We offer our dining guests the option to select from an A La Carte Menu or embark on the culinary excellence of the Discovery Menu or the Chef’s Grand Menu — tasting experiences that include wine pairings with all of the delicious courses, each one more fabulous than the last.
Currently all of our menus feature expressions of Late summer on the Redwood Coast. From our Grilled Beet Salad and succulent Chef’s Choice Ceviche on the appetizer selections to the delicious main course presentation of Roasted Lobster Medallions, these offerings and more are prepared for you with care from Chef Cory Smith.
We have long been supporters of our local farmer’s markets, and individual farms, who provide us with the most wonderful fresh cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables and local wine. We pay hommage to those who do that for us. We have created a strong network with other restaurants on the West Coast that have always believed in the same philosophy including Sinclair and Frederika Philip at the Sooke Harbor House on Vancouver Island; Ron Zimmerman and Carrie Van Zant at The Herbfarm in Seattle; and Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Naturally, we are strong proponents of the Slow Food movement, since that is all we have ever done.
Carter Cellars Wines
We take our wine as seriously as our food. We have been proud recipients of the Wine Spectator Grand Award for the last eleven years. This prestigious honor is only bestowed upon 74 other restaurants in the world. We have extensive depth and breadth on our wine list, which receives the Grand Award for not only its bountiful selections, but also for its quality. We offer wine and food pairing each evening, or our talented servers can help you select the perfect bottle to go with your meal.
With respect to taking our wine seriously — we’ve been making our own since 1998, the first year we were honored with the Grand Award. Carter Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has been noticed by Wine and Spirit magazine, Wine Spectator magazine, Wine Enthusias. Just recently, Robert Parker scored our 2002 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon at 100 Points! Carter Cellars is now made at our beautiful winery Envy Wines in Napa Valley (Calistoga) California, a joint venture between wine legend Nils Venge and Mark Carter. Stop in and taste the Envy line up in addition to Carter Cellars on your way from the Bay Area to the Redwood Coast. Mark makes the trip once a week, you could see him in either place.