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Best Restaurants with a View in Monterey

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Sandbar & Grill

Located right on the waterfront, this restaurant has a spectacular view of the water. You will even see otters leaping around right outside your window. The friendly professional staff serves up great seafood dishes like Dungeness Cracked Crab and several steak, pasta, and grilled dishes. Most importantly, this place features the only piano bar in all of Monterey. Entertainment begins at 7pm daily and this place makes for a great casual dinner, a romantic evening, or just a place to grab a cocktail and to escape the tourist masses.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Cafe Fina

Since this four-star seafood restaurant is right on Fisherman's Wharf, the view cannot be beat. It specializes in Sicilian seafood and the photographs lining the walls depict the owners' fishing background. A variety of tasty fresh fish meals with pasta are available, but the cioppino (fish stew) is the specialty of the house and is terrific. The wood-burning oven cranks out some great steak and lamb dishes as well. The wine list is eclectic, topping out with the usual USD200 Dom Perignon and an Italian Red, Tignanello, Marchesi Antinore at USD132. The service is family-like and locals frequent the place on a regular basis. See website for menus, videos, and more.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Domenico's On the Wharf

Domenico's is the perfect blend of good food, lovely atmosphere and efficient service. It serves tantalizing Italian fare and fresh seafood with oyster specialties and an award winning wine list to choose from. The restaurant faces the Monterey Harbor and the view, therefore, is simply breathtaking. The prices might be a bit on the higher side, but then again, the entire dining experience here is worth every penny.

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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Louie Linguini's

Seafood doesn't get any better than Louie Linguini's! Located on the Cannery Row in an oceanfront setting offering panoramic views of the sea and skies, this quaint restaurant is an idyllic venue for casual lunches and family dinners. The setting is very shack-like yet elegant, exuding a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Coastal favorites are predominant on the menu which features highlights like the house-specialty Ciopinno, Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab Legs, Shrimp Scampi and Peppered Seafood Stir Fry. Their pastas and pizzas are also must-trys. Light desserts and good beers round off each course with a flourish. Service is personalized and prices are grounded. Reservations are recommended.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Fish Hopper Restaurant

Located right on the waterfront at Cannery Row, this elegant steak and seafood restaurant provides a spectacular view of the ocean. Along with several specialties of the house that change on a daily basis, the menu includes such show stoppers as Pacific Bay Snapper with with Gulf shrimp and Caribbean seafood pescadore. Order a drink like the Bucket of Fire and enjoy the rustic decor while you chow down a huge plate of seafood and check out the incredible view. The place is also a great one for parties and the service is excellent.

Monterey, CA, United States
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