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Veranda at Il Fornaio - © Cauchi Photography

Carmel Restaurants

February 2015 Hideaway Report | By Andrew Harper

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Andre’s Bouchée

Focusing on authentic bistro cuisine, this charming establishment also features one of the best wine stores in the village. Classics such as lobster bisque, duck confit and veal tenderloin are served with sunny California attitudes. A chef’s table is available.

Mission Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues. Tel. (831) 626-7880.

Anton & Michel

Renovated interior at <i>Anton & Michel</i> - © Glen McDowell Photography After an extensive renovation a few years ago, this inviting 30-year-old restaurant continues to gather plaudits as one of the finest on the Monterey Peninsula. Dapper proprietor Tony Salameh offers contemporary favorites such as beef brochette, prawns and angel hair, barramundi salad, and Hawaiian tuna tartare. Children’s menu available.

In the Court of Fountains, Mission Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues. Tel. (831) 624-2406.

Hog’s Breath Inn

<i>Hog’s Breath Inn</i> - Photo courtesy of CarmelCalifornia.com This cheery local institution, once owned by Carmel’s most famous resident/mayor, actor/director Clint Eastwood, features plenty of hearty gastropub fare, an extensive beer selection and sun-splashed patio dining. Note the homage to its former proprietor in the barroom.

San Carlos Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Tel. (831) 625-1044.

Il Fornaio

Dining room at <i>Il Fornaio</i> - © Cauchi Photography Part of a well-regarded West Coast-based restaurant group, this airy trattoria offers antipasti, wood-fired pizza, house-made pastas and rotisserie roasted meats. There is also a children’s menu for a casual early dinner with the family.

Ocean Avenue at Monte Verde Street. Tel. (831) 622-5100.

Katy’s Place

Photo courtesy of <i>Katy's Place</i> The most popular brunch spot in Carmel offers relaxed patio dining and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. The house specialties are the omelets, the waffles and the eggs Benedict, of which there are a staggering 20 varieties.

Mission Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Tel. (831) 624-0199.

La Bicyclette

<i>La Bicyclette</i> - Photo courtesy of CarmelCalifornia.com This casually chic café, whose artful bric-a-brac interior seems modeled after a Keith McNally restaurant, is an excellent all-purpose option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Specialties include brioche French toast, fresh fisherman’s stew and thin-crust pizzas from a wood-fired Mugnaini oven.

Dolores Street at Seventh Avenue. Tel. (831) 622-9899.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of the February 2015 Hideaway Report under the title "Notable Nearby Restaurants."


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