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San Carlos Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-7400
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Ranked #17 of 150 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Pacific Grove, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Fabulous service, great diverse menu, prices reasonable, alcohol selection amazing, and all around fabulous place.

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Los Altos, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

We were wine tasting in Carmel and wanted to have a light meal before heading to a play in Monterey. So it was about 6pm when we arrived. We didn't have reservations, and since we said we'd only be there less than an hour, we were seated. I ordered sangria and was disappointed. The only fruit was the orange on... More

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It's hard to imagine that Mundaka's menu changes nightly. Last night, we were transported by dish after dish, with a shout out for the "Coles de Bruselas", perfectly tender, slightly crispy little brussel sprouts, with apples, candied walnuts and bacon vinaigrette, and the Esqueixada, an ode to peppers and onions. (Personally, I am not that keen on onions, but this... More

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148 reviews 148 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Our first visit was great - friendly staff, delicious tapas and reasonable prices. We particularly loved the peppers stuffed with cod and the oxtail dish. I'd rate that experience 5 stars. We wanted to eat so much of the menu that we tried to go back the night after. There was a private party taking up half of the restaurant... More

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Cazenovia, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Let me start out by saying that I write more positive reviews than negative but I don't know where to start with this odd ball restaurant. We chose it because it was on the Carmel-By-The Sea Culinary tour so thought it would be exceptional. A specialty cocktail is $13.50 and is described as having fig jam and orange juice. Almost... More

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San Francisco, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Great tapas, served at your timing and discretion; many traditional and some showing chef creativity. Unlike the tapa tradition, however, there is absolutely NO list of sherries to go with them - no fino, no manzanilla, no amontillado - nothing. When I asked if sherries were available, I got the port/cream sherry list for dessert. So for us, half the... More

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89 reviews 89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

And it can get expensive, as everything else can in Carmel. The atmosphere is good for couples and small groups. Has a hip feel to it. The paella for four ($48) was a good value; it plus a couple of small plates and you're getting out for less than $20 a head, rare for Carmel. Wine list could be better.... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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