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Anton & Michel

Mission St. Between Ocean and Seventh Aves. • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Snack on lobster spring rolls or Maryland crab cakes.... More

Art Café and Bakery

6005 El Camino Real • Atascadero, CA

Don’t miss the curried chicken sandwich.... More

Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

47540 Hwy. 1 • Big Sur, CA

Pick up coffee and freshly made jelly doughnuts before hitting Pfeiffer State Beach, three miles... More

Bistro Laurent

1202 Pine St. • Paso Robles, CA

Feast on braised veal cheeks at Bistro Laurent, housed in a park-side, 19th-century brick building.... More

Black Cat

1602 Main St. • Cambria, CA

Head down the coast for a nice dinner here. ... More

Bouchée Restaurant and Wine Bar

Mission St. between Ocean Ave. and Seventh Ave. • Carmel, CA

Stop for moules frites on a sunny day. ... More

Café Fina

47 Fisherman’s Wharf #1 • Monterey, CA

Dive into Italian seafood—shrimp scampi, and salmon fettuccine—at the waterfront, touristy-but-fun restaurant.... More

Casablanca, Santa Cruz

101 Main St. • Santa Cruz, CA

The bland façade may look quiet and unassuming, but inside, executive chef Scott Cater turns... More

Casanova

5th Ave. between Mission & San Carlos • Carmel, CA

The Italian restaurant features a large live tree inside. ... More

cellar door cafe

328 Ingalls St. • Santa Cruz, CA

Center Street Grill

1001 Center St. • Santa Cruz, CA

The perfect place for salads, pastas, made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce, ahi tuna, and freshly squeezed lemonade... More

Cielo, Big Sur

48123 Hwy. 1 Ventana Inn & Spa • Big Sur, CA

Citronelle

1 Old Ranch Rd. Carmel Valley Ranch • Carmel, CA

Dine at Michel Richard’s Citronelle, at the Carmel Valley Ranch resort—and be sure to order... More

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn

48865 Hwy. 1 • Big Sur, CA

Order dinner of rack of lamb or duck breast with a cherry-port reduction at the... More

El Palomar

1336 Pacific Ave. • Santa Cruz, CA

The kitchen delivers fancy but family-friendly Mexican: the shrimp burrito is a favorite.... More

Let's Be Frank

3318 Steiner St. (One at Willie Mays Plaza in AT&T Park closed) AT&T Park • San Francisco, CA

This seriously ambitious hot-dog stand is run by Berkeley-based Chez Panisse veteran Sue Moore, who... More

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge

415 Carmel Valley Rd. Bernardus Lodge • Carmel Valley, CA

This indoor-outdoor restaurant is surrounded by vineyards. Try the organic carrot soup, served in a... More

Nepenthe

48510 Hwy. 1 • Big Sur, CA

Enjoy an “Ambrosiaburger” on the terrace of a house reputedly once owned by Orson Welles... More

Old Monterey Café

489 Alvarado St. • Monterey, CA

Fill up on morning blueberry pancakes or cinnamon raisin French toast at this local breakfast... More

Old Mountain Inn

13132 Hwy. 9 • Boulder Creek, CA

Stop in for a pre-hike breakfast. ... More

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