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This authentic eatery received awards for the best Greek food in Monterey from both the Coast Weekly Readers' Poll and Dining Weekly. Tucked away behind a music store and a tobacco shop, it might be hard to find, but the simple delicacies here are to die for. All the standard Greek fare, like Moussaka, Pastitsio, and Dolmades, are ripe for the picking here, and everything is totally affordable. The decor is unpretentious and simple, like the food. A great place to sample the wonderful cuisine of the Greeks with excellent service too.
For a one-of-a-kind wining and dining experience, head to Jacks Restaurant & Lounge. Housed within the elegant Portola Hotel & Spa, everything, from the decor to the menu, is centered around an upscale nautical theme. Featuring a scrumptious collection of seafood and contemporary dishes, there isn't much served here that won't be delightful. Tease your palate with the signature Grilled Swordfish, Jacks Lobster Cioppino and Prawn Scampi, and complement it with a fine glass of wine. While the food might be impressive, the signature cocktails are absolutely irresistible. Concoctions such as the Portola’s Signature Aged Manhattan, Jacks Oakhear and Peach Basil Gimlet are certain to have calling for round two.
This British-style pub is small enough for an intimate date and large enough to provide a great time over a few drinks with a group of friends old or new. The truly British decor of the place gives it an authentic feel. The restaurant serves up traditional British fare and there are 16 beers on tap. With burgers named Picadilly and Trafalgar, as well as drinks called the Leprechuan and Red Silk Knickers, you cannot go wrong. Most sandwiches and burgers are under USD10 and the service is great!
A throwback to classic tiki restaurants and bars found in California in the 50s and 60s, this island themed establishment is anything but drab and boring. A bamboo lined bar, large colorful tropical flowers, tiki wooden sculptures and more make you feel like you've been transported to an island watering hole. The menu offers a huge selection of vegetarian options like spicy tofu tacos, salads, lemon sauce pot stickers, veggie burgers and more. Carnivorous options like ahi poke, choice of preparation and fresh fish, crab curry, Jamaican jerk chicken and barbecue ribs are also on offer. Don't forget to try one of their themed cocktails, locals rave about the Hula's Hurricane.
With dishes like Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp and Lt. Dan's Drunken Shrimp, and specialty drinks like the Lava Flow and the Bayou Surprise, this shrimp restaurant in Cannery Row attracts tourists from all over, as well shrimp-lovin' locals. The place is usually packed and noisy, making for a great night out amidst the lights. The place has its own line of hats, shirts and other souvenirs. You will never find a wider variety of shrimp dishes anywhere else, and the service is excellent.
A historic house now converted into a restaurant, the Steinbeck House allows you to mix food and culture. Enjoy the old time atmosphere and learn more about the famed author John Steinbeck, while you dig into dishes made from the freshest of the area's produce. A visit here not only guarantees you an interesting tour but an array of wholesome seasonal fare. Sink your teeth into literary and culinary pleasures!