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Best Local Cuisine in Monterey

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Montrio Bistro

The kitchen and rotisserie are completely open for all to see in this colorfully decorated bistro that combines American, Italian and French cuisines. The interior is fancy and sleek, but the attitude is very casual, which accounts for the wide-ranging clientele. It won Esquire's award for "best eatery of 1995" for plates such as Grilled Gulf Prawns over Caramelized Leek Risotto and Veal Cheeks over Mustard Whipped Potatoes. Beginning at around USD20 for the house varietals, the impressive wine list includes some alternative whites and adventurous reds. The friendly service will bring you back many times. See website for menu, wine list and more.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Old Fisherman's Grotto

This beloved waterfront seafood restaurant is a famed Monterey institution. Established in the 1950s, Old Fisherman's Grotto still buys the catch of the day from local fishermen and sources its produce from the nearby fertile Salinas Valley. The menu features a large selection of seafood pastas as well as succulent steaks, lobster tail, Dungeness crab, salads, clam chowder and more. The floor to ceiling windows allow diners unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and perhaps a sea lion or two.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Cindy's Waterfront

Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at Cindy's Waterfront where the food is fabulous and the view is spectacular. The restaurant offers fresh, global flavors made using organic and sustainably sourced ingredients that guarantee freshness. Seasonally inspired dishes such as Monterey Bay calamari and Cindy's curried chicken salad are popular favorites here that pair well with a glass of wine. Perfect spot to relax after a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cindy's Waterfront restaurant invites friends and family to experience her very own interpretation of California comfort food.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Passionfish

In spite of its somewhat suggestive name, this restaurant is a model of propriety. The dining room is comfortable yet sophisticated. The cream-colored walls are adorned with just a bit of artwork, but not too much. Low lights and proper white table linens add a refined touch. The specialty of the house is its ever-changing selection of fresh, locally caught fish. The wine list has won awards in the past, and the restaurant is proud to offer many of the vintages at very affordable prices.

Pacific Grove, CA, United States
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Tarpy's Roadhouse

Situated in an old stone house dating back to the 1880s, this Monterey restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner. Dine inside by the fireplace or under the stars on the flowery patio. Rooms are available for private parties and catering is also available. The extensive wine list begins at the low end and includes several Syrah, Cabernets, and rare Magnums. The impeccable service attracts many types, from couples on romantic getaways to tourists to locals.

Monterey, CA, United States
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