Isabel and I have family visiting for a few months, and we’ve been exploring some new places while taking them to old favorites. One restaurant we have always wanted to try is Sea Harvest in Carmel. We had visited the restaurant in Monterey and really liked it, but had not yet tried Carmel. It’s located in the Crossroads just a short drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea, and upon arriving you notice they are both a fish market and a restaurant. It was an exciting place to take guests – the waiter informed us of both the available fish that was caught locally and fish that was caught out of area but still fresh. We all opted for local lingcod or halibut right out of the Monterey Bay, and it was not a mistake! We were quite instantly sold when the waiter told us the fish was caught by the owner that morning – what an incredible way to present a dish! The owner is intimately involved, and the fish couldn’t be more fresh.

We enjoyed perusing their local wine list and shared a bottle of Morgan chardonnay. The fish was perfectly cooked, the flavor profile were delicious and not overbearing so we could still taste the freshness of the fish. Excellent service and experience.

We had such a fun time that I returned the next day to pick up a piece of ahi from their fish market. I love to cook, and this seemed like a great way to experience everything Sea Harvest has to offer. I made poke bowls at home, and it was some of the best ahi I have had. If you get a chance, check out Sea Harvest!