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“Really nice find in Carmel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mundaka

Mundaka
San Carlos Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-7400
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Ranked #34 of 126 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Basque
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Ocean Ave & 7th Ave
Transit: Monterey Peninsula Transit Bus Stop is located right out front on the sidewalk.
Description: Mundaka is a Spanish style tapas restaurant in downtown Carmel, CA. It is the result of great friendships, a love of food and wine and music, and a long term romance with Spain and its culture. Open in March 2009, Mundaka continues to evolve daily with the creations of our chef Brandon Miller, and the musical musings of all our talented contributors. Mundaka aspires to be the hub for all that is tasty, fun, artistic, creative, and cultural in Carmel-by-the-sea. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Northern California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Really nice find in Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I recently dined here for our tenth anniversary and really enjoyed our visit. We shared a couple of tapas plates (we highly recommend the Padron peppers - loved them so much we are now going to grow our own) as well as a big pan of paella which was fantastic. Everything we tried was incredibly tasty. The service was excellent - our waiter, Robert, did a great job of making recommendations for us and also keeping us entertained with his great sense of humor. He took great care of us the entire evening. This place is a bit hidden - off one of the side streets that connects with Ocean Ave downtown, so you aren't likely to stumble into it. Do yourself a favor and give it a try - you will enjoy the experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Springfield, Missouri
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Went on Saturday night during film festival. Had reservations and had looked forward to this all week. Waiter was very good. Food average at best and our dates were burnt. Not slightly singed- the bacon was flat out black, burnt and no taste of bacon left. We eat out a lot and travel frequently and I have never had burnt food served before. The other items were average, but nothing outstanding. Also the tables are close together- just a bit too much since the waiters butt was basically on our table every time he served the tables beside us.
It was not horrible, but very disappointing and by far the most average meal of the trip.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing Traditional Spanish Tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Loved this Tapas restaurant! The atmosphere was very friendly and the food was amazing! We had the tortilla, lamb burger and zucchini with Marconi almonds...all were wonderful. The prices were as expected for a tapas restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tapas in Carmel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We found this cute tapas restaurant in Carmel on the recommendation of friends. Some of the dishes were great, while others were very good. There was an interesting array of small plates, each in the traditional Spanish mode. The "Party Bottle" wine ($5 if you don't ask; $8 if you ask) was a good addition to the meal. We tasted the Sangria (red and delicious), but decided to stick with the Party Bottle wine in light of the variety of dishes we were ordering. The Rioja poached pears with crepes were a good light dessert, but we would ask for more pears next time.
The service was quite good. The owner spent some quality time with us, and he was quite gregarious and friendly. The atmosphere was great and enjoyable. It was a very nice experience overall.

  • Visited September 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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Reading, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a tapas restaurant that serves outstanding food and has great service. We had about ten different dishes and they were all of the same excellent standard. We particularly like the lamb hamburgers and the fries tossed in truffle salt. Thank you to Diane and John from Petit Soleil at SLO for recommending this gem. Thank you to all the staff for making this such a great evening.

  • 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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