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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Seafood Restaurant
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“Phil's is a long standing destination for visitors to Moss Landing. In fact, long standing is likely what you should expect if you're headed dater for dinner, as there are often long lines to place your order, so you have plenty of time to make up your mind while reading the menu boards. It's a little on the spendy side, though portions are large, and it's the only restaurant in town with beachfront picnic tables for outdoor dining on the water. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Could be done in a day if you got up very early but better to spend at least one night there.”
  • 62 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“An indoor/outdoor restaurant in beautiful Big Sur with wonderful views of the ocean and woods”
  • 48 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Come with a group for a fun, lively music filled evening! Right on Ocean Avenue, it always has a wait list to get in. It’s as much about the food as it is the atmosphere and the warm welcoming staff!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great selection of beer and tasty food. Parking can be a pain but worth the wait. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you are in the mood for seafood, this little gem is one local favorite you don’t want to miss. Only about a 5 minute drive to Del Monte Ave., but go early, as the line is typically out the door!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Probably the best restaurant in P.G. Specializes in great sustainable seafood. Best wine list on the Peninsula with extremely reasonable prices. Right around the corner at 701 Lighthouse. Occasional celebrity sightings, particularly during car week or Pebble Beach Pro Am. Reservations recommended.”
  • 38 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“This quintessential bistro and relaxed neighborhood spot in the heart of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The quirky corner space offers petite but comfortable wooden chairs and tables, set beneath hanging copper pots and, of course, a bicycle or two. First and foremost, the kitchen focuses on comforting seasonal cuisine with a California-Mediterranean slant, plus a handful of pizzas and fantastic breads fired in their wood-burning oven. At the same time, they are dedicated to beloved French classics.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Located inside a Victorian home, the food is delicious! Great for brunch or lunch. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The Bacado Omelette and all of the pancakes are delicious. And you can walk off all those calories along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail (also known by the locals as the bike path) while you take in the ocean views.”
  • 27 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Clint Eastwood’s restaurant overlooking where Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean. The view is everything. Kids can play on the lawn and try and spot the lone black sheep in the herd! There’s also a piano player and a lovely bar scene. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great fresh food, big margaritas, and live music in the bar behind the restaurant. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is an excellent choice for a casual dinner. We recommend the Luau Pork or the Fish Tacos. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
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
Italian Restaurant
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“Great rooftop bar with heating lamps and good food. This is a fun environment to get a drink or some food. ”
  • 40 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