One question I am asked quit frequently is, Where can we get a sit down breakfast in town? Here are nine options, all of which are wheelchair accessible. I have listed them in alphabetical order so as not to appear to be suggesting one over the other. Each listing includes important information, such as whether they accept credit cards or are pet friendly. I have also listed price ranges from the least expensive meal to the most expensive meal for each location.
All restaurants are near Ocean Avenue in the central business district of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The numbers correspond to the zeemap at the end of the post, or click here. This may be viewed on your Smartphone or iPad or print out a map of the restaurants here.
Not all of these restaurants take reservations, but if you have special needs or just want to see what their current availability is for your size group, phone numbers are listed for each restaurant below their address.
Level One Carmel Plaza
Ocean between Junipero and Mission
Downstairs behind the Fountain of Woof,
in a lovely garden setting with heaters
and a fire-pit find Bistro Beaujolais dog friendly outdoor seating.
is served from 8AM to 12PM daily.
Other important information, Bistro Beaujolais also serves lunch and dinner. There is indoor dining available. All major credit cards are accepted. Bistro Beaujolais is one of three of restaurateur Firok Shield’s
restaurants in Carmel Village. Pick up a 10% off any of Firok Shield’s restaurant locations coupon at the Carmel Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th and 6th.
*Prices range from $8 for side order of two eggs, English muffin and coffee to $19 for Eggs Benedict with crab cake, coffee and your choice of hash browns, breakfast potatoes or grits.
In a quaint little brick building next door to the Church of the Wayfarer and across the street from Cypress Inn find The Cottage Restaurant.
Charming, this family friendly
and family run restaurant
serves their breakfast menu
all day beginning at 7AM.
Other important information, they also serve lunch from 11 to 3 daily. For lighter eaters, there is a $2 charge for split orders. Major credit cards are accepted. If you are interested in 15% off your bill request a coupon here
. They do take reservations.
*Prices range from $7 for a side order of one egg, bagel, and coffee to $23 for Egg’s Benedict with Crab and spinach, mimosa and coffee and your choice of fresh fruit, hash browns or Cottage potatoes.
Dolores between 5th and 6th
Located in a fairy tale style building, next door to the Secret Garden, Em Le’s is the second oldest restaurant in Carmel Village. Emily and Louise, the original owners are credited for inventing Em Le’s Famous French Toast.
daily from 7AM to 3PM.
Other important information, they also serve lunch daily until 3PM, dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 4:30 to 8PM, with an early bird special from 4:30 – 6:30. For lighter eaters,there are no split orders, but half orders are available on French Toast and Eggs Benedict. To accommodate your pets, they have a few tables for two on the patio. There are no heaters on the patio.
*Prices range from $9 for a side order of one egg, bagel and coffee to $22 for New York Steak and Eggs and coffee.
Southeast Corner of Dolores and 5th
Breakfast at Friar Tuck’s begins at 8AM.
You may even start your day with a
Bloody Mary along side your coffee.
Other important information, they also have a lunch menu, they do not have outdoor seating, they do not accept reservations but they do accept credit cards.
*Prices start at $8 for a mini meal of 1 egg, English muffin, bacon and coffee to $20.50 for one of fourteen different kinds of omelets (3 eggs), Friar potatoes, English muffin, a mimosa and coffee.
(5) Katy’s Place
Mission Street between 5th and 6th
Katy’s Place is “Carmel’s Breakfast Tradition” since 1982, if you do not arrive early, you may have to wait for a table.
Plates are large at Katy’s with sixteen different kinds of Eggs Benedict, eight styles of Belgian Waffle, and a variety of omelets.
The breakfast menu
is served from 7AM to 2PM daily.
Other important information, they do not accept credit cards or personal checks so bring cash. Dogs 20 pounds and under are welcome on the outside patio. They also serve lunch and there is a $2.50 charge for split orders. Katy’s Place can also host your special event, just call them for information.
*Prices range from $10 for a side order of one egg, toast and coffee to $23 for Eggs Benedict (this is the most expensive of the sixteen different kinds) with Maine Lobster, country potatoes and coffee.
Northwest Corner 7th and Dolores
Items on their menu are prepared with local,
fresh and organic ingredients and change daily.
The breakfast menu
of organic/Free-Range eggs, house-made pastries, French Toast or Baguette with fresh churned butter is served from 8AM to 11PM daily.
Other important information, they do accept credit cards and reservations. Lunch is served from 11:30AM – 4PM, and dinner from 5PM -10PM.
*Prices range from $10.50 for two wood-fired eggs, baguette with fresh churned butter and jam and coffee to $25 for wood fired sourdough toast, tomato, avocado, two poached eggs, house-made bacon or sausage, mimosa and coffee.
6th Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln
Family owned since 1972 and decorated like a Swiss cottage, the Little Swiss Cafe is split into two small sections.
In the front the walls are lined with tables and quirky decorations,
while the back walls with booths and a panoramic mural entitled, “Dutch Treat,” by artist Andre Balyon which depicts the Dutch countryside in four seasons.
The breakfast menu of Eggs Benedict, Omelets, Huevos rancheros and house-made cheese blintzes and cheese cake is served Monday – Saturday from 7:30AM to 3PM and Sundays 8AM to 2PM.
Other important information, they do not accept credit cards or personal checks so bring cash. Lunch is served from 11AM till closing.
Prices begin at $10 for a side order of one egg, toast and coffee to $18 for Eggs Benedict with choice of ham, bacon or turkey, and coffee.
Dolores Street between Ocean Avenue and 7th
In 1927, Hugh Comstock built an iconic fairy tale style building that has become synonymous with the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea. In the early 1940’s two sisters from England opened a tea house in this building and called it The Tuck Box.
Over the years there have been a number of owners, it was the second owners John and Elsie Grandfield that developed the recipes for scones, jams and preserves that are still used today. You may even buy these to take home to replicate your own Tuck Box breakfast.
The breakfast menu is served from 7:30AM to 2:30PM daily.
Other important information, pets are welcome on their patio. There are no heaters on the patio. The minimum charge per person is $5, they do not take reservations or credit cards, so bring cash.
*Prices begin at $9 for two eggs prepared to your request served with your choice of Tuck Box Scones, English muffin or toast and coffee to $20 for Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, side of Canadian bacon and coffee.
Northeast Corner of Dolores and Sixth Avenue
The Village Corner, serving Carmel for over 60 years has both indoor and outdoor seating. They allow pets in the outdoor patio which has heaters and a fire pit along with a cover in case of rain.
The breakfast menu
is served from 7AM – 11:30AM.
Other important information, they do take reservations and credit cards. Pets are welcome on the patio and they also serve lunch and dinner. Pick up a 15% off coupon at the Carmel Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th and 6th.
*Prices begin at $9 for one egg, toast or English muffin and coffee to $24 for Eggs Benedict with Dungeness crab and avocado, Applewood smoked bacon and coffee.
I hope you enjoy your stay and breakfast in Carmel-by-the-Sea!
*All prices in this post subject to change.