Carmel Culinary Week Passport

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Carmel Culinary Week Passport


Carmel restaurants and bars—despite boasting among them some of the world's landmark establishments—remain pleasantly undefined. The town's charming eateries feature a full range of international, regional and local cuisines, all benefiting from their proximity to the bounties provided by the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley. Taken together, Carmel restaurants have a hallmark blend of Old World elegance and modern charm, all with an artistic flair.

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Jan 27th 2020

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Affina Food & Wine

Every Affina menu item is prepared fresh every day. "We don't have a freezer, ice machine or microwave," says General Manager Andres Osorio. Andres' father Luis, a 30-year veteran of the Monterey Peninsula culinary scene, heads up the kitchen. Luis, originally from Oaxaca, has incorporated his own cultural experience with French and Asian techniques and tastes to create an eclectic menu featuring both exotic and familiar flavors.

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  • Check In + Receive a Complimentary Dessert

Anton & Michel

Located at the beautiful Court of the Fountains, Mission Street between Ocean and Seventh, in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Established in 1980. Excellence in food and wine, attentive service, and gracious hosting for over three decades. Fresh, creative California cuisine and an award-winning wine list. A superlative experience on every level, whether it be for a full meal in the dining room, a small bite in the lounge, a private party, reception or special event.

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Basil

"Basil is one of my favorite herbs. I love the flavor. It's a large part of Italian cuisine," says Denis Boaro when explaining his restaurant's name. And as a native of Venice, Italy, Denis knows what constitutes authentic Italian cuisine—and the restaurant business. "I was born and raised in this industry. My parents still own a restaurant. We lived upstairs and I started working there when I was ten."

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  • Check In + Receive 15% Off Card to Use on Next Visit

Brophy's Tavern

Brophy's Tavern is a Relaxed Irish Pub with Comfort Food & Tasty Libations

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  • Check In + Receive Complimentary Dessert

Cantinetta Luca

Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic Italian menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy. The chefs hand-craft the dishes using the finest Italian products and locally sourced ingredients in a lively, adult atmosphere. An award-winning, extensive wine list with an expansive Italian varietals section attracts both the novice and educated palates. Inventive cocktails and house-made delicacies, such as salumi, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and house-aged cuts of meat, complete the Cantinetta Luca experience.

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Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

Restaurateur Firok Shield is well known among locals and visitors as a charming and hospitable host. He has operated several acclaimed Carmel restaurants but now concentrates his efforts exclusively at Carmel's Bistro Giovanni. He holds a very Zen-like attitude toward his business. "I don't think you can truly own anything in life," he says. "I am the caretaker of this restaurant while I'm here. And I take good care of it."

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  • Check In + Complimentary Sparkling Wine Toast

Cultura Carmel

Like its menu, Cultura's ambience is unique. "Our goal is that people are transcended to a different realm when they walk through the door," says Managing Partner Sarah Kabat-Marcy. "We have a lot of return guests, many of them locals. And quite a few Bay Area people come to Carmel just to eat with us."

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Dametra Cafe

By welcoming everyone that enters as if they were part of a long-lost family, best friends and business partners Faisal Nimri and Bashar Sneeh have made Dametra Cafe an integral part of Carmel culture. "We wanted to have a second home, so we made Dametra a place where we consider our customers to be family and friends whom we've invited over for the evening," says Faisal. Music and dancing break out spontaneously here—a real treat is to be present to hear Antonio the singing dishwasher's rich tenor voice, accompanied by Faisal on the oud. The ambiance is reminiscent of a far-off land, surrounding diners in décor with some Middle Eastern elements and the colors of a Mediterranean sunset.

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  • Check In + Receive Complimentary Glass of Champagne

Etats Unis French American Bistro

Etats-Unis pronounced (E-tas-U-nis) means United States in French, which represents Chef Soerke Peters' menu choices and cooking techniques. Incorporating local ingredients into traditional French Cooking from the Old World has always been a passion of his. Chef Peters is a leader in Sustainability on the Monterey Peninsula, sourcing only the freshest, organic local ingredients. Soerke is the recipient of the Ocean Hero Award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium for his responsible sourcing of seafood and preserving our oceans for generations to come. Going back to basics is bringing back memories of his Grand Mother cooking in the kitchen in Germany. Bon Appétit!

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Flaherty's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar

In the heart of Carmel-by-the-sea, we have been creating daily specialties for more than four decades. At Flaherty's our fish is fresh caught wild, and are of the highest quality. Our fresh fish is delivered to us daily, sometimes two or even three times a day. At Flaherty's, you will experience a small town, comfortable, family atmosphere, where quality ingredients and quality preparation come together with quality service.

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Forge in the Forest

The Forge in the Forest gets its name from the fact that the building it's housed in was once the workshop of the village blacksmith. But instead of horseshoes and hardware, today the Forge creates meals and memories for thousands of guests every year. "We entertain visitors from all over the world," says owner Greg Profeta, "and our world cuisine goes hand in hand with that fact. We truly have something for everyone."

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  • Check In + Complimentary Glass of Line 39 Chardonnay

Grasing’s

"I think eating should be enjoyable, relaxed and comfortable," says Chef Kurt Grasing of his eponymously named Carmel eatery. "It's an event, a little bit of a celebration. The word 'restaurant' means to restore—not only our health and hunger but to restore our souls, giving us a happy, positive outlook." With a philosophy like that, how can one fail to enjoy a meal at Grasing's?

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Il Fornaio

The term "Il Fornaio" is Italian for "the baker." Appropriately enough, the company that has grown from two California bakeries into a chain of 20 full-service restaurants throughout the western US began life in Barlassina (Lombardia) Italy as a baking school. Il Fornaio is not a cookie cutter type of restaurant chain, however. Each location is unique, tailored to the community it serves. In Carmel, that means authentic Italian cuisine in an upscale-yet-casual atmosphere by an attentive, friendly staff. "We treat people like friends and family," says General Manager Matt Whitney. "We get all excited about big crowds, like we get during big golf events and Car Week."

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Il Grillo

Taste Innovative California Cuisine at Il Grillo

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  • Check In + Complimentary Glass of House Wine

Il Tegamino

Il Tegamino is tucked away behind the popular Cottage of Sweets in the Court of the Golden Bough (Carmel's oldest courtyard). "You can't see us from the street," says proprietor and chef Giuseppe Panzuto, "It's an adventure finding us, but it's worth it."

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La Balena

Owners Emanuele Bartolini, a native of Florence, and his wife Anna offer a setting and menu inspried by his Italian grandmother featuring fresh pasta, slow-cooked meats and the freshest ingredients from local farms. An extensive Italian wine list is complimented with Calfiornia offerings always with thought to the best wines to pair with food. La Balena was voted the best new restaurant in the Monterey County Weekly and receives reader awards for Best Italian Restaurant in Monterey County and Best Restaurant in Carmel from the Carmel Pinecone. La Balena has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Edible Monterey Bay, The Coastal Table and Robert Parker's Hedonist Gazette.

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  • Check In + Receive a Special on Wine

Little Napoli

Chef Pèpe is one of Carmel's most prolific and well-known restaurateurs and Little Napoli is his labor of love. "I designed the interior to reflect the look and feel of my grandparents' living room in Napoli with photographs, pictures and Italian memorabilia on the walls and Italian music playing in the background," says Pèpe.

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Portabella

In Italian, "porta bella" means "beautiful door," and this restaurant's entry is certainly welcoming. But it's once inside that Porta Bella is truly impressive, starting with the décor. "The ambience here is Continental, reflecting the charm of Carmel, as if we were in a European town in the US," says Faisal Nimri, who owns the eatery with business partner Bashar Sneeh. "Cottage style, warm colors, fireplace, stone, moss-covered rooftop. Sitting outdoor with a glass of Prosecco in the afternoon. To me, that's Carmel. And that's what Porta Bella is."

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  • Check In + Receive Complimentary Glass of Champagne

Seventh & Dolores

The day Seventh & Dolores welcomed its first guest, it became an instant classic; a true Carmel institution. Due to its name, it's not difficult to find. Once you find the corner, just look for the contemporary restaurant with stylish seating out front and an ambiance all its own.

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  • Check In + Receive Complimentary Oyster Trio

Stationæry

The unusual spelling of Stationaery is no accident, nor is it merely an affectation. "My wife and business partner Alissa is a letterpress operator and stationer," says owner Anthony Carnazzo. "She has a 100-year-old letterpress and creates high-end wedding invitations, restaurant menus and personal stationary." The spelling is an Old English version of the word.

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Vesuvio

"All my grandparents came from Napoli, which is in the shadow of the towering volcano named Mount Vesuvio," says Chef Pèpe, proprietor of the restaurant named in honor of the famous Italian landmark.

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Village Corner California Bistro

Established in 1948, Village Corner California Bistro is a dining institution in Carmel-by-the-Sea that locals and travelers have been frequenting for decades. Village Corner features fresh flavors, ideal for the outdoor patio setting. With heaters and an outdoor fireplace, it is a great location for groups and families! We love kids and welcome leashed pets on our patio.

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  • Check In + Receive Complimentary Appetizer

Yeast of Eden

"'Yeast of Eden' was a lighthearted beer pun we started naming our experimental, barrel aged sour beers in 2015 while at our sister restaurant Alvarado Street Brewery in Monterey," says co-owner J.C. Hill. It's also a play on "East of Eden," a novel by Monterey County native son John Steinbeck. "The name reflects the history and terroir of our region," J.C. adds, "especially the beers we're creating using hyper-local ingredients."

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  • Check In + Complimentary Sage & Rosemary Frites