The Monterey Bay Area Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Monterey Bay Area - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. 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 restaurant...Read More

  • 2. Basil

    $$ | Modern American

    Eco-friendly Basil was Monterey County's first restaurant to achieve a green-dining certification, recognition of its commitment to using organic...Read More

  • 3. Fandango

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    The menu here is mostly Mediterranean and southern French, with such dishes as osso buco and paella. The decor follows suit: stone walls and...Read More

  • 4. Laili Restaurant

    $$ | Mediterranean

    Exotic Mediterranean flavors with an Afghan twist take center stage at this artsy, stylish space with soaring ceilings. In the evening, locals...Read More

  • 5. Montrio Bistro

    $$$ | American

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

  • 6. Passionfish

    $$$ | Modern American

    South American artwork and artifacts decorate Passionfish, and Latin and Asian flavors infuse the dishes. The chef shops at local farmers' markets...Read More

  • 7. Restaurant 1833

    $$$$ | Modern American

    Inside the two-story Stokes Adobe, built in 1833, this popular restaurant and bar showcases the region's colorful history and local bounty....Read More

  • 8. 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 far, and...Read More

  • 9. The Pocket

    $$ | Italian

    In surf lingo, "the pocket" is a perfect riding spot within a barrel-shape wave, and this Italian–Californian restaurant is likewise a perfect...Read More

  • 10. Anton and Michel

    $$$ | American

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

  • 11. Assembly

    $$ | Modern American

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

  • 12. Beach House

    $$$ | Modern American

    Patrons of this bluff-top perch sip classic cocktails, sample California fare, and watch the otters frolic on Lovers Point Beach below. The...Read More

  • 13. Bittersweet Bistro

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    A large old tavern with cathedral ceilings houses this popular bistro, where the Mediterranean–California menu changes seasonally, but regular...Read More

  • 14. Café Rustica

    $$ | European

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

  • 15. Carpo's

    $ | Seafood

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

  • 16. Casanova

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    This restaurant inspires European-style celebration and romance in an intimate French-country setting. Feast on authentic dishes from southern...Read More

  • 17. Corkscrew Café

    $$ | Modern American

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

  • 18. Crow's Nest

    $$$ | Seafood

    Vintage surfboards and local surf photography line the walls and nearly every table overlooks sand and surf at this restaurant on the Santa...Read More

  • 19. Estéban Restaurant

    $$$ | Spanish

    In a festive fireplace dining room at Casa Munras hotel, Estéban serves modern and classic versions of Spanish cuisine: empanadas, Moorish chickpea...Read More

  • 20. Fishwife

    $$ | Seafood

    Fresh fish with a Latin accent makes this a favorite of locals for lunch or a casual dinner. Standards are the sea garden salads–-topped with...Read More

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