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Review of Dametra Cafe

Dametra Cafe
Ranked #3 of 159 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Vancouver, WA
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“TA reviews were right on.”
Reviewed June 4, 2009

Based on reviews, it appeared that Dametra diners had charmed dining experiences so, we reserved a table for tonight. We too were charmed by a warm and delicious dining experience. It appeared that others were enjoying the same. We will stop here whenever our travels bring us to this are.

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Thank Paul L
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“Wonderful Evening - Beyond Expectations!!!”
Reviewed June 1, 2009

My husband and I went to Carmel in December to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We did not make a dinner reservation for Friday evening, deciding we would walk around town to find a nice place to dine. We came upon Dametra Cafe. It was new to us so we were intrigued. While overlooking the outdoor menu, one of the staff came out and invited us in. It only got better from there!!! The cafe is small but beautiful with murals on the walls and colorful decor. The owner's and staff were so welcoming. They made us feel like we were part of the family. The food was Mediterranean and delicious. While chatting with the owner, he asked us if we were in Carmel to celebrate a special occasion. We said, "thanks for asking. It is our 40th wedding anniversary!" Soon we were serenaded . What a treat! We ended our meal with their pecan torte...oh my gosh, how delightful! Prior to leaving, we were given a bottle of wine for our anniversary. What a great end to a beautiful evening. We highly recommend this wonderful restaurant and plan on going back again and again.
Bill and Christine Arnedo

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Thank trina60
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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“Like going for dinner at a good friend's home”
Reviewed May 21, 2009

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!

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Thank Redrock55
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“Fantastic Evening!”
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!

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Thank chicagoheel93
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899 reviews
612 restaurant reviews
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“Cool Little Cafe With Very Good Food!”
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! :)

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