Monterey Restaurants



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  • British
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  • Seafood
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  • Cannery Row
  • Monterey airport
  • downtown Carmel
  • It may not come as a shock that one of the most common type of restaurant along Monterey Bay is the seafood restaurant. With plenty of commercial fishing still occurring in the bay, the fresh catch comes in daily. Tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab… the list could go on and on. Try some sushi for the freshest preparations. Or stop into one of the many American seafood houses for some clam chowder, a seafood sandwich, or some right-off-the-grill fillets. With the Monterey Bay Aquarium nearby, much of the fish caught and served is listed as sustainable on their watch list, too, so you can dig in guilt-free. With so many top-notch hotels in the area, you may not even want to leave your sleeping quarters when looking for some grub. Many hotels have excellent chefs who are masters at integrating the multitude of flavors from California's ingredients into elegant and delicious dishes. When out in Santa Cruz and strolling the boardwalk, you may find yourself hungry and looking for something other than fair food. Don't worry, there are plenty of options within close walking distance. Smaller family-owned Mexican, mid-range Italian, and high-class American restaurants all offer a shoreline view -- just to name a few. To get some international flavors, head to the Moss Landing area for some great authentic Thai food, or to Aptos for some Indian. Sushi and other Japanese flavors can be found almost anywhere. And for the most authentic Mexican food, Watsonville's your place to be. Or in Carmel, like in any well-to-do living area, there are French restaurants galore. Some are overpriced but some are quite reasonable, and many have delicious and sometimes fusion (think French techniques meet California flavors) food. Italian restaurants probably take a close second to French here, and luckily many feature the bay's seafood in pasta dishes and in delicacies like cioppino.

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    Chart House Restaurant

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    444 Cannery Row

    Fine dining, casual atmosphere... read more

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    Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

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    720 Cannery Row
    (@ Prescott St)

    Right on the water... read more

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    Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

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    400 Cannery Row
    Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

    Pricey nibbles and top-shelf drinks... read more

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    The Crown and Anchor

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    150 W Franklin Street
    (between Calle Principal & Tyler St)

    Traditional British pub in the heart of Monterey's historic downtown... read more

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    Sardine Factory

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    701 Wave St.
    (Prescott Ave.)

    Legendary seafood restaurant... read more

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    Duck Club

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    400 Cannery Row
    Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

    Eclectic cuisine expertly prepared... read more

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    Massaro & Santos

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    32 Cannery Row
    (At Coast Guard Pier)

    Italian-Californian cuisine... read more

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    Ambrosia India Bistro

    565 Abrego Street

    Authentic Indian cuisine spanning every region of the subcontinent... read more

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    Tillie Gort's Cafe

    111 Central Avenue

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    Il Vecchio

    110 Central Ave.

    New eatery that serves traditional Italian dishes with a twist... read more

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    Pho King

    1153 Fremont Blvd

    Quick, easy, and delicious Vietnamese dishes that leave the palette wanting more... read more

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    Points Pinos Grill

    77 Asilomar Boulevard

    New restaurant founded by a local chef with a high pedigree... read more

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    Fish House - Monterey's

    2114 Del Monte Ave

    Seafood restaurant... read more

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    Phil's Fish Market & Eatery

    7600 Sandholdt Road

    Seafood restaurant and seafood market... read more

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    Blue Fin Cafe and Billiards

    685 Cannery Row

    Pool Sharks at the Blue Fin... read more

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    The C restaurant + bar

    750 Cannery Row

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    Fish Hopper Restaurant

    700 Cannery Row
    (at Prescott St)

    Steaks and seafood... read more

    First Awakenings

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    125 Ocean View Boulevard

    The Best Breakfast Place!... read more

    Whaling Station

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    763 Wave St
    (between Irving and Prescott Sts)

    Top-notch steak and seafood... read more

    Soif Wine Bar

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    105 Walnut Avenue
    Santa Cruz

    Fine Wining... read more
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