Why We Went: My daughter, Taylor, and I were visiting Carmel and were hosted for dinner by the lovely Grill on Ocean Avenue. We loved how convenient it was to our inn and the choice of menu options.
What We Had: I started with the Bibb Lettuce & Gorgonzola Salad and for dinner I chose the 8 oz. Center-Cut Filet Mignon. Taylor opted for the Parmigiano-Crusted Chicken Breast, which was served with vegetables and french fries.
Something Special: For starters, we splurged and ordered cocktails. Taylor had the mango margarita and I, the peach bellini. They were both extremely tasty!
Noteworthy: The Bibb Salad was definitely a good choice. Using my favorite kind of lettuce, The Grill on Ocean Avenue added creamy gorgonzola, golden raisins, and spiced pecans with a blue cheese vinaigrette. Perfecto!
Best Part of the Meal: The Yukon potatoes gratinée were wonderful. I usually find the starch portion of the meal to be the least impressive, but these potatoes had some thought put into them. They were flavorful, creamy, and sheer heaven. The seasoned sweet onion strings that topped my steak were a nice touch. Its port wine reduction with glace de viande was really inventive and tasty.
Bonus: The Grill on Ocean Avenue has an upscale look but a very relaxed atmosphere. It is not one bit pretentious and anyone would feel comfortable dining here. The staff was overly friendly and we had excellent service. We really enjoyed their warm fireplace ambiance.
What Needs Improvement: Taylor was not fond of the saffron flavored fettuccine that accompanied the chicken and even though I ordered my steak medium, it was more on the rare side. I did not send it back as I like it that way, too.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8
The Grill on Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln
Open Daily 11:30 AM-4:30 PM (lunch) and 5 PM-10 PM (dinner)
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