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Carmel-by-the-Sea’s charm lies in the harmonious co-existence of bohemian casualness, eclectic artistic energy and upscale resort vacation sophistication. Add a stunning backdrop of surf, sand and oak-studded hills, and the stage is set to transport you to any vacation oasis of your imagination. Aubergine’s modern imaginative California cuisine attracts an adult clientele made up of local denizens and international travelers. You never know whom you might meet really behind L’Auberge’s historic European-inspired façade. At the right point in the evening, it becomes the perfect stage for an intimate gourmet tête-à-tête surrounded by old world charm. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant's noise level is muted, service is subtle and efficient, light is romantic and the clientele is intriguing.