The Monterey Bay Area Restaurants

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Shadowbrook

  • $$$$
  • European

To get to this romantic spot overlooking Soquel Creek, you can take a cable car or walk the stairs down a steep, fern-lined bank beside...

Soif

  • $$
  • Mediterranean

Wine reigns at this sleek bistro and wineshop that takes its name from the French word for thirst. The selections come from near and...

Tarpy's Roadhouse

  • $$$
  • American

Fun, dressed-up American favorites—a little something for everyone—are served in this renovated early-1900s stone farmhouse several...

Taste Café and Bistro

  • $$
  • American

Grilled marinated rabbit, roasted half chicken, filet mignon, and other meats are the focus at Taste, which serves hearty European-inspired...

The Cottage Restaurant

  • $
  • American

This family-friendly spot serves sandwiches, pizzas, and homemade soups at lunch, but the best meal is breakfast (good thing it's served...

Tuck Box

  • $
  • American

This bright little restaurant is in a cottage right out of a fairy tale, complete with stone fireplace. Handmade scones, good for breakfast...

Vesuvio

  • $$$
  • Italian

Chef and restaurateur Rich Pèpe heats up the night with this lively trattoria downstairs and swinging rooftop terrace, the Starlight...

Wagon Wheel Coffee Shop

  • $
  • American

This local hangout decorated with wagon wheels, cowboy hats, and lassos serves terrific hearty breakfasts, including oatmeal and banana...

Will's Fargo

  • $$$
  • American

Around since the 1920s, this restaurant calls itself a "dressed-up saloon." Steer horns and gilt-frame paintings adorn the walls of the...

Zachary's

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  • American

This noisy café filled with students and families defines the funky essence of Santa Cruz. It also dishes up great breakfasts: stay...

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