photo credit: Allison Green
With live music that often gets people up and dancing, Dametra Cafe is a rowdy option right in the middle of Carmel. You’ll probably have to wait for a table at this Mediterranean spot, but the fast service and celebratory atmosphere make up for the line. With everything going on, this isn’t the spot for a deep and meaningful conversation, but it’s great for couples and groups of friends who want to live out their Mamma Mia! fantasy. Don’t forget to order a few things off the Greek-leaning menu—we like the fall-off-the-bone lamb shank and the perfectly-layered moussaka.