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“Feel Good Atmosphere Wonderfully Delicious Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dametra Cafe

Dametra Cafe
Corner of Ocean Ave and Lincoln St, Carmel, CA 93921
831-622-7766
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Ranked #1 of 152 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
mercer island, wa
1 review
“Feel Good Atmosphere Wonderfully Delicious Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2009

We passed through Carmel on our move from Seattle and looked at the reviews of various restaurants and decided on Dametra Cafe and what a treat. We were amazed at the number of guests that arrived by 6:30 and the owner and his cousin (Faisal and Solomon) were committed to make all feel good. The owner serenaded all of us on the Oud as a guest was celebrating a birthday. The Greek salad and the special of halibut were amazingly delicious and a complimentary treat of Baklava was a perfect ending to a delightful evening. My husband and I are looking forward to making Carmel a stop so we can dine at Dametra Cafe again.
Make reservations. The restaurant is small, I believe he said 22 tables. Don't miss it!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“wonderful food, great employees, and even better atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2009

Liz and I enjoyed the food and atmosphere so much, we went back the second evening. The staff made you feel like family the moment you walked in the door. They suggested the perfect wine and paid constant attention to your needs. The customer service was amazing! Our food was great both evenings and we were always made to feel like we were the only clients! I would highly recommend this place if you want to leave with a smile and enjoy great food at the same time! I hope they are in business a long time...and the owner is cute also!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, WA
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2009

There is a good reason that this is the top rated restaurant in Carmel. It simply deserves it.

The owner is a gracious host and the staff all the way down to the bus boy match his lead. When we arrived our table was not quite ready so he poured us a couple glasses of a very nice wine. While we waited I noticed how attentive he was to all of his guests, even sending many of the regulars home with what seemed to be a complimentary bottle of wine. When our wine glasses were close to empty and the folks at our reserved table were still having too good a time to leave our glasses were filled again.

The atmosphere is one of a dinner party amongst friends. Everybody is chatting back and forth from table to table, the staff is chatting everyone up as they make sure all of their needs are cared for. A few minutes after being seated the entire staff and many of the regulars broke out in song while the owner played a type of guitar. Everyone was off key but nobody cared.

The food was spectacular. There is a bit of a Greek flair to the decor and the name but the menu has selections from most of the Mediterranean countries. Throughout dinner the wine that they poured for us upon arrival kept flowing and it never showed on the bill. When asked about dessert we declined as we didn't have room for more than a bite each. Out came a bite each of one of the desserts on the house, exactly what we needed and somehow they just knew it.

Please do make a reservation or you run the risk of waiting up to an hour which isn't so bad as they pour a nice glass for you while you wait.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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“so tasty!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2009

This place is unbelievable. Both the chicken kebab and the Istanbul kebab were delicious beyond belief. They mildly messed up our order but remedied the issue by bringing us refills on wine and some outstanding baklava for dessert. The owner, Faisal, was very welcoming and there is a very warm and friendly ambience.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wausau, WI
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“very unique, enjoyable place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2009

The host played his guitar and sang to a group of four at a table and shook my hand as I left, thanking me for coming. They seemed very happy that we cleared our plates completely. We had to ask questions regarding what the items on the menu were. They suggested we order the Greek items (their speciality) so we did and the food was very good. We got there early for dinner and by the time we left, it was packed with peole standing outside trying to get in. We definitely would come back.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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