If you're contemplating a visit to the Monterey Peninsula for the upcoming AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am golf touramant, consider a dine at the Rio Grill, located near the intersection of California Highway One (PCH) and Rio Road. A smallish exterior but lots of bright and light rooms in which to dine, and there is a "Classic Menu item" featured some nights (Sunday through Thursday at this writing) at half price.
Recently we had Pumpkin Seed Crusted Loch Duart Salmon with chipotle-lime vinaigrette (California naming convention that sounds bad, but it's good) for $11.95 on that Classic Menu. Normally it sells for up to $22.50! And it was worth it at that price as well, in my gastronomic opinion.
The Classic Menu changes daily and may not be available on weekends, but the place is very child friendly, well staffed, and has plenty of sharp crayons on the paper table cloth for artistic diners as well.
Rio Grill is one of three restaurants owned by the same group, but this one is special and far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Carmel to be charming and a little less frenetic at the same time.