restaurants.
The best restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea marry fine dining with beauty and simplicity, bridging the divide between Top Chef and The Shire. If you’ve not thought of Top Chef set in The Shire, you are welcome. These restaurants are all about quality ingredients and an eye for detail, with fresh seafood the star of the show. Many restaurants are dog-friendly, meaning you can bring your furry friend for dinner.