It's an easy shot from Carmel Valley to pet-friendly restaurants in Monterey, Pacific Grove and the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, but why go that far when you're exploring Carmel Valley? In the central Carmel Valley Village and beyond are a number of good restaurants where you and Aires can sit outside together and enjoy a good meal.
Among our favorites are Vineyard Bistro, known for quality, value and a leafy patio ideally suited to its surroundings. Cafe Rustica, wildly popular with locals, is known for its wood-fired pizza, while Village Fish House has a menu that includes a delicious cioppino available by the half-order as well as the full bowl.
Another pleasing place to put on your patio-dining radar screen is Corkscrew Cafe, also in the village and featuring fish and other dishes prepared with herbs and produce grown in the next-door garden.
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