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Best Romantic Restaurants MONTEREY/CARMEL, CA


Whether you're celebrating a milestone with someone special in the Monterey/Carmel area or looking for the best date restaurants that are sure to impress, a romantic setting can set the mood for a night to remember. We've selected the best romantic restaurants in Monterey/Carmel to share a memorable meal with your sweetheart.

View our list of Monterey/Carmel Valentines Restaurants.


 

Aubergine New American
16/20
Dining Room at Aubergine, Carmel, CA L'Auberge Carmel
Monte Verde St. at 7th Ave.
Carmel, CA 93923
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A gem of a setting and a treasure-trove of creative food and wine. More...

Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point American
13/20
620 Ocean View Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

This gem by the sea offers great values and sweeping vistas --- and the locals can't stay away. More...

Bistro Moulin French
14/20
Dining Room at Bistro Moulin, Monterey, CA 867 Wave St.
Monterey, CA 93940
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Carefully crafted bistro fare complemented by a thoughtful wine list. More...

Casanova French
15/20
Dining Room at Casanova, Carmel, CA Fifth Ave.
Carmel, CA 93923
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Central Coast restaurant with a world-class wine cellar and French-Med cuisine. More...

Fandango Mediterranean
14/20
223 17th St.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Classic Mediterranean comfort food and a generosity of spirit permeate this cozy Pacific Grove landmark. More...

John Pisto's Whaling Station Prime Steaks & Seafood Steakhouse
14/20
763 Wave St.
Monterey, CA 93940
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Classic steakhouse cooking in a seafood town --- John Pisto proves going against the grain yields tender and tasty results. More...

Marinus California
16/20
Dining Room at Marinus, Carmel Valley, CA Bernardus Lodge
415 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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Inspired and sophisticated food made from local and garden-fresh ingredients in a beautiful country setting --- a bit of Provence in Carmel Valley. More...

Pacific's Edge Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Pacific Hyatt Carmel Highlands
120 Highlands Dr.
Carmel, CA 93923
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When chef Matt Bolton's food competes with a spectacular ocean view, diners win. More...

Passionfish Seafood
13/20
701 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Fish that’s off the hook; sustainable seafood, along with vegetables and meats, served nightly. More...

Peppoli Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Peppoli, Pebble Beach, CA The Inn at Spanish Bay
2700 17 Mile Dr.
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
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Antinori family passion for traditional Italian cuisine meets great ocean views; romance ensues. More...

Restaurant 1833 California
15/20
Dining Room at Restaurant 1833, Monterey, CA 500 Hartnell St.
Monterey, CA 93940

Romantic, historic atmosphere, friendly service and distinguished food in the heart of Old Monterey. More...

The Sardine Factory Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at The Sardine Factory, Monterey, CA 701 Wave St.
Monterey, CA 93940
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Remember when people dressed up for fine dining? They still do --- and there's an affordable and casual bar scene here, too. More...

Sierra Mar Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Sierra Mar, Big Sur, CA Post Ranch Inn
Pacific Coast Hwy.
Big Sur, CA 93920
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Contemporary cuisine in a glass-walled sanctuary by the Pacific --- the daily prix-fixe lunch won't break the bank. More...

Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge American
13/20
Cypress Inn
Lincoln St.
Carmel, CA 93923

A bar with fresh, retro cocktails and satisfying lunch, brunch and dinner menus. More...


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