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The Bench Restaurant Review: This sleek restaurant with a casual vibe, eclectic menu and wallet-friendly prices is a boon to those traveling along the 17-Mile Drive. There’s a spectacular view of the Carmel coastline, giving diners a feast for the eyes. Meanwhile, the wood-burning stove is employed for many dishes, from the collection of crispy flatbreads with complex flavors and textures to steaks and salmon. We enjoy the crunchy, meaty portobello fries and the wood-fired broccoli and cauliflower made with bacon from Montrio's Tony Baker. Don’t miss the artichoke flatbread with preserved lemons. And if they have the oven-roasted strawberry cobbler, go for it --- it will definitely provide a happy ending. The wine list shines in depth and breadth, and cocktail choices abound. If you find yourself ensconced next to one of the comfortable fire pits, grab a blanket and enjoy the view.