About California Market at Carmel Highlands
Dine al fresco overlooking the magnificent Yankee Point, or indoors surrounded by the rustic décor of the California Market restaurant, where something for every taste is served in a casual, bistro setting. Select from a menu that features a delightful breakfast array, Carmel’s freshest seafood and fresh local produce, along with gourmet sandwiches and daily specials. Take in the spectacular views from the large redwood deck or the warmth of our restaurant’s pot-bellied stove and enjoy our friendly and attentive service.
Reservations are highly recommended.
Californian, Seafood, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: M-F 7:00am-11:00am; Sa-Su 7:00am-11:30am
Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:30pm; Sa-Su 12:30pm-3:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking for all of our guests dining in the California Market restaurant.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
California Market at Carmel Highlands Ratings and Reviews
We have been the California Market many, ...
We have been the California Market many, many times and the last visit (before this one) was in September 2016. What a surprise to see the restaurant in demolition with a sign that said breakfast and lunch were being served in Pacific's Edge. We learned that the Pacific's Edge added a patio and the Market was being converted into a sales center. We saw many of the same waiters/waitresses and decided to eat on the patio. The view is more spectacular then from the Market being higher up and surrounded by thick glass. Menu was same and we had the grilled chicken sandwich was as good as always. Only difference on the Patio (compared to the Market) was the service was not as efficient or attentive. Hopefully that will change, we love to eat lunch here and enjoy the spectacular view.
Perfection. Not a word I use lightly. Fi ...
Perfection. Not a word I use lightly. First rate. Best ever, in all categories; food, setting and service. It was a special birthday breakfast and at the risk of being overly effusive, we could not have asked for a more wonderful experience.
The view was outstanding, the service wa ...
The view was outstanding, the service was friendly, the food was delivered very promptly, and everything was delicious!
I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to friends and family and plan on returning in the near future.
Beautiful view from high above the bay n ...
Beautiful view from high above the bay not far from Pt. Lobos and on the way to Big Sur. Food was great and the spot is very quaint. There are not a lot of outdoor tables on the deck so you may want reservations. There is inside dining as well but without the view.
The Market is great for breakfast during ...
The Market is great for breakfast during the week, brunch on the weekend and lunch on the weekend. The views of the coast and Pacific Ocean from the California Market are simply outstanding. The restaurant is located high on the hill, so you get a spectacular view of the coast line. There are heaters on the outdoor patio in case the weather is overcast and there are umbrella's for those sunny days to keep you from frying in the sun. The food selection is good. There are also tables inside if you prefer. This is part of the Hyatt Highlands Inn complex which is located in the Carmel Highlands area (about four miles from Carmel by the Sea. The service is excellent. They also serve Illy coffee (Italian) that is so smooth! The coffee is refreshed constantly by either the bus person or waiter/waitress. The food is served hot to your table. We had the Eggs Benedict, Omelet (you select your own fillings), pancakes, waffel and Frittata during our stay. They were all very tasty and well prepared. If you are staying in the Highlands Inn area, you should try the California Market. You will not be disappointed and their is something for everyone, including families.
My wife and I drove straight to Californ ...
My wife and I drove straight to California Market from the airport for our weekend in Monterrey. We arrived for lunch and they sat us at the best table on the balcony. The views are as good as they get. Food was quite good and the service excellent. A great start to a fun weekend.
California Market at Carmel Highlands wa ...
California Market at Carmel Highlands was as relaxing and beautiful as we remembered it to be. For my 92-year old father this visit was a lovely nostalgic return to a beloved spot and we weren't disappointed! Thanks very much for creating a wonderful ambience, serving delicious fare and wrapping the whole experience up with great service.
We were satisfied with the food and serv ...
We were satisfied with the food and service but I was disappointed in that I had told you staff that we were celebrating our 55 wedding anniversary-and we had spent our honeymoon at the Highlands Inn 55 years ago. I was not expecting a sing-a-long or even a little cake-but most restaurants would have at the very least put a candle in a cup-cake in front of us. Someone in the office missed my notice.
Favorite "go to" place for visitors
I love to take friends who've lived in the area and are returning for a brief stay, or out of the area guests. But, whatever the occasion, even a simple lunch with a local friend, we always LOVE the view, the service, and the ability to have a quiet conversation!
Had mother's day brunch here, ask for an outside table, the view is stunning. Eggs benedict were perfect! Make sure you wander around the hotel, go up to Pacific's Edge restaurant and adjacent lounge. For a more formal meal, choose Pacific's Edge, the Market is more casual.
An Oasis on the CA Coast
The location overlooking the Pacific from up above cannot be beat. It's peaceful & quiet, the food is superb & the service professional, friendly & prompt. The fish sandwiches are the best! We live in WNC & always come for lunch at this lovely place whenever we visit
View of Heaven
Did not know what to expect until we were seated on the patio with the expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. It was a beautiful setting made even more enjoyable with good service and good food. The only thing that would have made this experience any better is a whale sighting. Luck was not in the cards that day but Tony, our gracious and knowledgeable waiter educated us on whale species and most favorable times to catch a glimpse of them. We will be back again soon, that is for sure.
We've dined at CA Market many times & it's always a stellar experience. They have THE best fresh halibut sandwiches; so nice that it's not fried like most other places. The view from the cliffs looking down on the ocean below cannot be beat. Shama (sp?) was our server & exceeded our expectations.
Great food, superb view!
We had lunch just the other day and found a lovely table with a spectacular view. An extremely charming gentlemen looked after us and the food was fantastic. They had turned the usually ubiquitous quesadilla into a thing of beauty, filling it with delicious ingredients including an avocado of exactly the right consistency. The crispy calamari was the best I've ever had, so light and crunchy. But the piece de resistance was our cocktails; a perfect martini and such an excellent Merlot that I'll remember it for a long time and now will have to up my game at home as all else will fall short. And I cannot end without mentioning the parking attendants who were so thoughtful and nice. A wonderful day! Thank you Highlands Inn. You never disappointed in the past and are carrying on beautifully.
We were looking for a view without a big ...
We were looking for a view without a big price tag and California Market seemed like a good option for a relaxing weekday lunch. The service was friendly and attentive. The lunch faire was adequate but unexciting. The view is exceptional. This is obviously the Highlands attempt to find a lower end market compared to their high end restaurant. It works pretty well. The access is confusing. No signage about the restaurant, just about the high end hotel and restaurant. I also balk at valet parking for a simple lunch. I guess that's just Carmel Highlands.
I was with my daughter celebrating her b ...
I was with my daughter celebrating her birthday. We have dined here before many times.
We enjoy the view, even saw gray whales migrating south to Mexico. We both had salads,
as it was a very warm day. They were delicious and the service was top notch.
A fantastic find - don't miss it!
We traveled a bit further than we intended primarily because of previous view and diamond rating. It was a stunning, warm sunny day in the middle of February and I could not imagine a more exquisite place to break for lunch and enjoy the beauty of the California Coast.
Food is price but your view is Worth it. ...
Food is price but your view is
Worth it. I had a $16 mushroom sandwich and my fiancée had a $17 club sandwich . I thought my gods was great . He didn't think his meal was worth the price. I was able to swap out my sides for the soup of the day- mushroom bisque : amazing. And, he was able to get 1/2 salad and 1/2 Fries bc he couldn't decided. I was always brought a fresh cup of coffee instead of refill. I would come back!
Food has really gone down. Crab cakes we ...
Food has really gone down. Crab cakes were cold and soggy. The spring roll was mostly fried won ton wrappers - you couldn't taste the lobster or crab. The dipping sauce was cloyingly sweet. Beautiful setting, lovely service, disappointing food. We've been coming here for Christmas lunch for 4 years and prior to this lunch the meals have been stellar. Plus after asking the hostess if she had checked us in since I didn't see her do it- I get an email from open table saying they were sorry we missed our reservation!
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