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Tandy Lewis

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Romantic restaurant and hotel in Carmel

My husband and I have just decided to spend Valentine’s Day in Carmel!  Can anyone recommend a romantic restaurant and a hotel there?  Preferably ones by the sea! :)

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  • Serena McClain

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    Hi Tandy! My mom and stepdad live in Carmel, so I visit often. In my opinion, the best restaurant in the city is La Balena . It can get pricey but I think it's worth it. Casanova and La Bicyclette are also really romantic options.

    As far as hotels go, my husband and I recently stayed at Carmel Country Inn and loved it. It's quaint and romantic, each room has a fireplace, and I think most of them have a huge whirlpool tub as well. The location is right in the heart in Carmel by the Sea, so you can walk everywhere... beach, shops, dinner, etc.

    Not sure what your timing is like, but if you can swing it, make sure to drive to Big Sur and grab a drink at Nepenthe . The views are unbelievable.

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      Lucky you for having an excuse to go there all the time! I've only stopped by on road trips before so I'm very excited to actually stay there. Thank you for all these great suggestions! I'll try to make it to Big Sur too! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Trish Pasha-Allen

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    Stay at L'Auberge Carmel which is a Relais & Chateux property downtown. I would grab drinks on the 18th hole at Lodge at Pebble Beach and do a lunch in Big Sur at Sierra Mar restaurant which is in the Post Ranch InnHotel (another amazing, but utterly expensive accomodation option).

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      These sound great. Thank you Patricia! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Debbie Lee

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    For a romantic restaurant, you need to go to Passionfish in Pacific Grove at some point during your trip! It's a close drive from Carmel By the Sea. I think they only serve dinner and you'll definitely need a reservation. It's not exactly on the water, but for food and an experience that good -- you can overlook that :P Amazing seafood dishes that are all local and sustainable, and they have an awesome at-cost wine list, so no crazy markups. Enjoy yourselves!

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      Sounds amazing! Thank you Debbie! :) · (0 likelikes)

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    In Carmel you have Fandango Restaurant it's a great, old school steak house. There's also a ton of great restaurants on Cannery Row, including the original Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. !

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      Oh, I'll have to try that the next time I'm in town! And I had no idea that the original Bubba Gump was from there. Thank you James! · (0 likelikes)

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