SMALL BITE: Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Cypress Inn is one of those great little finds in a charming little town that leaves a lasting impression on you. Co-owned by Doris Day, this Carmel treasure serves lunch and dinner seven days a week — and even invites you to bring your dog. A fun place to order small plates of food or eat family-style dishes in an intimate surrounding, with great service, classic cocktails and an impressive selection of wines. Chefs draw their culinary inspiration from the fresh, local produce of the Salinas Valley, with hints of the Mediterranean and Morocco
SIGNATURE DISH: Terry’s is renowned for its Cypress Burger — considered by many foodies to be the best burger in Carmel — and super-crunchy fries. Seafood is also king here. Try the Monterey Sand Dabs served with Tarragon cream sauce.
THE DISH FROM DINERS: “Great food. Beautiful setting. Great service (no, scratch that … AMAZING service) and your dog at your side! Quintessential Carmel. Perfect!” From another happy diner: “The ribs were the most succulent, juicy, tenderest, fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth short ribs we have ever had the pleasure of eating.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Terry’s just introduced a new classic cocktail menu that harkens back to traditional, tried-and-true cocktails from the Golden Age of Hollywood and pre-Prohibition. Many of these drinks have been infused with a modern twist, too. Like a brandy version of a Lemon Drop; a Pink Cadillac with jalapeno; and a bacon Bloody Mary. And the cocktail menu is just as fun to read as it is to order from, with memorable cocktail-inspired quotes from movie icons, such as Mae West: “You ought to get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini.”
And ask for David, the waiter from New York. He makes a great dining experience even more FUN and memorable!
HOURS: Complimentary breakfast for guests: Seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For reservations, call: (831) 624-3871
ABOUT CYPRESS INN: Cypress Inn, an historic landmark in Carmel, California, has been the seaside city’s definitive boutique hotel since 1929. Co-owned by Hollywood icon Doris Day, this 44-room eco-friendly inn, with a beautiful sun-lit courtyard garden, combines Mediterranean grace with a splash of Hollywood. Doris, an animal welfare enthusiast, allows hotel guests to bring their beloved dogs to stay at the hotel with them. “We firmly believe that pets are an integral part of the family,” it says on the hotel’s website. “Pets may join their humans throughout the hotel, in the cozy living room for afternoon tea, or in our charming courtyard for breakfast or evening appetizers.”