I live in Carmel and like to take my friends, family and out of town visitors to Rocky Point for either lunch or dinner. The drive takes me 20 minutes from home, it's beautiful along the coast, and I don't have to worry about parking. Lunch on the terrace is great, but the service can be slow (I don't care, I don't want to be rushed, and I like to enjoy my meal, the view and my company). For dinner I have a drink outside first, then get my window table and order the jumbo prawn dinner with salad and cheese bread and a huge potato at $38. I always ask for Dieter, he is a waiter who has been there for almost 40 years. They have floodlights and the whole bay is lit up when it gets dark outside. None of the other places on the coast have that!
Pros: view, food, ambience, parking
Cons: slow service