Carmel-by-the-Sea is a world-class destination offering a great selection of local and international cuisine. 

These restaurants in Carmel-by-the Sea are personal favorites of The DeLuca Group. After working up an appetite showing property, you will find us enjoying a bite with clients and friends at one of these 5 must- try restaurants.  

When Visiting (or lucky enough to be a local), stop in at one of these 5 mouth-watering restaurants after walking along the white sand beach, or exploring the unique shops and art galleries. You won't regret it.


1. Dametra Cafe - Mediterranean Cuisine

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Dametra Cafe is known for it's fresh authentic mediterranean cuisine and warm welcoming atmosphere. Cooking up traditional recipes like the Gyro's plate which consists of roasted lamb and beef seasoned with Greek spices served over rice pilaf with a Greek salad. They serve incredible appetizers like dolmas, hummus with pita, and Spanakopita of Athens ( spinach, feta cheese, Greek olive oil, rolled in Phyilo Dough and baked) yum! In addition to their traditional mediterranean cuisine they also offer salads, fish, pizza, pastas, sandwiches, soups, and vegetarian options. Their customer service is top notch. Look forward to traditional live entertainment at some point during your meal! MENU

Corner of Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel by the sea, CA, 93921

(831) 622.7766

Open 7 days a week 

11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

2. The Forge - American with a California exclusive wine list

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The Forge,  formerly known as the Forge in the Forest, has been in Carmel-by-the-Sea since 1944.  Known for it's American fare with a twist, the menu offers sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, pasta and so much more. There truly is something for everyone. With indoor and outdoor seating, it has an ward-winning ambience of lush gardens and outdoor fireplaces with heated patio seating. The Forge has been voted “Best Outdoor Dining” on the Central Coast for 19 years. The Forge is dog-friendly and includes a specific patio area where dogs may order specialty items from their own menu! MENU

Junipero between 5th & 6th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923

(831) 624.2233

Open 7 days a week

Sunday - Thursday - 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday & Saturday - 11:35 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday Brunch - 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

3. La Bicyclette - French-Italian fare

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La Bicyclette is a family owned restaurant featuring traditional European Cuisine with a creative spin. They offer Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu changes weekly as they use only fresh locally sourced ingredients. La Bicyclette charming european interior will be transport you to Europe as you walk in through the high archways, see handwritten chalk menus, a wood-fired oven, and spot pots and pans hanging from the ceiling. Try their assortment of delicious wood oven pizzas, refreshing salads, or a satisfying entree. Their menu offers a creative selection of beautifully crafted dishes and fine wines. MENU

29 Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

(831) 622.9899 

Open 7 days a week

Breakfast - 8:00 - 10:45 AM
Lunch - 11:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Dinner - 5:00 - 10:00 PM

4. Robata Grill and Sake Bar - Japanese 

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Robata Grill and Sake Bar or as locals say "Robata" has been a Carmel favorite for over 3 decades. Robata offers traditional Japanese cuisine, Japanese beers on tap, and a full sake bar. Dining at Robata is more than just delicious sushi. The moody lighting, private booths, paper lanterns and greenery surround you in a traditional Japanese ambiance. You can also dine at the sushi bar or outside on the patio with heaters and a welcoming fire pit. From sashimi and combination plates to specialty rolls, the sushi lover options are endless. MENU

3658 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

(831) 624.2643

Open Monday Through Saturday
Closed Sundays

Friday & Saturday 5PM to 8:30PM

Lunch - Monday thru Sat 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Dinner - Monday thru Thurs 5:00 - 8:00 PM

5. Little Napoli - Italian bistro

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Inspired by his Italian heritage, Rich Pèpe opened Little Napoli in 1990. Since its inception Little Napoli has become one of the most iconic Italian restaurants in Carmel.  It reached recent fame when it was featured on The Food Network’s TV show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. When you arrive you are greeted by 5 Italian flags overlooking the front door. The timeless charming atmosphere and smells of Pèpe's family recipes will bring the warm lively traditions of Italy to your table. Stay inside or enjoy a glass of Chianti on their outdoor dining patio. The menu offers a variety of antipasti, pizza, pasta, risotto and seasonal specialties. With the multitude of delicious choices on the menu, you will definitely be back again and again. MENU

Corner of Dolores St. & 7th St.

(831) 626.6335

Open 7 days a week
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

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