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“Fantastic Evening!” 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 149 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
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“Fantastic Evening!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

Based on TA's reviews and a local proprietor's recommendation, we headed to Dametra for dinner one evening on our vacation. It was like walking into a favorite relative's home. The owner personally sat us at our table, our waiter befriended us in a very authentic manner, they served us amazing food and wine. Brought us a few extra "treats" on the house, continually came to our table to chat, recommend other things to do in Carmel and were just all around unbelievable hosts! The restaurant is small (we were tucked in a back table by the kitchen but didn't even care b/c the ambiance of the restaurant reaches all areas) and I would call for a reservation. The restaurant was packed the whole evening. The owners even sang and played instruments for a woman's birthday and one of the chefs came out from the kitchen to sing a solo. What a fun, amazing time!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Cool Little Cafe With Very Good Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

This little cafe in downtown Carmel is very charming and in such a fantastic location while out and about shopping in the area. We did not have a reservation and we were seated quickly which was nice. The little cafe is open 7 days a week from 11-11 which are great hours considering almost everything closes early in Carmel. The ambiance at Demetra is very colorful and festive.

We wanted something lite and simple since we were having dinner at Christopher's a few hours after our meal here so we opted for a Baby Greens Salad which was very good and we shared the Lamb Wrap with came with a nice Yogurt-Dill sauce for dipping. The Lamb was flavored perfectly and the sandwich came with a very good small salad with a pesto dressing which was the perfect accompaniment to the sandwich.

Our service was a bit sluggish, we had wait at times for water and it took quiet awhile for our meal to arrive once we ordered. I would definitely return again, would love to try one of their entrees with a glass of wine. The prices are very reasonable also for a Carmel dining venue. I think this place will do very well in Carmel for a long, long time! :)

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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“Dametra - worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2009

My wife and I visited this much reviewed restaurant with our daughter and were pleasantly surpised....we were greeted and after a short wait after our reservation we were seated...we order the chicken kabob sampler and it was really great...the istambul kakob was ok(the seasoning on the chicken was so good we should have complimented with something else). We were looking forward to the owner entertaining a bit but it looked like he was a bit crazy and we overheard him talking about being understaffed, this may have led to our dinner being a bit late...we had to check in a couple of times as tables that had seated after us actually received their food before us...overall a great restaurant we had a lot of fun and our daughter stole the show as she was screaming and carrying on....the restaurant is so lively it did not disturb anyone, if anything people were taking her picture and coming up and talking to her.....it was a very good experience and family friendly!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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mercer island, wa
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“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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