2019 Best Restaurants with the Best Food in Monterey/Carmel Area

Top Rated Restaurants
in Monterey/Carmel

When it comes to reviewing and recommending restaurants, we believe that what is on the plate is by far the most important factor. We rate the food on a 20-point scale. Our take on the décor, service, ambience, wine list and other factors are explored within our full reviews, which are simply a click away.

Presented in alphabetical order, these Top 10 Restaurants earned the highest food ratings in Monterey/Carmel.
 
Aubergine
16/20
L'Auberge Carmel's intimate restaurant featuring the beautifully executed cuisine of Executive Chef-Director Justin Cogley. See More

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Basil Seasonal Dining
14/20
This is the little green restaurant that could --- environmentally and diner friendly. See More

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Cantinetta Luca
14/20
A casual yet elegant Italian restaurant with an open kitchen and an open heart. See More

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French, Italian, Mediterranean
Casanova
15/20
Central Coast restaurant with a world-class wine cellar and French-Med cuisine. See More

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Lucia Restaurant & Bar
16/20
The surroundings and finessed service set the stage for an elegant meal you’ll long remember. See More

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14/20
The party never ends at this bit of Casablanca in Carmel-by-the-Sea. See More

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Pèppoli at Pebble Beach
15/20
Antinori family passion for traditional Italian cuisine meets great ocean views; romance ensues. See More
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The Sardine Factory
14/20
Notorious eatery with a distinguished past on Cannery Row. See More

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Sierra Mar
14/20
Contemporary cuisine in a glass-walled sanctuary by the Pacific --- the daily prix-fixe lunch won't break the bank. See More

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TusCA Ristorante
14/20
TusCA's menu manages to navigate tourist waters and local tides with ease. See More

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