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Set in a forested, coastal village strewn with quaint Hansel & Gretel cottages, Carmel-by-the-Sea is infinitely charming. Yet don’t let the storybook setting fool you. Amidst the fanciful facades, you’ll find exceptional, serious-minded eats; think Top Chef meets The Shire. Restaurants tend toward fine dining with atmospheric environs, varied cuisines, and fresh seafood pulled from Monterey Bay. This is the kind of place where you wouldn't want to be caught in cargo pants, but can freely take Fido around with you, as they're famously dog-friendly. Plan your next dinner stop with our handy guide to the best restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea.