Reservations are not required but are recommended.
We do set aside several tables, as well as the entirety of our bar for walk-ins.
Our rooftop bar, The Star Bar, does not accept reservations and is entirely first come, first served.
We are a cash-free restaurant. Credit & Debit Cards are gladly accepted.
We do not honor reservations left by voicemail or by email.
Resort casual attire requested (jackets not required).
Please, no hats in the restaurant.
We open at 4pm every day. (Except Christmas and Thanksgiving)
Happy Hour: 4pm-6pm at the Downstairs Bar and on the Rooftop.
Dining Room Opens: 5pm
Last Seating for Full Dinner Service: 10pm
Closing time for drinks at Downstairs Bar and on the Rooftop:
- 10pm on Weeknights
- 11pm on Friday & Saturday
We are located on the Northeast corner of 6th Ave. & Junipero St., in Carmel-by-the-Sea California, across from Devendorf Park.
(There are no street numbers in Carmel-by-the-Sea.)
PO BOX 901
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
UPS/FedEx Shipping Address
Corner of 6th St. & Junipero St.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Italian Cuisine seen through the lens of the Pèpe Family, who came from Napoli, stopped in Hoboken, and settled in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The Vesuvio menu tells our family’s story through food with fantastic wood-burning Neapolitan pizza, classics like Eggplant Parm, and a rotating carte that highlights in-season produce from California farms.
On weekends, Vesuvio erupts. Youths line up beside red velvet ropes, waiting for space at the rooftop Star Bar. At the downstairs bar you’ll find something rare in Carmel — folks who actually live here. Mixologist Anthony Vitacca keeps these locals coming back with inventive cocktails like the Momma’s Boy, made with Maker’s Mark, Cardamaro, peach preserves, and their Pèpe branded limoncello; or maybe it’s the award-winning McSuvio burger that’s drawing them in. It’s hard to pinpoint one thing because it’s everything — but the townies are here and they are loving it.
The dining room is more laid-back. Couples chat with neighboring tables and compare notes on what to order from the extensive, ever-evolving menu. If you haven’t tried the Truffled Gnocchi, you must. Fried Artichoke Crochette are an insider favorite, as is the grilled heirloom artichoke, from Scattini Farms in Castroville — that is, when you can get it. The rare artichoke varietal that is so popular it’s hard to keep in stock. Did we mention the pizza?
Vesuvio is named for the volcano that gates the Amalfi Coast, so it seems fitting you should end the night with Limoncello — whether it’s in the form of Limoncello Mouse Cake Pèpe makes himself at his nearby Carmel Bakery, or barman Vitacca’s creative Play That Funky Cello Mousse Boy cocktail. Or maybe you should keep it simple with a $5 shot of the house “Pèpecello,” pristine enough to earn an I.G.P. designation from the Italian government.
Add it all up and you’ve got one of the finest Italian restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea.