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.
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.
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.
This Monterey coffee joint is where the locals come to get their caffeine fix. The lounge's central location is within easy walking distance of many shops, restaurants and of course, the beach. Indoor and outdoor seating is comfortable, with worn in couches, and sunny patio tables. Quick bites are available with simple items like baked from scratch pastries, wraps, salads, soup and sandwiches.
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.
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.
Experience a classy and urban atmosphere featuring a blend of staple Italian and innovative Californian cuisine at TusCA Ristorante. Located at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa amidst the sprawling Del Monte Golf Course, this restaurant presents an idyllic venue for formal as well as casual dining. Private dining is also offered for special and intimate occasions. The seasonal menu highlights traditional Italian specialties prepared using locally-sourced superior ingredients and freshest produce. Stand-out dishes include the Veal Cheek Ravioli, Eggplant Cannelloni, Roasted Halibut and Cioppino. Wine pairings are offered with each course and decadent desserts add a finish to the whole dining experience. Reservations are recommended.
Pull up a chair or a stool, as the case may be, and settle down to enjoy fresh-baked bread, yummy cookies and steaming cups of coffee at this friendly, informal bakery. Lunchtime visitors can either order a sandwich from the menu or come up with their own recipe from the list of meats, cheeses, and condiments. This is no ordinary deli counter, either. The choices include pesto, grilled onions and Jarlsberg cheese. The decor is adorable within and without, with bright murals and baskets of flowers accenting the airy dining room and the shaded outdoor patio.
Located in the heart of downtown Monterey next to the historic Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, Estéban Restaurant & Lounge promises a unique culinary experience where guests can "sip, savor and share" Mediterranean tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine. Serving traditional dishes with a unique twist, Estéban is the ideal place for a quick meal, a sit down dinner or socializing with friends. Whether dining on the outdoor patio, by the warm fireplace in the lounge or sitting at the bar with a fantastic view of the exhibition kitchen, Estéban's Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed every day of the week for dinner or late night dining.
This family-run Mexican restaurant brings the flavors and authenticity of Mexico to the denizens of Monterey. Serving the freshest ingredients from local purveyors, Lopez Restaurante y Cantina has refashioned family recipes handed down for generations for the restaurant. Find traditional items on the menu like guacamole made in the Michoacan style, fresh ceviche, fire-crusted shrimp, and much more. The restaurant is decorated in bright hues with red leather booths, vaulted ceilings and large screen televisions mounted to the walls.
The only waterfront pub on the West Coast, this British-style drinking hole has over 60 international beers, indoor and outdoor seating, traditional pub games, a gift shop, and lots more. The interior is decorated in the traditonal British pub-style, with memorabilia all over the walls. The menu offers a variety of salads, as well as British dinners and Happy Hour specials. The friendly bartenders bring in all walks of life. See website for menu and more information.