Local Favorites in Carmel-by-the-Sea

With its seaside setting along the California coastline, it’s no wonder Carmel is home to some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste. Count on the locals to steer you in the right direction to experience the best of the best in fresh seafood, and you’ll find them staked out at Sea Harvest Fish Market and Restaurant, where the fish is cooked to perfection and the meals feature a cup of homemade clam chowder and sourdough bread.

A lively, local hotspot for knocking back oysters, A.W. Shucks’ name is as fun as the atmosphere. Take a seat at the bar where the fun of watching the cooks never stops. Oysters on the half shell always please, while “Oysters Shuckefeller” and fried Pacific oysters are a temptation unto themselves.

With 12 beers on tap, locally sourced ingredients, and seven flat-screen TVs humming with the latest game, it’s easy to see why Carmel’s residents love Mulligan Public House, a cozy gastropub dishing up homemade American comfort food. Bring your four-legged friends and enjoy time on the heated patio with a cocktail and good company.

Dogs are also welcome at Terry’s Lounge, an American-style bar exuding that famous laidback, California vibe. Mingle with the locals while enjoying live music in the evenings, and admire the silver-leaf paper treatment adoring the barrel ceiling, lighting up and creating a magical, jewel box effect throughout the room.

For a more intimate atmosphere, locals go to Basil Seasonal Dining for a memorable meal. This small, cozy restaurant uses only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients for delectable dishes like braised lamb and traditional lasagna.

And when you stay with us at Hyatt Residence Club Carmel, Highlands Inn, you’ll experience the dramatic Pacific views and award-winning cuisine of our California Market at Pacific’s Edge, which combine to create a California-casual vibe and a memorable visit to Carmel.