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MICHELIN Guide United States

Aubergine

  • Monte Verde at 7th Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea, 93921, United States
  • 205 USD • Contemporary, Californian
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MICHELIN Guide United States

Aubergine

  • Monte Verde at 7th Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea, 93921, United States
  • 205 USD • Contemporary, Californian
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Tucked into the quaint seaside surroundings of Carmel, this high-end restaurant boasts the same appealing mix of luxury and simplicity as its home in the cottage-like L’Auberge Carmel. With only a dozen or so tables, it’s an intimate retreat that offers personalized attention. Low ceilings, soft lighting, gauzy curtains and a soothing design add to the hushed aura—though a 2,500-bottle wine cellar will perk up any oenophile.

Helmed by Chef Justin Cogley, the kitchen eschews elaborate technique for a classic approach to fine dining. The meal may open with three small bites—an oyster topped with creamy yuzu foam; a mini tartlet of artichoke; and a crispy potato croquette topped with glazed eel. Local tomatoes are sweet and flavorful; and arranged with some pieces of melon, tiny cucumbers, a dollop of caviar and a pour of gazpacho broth for the appropriately titled "flavors of summer." Roasted breast of local duck is served with a spoonful of duck jus, but the filet of tender, 28-day dry-aged rib eye is an absolute star.
Finally, thin slices of brownie arranged with dark chocolate tuiles, chocolate ganache and a dollop of torched meringue is an elegant take on s'mores. 

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  • m One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!

Facilities & Services

  • T Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • N Particularly interesting wine list
  • a Wheelchair access

Information

+1 831-624-8578

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