Aubergine is a Carmel classic for a reason—there’s no better place in town if you’re looking to impress. Their eight-course tasting menu changes daily, but expect seafood-focused dishes like oysters with yuzu emulsion and lobster in a dashi broth. The plating is almost too beautiful to disturb, but you won’t be able to resist digging in. A meal here doesn’t come cheap: it’s $245 per person, plus more if you add a wine pairing. Carmel is a popular spot for a romantic getaway, and this is the top spot to splurge with someone special.