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San Carlos Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-7400
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Ranked #11 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $40
Sun - Wed 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Basque
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Ocean Ave & 7th Ave
Transit: Monterey Peninsula Transit Bus Stop is located right out front on the sidewalk.
Description: Mundaka is a Spanish style tapas restaurant in downtown Carmel, CA. It is the result of great friendships, a love of food and wine and music, and a long term romance with Spain and its culture. Open in March 2009, Mundaka continues to evolve daily with the creations of our chef Brandon Miller, and the musical musings of all our talented contributors. Mundaka aspires to be the hub for all that is tasty, fun, artistic, creative, and cultural in Carmel-by-the-sea. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of Carmel definitely exceeded my expectations. I didn’t have high hopes when the extremely chatty and folksy host, after determining it was our first time at the restaurant, launched into an explanation of what tapas are (we’ve eaten at many tapas restaurants around the world, including Spain), and then went on to urge... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Only found out about Mundaka once we arrived in Carmel and we were so glad we did. Great tapas, and unlike other tapas restaurants, they didn't just plonk all the plates on the table at the same time, which we really liked. Loved the atmosphere and the chilled out, unstuffy feel to the place. Well worth a visit!

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tried Mundaka as it was recommended by our guide book and very glad we did. Sultry atmosphere. Live music. Great tapas. Great wine. Great evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Mundaka is a true gem! We arrived late on Sunday and had trouble finding a place open past nine. We found this place and we couldn't have asked for anything better. The owner was friendly and extremely welcoming. Everything he recommended was excellent. We had the lamb burgers and everyone agreed 'best burger ever'

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North Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stumbled on the little place beside the Carmel liquor store. Great find, great atmosphere, good food, enthusiastic server, great value. Worth a try!

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Ottawa, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Really enjoyed this place. Tapas were excellent. The selection was moderate, but there was enough for me to be satisfied. Prices were a tad high for the tapas, but this was more than made up by the "party wine" (no questions asked...) we ordered at $5 per person. Not a bad Spanish wine actually, and we had a full bottle.... More

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San Francisco, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This review is long overdue, in short…do yourself a favor and don't leave Carmel without going to Mundaka. We had our rehearsal dinner with a group of 25+ here and the night couldn't have gone any smoother. We made the reservation with very little notice, but they were super responsive and they reserved the front room for our group (supposedly... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We adored Mundaka. The owner himself helped us out with the menu and even recommended against over-ordering (though we did so a bit on our own!) The food here was surprisingly great, from the bomba, to the superb thinly sliced ham with figs, to the exquisite duck leg confit with bacon leek puree. The chef came by and we had... More

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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

We went here because it was one of the few places open late with folks under the age of 55 (no offense). The manager and server were super friendly, and they had Classic Wiley Coyote cartoons playing on mute on the projector. They also play foreign films The wine was great with both local and Spanish options, but mostly Spanish.... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Very good meal, excellent service, and creative drinks. We had dinner at Mundaka during our stay in Carmel. The plays fills up so do make a reservation.

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