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“Fun atmosphere, something for everyone” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mundaka

Mundaka
Ranked #61 of 155 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $20 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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144 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere, something for everyone”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

Be sure to ask your wait staff for suggestions and description of what you're ordering. Sizes are misleading, so you could find that you have too much or not enough. Made the mistake of ordering a chicken dish which we thought would be hot but it a cold chicken dish. The lamb wasn't my favourite. Generally food is too greasy for us. Chickpeas were good. We thought everything was heavily salted for our tastebuds.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Monterey, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Mundaka is a feast for the senses!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Dining at Mundaka in Carmel by the Sea is a feast for the senses! It’s like being transported back to Spain and stopping off to dine at a cozy intimate tapas restaurant in Madrid or in a charming town in the Spanish countryside. Mundaka’s lighting, décor accents, and ambiance helps make the journey even easier but it’s the food that transports us straight to Spanish food nirvana. There were so many interesting dishes to choose from on their menu during our recent visit. We especially enjoyed the Carpaccio (seared carpaccio, brussel sprout slaw with fried oyster) which was wonderful. The coliflor – cauliflower gratin, horseradish with Gruyere cheese was exceptional. The warm spinach salad with house chorizo, seasonal fruit and almonds was creative and delicious. We split a 24 ounce bone-in ribeye, served rare, that was superb! We didn’t get to enjoy all of the intriguing dishes on the menu but look forward to coming back soon to try more! We appreciated that Mundaka used fresh, local, organic, biodynamic, free-range, line-caught, sustainable, fair-trade, home made, from scratch “real” food! The staff is gracious and helpful and will make it easy for you to pick some of your favorites from their array of treats. I even took a menu so I could plan my next visit! Next time you’re in Carmel, be sure to call for reservations at Mundaka!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wbmonterey
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Brunswick, Georgia
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131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Run, don't walk, to get here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

Mundaka is a gem of place, if you can find your way there. Tucked in a small courtyard behind Ron's Liquor & adjacent to the Wells Fargo parking lot, Mundaka serves up a variety of Spanish style Tapas. The menu changes with seasons. Gabe (the owner) and Brandon (the chef) go to great effort to devise authentic dishes & it shows! Super friendly staff, lively atmosphere, interesting movies & music complete the picture...always something to enjoy here.

Visited December 2012
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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Spanish Flavour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

The food was absolutely fantastic and the service was great. It reminded me of being in a tapas bar in Barcelona. The waiter recommended a grenache which was excellent.

The Catalan tomato bread to start was great. I would also recommend the charcuteria plate, croquettas, boquerones and the lamb burger. Everything we had was delicious and service fantastic.

The live music on a Tuesday night was great and the place is definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tilijaus
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bay area, ca
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76 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Lovely little place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

Stopped by here on a cold day and we were greeted very warmly by the waiter.

We tired a variety of dishes and they were all good. We not only got suggestions on what we could try , how to eat some of the plates , some of the dishes were also customized for us and made vegetarian . He went ahead and placed an order after informing us , but it was delicious.

All in lovely , with the decor and settings and the food, it was a lovely experience. Will visit again.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kelvi
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