Heading down to Carmel-by-the-sea for the first time at the weekend, and was hoping to get some recommendations for a special dinner, ideally within (20 minutes?) walking distance of our room near Ocean avenue. We particularly enjoy Italian and French food, but are very flexible on this front.
There appear to be several good restaurants in driving distance, in Carmel Valley, and also south, such as Marinus and Pacific's Edge - happy to consider those if they blow everything else in Carmel out of the water but would prefer to drink rather than have to drive (I suppose taking a taxi is an option).
In Carmel I have seen recommendations for Casanova and l'Auberge, but both have been rather lukewarm. Can anyone recommend somewhere great that I'm missing?
415 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Pacific's Edge Restaurant
120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923