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Cafe Stravaganza

241 The Crossroads, Carmel, CA 93923-8650
831-625-3733
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Ranked #76 of 153 restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jan 1, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Searching for a place to eat on New Year's day, we found this little gem. From the olive oil with spices, the bread (divine!) to the service, it was very good. Excellent service from Tino, and the owner was most gracious when complimented. Next time I will try one of the lamb dishes. Best clam chowder!

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Actually one of the best, most enjoyable places I've been. You can see the other customers are friends with staff, repeats. Definitely worth trying, very varied menu, I think.

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los angeles, ca
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I’ve gone to the Café Stravaganza twice. The first time was for a quick breakfast – the basics: eggs, bacon, toast and cottage fries. From that experience, which was better than good, someone recommended that I have the lamb dinner. So my partner and I returned about a month later. The place was virtually empty (always a bad sign). However... More

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London, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Staying at the Hyatt Highlands 3 miles up the coast needed a place for breakfast. This was a great option. The Mexican owners were really friendly and food good solid proven favourites. Would strongly recommend.

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Carmel, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We have eaten there a hand full of times mainly ordering Italian dishes and Pizzas, except once I went there by myself and ordered a delicious kabob dish with rice, bread, salad shirazi ( cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, dry mint with olive oil and lemon juice) as well as some yogurt. There are plenty of places where I can get... More

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Alberta
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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stopped on our drive through Carmel for breakfast with my mom and sister. This is more of a low key place for Carmel and the portions are quite large. The breakfasts that we ordered all had a bit of a Spanish twist to them but all the food was good and so was the service.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

If you miss Italy and italian food this is the best place in Camel. Great choice, great quality, great staff. The atmosphere is nice. I definitely recommend this place .

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Ocean Pines, Maryland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Ordered the spaghetti with meatsauce and my husband had the curried chicken. The bread and olive oil w/spices kept us company until both dishes arrived hot and tasty. Just a shopping center restaurant with a casual, but nicely creative (slightly artsy) atmosphere. Service good. A little pricey, but not by Carmel standards. A good value overall.

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Carmel
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Great place for a nice lunch while at the Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel. Always great Italian Food. Love their dipping oils and herbs. Friendly service.

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Orange County, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Stopped by with kids to have breakfast on our way out of town. Portions are good size and everything was cooked well. Service was good. My husband swears they have the best pancakes he has ever had.

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