In 1972, 35 years after brothers Sam and Coniglio opened up a brand-new bar dubbed "My Attic" in the Casa Sanchez building on Alvarado street, Coniglio gave the bar's last call before it closed. But his grandson Jason brought the family business back from retirement the minute its old space became available again. Today, the clink of cocktail glasses and peals of laughter recall the misty memories of 1937, when a country still fresh off of Prohibition reveled in the right to drink openly or call someone a "knucklehead" without fear of jail time. Guests belly up to the hand-milled oak bar for a potent Ketel One martini or Bulleit Bourbon Manhattan, pairing them with Italian cheese and salami platters, rosemary foccacia bread, or sweet cannoli. Leather easy chairs, however, make it easier to gaze up at the rustic, wood-beam rafters in the stone-floored parlor.
Among carved wooden furniture reminiscent of an Alpine chalet, Chef Andr? Lengacher anchors checkered tablecloths with Swiss specialties such as lightly breaded schnitzel and creamy fondue. Alongside traditional sandwiches like tuna melts and a pork roast on ciabatta, diners can enjoy a grilled tilapia salad during lunch hours, while those hunting for dinner can order up a rack of lamb or the monstrous farmer's mountain sausage platter, replete with veal bratwurst, polish and garlic sausage spatzli nestled up to a mound of sauerkraut. Trompe l?oeil wall murals transport diner?s to a picturesque mountain village, as a brigade of?musicians ?perform traditional tunes on accordions and violins that harmonize gracefully with opera-trained cuckoo clocks.
Jason Balestrieri, executive chef at Cantinetta Luca, turns his attentions from Italian cuisine to classic American food in the kitchen of 400 Degrees Gourmet Burgers & Fries. He and his cooks hand-sculpt patties of Black Angus Chuck and skirt steak, sear them on a custom cast iron griddle, and serve them on toasted brioche buns. Diners can augment these with toppings such as pickled onions or buttermilk blue cheese, or opt instead for an albacore tuna burger or a veggie patty with eggplant-miso spread. Options for libations include handmade sea salt caramel shakes, craft beers, and wine. 15-foot windows and Artemide light fixtures lend the space an open, modern ambience.
Rustic elegance characterizes the menu at La Dolce Vita Ristorante, a Carmel-by-the-Sea eatery where the Melendez family prepares Italian cuisine following old family recipes. The family crafts housemade pastas, bakes gourmet pizzas, and presents fresh seafood in specialties such as crab ravioli in rich, creamy champagne sauce. The restaurant's warm hospitality is just as comforting as its food?attentive servers move amid tables draped in white linens, describing dishes and gently popping the corks of Italian and Californian wines.
At Village Corner Carmel Bistro, diners feast in the lush environment of a caf?, surrounded by warm-hued adobe walls, a leafy garden, and an expanse of open sky. Guests dine on the open-air patio, or cozy up indoors to plates of pecan-crusted halibut or pan-roasted filet mignon.
When you stay at L Auberge Carmel in Carmel, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Galante Vineyards and Carmel Plaza. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Sunset Center and Carmel Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 20 guestrooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bathrobes. Conveniences include safes and complimentary newspapers, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or make use of the other amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and a concierge desk.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. This hotel has 2 meeting rooms available for events. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).