After a long day of wine tasting in Carmel Valley, hunger is inevitable. That’s where Corkscrew Cafe can fulfill you. Located in the heart of the valley and self-proclaimed as “new California comfort food”, this charming restaurant offers lunch, dinner, dessert and the always satisfying wood-fired pizza.
Owned and operated by the prodigious Georis family, who also own the renowned restaurant La Bicyclette in Carmel-by-the-Sea, you’re bound to fall in love with the locally sourced food and simplistically beautiful offerings, showcasing the Monterey Peninsula’s bounty.
Have a seat inside, to feel like you’ve been transported to a French cafe or opt for the dreamy, incredibly romantic courtyard, for your dining pleasure. Perfect for date night, a family gathering or after a hike.
The Corkscrew Cafe Hours:
Thursday-Monday 11:30 am-5 pm for lunch and 5 pm-8:30 pm for dinner.
My Lunch Recommendations
For lunch, I recommend starting with the coal-roasted beets, adorned with sheep’s milk yogurt and pistachio’s ($14). Finish with the pastrami sandwich ($18), served on house- baked rye, to sop up all the perfectly cooked egg that is sandwiched between it.
My Dinner Recommendations
Dinner calls for some tried and true pizza, with all the ingredients, varying with the seasons, so you can always try something fresh and different. Don’t worry, if you’re a classic pepperoni pizza lover, they have that too. Be sure to pair all of this with some wine from their ample list, particularly from the family-owned Georis and Cowgirl Winery (both located within walking distance just down the street).