Here is an intelligent solution to the dilemma of how to wine-taste while navigating curvy mountain road: just make one stop. Make it in downtown Monterey, where there is nary a deer in sight. Spend the whole day here where you can sample from dozens of vintages collected from nearly 40 local wineries. Taste the riches of Carmel Valley, Monterey and Arroyo Seco. Buy a few bottles or a few cases, as you like. When it is time to get some solid food in your overtaxed stomach, simply walk on over to one of the many restaurants on Cannery Row. See website for online shopping, wine club details, event calendar and more.
Few things can match tasting wine at the Bargetto Tasting Room whilst enjoying splendid views of the Pacific Ocean. Established in 1933, the Bargetto is famed for its dessert wines under the Chaucer's brand name. The winery also stacks the famous red and white wines along with the sparsely available sparkling ones. With the vineyards situated just a stone's throw away in the Santa Cruz mountains, the wines produced are completely unadulterated. Wine apparel and gift baskets are available at this outlet as well.
Longstanding popularity with locals and tourists alike, this restaurant has several special features--each with its own appeal. The oak bar is nearly 200 years old, while the Cannery Row room has a pirate-like atmosphere; the conservatory is alive with statues, and the Captain's Room captures days-gone-by with its Barbary Coast feel. Food-wise, this restaurant is diverse as well; the Abalone Bisque is world famous, and the venerable eatery specializes in create-your-own banquet meals. The service will be professional and personable. More than 1000 wines are at the ready in its wine cellar, which can be rented out for parties of up to 16 people. Join the star-studded list of celebrities who have also dined here.
Lively local bar and pub, Peter B’s Brewpub has plenty to recommend it from the relaxed casual ambiance, great selection of craft brews including those brewed in-house, as well as a menu featuring a variety of tasty meals. With a lovely outdoor patio. perfect for pleasant weather, as well as 18 televisions across the pub it's a good place to stop by for a fun evening of socializing or even if you just want to catch the latest game. Patrons can even take-away a beer of choice in their two pint and four pint growlers and growlettes. Beer enthusiasts have the chance to sign up for their Mug Club, while visitors will enjoy a chance to sample their delicious choice of five micro-brews at one of the first craft breweries to open in Monterey. With lots of happy hours deals as well as special nights, the pub is a popular choice with locals and tourists alike. Kids are welcome and the pub offers a special children's menu for the little ones. The outdoor patio is pet friendly, and a nice place to enjoy an afternoon meal or evening drink. For additional details, visit the website.
This gem of a restaurant in Pacific Grove serves up fresh Italian cuisine and seafood specialties. Known for their famous ravioli's made daily, the lobster and mascarpone are by far the local favorite. Nightly specials of seafood and meat add variety to the menu, while the pasta dishes are usually light and full of flavor. The crisp white decor is enriched from the giant European advertising posters that line the walls, which of course, are original productions! The wine list features a bevy of Italian labels with a few local labels as well. If you're up for it, the dessert is made in-house with mouthwatering offerings like berry cobbler and tiramisu.
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.