Best Seafood in Carmel

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Come up from the beach and enjoy the bounty of the sea. Carmel has plenty of sights to see and places to explore, and amongst the historic streets is some truly delectable seafood. If you’re on a more relaxed vacation, or taking the kids for a weekend, there’s a number of casual spots to grab fish that could be served at a five star restaurant, and if you want to spring for something extravagant, this list has you covered there too.

Feature Photo: Courtesy of Pangaea Grill

Pangaea Grill, Seafood, Carmel
Photo: Pangaea Grill

Pangaea Grill has won numerous awards for excellence over the years, including the title of “Best Restaurant of 2022 in Carmel-by-the-Sea.” But don’t just take our word for it, dine there yourself and experience award-winning food and top-notch service. Try their sand dabs with a lemongrass caper butter sauce, or go for their New England clam chowder, a classic favorite executed to perfection at Pangaea Grill.

The Grill on Ocean Ave, Seafood, Carmel
Photo: The Grill on Ocean Ave

For a perfect seafood dinner, look no further than The Grill on Ocean Ave, right in the middle of Carmel. Try their classic shrimp scampi with fresh linguini, or go for their seafood fettuccine with tiger prawns and sea scallops. Coming for lunch? Don’t miss out on their piping hot fish and chips or their surf ‘n’ turf fajitas with garlic grilled shrimp and flat iron steak, served on maize tortillas.

Clam chowder in a bread bowl, slightly spelling over the front rim of the bread bowl.
Photo: Flaherty’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

Arguably the top raw bar in Carmel-by-the-Sea does many things with freshness and style, including oysters, crab cakes, seafood Cobb salads, smart wines and inventive cocktails — and brings a lively atmosphere too. The chowder presents a house signature, and comes Manhattan red or creamy New England style. Side note: They also do a superlative crab chowder in bread bowls too.

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