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“Excellent tapas and drinks in old 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 #11 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Basque
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Excellent tapas and drinks in old Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of Carmel definitely exceeded my expectations. I didn’t have high hopes when the extremely chatty and folksy host, after determining it was our first time at the restaurant, launched into an explanation of what tapas are (we’ve eaten at many tapas restaurants around the world, including Spain), and then went on to urge us to each order the hamburger sliders, which were the least Spanish cuisine oriented item on the menu. But in fact this turned out to be one of the better of the tapas restaurants I’ve eaten at in California. The first pleasant surprise was their cocktail menu, particularly their complex and interesting variations on gin and tonic; we ended up having three different drinks and enjoying every one. The charcuterie plate was fabulous, the fried garbanzo beans with white truffle salt were irresistible, the croquetas (deep fried fritters of smoked bacon, olive and béchamel) were delectable, and the bacon-wrapped dates were rich and flavorful. The wine selections were good and featured one of our favorite hard to find Albarinos by the glass. The lemon cake dessert was good, but the real revelation was the Spanish Lustau brandy, aged in Madeira casks; we had no idea Spain produced such great brandies, and very different from the standard French ones. Service was generally attentive and friendly.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leeds
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Amazing food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Only found out about Mundaka once we arrived in Carmel and we were so glad we did. Great tapas, and unlike other tapas restaurants, they didn't just plonk all the plates on the table at the same time, which we really liked. Loved the atmosphere and the chilled out, unstuffy feel to the place. Well worth a visit!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tried Mundaka as it was recommended by our guide book and very glad we did. Sultry atmosphere. Live music. Great tapas. Great wine. Great evening.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fabulous find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Mundaka is a true gem! We arrived late on Sunday and had trouble finding a place open past nine. We found this place and we couldn't have asked for anything better. The owner was friendly and extremely welcoming. Everything he recommended was excellent. We had the lamb burgers and everyone agreed 'best burger ever'

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North Carolina
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Excellent tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stumbled on the little place beside the Carmel liquor store. Great find, great atmosphere, good food, enthusiastic server, great value. Worth a try!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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