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Gusto Handcrafted Pasta and Pizza in Seaside

We were in the neighborhood and stopped for dinner at Gusto on a weekday last month. They were very busy and seem to be filling a niche although our food was a bit of a miss that night (both our pasta and seafood were overdone). I might wait a few months and give it another try.

Jun 15, 2015
PattyC in California

Dinner in Monterey/Carmel Recommendations

We had service and food quality issues at Pacific's Edge a few years ago so I'm not sure it's even a recent problem. I was hoping it would've improved with the recent chef change.

Jun 15, 2015
PattyC in California

2 weeks SF Bay Area to LA and back: 28 meals worth! (Pt 2/2)

I had breakfast at Lucia last month and thought the service was good but am not rushing to try dinner. Your comments are similar to others I've heard.

We did end up going to Jeninni for happy hour yesterday and thought it had markedly improved since our visit last year.

Jun 09, 2015
PattyC in California

2 weeks SF Bay Area to LA and back: 28 meals worth! (Pt 2/2)

Were you at Lucia for dinner? What else did you try besides pizza?

We may have to revisit Jeninni. We went early on and weren't impressed but I've been hearing good things lately.

Salumeria Luca has been turning out some good pastry lately to the point where I've been getting lazy about driving to Parker Lusseau.

Jun 08, 2015
PattyC in California

Carmel by the Sea

Anton & Michel is less special occasion to me. The food is continental, nothing too innovative, but well executed. They get the basics right (which can't be said for a lot of places).

For Italian, I like La Balena but it's very casual. The food has been consistently good for us and we recently hosted our anniversary dinner party there. It's my favorite casual restaurant here.

Andre's Bouchee is probably somewhere in between Anton & Michel and Aubergine or Sierra Mar in terms of being upscale. I've only had lunch there and thought it was very good. It's more traditional French.

Jun 04, 2015
PattyC in California

Carmel by the Sea

Marinus is no more. Both Marinus and Wickets have been replaced by Lucia since the remodel. I've only had breakfast at Lucia and feel unable to properly judge based on that meal. The dinner menu is mostly a la carte though there is still a 4 course.

Sierra Mar might be a good lunch option if heading down to Big Sur. They offer a 3 or 5 course for lunch.

Aubergine is only full tasting now (except the once monthly Terroir series).

Jun 04, 2015
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

A weekend of firsts on the Monterey Peninsula

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

May 05, 2015
PattyC in California

Carmel dog friendly patio restaurants

Thanks for reporting back!

May 04, 2015
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

Carmel by the Sea

Aubergine!

Apr 25, 2015
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California
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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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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
PattyC in California

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