Good thread. I live in Monterey and have eaten at all of the restaurants discussed. Agree completely with Josephnl's reviews. And, 1833 is yummy. One restaurant that I like a lot is the one at Carmel Valley Ranch (part of the resort) that is consistently good and nicely upscale, but not over the top expensive. It's my go to choice for out of town guests and special occasions. It's closer to Carmel Valley Village than Carmel but not that far a drive. I prefer it to Marinus.