I was taking my wife on a driving trip up the coast of California and spent an evening in Carmel. This little gem of a restaurant had great reviews and a surprisingly low price point for the area so I made a reservation for the night we would be in town. This restaurant seemed to be the only place in Carmel that was full and alive after the shops closed down. There were quite a few people trying to get in to Dametra while most other restaurants appeared to have plenty of space and after eating here I know why.
The food is fantastic and reasonably priced. The host and the decor make you feel like the place was lifted out of the Mediterranean and plopped down on the main street of Carmel. You will need a reservation so keep that in mind! We arrived a few minutes early and our table was not ready yet, but we were greeted with enthusiasm and the host gave both my wife and I a complimentary glass of wine while we waited. And it was a pretty decent glass of wine as well -- he did not just give us the cheapest glass on the menu, but rather one of the more expensive ones because he thought it was what his guests would enjoy. (And he was right! I ended up ordering more of that same wine with my dinner)
The food is true Mediterranean style with influences from Greece and Turkey and Lebanon but was fantastic. Prepared perfectly with generous but not overly large portions. The staff of the restaurant seems to enjoy what they do, stopping everything to perform a song a dance and bringing some of the diners into the celebration with them. It felt genuine, not like a "happy birthday" experience at chili's but a real moment of celebration with their guests. When we left the host personally thanked us for coming to his restaurant and gave both my wife and I a hug. Again it felt like he really was grateful we chose to spent an evening in his place instead of somewhere else. All in all it was an amazing dinner and can't recommend this place enough.
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