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Best Restaurant for Romantic Dining (2012)
Pacific’s Edge Restaurant at the Highlands Inn
120 Highlands Drive, Carmel
Begin in the bar where live piano music, a glass of Champagne and spectacular views over pine forest and the blue, blue sea will open your senses. Dining at Pacific’s Edge is a tantalizing experience right down to the fine feel of the linens, the beauty of the tableware, and the elegance of the furnishings in the spacious dining room. An award-winning wine list and specialties like fresh oysters and Monterey Bay abalone conspire to enhance your romantic adventure. The cuisine is modern and deeply satisfying—never bogged down in cleverness or novelty—with your appetites fully engaged through flavor, texture and presentation. If romance is a heightened sense of being alive, Pacific’s Edge is your elevator up.