The area packs a variety of cuisine into a small neighborhood, with the Carmel Mountain Ranch Town Center a hub for several popular restaurants.
Visit Jalapeños Mexican Food, located at the town center, if you're in the mood for authentic Mexican fare. Use the free chips that accompany each meal to sample several different kinds of freshly made salsas at the salsa bar.
The sushi fanatics aren't left out either, as the town center also houses
Boto Sushi. The simple yet elegant design fuses Japanese and American culture, combining Japanese decor with enough TVs to watch all the sports games. If you appreciate quality fish, make sure to try the sashimi combo, which allows you to sample a bit of everything.
If you're looking for something a bit more European, check out Cafe Luna on Rancho Carmel Drive. The home-made pasta and romantic atmosphere will give you the feeling of eating in a Mediterranean bistro. The servers make you feel at home and can accommodate groups of any size, making this restaurant perfect for dinner for two or a large family reunion.
The nightlife follows the personality of the rest of the neighborhood -- classy and laid back. The party scene can be found a short drive away, while this area provides residents with a place to grab a bite to eat, have a couple drinks and get to know people. You can do all three at Oggi's, a brewery, sports bar and pizza place. Stop by for a freshly made BBQ chicken pizza, then wash it down with a barrel-aged beer while watching the game on one of the 23 HD TVs.