We were in Carmel for a couple of nights in mid May. It was Mothers day the next night so I decided that I should pick somewhere special for the lady in my life. I went on line to trip advisor . The # 1 pick was as far as I got. The reviews said it all, although I must say that they were so good that we thought they were too good to be true. I Phoned and made reservations! The following evening we arrived 5 min before our reservation. and noticed a few people waiting outside. Walked in, Wow, a very small restaurant, beautifully appointed, filled with totally satisfied, happy looking patrons enjoying their meals. We were immediately greeted by Faisal, the co owner. He greeted us personally and asked if we were locals or visitors. We mentioned that we were from Canada ,and that it was the last night of out vacation, he assured us that this would be the best evening of our trip. He said that they were waiting for a couple of tables to clear, and asked us if we would like a glass of wine. Faisal poured us each a glass of good wine and we spent a few minutes in front of the restaurant visiting others, many returning patrons (All without reservations) waiting patiently for a seat. Everyone we spoke to raved about "Dametra" We were quikcly seated, as were all of the people that had just walked up!
The meals , the wine, the service were all above our already high expectations. The service couldn't have been better. and Faisal was there , as a good host and friend should be when he has guests in his establishment. We had more than enough to eat and decided to opt out of dessert, in liew of finishing off our excellent bottle of Carmel Vally wine from the cellar. To our surprise a dessert arrived ,son la casa. and we were delighted at how tasty it was. As we were finishing our wine, Faisal took down a string instrument , that had been displayed on the wall and with a very excellent singer (who happens to also be a staff member ) serenaded us all. The instrument was an ud, Native to Jordan. This was the pais de resistance to the evening.
We live in Vancouver B.C. Canada .and have a large selection of excellent world class restaurants of every persuasion. I will state that Dametra is the best restaurant I have been to in many years. Very simple recipe Great food , Great service, and amazing friendlyness offered to all who are fortunate enough to walk through the door! Thank you Faisal ,Partner and staff for making us feel like family!