415 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley , California
Tel: 888 648 9463
Concierge.com's insider take:
The long-running star of the Monterey Peninsula's food scene, Marinus uses ingredients from the backyard (the adjacent inn grows much of its own produce) or from organic growers just down the road. Seasonality is the chef's watchword. Mesquite- and oak-grilled prime beef (the house specialty), game meats, and just-picked vegetables figure prominently on the French-California menu, although chef Cal Stamenov frequently changes the choice of dishes. Service is formal but never stuffy, and tables are spread well apart from one another (unlike at other area restaurants). The encyclopedic wine list features some exceptional vintages, including many from Bernardus, the restaurant's sister winery. The dining space, with its vaulted wooden ceilings, massive wood tables, and roaring limestone fireplace, manages to feel expansive and cozy at the same time.
Open daily 6 pm to 10 pm.
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