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Carmel by the Sea

syrahgirl,
Have you been to Pacific's Edge since the new exec chef started late last year? We had a very disappointing meal under the previous chef and have been loathe to return. The restaurant felt like it was all about the view and was one of the worst fine dining experiences we've ever had.

May 15, 2015
PattyC in California

Three nights in Monterey

My favorites in Carmel are La Balena, Basil and Mundaka. Barmel is a hangout for us too. For dining with a view, I like The Bench at Pebble Beach. I've been wanting to try 1833 in Monterey again since Jason Franey took over the kitchen and will probably do so later this month (please report back if you go). Go to their facebook page if you want to see the current menu as their website is out of date. Jeninni Kitchen in Pacific Grove is doing a ramen pop up next Tuesday.

May 05, 2015
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A weekend of firsts on the Monterey Peninsula

And now Bill Lee is out! http://ediblemontereybay.com/blog/bil...

May 05, 2015
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Carmel dog friendly patio restaurants

Thanks for reporting back!

May 04, 2015
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A weekend of firsts on the Monterey Peninsula

They're offering a local's 3 course menu for dinner. We may go back and try that.

Apr 30, 2015
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A weekend of firsts on the Monterey Peninsula

Our former neighbors came for a visit which gave us the impetus to try a few new places over the weekend.

The first one was Rocky Point Restaurant for lunch on Saturday. This place has had so many management/chef changes that I've struggled to keep up. Our current neighbors said to go quick now so we did. I can say we were pleasantly surprised having had zero expectations. The food is definitely decent for a view restaurant and where else are you going to look out onto Bixby Bridge? My husband and I shared the calamari starter (which was huge) and crab sliders. We liked the calamari better than the sliders but both agreed we'd return at least in its current incarnation. The forward patio is dog friendly.

Dinner on Saturday night was at Flying Fish Grill. I'd heard raves about this place (locally, not through CH) and it was very busy. I had the scallop & gulf prawns and my husband had the seafood pasta. We felt that nothing particularly stood out and we've had better examples of Pacific fusion. The owners are very warm and personable and I wanted to like it more.

Breakfast on Sunday was at the recently re-opened Bernardus Lodge. Gone are Marinus and Wickets and it's just Lucia now. We'd never been in its former incarnation so don't know what its previous layout was but the restaurant is located to the left as your enter with the terrace at the front. Breakfast was pleasant and service was good though I also find it hard to judge a restaurant based on breakfast. Dinner is served in the same location while lunch is only served on the patio behind the entry/reception area. This area has more of a passageway feel but I was told you could bring your dog here whereas the breakfast/dinner restaurant terrace was off limits to dogs which I found puzzling since the lodge itself is dog friendly and you can enter the restaurant terrace from the outside. The renovations looked nice and I'm hoping someone else will sample dinner and report back ;)

We finished the weekend with the Vine to Wine tour at Holman Ranch. This is a two hour ATV vineyard tour and barrel tasting including a tour of the restored hacienda which is mainly used for events. Not many vineyards in this area give official tours so it was a treat to be able to take our guests there and we all had a blast. The price is $50 per person but free for wine club members.

Apr 27, 2015
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Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Just wanted to report back that Tarla worked very well for us. They put us in the dining area to the right as you enter. That room probably could've held about a dozen more than our group. We went with a 2 course with family style starters and 3 choices of mains. Service was efficient. They brought the starters to our tables shortly after we were seated, took the kids orders which I believe was just from their regular kids menu and then the adults orders. Everyone enjoyed their food though my cousin said the kids chicken was oddly very spicy. Thanks everyone for your help!

The wedding itself was at Auberge du Soleil and I have to say that was the best wedding food I've ever had!

Apr 26, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

A California Chef's Dish-Pit Hack Could Help Restaurants Address the Drought

We were just discussing this with Emanuele at La Balena last night as he's thinking of getting one. The only issue is the noise especially with the smaller ones mentioned in the article as they'd need to cycle on more often.

Apr 25, 2015
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Carmel dog friendly patio restaurants

Yes the dog seating at Casanova is limited to the front patio or a small side patio in the back. The courtyard areas are off limits. The food has had its ups and downs over the years but our recent lunch was good.

La Balena is our favorite dog friendly restaurant here.

I agree that the patio at Basil is somewhat lacking in ambiance. It's prettier during the day.

If you want nice ambiance, Anton & Michel has outdoor tables surrounding a reflecting pool and they also have an outdoor fire pit.

I think the food at Mundaka is excellent. The patio seating is limited to a few tables and there are no heaters so keep that in mind.

The food at Little Napoli is meh.

Also Carmel Belle has remodeled and expanded since my earlier post. The last time we were there with our dog, they said we could sit anywhere. They recently added an indoor fire pit and are also serving dinner Wed through Sat night.

Even if you don't eat at Terry's, I'd pop in for the weekend entertainment. It takes place in their living room with the grand piano and fireplace. If you get there early, you and your dog can grab one of the couches and enjoy some live music. There will be lots of other dogs.

Both Rustica and Corkscrew out in Carmel Valley are good. We also like Lokal but again their patio is somewhat lacking in ambiance.

Apr 25, 2015
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Carmel dog friendly patio restaurants

Mundaka also has patio seating. Basil and Casanova are still good. If you want to venture out of Carmel, I also like The Bench at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and I just came from lunch today at Rocky Point Restaurant. I thought the food was very respectable for a view restaurant, not as good as The Bench, but boy what a stunning view!

Apr 25, 2015
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Carmel by the Sea

Aubergine!

Apr 25, 2015
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New pastries at Salumeria Luca in Carmel

As if I don't go in there enough, Salumeria Luca has introduced an expanded line of pastries this week. They're the only ones I've found to be on par with Parker Lusseau on the Monterey Peninsula. This is a pic from today. Yesterday they also had kouign amann. I may be in there every day :)

Apr 03, 2015
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Chef Lee’s Mandarin House for Banquet Service (Monterey)

This reminds me I still haven't braved any Chinese restaurants on the peninsula.

Mar 21, 2015
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Patisserie Bechler in Pacific Grove

I went in once last year and the viennoiserie looked terrible. I didn't buy any.

Have you been to Pavel's Bakerei? Some of their items are good. I like their danishes and breakfast brotchen. Their baguette and epi could use salt.

I've yet to find any bakery better than Parker Lusseau on the peninsula.

Mar 21, 2015
PattyC in California

Monterey / Pacific Grove / Carmel - Solo Dining Rec's ?

I tried their cioppino a couple of years ago and thought the soup base was pretty tasteless. We usually end up there when we take out of town visitors to Moss Landing. I've found I like their lobster roll and just stick to that now. But more to the point, it's not a cocktail/nice bar kind of place which I think is what the OP is looking for.

Mar 18, 2015
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Monterey / Pacific Grove / Carmel - Solo Dining Rec's ?

Neither Passionfish nor Phil's has a full bar and I wouldn't drive to Moss Landing just to eat at Phil's.

Mar 18, 2015
PattyC in California

Monterey / Pacific Grove / Carmel - Solo Dining Rec's ?

http://ediblemontereybay.com/blog/all...

Please report back on the "new" 1833 if you go!

Oh wait, are you coming this weekend? If so, it will be closed.

Mar 17, 2015
PattyC in California

Family Friendly - Pacific Grove/Monterey/Carmel-By-The-Sea

A couple of places in Carmel they might like are Mundaka (tapas) and La Balena (often has crudo, offal, etc on their menu). Both are fine to take kids to.

Mar 16, 2015
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Easter Brunch - Monterey Bay

I like Sunday brunch at Basil in Carmel but don't know if they're doing anything special for Easter.

Mar 16, 2015
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Easter Brunch - Monterey Bay

Edgar's at Quail Lodge (a few miles into Carmel Valley) does an Easter Brunch with egg hunt https://www.quaillodge.com/dining/car... but I haven't eaten there.

The city of Carmel has an Easter event on Saturday in Devondorf Park http://www.carmelcalifornia.com/event...

Mar 16, 2015
PattyC in California

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Thanks! We're all pretty adventurous eaters so I don't think that would be a problem. Tarla has actually been the most proactive in responding to me and seemed very accommodating over the phone. They do have a private room.

On Angele's website it says they can accommodate parties up to 182 but I haven't heard back from them.

I will contact Oenotri too. I totally agree that there are other factors at play when picking a group restaurant.

Thanks for the parking tip!

Feb 28, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Thanks to you both! I have inquires into Grace's Table and Angele. Kitchen Door said that they don't take group bookings for weekend brunch unless we book out the restaurant. One of the concierges at the Andaz also suggested Tarla. Any thoughts on that one?

Feb 27, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Grace's Table looks great. I'm not clear if Kitchen Door takes reservations and offers table service. We definitely want both. Sorry if I wasn't clear. Any recs similar to Grace's Table would be great in case they're unable to accommodate us. Thanks!

Feb 26, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

I've somehow found myself tasked with arranging a Saturday lunch/brunch for a group of 30 (including 8 kids) in Napa even though I haven't visited Napa in 20 years, help! This will be a pre-wedding family gathering (the bride and groom will not attend) and most of us are staying at the Andaz Napa so some place nearby or even walking distance would be a bonus. Looking for casual and family friendly, thanks!

Feb 26, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Holman Ranch/Carmel Valley: 2015 "In Your Backyard" food/wine tastings.

I just signed up for Ron's class and the one in June too. I'd go to all of them but March and April were already sold out :(

Feb 18, 2015
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Highway 1

Our current faves in Carmel are La Balena, Basil, Mundaka and Affina or Aubergine if you want fine dining.

Jan 24, 2015
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Carmel wineries intro

There are about a dozen tasting rooms in the River Road/SLH area now which are mostly open on weekends. That's the place to go if you want to taste at actual vineyards as Carmel Valley generally consists of off site tasting rooms. Most of Monterey County's grapes are grown in the SLH.

Jan 10, 2015
PattyC in California

Carmel Restaurant Options

Mission Ranch is the only one on your list with a view. Their patio overlooks river beach, pasture and sheep. It's a lovely place to sit outside and have a drink. I wouldn't necessarily eat there.

Most places in Carmel don't have a view and the view restaurants I've been to in the area tend not to have great food. I would say The Bench at Pebble Beach is your best bet if you want a sea view and good food.

On your list, I love La Balena. Other places we enjoy are Basil, Mundaka and Affina. Bouchee is good but the atmosphere is more quiet than lively.

I haven't been to Flying Fish or Passionfish.

Jan 06, 2015
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Carmel wineries intro

Bernardus and Talbott are the biggies. I think Georis is skippable. I've heard good things about Boekenoogen from friends. We recently tried Chesebro and liked their wines but I don't think they reopen until Thursday.

There are quite a few tasting rooms in Carmel By The Sea too, almost as many as in the valley. Some of our favorites are Figge, Silvestri. Albatross Ridge, De Tierra and Caraccioli for their sparkling. The visitor's center sells a wine walk passport http://www.carmelcalifornia.org/thing...

There's a list of all of the local tasting rooms in the Weekly's Food & Drink guide http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/e...

Jan 05, 2015
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Farm to table restaurants in Carmel / Monterey ?

Don't know when you're visiting but just FYI, Bernardus Lodge is closing for renos for 3 months starting Dec 1st. If you're thinking of venturing to Carmel Valley, Lokal is another possibility.

Nov 14, 2014
PattyC in California