Terry’s Restaurant + Lounge at Cypress Inn, Carmel by the Sea. Known for its classic cocktails and canine-friendly vibe, Carmel-by-the-Sea’s iconic Cypress Inn, a 1929 landmark property co-owned by legendary Hollywood actress Doris Day, debuts a fresh new interior design at its signature restaurant paired with a new spring menu. Terry’s Restaurant + Lounge, the lobby focal point, steps up with a crisp, contemporary design perfectly cast to the Inn’s Mediterranean footprint.carmel terry’s at cypress inn
Inspired by the property’s fluid architecture and Spanish Colonial flair, Terry’s Restaurant is set in muted oyster and alabaster tones with comfortable grey tufted leather banquettes rimming the outer room. Clean lines are matched with a host of vintage black and white photographs gracing the walls. One of the major design elements is the silver-leaf paper treatment on the barrel ceiling, which lights up to create a jewel box effect throughout the entire room. The reimagined space pays homage to the original Moroccan décor inspired by the restaurant’s namesake and Doris Day’s beloved son, Terry Melcher, while adding a bit of glamour and sophistication. A mixed floor plan combines multiple seating arrangements for a total of 50 diners.
The locally-sourced menu has a Mediterranean flair yet remains true to its Monterey Bay roots. Tapas and starters include Monterey Bay Calamari and Grilled Monterey Artichokes with Dungeness Crab Timbale, Ahi Tuna Poke and Curry Lamb Meatballs making a showing. Dinner delivers a piquant new Lamb and Chicken Harira served with couscous, Chickpea Curry, Monterey Sand Dabs, sinful Braised Short Ribs served in a rich Zinfandel-veal reduction and Grilled Salmon with a brunoise of tomato, bell pepper and fennel. The signature Cypress Burger, paired with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese, is also on tap.