California Market at Pacific’s Edge

4.5
2234 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Special Occasions
The new California Market at Pacific’s Edge is the exciting fusion of the Hyatt Carmel Highlands' two popular and award-winning restaurants, the casual bistro California Market and the fine dining Pacific's Edge.

After the biggest renovation in the hotel's 100-year history, the California Market at Pacific’s Edge is ready to welcome diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner on its expansive new 870-square-foot deck, featuring louvered roof and glass-panel walls with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur coast.

Combining the best of both worlds, California Market is committed to fresh, organic, locally grown and raised ingredients to create food that not only fulfills our appetites but pleases our sensibilities.



Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm
Lunch Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Brunch Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 3:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Lounge: 3:30pm - closing (drinks start at 3:30pm, 4:00pm for food)
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Phone number
(831) 622-5445
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Private Party Facilities
Named one of the top 20 restaurants in the United States by Wine Spectator, Pacific's Edge is ideal for every occasion; from wedding receptions to corporate events. Set high atop a cliff in Carmel overlooking Monterey's Big Sur coastline, our private dining room will enchant your guests with its warmth and beauty. Glass enclosed for privacy, our Wine Room can seat up to 40 guests and provides a personal wait staff for the ultimate in service and elegance.

Contact one of our sales professionals at 831.622.5445.
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Highway 1
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Parking Details
Free Valet Parking. Drive your car to the front steps and the friendliest valets in the world will happily park your car for you. Towards the end of your meal, have your server summon your car. Nothing could be more convenient, other than an overnight stay here at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands where you could walk to your room after dinner.
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Entertainment
Come and listen to the stylish voice of Neal Banks and contemporary guitar of Steve Ezzo every Friday night in the Lobos Lounge from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Enjoy the vocal stylings of Dino Vera in the Lobos Lounge every Saturday night from 7:00pm until 10pm. Peer at the wildlife on Bird Rock at Point Lobos through the ship's telescope in the corner, then drop the lens and join the party, dancing to tunes such as "Great Balls of Fire," one of their more raucous covers that always seems to get everyone up and dancing in merriment.
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Special Events & Promotions
Please visit our Facebook Page for upcoming special events: https://www.facebook.com/hyattcarmelhighlands/events
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Make your reservations now for NYE! Cost is $150 December 31, 2018 Dinner 5:30-9:00 Music from 8:30-12:30. Join us for favorites such as Pacific Gold Oysters, Local Abalone, Foie Gras Terrine, Chilean Sea Bass and more!

Monday, 31 December, 2018

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Mon - Fri 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:30PM 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Sat 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 7:00PM - 8:30PM

What 2234 People Are Saying
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22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a spectacular evening! We celebrated my birthday there.....

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D
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

My husband and I were entertaining friends from out of the area and it was there first time a this restaurant. We were really disappointed that the California Market has been moved to the main dining room, we used to enjoy the small outside seating area along with the gift shop which is now gone. The view is always spectacular, so that isn’t the issue. The food was excellent, noticed the prices went up a couple of dollars due to the view. There were not many dining at the time we arrived and when we left. However our service was extremely slow. We will not be back to dine as you can’t run a restaurant on view alone. It isn’t the “special” place it used to be with great service, most important making us feel special , the food was very good though. We feel the time share has caused things to slide and outside public isn’t treated the way we should be. Our friends had a turkey sandwich, and a Rueben and they both said they were delicious. I had the Portobella Mushroom sandwich with Cashew cheese, one of the best I’ve had. My husband had the Quinoa Beet Salad, he too said it was good. If the service can be restored I would go back.

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ZH
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

My wife & I have enjoyed quiet romantic dinners with spectacular views here over the past 15 years ... we have also stayed at this Hyatt several times with our young daughters

No more

The restaurant is a disaster

We arrived in time time at 5:30pm on Saturday night for the first sitting ... prior we had spent 5/5:30pm on the deck for cocktails and the sunset ... very enjoyable

After placing our orders in a sparsely filled dining room, our party of 6 waited 1 hour for our starters ... and then another 20 minutes for our main courses

There was a wedding party on the other side of the building but we were assured that would not impact our dinner service

The soup arrived cold, and other appetizers arrived in delayed sequence

When the main courses arrived, the truffle abalone ravioli had zero sign of t or a ($53) ... the surf ‘n turf had 2 small slivers of lobster and a mushy roast-like 4 oz steak swimming in melange of cheese & puréed potatoes (yech) ... the black truffle risotto for 12 year old daughter was enjoyed as was beef Burgoyne by 14 year old daughter

Disaster meal

The ambiance was totally destroyed by wedding party which was playing disco from the 70s and 80s (Brick House by Rick James, “Super Freak” etc) at VERY loud volume ... even though we were in farthest side of restaurant from the party and it was in room to the side of bar between us, we could not think let alone converse ... and the restaurant continued to pipe new age Muzak thru the overhead speakers to cause mental stress as the two incongruous music sets clashed in our ears and heads

The restaurant management excuse for this disaster? “We just changed over to our winter menu”...

Never again ... be warned ... be very warned (!)

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r
10 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

On this occasion our experience was rather disappointing. The food was excellent, as usual. There were fewer customers than usual. The service was lackluster. California Market has been our "go to" choice whenever we are in the vicinity of the Carmel highlands. We hope that this experience was an anomaly.

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29 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We come to Pacific's Edge every year for our anniversary and this time it was also my husband's birthday. They always make us feel so special. This year, our server was Sonja. She was so engaging and took time to describe all the entrees and appetizers. The meal was fantastic and I asked Sonja to share our delight with the chef. Elegant dining all the way. Rebecca and Bill

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KV
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the most relaxing dining experience I have had in a long time. Service was excellent and the fact that we were not pushed out after eating and we could continue to visit and enjoy the fabulous view was really important to us.

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V
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was fabulous but someone in the kitchen killed my halibut twice. Over cooked which was a shame, but my friend enjoyed her dish and everything else was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great meal with exceptional service (Allison). My lamb was cooked to perfection and the view at sunset was phenomenal. A great occasion venue!!

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C
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular view, good food and great service. We always bring our out of town guests here and they have never been disappointed.

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PJ
177 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great view! Good breakfast too! The French toast was delicious.

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B
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, great service and hostess. Only waited 10 minutes for a spectacular window table. This was still 30 minutes before reservation. If none are available ask for a second tier looking out. Buffet on Holidays. I mean a huge Michlein 4 star buffet. Prime everything. Cheese. Cold starts, rolls. The best pumpkin spice soup I've ever had. Turkey and sides delicious, prime rib was perfect. Wine came at the right time. Service was very good without being intrusive. Only down was desert. Great 2 tables with choices, not very spectacular given the rest of the meal. Pumpkin pie was ho hum. Price is very expensive compared to the rest of Carmel. Worth it for special occasions. I have loved the Highlands Inn since the early 70s. New one is nice but to my new surprise they kept the old restaurant as a great room just above the bar. That old fireplace as tall as a man was there burning a tree trunk beautifully. We used to call it the yule log. Wish the old yule fire celebration was still going. Maybe after this.......will be there again.

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CC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We paid $95 each for their Thanksgiving buffet. They also added a gratuity on top of that.

Most of the food was lukewarm or cold. The pumpkin soup was good, but cold. The prime rib was tender and flavorful, but barely warm. The turkey, which should have been the star of the buffet, was a Butterball-type of Turkey and it was cold and tough. I hoped the gravy would warm it up, but it didn’t.
My dining partner had the shrimp and crab and ended up sick that night.
There was no real view as the sun had already set. No music either, which would have been nice.

$250 for two people with no alcohol is way overpriced.
We won’t go again.

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d
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Our Thanksgiving dinner reservations were toward the end of the shift, so we were seated just about as far away from the buffet area as possible, which seemed to affect service -- it took a while for someone to find us and offer drinks and direct us to the buffet. Service was otherwise good, and food was excellent considering it was a Thanksgiving buffet and not their typical menu. Next time we just need to remember that it gets dark early in November -- we missed out on what I'm sure was a great view! Hopefully we will plan our schedule a little better next time, because we do want to return.

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LC
41 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The view makes the restaurant. In fact it IS the restaurant.
Thanksgiving meal was a buffet and while everything was ok it was rather average and certainly overpriced. Turkey not moist--a bit dry and I never did see the gravy available. Carver served the meat with his fingers--YES he was wearing gloves and I confess it made me laugh. Prime rib was excellent says my husband.
Wait staff was pleasant.

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CC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

California Market is always lovely - wonderful food, great space- we are regulars!

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NF
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The new chef makes dining at this classic spot like visiting a new restaurant. The unparalleled beautiful setting never changes, but the new menu items and the chef have really brought fresh energy and enjoyment to the dining experience. The focus is still local and fresh, and some of the old favorites are still available. Everything is cooked to perfection and thoughtfully sauced and garnished. And the wait staff is doing an excellent job recommending and delivering a wonderful meal.
We had stopped eating here as often, but now can't wait to go back!

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TB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful. A must do. Celebrated honeymoon and anniversary

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S
11 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My mom has a time share here so we always come for the fish tacos and the view. However this time the tacos were even better! A new chef maybe? We were celebrating my mom's birthday and our server Manuel was fantastic! When we couldn't decide between the NZ sauvignon blanc and the Dutton Ranch he brought us a taste of each. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit.

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L
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great scenic view! Love their Cioppino. Ordered Dungeness crab as a side, Yumm!
Food servers were very friendly.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great view and good bread and Cioppino

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We stayed at the Hyatt for our 1 year wedding anniversary and we have nothing but great things to say about it! We made reservations at the restaurant and the food was amazing. We ordered drinks, had soup as a starter, then had our entrees. We also were given champagne and a dessert as a complimentary wedding anniversary gift from the restaurant. Our server was friendly and very accommodating. It was a great restaurant experience!

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M
9 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing view, overpriced and average food, decent service

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L
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated next to a window with a spectacular view of the ocean. The atmosphere was quiet as we viewed the bird life near the ocean waves

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PT
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible view and a really enjoyable brunch. The food and service are excellent and well priced but it is the view that takes prime spot and is worth going for.

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27 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was OK, wine list was very good (You need to ask to see the full wine list to find French wines. The regular menu contains only new world offerings). The view is what makes this restaurant worth visiting.

One unexpected bright spot was the squash soup with coconut and lemongrass. The fish tacos were bland and uninteresting, and the reuben was a bit of grease bomb.

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RB
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, great view, lovely room, attentive service

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MS
17 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Just can't beat the beautiful view down the Big Sur coastline. Food was very good -- interesting takes on upscale standards. Many thanks to the staff for finding us a great table to enjoy with our kids.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had reservations for dinner at 7:30, but wanted to enjoy the sunset. We arrived at 5:45 to have some drinks while we waited for our reservation. When we arrived we stopped and spoke to the hostess and asked if there might be a table available, she was very accommodating and did not even hesitate to sit us in a most remarkable location, so we could enjoy the sunset and dinner at the same time.

The service was perfect, food was amazing and we had the best evening at your establishment. We’ll be back to enjoy it again!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great to enjoy the lunch with beautiful view. The food was so so but service was very nice.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing if you want to see the perfect sunset on the west coast. Off PCH towards big sur it's a short drive from Monteray and Carmel. Very romantic and a must see for dinner..the views are breathtaking and followed by the most beautiful sunset. Make 6pm reservations and arrive about 5 for happy hour and enjoy the ambiance..

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CC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The deck is a lovely place to eat delicious lunch with friends - have another reservation for a birthday in November. Great food, great views - good job all!

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Breakfast was outstanding!!!

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SR
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere: pleasant and relaxing. View: stunning. Food: creative and epically delicious. Wait staff: professional. Location: extraordinary. Deserts: delectable.

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BT
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I booked a reservation on the California Market website for 6 PM. However, the California Market and its menu was not what we were given. We were given the Pacific Edge menu with its minimum entree price of $40. We were told that the California Market is only open for breakfast and lunch, although I clearly booked my reservation for 6 PM under the California Market website and logo. I was told that at dinner time the California Market is bundled with the Pacific Edge with its pricing. As there were 5 of us and it is a long way to another restaurant we ordered from the Pacific Edge menu. Instead of a $200 meal we had a $450 meal. This is a deceptive and fraudulent practice. The hostess, when confronted with this deception, even admitted to many people complaining about this practice and that the management had included the California Market in the Pacific Edge to increase its customers. This is nothing less than fraud. Beware!

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RK
24 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our food was delicious!
A very nice dining experience.
We'lll be back next time we're in town.

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BS
23 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service extremely spotty. Waiter totally inattentive. Tuna entree was inedible and it was sent back. Not the gourmet restaurant it used to be.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food is great the view is fantastic with ocean views everywhere. The service was a little slow for dinner, we waited awhile to have the waiter take our orders and awhile in between dinner and dessert, although the rest of the staff was very efficient

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JC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Not many places to dine boast the unbelievable vista at Pacific’s Edge. Go before sunset to have the best experience. Food is solid and the wine list is very good. I can’t wait to go back.

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DS
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely time and the views were terrific! I am looking forward to our next trip to the Carmel Highlands

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TM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

As always, the view is simply spectacular! Go there to watch the sunset.
The decor is "California Chic" and very hard to ignore.
The service was rough to start but improved as the meal progressed. We had to ask for bread three times before it arrived, but the waiter was gracious, even if a bit overly attentive.
The meal itself was quite good and certainly didn't disappoint. However, with such a view, ambiance, and service, it didn't quite achieve parity. In other words, not as world class as one might expect.
I think this rrstaurant may be better suited for a luncheon, happy hour, or after dinner libations.

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