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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Cafe
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“Located about 20 minutes East of Carmel-by-the-Sea in sunny Carmel Valley, and nestled amid the many wine-tasting rooms of Carmel Valley, this country charmer is the place to dine in after visiting the local vineyards. As a result of which, tables fill up quickly so get here in time. The big draw is a sunny patio decked with umbrellas, a gem among visitors ranging in age from 1 to 80. It’s a delightful place to kick back (and kick back you will, since service can be quite slow). Indoors, the action revolves around a wood-burning oven, which turns out fire-roasted artichokes with lemon aïoli; and thin-crust pizzas like the Lorraine, topped with caramelized onions, bacon and Gruyère. These may be supplemented by salads at lunchtime and hearty entrées like oven-baked rigatoni at dinner-along with floods of local wine, of course. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Amviance, great pizzas, love the myer lemmon pizza. satifies a variety of foodies, nice people, ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the mood for a country bar? This one has a juke box and the bartenders rock. If you are in the know, you can get the app and control all of the music. Great burgers. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“This is a place you go just to be there. In an historic brick building, it has a super cool old bar and tree shadowed patio. Solid menu choices, good wine and beer selections.”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is a family friendly place. Sean the owner is great and the servers are very kind. Its our cheers!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great for Mexican food to go. Super Burritos are great. Very nice local family owns it.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nice patio-like setting surrounded by trees. A local favorite for all their entrees. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Carmel Valley Village. All fresh ingredients, mostly local, done in fresh and interestingly creative ways. They say the steak tartare has a cult following. Kool-Aid to go with? Menu online.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing food and ambience. Best place for a romantic dinner. Outdoor space has a stone fireplace and lots of fire pits ... stop by for local’s date night on Wednesday’s and enjoy wood fired pizzas for just $15. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best pan style pizza in the County! Especially deep dish. Beer, wine, or full bar service ordered next door from The Running Iron resturant and bar.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sunday brunch and an eclectic scene for the weekly Monday night dinner make this a unique dining experience. The adjoining store sells groceries and sundries.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great guacamole and Mexican food. Good margheritas! Friendly service. Nice patio to sit on with table fire pits. It’s very close by.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The prices may have gone up ($8 for a burrito!?!) but the portions and quality haven't suffered at Lucy's Taqueria del Valle. Closed mondays.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The pad see ew with chicken and broccoli rocks for a to go meal! We also like the currys - spicy!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Live music on the weekends, a camping store, a small grocery store, and a restaurant and full bar.”
  • 1 local recommends