The Top 5 Healthy Organic Restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Arguably one of the most beautiful places on the West Coast, this one square mile European style village has earned a reputation as one of the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. year after year. You might guess that it’s filled with good restaurants to tempt any foodie, and you’d be right.

Our team has scouted out the healthiest restaurant options that meet our strict standards, and we’re delighted to announce our Top 5 picks:

Pacific’s Edge

120 Highlands Drive
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this one-of-a-kind restaurant location delivers fresh ingredients from both land and sea. Brunch favorites include Point Lobos (hollandaise, poached eggs, Dungeness crab, avocado, English muffin, market potatoes). Lunch options include Spinach Berry Salad, Blackened Pacific Halibut Street Tacos, burgers, and more.

Dinner entrees include Pan Seared Pacific Halibut Filet, citrus risotto, beurre blanc, shaved fennel, radish, and pickled leek); Braised Short Rib Bourguignon (6oz prime short rib, potato puree, pickled red onion, red wine demi, baby rainbow carrots); and Mushroom Risotto (trumpet and oyster mushrooms, truffle vinaigrette, shallot, and mascarpone).

Carmel Belle

San Carlos Street
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923

Their organic produce is largely sourced from local farmers and farmers’ markets. Their meats are hormone-free, grass-fed/free-range and humanely raised in California. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll find delicious healthy menu options such as Farmers Salad (organic greens, shaved cucumber, fennel, radish, and carrot with lemon vinaigrette); Free-Range Chicken Cobb Salad (with avocado, roasted tomato, Hobb’s bacon, blue cheese, and mixed greens); Plant-Based VLT (Lightlife smoky tempeh, fresh tomato, avocado, and arugula on Pullman); Belle’s Meatloaf (grass-fed Angus beef, simple herbs and spices with house made ketchup); Grilled Salmon (with market veggies and smashed potatoes); Belle Bowl (organic quinoa, arugula, mushrooms and nutty dressing with your choice of 4 additions); and much more

Mission Ranch Restaurant

26270 Dolores Street
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923

It’s hard to find a more spectacular view on the Monterey Peninsula! You might see sheep grazing in the meadow, the Santa Lucia Mountains in the background, and watch waves crashing here at Point Lobos. Their menu features classic American cuisine and dishes such as Roasted Rack of Lamb (mustard-herb rub, roasted marble potatoes, sautéed Swiss chard, mint chutney, garnished with whole roasted garlic); Coriander Seasoned King Salmon (lemon butter sauce, asparagus, Fall River wild rice); Roasted Half Jidori Chicken (natural jus and white wine reduction, shallot, garlic, exotic mushrooms, seasonal vegetable, pesto mashed potatoes); Vegetarian Plate (asparagus, carrots, tomatoes, Swiss Chard, zucchini, yellow squash, sauteed with olive oil, drizzled with balsamic glaze, fingerling potatoes or Fall River wild rice); and much more.

Village Corner California Bistro

Sixth Avenue & Dolores Street
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923

Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, The Village Corner serves up fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections. Try the Mediterranean Omelette (Spinach, Feta, Fresh Tomatoes, Onions and Kalamata Olives); Carmel Fish Salad (Hard-Boiled Egg, Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Green Onions and Roasted Potatoes with Fish of the Day); Grilled Sand Dabs Piccata (Olive Oil, White Wine, Lemon Juice and Capers Served with Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables); or Dungeness Crab Ravioli with Grilled Sea Scallops (Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Marsala Cream Reduction and Arugula).

La Bicyclette Restaurant

Dolores Street & 7th Avenue
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923

Looking for an intimate place to eat where you can connect with the locals? La Bicyclette’s kitchen is tiny, and the offerings are prepared on a six-burner stove and a wood-fired oven. You’ll love their European country cuisine. With a menu that is updated weekly to take advantage of locally grown seasonal ingredients, you’ll find delicious, wood-fired breads served with olive oil and butter; Fromage (a tasting of artisan cheeses, house-made fruit bread, compote, and seasonal fruit); Wood-Oven Fired Pizzas; freshly prepared Hors d’Oeuvres like Choux au Feu de Bois (wood-fired Brussels sprouts, Spanish chorizo, celery root puree, pecorino romano, dill oil); Oysters “Marrakesh” (half dozen wood-fired kusshi oysters baked in harissa butter sauce); Champignons Provencale (wood-fired mushrooms caps, pernot, hazelnut-garlic bugger, parsley); and Plats du Jour such as Linguine Pescatore (pasta, lobster, shrimp, seafood velouté, pesto, tomatoes, green onions) and Steak au Poivre (8 oz prime hanger steak, peppercorn cognac sauce, truffle pommes frites, mixed greens salad with citrus vinaigrette).

Basil Seasonal Dining

San Carlos Between Ocean & 7th Avenue
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93921

Serving Venetian-inspired cuisine, Basil is open for lunch and dinner, and private patio dining is available. Their extensive menu includes a wide variety of appetizers, pizza, pasta, and tempting entrees such as Grilled New Zealand King Ora Salmon (cherry tomatoes, green imported Castel Vetrano olives, lemon capers, berry white wine sauce, organic Swank Farms baby carrots, rainbow cauliflowers); Vegan Seasonal Roasted Vegetable Plate (beet raviolis, mixed mushrooms, Gilroy garlic, carrot puree); and much more.

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Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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