Restaurants in Carmel

Laid-back cafés, upscale international eateries and neighborhood gems are among your options when it comes to Carmel restaurants. Local chefs make the most of fresh California ingredients, but welcome foreign inspiration as well. Restaurants in Carmel allow you to taste the best wines of the region, and, as a testament to the town’s chill vibe, many of them welcome your pets, too. Andre’s Bouchée is a favorite among locals, with a perfect location right in the heart of downtown Carmel. Classic French bistro fare gets a fresh California twist in dishes like lobster bisque and duck confit salad, and an extensive wine list comes courtesy of the restaurant’s own wine shop.

It’s all about the California vibe at the Grill on Ocean Avenue, a bright, welcoming restaurant serving fresh, unpretentious dishes like rack of lamb, oven roasted duck breast and fresh fish of the day. A great selection of wines from Monterey and Carmel Valley maintains the local focus at this Carmel restaurant. Local institution Em Le’s has been serving Carmel since the 50s, and though it’s open for lunch and dinner, it’s the hearty breakfast menu that has made it a landmark for locals and visitors alike. Start off your day with a seafood omelet, a bacon-topped waffle, or batter-cooked French toast topped with Em Le’s secret syrup.

Jump into this mainstay restaurant in downtown Carmel for a snack of lobster spring rolls or Maryland crab cakes.

Dine at Michel Richard’s Citronelle, at the Carmel Valley Ranch resort—and be sure to order the Monterey Bay abalone with caviar cream.