The Village Fish House is conveniently located in the center of Carmel Valley Village. Originally built and operated as a dairy our restaurant remains ... More
The Village Fish House
The Village Fish House is conveniently located in the center of Carmel Valley Village. Originally built and operated as a dairy our restaurant remains much the charm of its early California heritage. We're popular with out-of-towners looking for a quiet romantic dinning experience as well as locals looking for a sunny break from the sometimes dreary coastal overcast. The food is delicious and we are well known for our oak-fired cooking.
I am a classically trained French chef so my expectations tend to run on the high side when dining out. Unfortunatley,most food served today is average, at best, so when, recently in Carmel Vally, the Village Fish House was highly recommended by a few locals as the place to dine, I was expecting nothing out of the ordinary. What my companions and I received was nothing short of sublime....from the service to the owner, who graced our table on both visits (it was so outstanding we had to make a return appearance). Both times we were well treated from the moment we entered the quaint dining room untill we waddled out some three or four hours later. Come early, if you want to assure yourself they will have your first choice. (They don't order in bulk, thus providing for the freshest seafood possible. You know you won't be getting yesterday fish as today's feature). The creativity behind the owner, Rose Digiralamo, shows up in the specials for each evening. The one that stands out in my mind is the Grilled Oysters. Now understand, we eat a fair amount of oysters here in Texas from the gulf coast but I have never had any like what was offered to us that night. The smokey flavor permiated the briny delights. You could see the char on them from the salamander (Be careful....the shells are quite hot). This was not even a menu item at that time....just something Rose whipped up for possible consideration of being added at a later date. Hopefully, they have done that by now. Another outstanding dish was the Scallops....served with a seafood enhanced sauce that complimented the overflowing plate of Diver Scallops (These are not your ordinary bay scallops). If you have to feed the carnivore in you, even their steaks get high marks, as well (I have never quite understood why one goes to a sea food restaurant and orders steak but the Village Fish House does not dissapoint). You want medium rare?....you get a perfectly cooked medium rare. Now we all know great food should only be accompanied by great wine. Once again Ms. Digiralamo hits a home run. Some of the best boutique wines in northern California have found their way into her place....wines you won't find anywhere outside Carmel Valley. My traveling companions and I visited nearly a dozen of the local vinyard tasting rooms and were elated to discover the Village Fish House poured the best of all the local vintners...and at very reasonable prices....topping out at about $30 a bottle...with most in the $18-$25 range. I really can't think of a single dissapointment....unless it's the fact that I only got to go there twice. The Village Fish house should be first AND last on your list of places to dine while in the Valley....in fact it should be considered a destination restaurant for anyone not local. To say this establishment is anything less than top notch shows one's ingnorance of fine dining.
One of the best restaurants we’ve ever been to. Excellent service. Crab stuffed raviolis, grilled artichoke, and fresh caught tuna sashimi would compete with any restaurant in US. Prices were unbelievably inexpensive for this type of food/service. Forget all the touristy places and try this local jewel.
The dining experience here is superb. On the walls inside, find license plates, skillets, signs, toys, and all sorts of
collectibles. On the patio outside is a stone rotisserie that cooks many of the meats. The menu has an ...
The owner of this showroom ensconced in a country house buried in the hillsides of Carmel Valley travels extensively throughout
Europe and Asia, handpicking an eclectic variety of antiques. She has clients from around the world. Many artifacts, dressers ...