The Monterey Bay Area Restaurants

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Andre's Bouchée

  • $$$
  • French

The food here represents an innovative bistro-style take on local ingredients. A Monterey Bay sea scallop reduction adorns pan-seared...

Anton and Michel

  • $$$$
  • European

Carefully prepared European cuisine is the draw at this airy restaurant. The rack of lamb is carved at the table, the grilled halloumi...

Assembly

  • $$
  • American

Seasonal, sustainably farmed local ingredients inspire this downtown eatery's rustic California cuisine. The menu changes constantly,...

Aubergine

  • $$$$
  • American

To eat and sleep at luxe L'Auberge Carmel is an experience in itself, but even those staying elsewhere can splurge at the inn's intimate...

Basil

  • $$$
  • American

Eco-friendly Basil was Monterey County's first restaurant to achieve a green dining certification, recognition of chef-owner Soerke Peters's...

Beach House

  • $$
  • American

Patrons of this blufftop perch sip classic cocktails, sample California fare, and watch the otters frolic on Lovers Point Beach below.

Bittersweet Bistro

  • $$$
  • Mediterranean

A large old tavern with cathedral ceilings houses this popular bistro, where chef-owner Thomas Vinolus draws culinary inspiration from...

Café Lumiere

  • $
  • American

Attached to the lobby of Monterey's art-house cinema, this café shows work by local artists. Eat a light breakfast, lunch, or dinner,...

Café Rustica

  • $$
  • European

European country cooking is the focus at this lively roadhouse. Specialties include roasted meats, seafood, pastas, and thin-crust pizzas...

Carpo's

  • $
  • Seafood

Locals love this casual counter where seafood predominates, but you can also order burgers, salads, and steaks. Baskets of battered snapper...

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