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Carmel-by-the-Sea might be a small beach city, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in good food! Overflowing with delicious restaurants, wineries, and coffee shops, Carmel-by-the-Sea has something for everyone. Whether you’re local or visiting for the first (or fifth!) time, it can be overwhelming to decide where to eat. But look no further! Our team at Carmel Food Tours is sharing their favorite spots to add to your list!

Anton & Michel

Located at the Court of the Foundations, Anton & Michel has a cozy, romantic feel to it and serves delicious Modern European dishes. The restaurant also features the only tableside service in all of Carmel!

Bud’s at La Playa

Located within the iconic La Playa Hotel, Bud’s is a newly-restored bar and restaurant featuring unique cocktails that will put your local knowledge to the test! Throughout the bar, you’ll also find historic memorabilia, a delicious food menu, and beautiful decor.

La Balena

Looking for uncomplicated, seasonal food? Look no further! La Balena is known for its artisanal Tuscan-style dishes that’ll have you feeling like you’re dining in Italy. The wine list is impeccable and they have the cutest patio area for outdoor dining.

Alvarado Street Brewery

Situated in the Carmel Plaza in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Alvarado Street Brewery was founded by a father-son duo. The five-barrel brewery offers a little bit of everything from hazy and West Coast-style IPAs to crisp, clean lagers and heavily fruited sour ales. The Carmel-by-the-Sea location also features a bistro that has a 60+ seat outdoor patio, full bar, and California coastal cuisine with a regional twist.


Carmel’s newest addition, Promesa has quickly gained a following as the go-to spot for tapas and fresh dishes that will satisfy without stuffing. Ever tried sipping vermouth? You’ll find that and other authentic Spanish libations that are sure to add a new element for your taste buds to love. And if that’s not all, their top-notch service will keep you coming back.

Ready to start exploring all of the restaurants Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer? Join us on our Classic Food Tour so you can try all of these spots, plus more!

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