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Best Outdoor Dining 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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Hula's Island Grill

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.

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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Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

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.

Monterey, 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.

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