Carmel Family Vacation

Carmel, California: The Perfect Family Vacation (Part 1)

Where to Eat During Your Visit to Carmel


Katy's Place Carmel

My absolute favorite breakfast place in the entire world is Katy’s Place. The Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict is seriously one of the best things I have ever eaten. If that does not strike your fancy, there are nineteen other varieties of Eggs Benedict to choose from. Not to mention the cheese blintzes, pancakes, and waffles. If you have a furry friend tagging along, they can dine with you on the outdoor patio! Come with a hungry belly and your dollar bills because this restaurant is cash only. Leave very satisfied!

Katy's Place Carmel 2

The outdoor patio at Katy’s Place.

Dogs Love Katy's Place

Dogs love Katy’s Place, too!

Another favorite of mine is located right inside The Barnyard shopping center. From Scratch is exactly as the name suggests, everything is prepared from scratch. This cute little diner has even been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! I love the “from scratch” oatmeal and the Cinnamon French Toast. My husband loves their skillets and homemade breakfast rolls (like a breakfast burrito). They serve breakfast all day!

From Scratch Carmel

Babies love From Scratch!


If you take a short drive to Carmel Valley, my favorite lunch spot is The Corkscrew Cafe. Once it was just a little house with a garden and now it is a charming and rustic restaurant that is perfect for families. The menu features herbs and produce directly from their large gardens. The food is delicious and far from pretentious. We love sitting outdoors, where there are about a million things for your toddler to gaze at in wonder while your food is being prepared.

Credit The Corkscrew Cafe

Credit: The Corkscrew

Another option is to pack a lunch and have a picnic along the spectacular 17-Mile Drive. First, stop by downtown Carmel-by-the-sea and visit The Cheese Shop in Carmel Plaza. They have everything you need here for a picnic lunch: fine cheeses, meats, crackers, snacks, and wine…or grape juice for your pint-sized picnickers. We picked up a picnic basket/backpack exclusively for our 17-Mile Drive picnics. It comes complete with a cooler, picnic blanket, glasses, napkins, and cutlery, as well plenty of space for your wine bottles and picnic fare. *affiliate link

picnic on 17 mile drive

Enjoying our picnic on the 17-Mile Drive!


For a fine dining experience where you can still bring your kids, check out Anton and Michel’s in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The food is scrumptious and features local ingredients, but you will not feel out of place if you show up in jeans…or a wedding dress.

Dining at Anton and Michel's Carmel

Our Impromptu Wedding Dinner at Anton and Michel’s

Another fabulous find that is great for dinner or lunch is The Rio Grill located in The Crossroads shopping plaza. My husband and I have dined here dozens of times and have never had a bad meal. The menu combines California cuisine with Southwest flavors. One word. Delicious! On our last trip, my daughter was eight months old and I nursed her at the table with full support of the staff and fellow patrons.

Stay tuned for next post on 10 Awesome Things to Do in Carmel!

Have you visited Carmel? Where are your favorite places to eat and dine in Carmel, California?

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