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“Fantastic Food and great atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dametra Cafe

Dametra Cafe
Ocean Ave, 2nd East Lincoln, Carmel, CA 93921
831-622-7766
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Ranked #1 of 151 restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Traverse City, Michigan
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“Fantastic Food and great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Wow, what a sleeper. This place is a must if you are in Carmel. The food is incredible and the pricing is very reasonable. It is close quarters and the servers are full of life and the people are totally alive in the restaurant. It is a pick me up restaurant for your sole and of course stomach.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calabasas, California
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“Wow - a lot of great food for a small price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Portions are very large. I would suggest splitting the entrees unless you are very hungry. Very friendly and efficient service. Always seems to be crowded which is a testament to its popularity.

Visited October 2013
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bay area, ca
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“Great customer service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My husband and I ate here with our 6 year old son. Like one reviewer commented, children are welcome here. I have been to nearby snooty restaurants where other customers seem to visibly cringe when you walk in with a young child. It wasn't the case for this little restaurant. It had a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Our server was very sweet and attentive. It was quite busy the afternoon that we arrived. The restaurant is small and the tables are closely packed. However, that didn't take away from our dining experience. The food is good and inexpensive for the area. Everything that we ate was delicious. I had the chicken kebabs, my husband the gyro, my son raviolis and we shared pita bread with yummy tzatziki dip. That was sooo good. Our server asked us if we wanted to order dessert and we declined. Moments later, we were brought baklava which we were told, was on the house. Again, a very nice gesture. We'll definitely come back again!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great place with great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

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.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cupertino, California
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“Entertaining and Very Good Food Too”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

If nothing else you will be entertained. Grouchy old people should avoid Dametra as you will only spoil it for the rest of the patrons. This place is just plain fun and full of color.

The experience begins with a very friendly host who likes to shake hands and hug. Our table was not ready so he got us a complimentary glass of wine to ease the pain of waiting, which was less than 5 minutes. The Chef sings while the host plays a Greek guitar, the guests clap to the music and join right in: some even get up and dance in the narrow path between tables. It's all fun.

Smile, have fun and rock the evening away folks. Not your normal over priced vacation restaurant.

Oh yes, the food is very good and surprisingly inexpensive for the location on Ocean Avene in downtown snobish Carmel-by-the-Sea.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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