What to do and see in Carmel, California (CA): The Best Food & Drink

November 29, 2021 Jacquiline Darosa

The first thing you need to know about Carmel: Clint Eastwood used to be the mayor, so don’t come here if you’re a hooligan. But if you’re after a romantic getaway to a seaside, art-filled village, Carmel might be perfect for you. You can even bring your dog—Carmel’s hotels, restaurants and galleries are remarkably Fido-friendly.
Restaurants in Carmel

1. Tudor Wines

Mission St., Carmel, CA 93921 +1 831-574-3245 [email protected]
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 13 reviews

Tudor Wines

Tudor Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Anderson Valley are available for tasting inside the Court of the Fountains at the Wine Bar and in the restaurant by the glass, flight and bottle. All the Tudor Pinot Noirs scored 90 points and higher with Wine Spectator Magazine. The tasting includes three pinot noirs and a riesling tasting flight.

Reviewed By amyb164 - Carmel, United States

This location is now vacant and CLOSED. I visited the charming courtyard of the fountains and confirm this tasting room is now empty. Look up other locations.

2. Carmel Food Tours

Excellent
95%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 610 reviews

Carmel Food Tours

ADDITIONAL TOUR OPTIONS AND AVAILABILITY ON OUR WEBSITE - CLICK 'MORE' ABOVE (DESKTOP) TO BOOK DIRECT. Carmel Food Tours® is a walking, tasting and cultural tour of beautiful downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Experience the most famous artist colony in California with a leisurely stroll through the heart of Carmel, taste a specially-selected variety of foods and wines from local restaurants and boutique shops, and become acquainted with the unique history and culture of this magical city.

3. Belle Kitchen Macarons

5 NW San Carlos And 1st, Carmel, CA 93921 +1 831-293-8610 [email protected] http://www.belle-macarons.com
Excellent
94%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 16 reviews

Belle Kitchen Macarons

Our macarons have been featured on the Cooking Channel and we offer fun and delicious macaron classes for travelers, teams and families.

4. Scheid Vineyards

San Carlos & 7th, Carmel, CA 93923 +1 831-656-9463 [email protected] http://www.scheidvineyards.com/Visit-Us
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Scheid Vineyards

Located just a block off of Ocean Avenue at San Carlos & 7th, our Carmel Tasting Room is a warm and inviting haven to taste an array of Scheid Vineyards wines.

Reviewed By tcardona

We throughly enjoyed our wine tasting at Scheid Vineyards Carmel tasting room. The wines were delicious and complex, the service friendly and non-pressuring. We ended up buying 2 bottles.

5. Carmel Walking Wine Tours

Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Carmel Walking Wine Tours

Carmel Walking Wine Tours is a great way to explore and discover Carmel-by-the-Sea! Our self guided walking tours take you through the quaint village setting of Carmel with its many shopping alley's and tucked away boutique shops. Enjoy discovering several wine tasting rooms along with a choice of lunch locations to choose from. All on our custom Google Map from your phone or tablet.

6. Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel

Carmel Plaza, Ground Floor, Carmel, CA 93921 +1 831-620-1909 [email protected] http://wrathwines.com
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel

Wrath is open for tastings and is allowed indoor service for a limited number of guests. We also have 8 outdoor seats available. Our seats wrap around a fire pit so they are cozy and warm. We are open daily from 11-5pm. Wrath produces site-driven Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc from our estate vineyard and respected properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Our production is small, our distribution is limited and our wines reveal attitude, passion, and an inherent respect for what a vineyard can give.

Reviewed By C2000Consulting - Oakland, United States

First, no tasting room can be much fun if the wine is bad. Here, the wine is good to spectacular. Even the "wine in a can" is good! The patio is warmed by a firepit - but beware. That Monterey combination of fog and wind will drive you indoors on some days. That's OK because their bar inside is cozy and friendly even with social distancing.

7. Manzoni Cellars

San Carlos St between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921 +1 831-620-6541 [email protected] http://www.manzoniwines.com
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Manzoni Cellars

Manzoni Cellars is a wine tasting room located in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. We produce wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation in Monterey County. Open daily 11am - 7pm.

8. Silvestri Vineyards

Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Silvestri Vineyards

Family owned Estate winery located in Carmel Valley, CA. Visit our tasting room in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. We feature Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Barbera, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc varietals across a wide selection of designates, blends and Rose. About owner Alan Silvestri: In over thirty years as a film composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. Alan has scored music for such films as Romancing the Stone, the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Captain America, Marvel's The Avengers, plus many others. Please visit our website for more information.

9. De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room

Mission and 5th, Carmel, CA 93921 +1 831-622-9704 [email protected] http://www.detierra.com
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room

De Tierra creates delicious, award-winning, and sustainably harvested wines from our solar-powered vineyard to share the unique terroir of Monterey County. Our tasting room features a large selection of wines now with Al Fresco wine tasting! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed By PhyllisR46

I am a resident of Carmel and a frequent visitor to the local tasting rooms. De Tierra is by far my favorite in town. Most importantly, they have wonderful wines. I am not a huge white wine fan, but I found their whites to be most enjoyable. All of their reds are delicious! The tasting room itself is a destination. Large with plenty of seating and rustic decor. The tasting room is a few blocks off of Ocean Avenue and you tend to run into more of the locals. They are under new management and Alix and Dan are expanding on a great foundation and creating a truly authentic old Carmel experience. I could spend hours in their space and highly recommend a visit.

10. Dawn's Dream Winery

NW Corner of 7th & San Carlos Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 +1 831-659-2649 http://www.dawnsdreamwinery.com/
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Dawn's Dream Winery

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