The Monterey Bay Area Restaurants

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Seasonal, sustainably farmed local ingredients inspire this downtown eatery's rustic California cuisine. An adjacent pop-up space temporarily...

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

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  • American

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

Café Lumiere

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  • 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,...

Corkscrew Café

  • $$
  • American

Farm-fresh food is the specialty of this casual, Old Monterey–style bistro. Herbs and seasonal produce come from the Corkscrew's own...

Grasing's Coastal Cuisine

  • $$$$
  • American

Chef Kurt Grasing draws from fresh Carmel Coast and Central Valley ingredients to whip up contemporary adaptations of European-provincial...

Michael's on Main

  • $$$
  • American

Creative variations on classic comfort food and live music five nights a week draw lively crowds to this upscale but casual creekside...

Montrio Bistro

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  • American

This quirky converted firehouse, with its rawhide walls and iron indoor trellises, has a wonderfully sophisticated menu. Organic produce...

Old Monterey Café

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  • American

Breakfast here gets constant local raves. The café's fame rests on familiar favorites: a dozen kinds of omelets, and pancakes from blueberry...

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