Forbes Best US Restaurant – 26 – Marinus – Carmel Valley, CA

Forbes Best US Restaurant – 26 – Marinus – Carmel Valley, CA

Forbes Best US Restaurant – 26 – Marinus – Carmel Valley, CA

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Bernardus Lodge
415 W Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

(831) 658-3595

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Full Bar
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Intimate, Romantic, Classy
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Menu for Marinus

Farmed & Foraged

combining unique small family farms and regional wild plants and fungi

“Gudys Garden” Young Lettuces

Fines herbes, radishes, shallots, sherry-walnut vinaigrette

  • 11.00

English Pea Soup

Heirloom carrot, marble potato, meyer lemon, greek yogurt, mint

  • 13.00

Green Garlic Agnolotti

Sheep’s milk ricotta, blonde morel, baby artichoke, moliterno al tartufo

  • 28.00
  • 47.00

Wild Nettles Risotto

Carnaroli rice, hedgehog mushrooms, fava beans & leaves, epoisses

  • 16.00
  • 29.00

Beluga Lentils

Garden swiss chard, olive relish, walnut, black truffled goat cheese

  • 20.00


rediscovering classics now rooted in sustainable agriculture

Chilled Waquoit Oysters

Cape cod, massachusetts, ginger-shallot mignonette, lemon

  • 18.00

Golden Imperial Osetra Caviar

One ounce, toasted brioche, traditional garnishes

  • 22.50

Colorado Lamb Tartare

Yogurt, spicy hummus, lemon confit, medjool dates, castelvetrano olive

  • 17.00

Portobello Mushroom Soup

Goat milk foam, mangalitsa jamón

  • 14.00

True American Red Snapper

Butter beans, chorizo, razor clams, blue mussels, bouillabaisse broth

  • 34.00

American Wagyu Beef Cheeks “bourguinon”

Heirloom carrots, tokyo turnips, cipollini onion, potato purée, parsley salad

  • 32.00


celebrating the renewal of the garden and the dedication of local fisherman

Lacinato Kale Salad

Sieved egg, watermelon radish, chicken skin crumble, anchovy vinaigrette

  • 14.00

Swank Farms Asparagus

Oak grilled, slow cooked farm egg, speck, mizuna, black truffle vinaigrette

  • 17.00

Monterey Bay Dungeness Crab

Mendocino uni, beets, citrus, pistachio, coriander vinaigrette, avocado purée

  • 22.00

Alaskan Halibut

Herb crust, english peas, pea tendrils, creamy morel mushroom sauce

  • 36.00

Sonoma Duck

Farro, caramelized fennel, carrot, orange, black olive, verjus sauce

  • 36.00

American Wagyu Beef

New york strip, potato confit, bloomsdale spinach, bone marrow vinaigrette

  • 65.00



Pine Nut Mousse

Pistachio, huckleberry-pine crisp, citrus confit, meyer lemon ice cream

  • 12.00

Greek Yogurt-almond Cake

Strawberry meringue, garden mint ice cream, vanilla

  • 12.00

Peas & Carrots

Hazelnut sponge, pea tendril mousse, carrot ice cream

  • 12.00

Chocolate Caramelia

Chocolate pudding, black truffle ice cream, licorice mint

  • 12.00

Valrhona Chocolate Mousse

Whiskey soaked chocolate cake, oak ice cream

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Marinus is highlighted by a stunning 12-foot wide European fireplace with raised hearth that provides magnificent garden and mountain views and old-world wine country charm.  Open for dinner. Reservations are recommended, jackets not required.   Acclaimed chef, Cal Stamenov, has created cuisine that is distinctively Cal-Natural and the menu is designed to take you on an exciting gastronomical journey that will tempt your palate and keep you wanting more.   While the menu varies on a seasonal basis, there are a few “hot ticket” items that can’t be missed.  Try the Local Spot Prawns with Crispy Vegetables as a first course, then, the luscious Portobello Mushroom Soup.  As an indulgence course, try the White Truffle Risotto and finally, end with a European Turbot with Bloomsdale Spinach and Porcini Jus.   Wine Spectator magazine has awarded Marinus with the “Grand Award” for the superior wine list that was created to specifically enhance the innovative Wine Country Cuisine.