The Monterey Bay Area Restaurants

The Monterey Bay area is a culinary paradise. The surrounding waters are full of fish, wild game roams the foothills, and the inland valleys are some of the most fertile in the country—local chefs draw on this bounty for their fresh, truly Californian cuisine. Except at beachside stands and inexpensive eateries, where anything goes, casual but neat dress is the norm.

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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. 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

  • 4. Gabriella Café

    $$ | Italian

    Local artwork features prominently at this petite, romantic café in a tile-roof cottage. Featuring organic produce from area farms, the seasonal...Read More

  • 5. Jennini Kitchen + Wine Bar

    $$ | Mediterranean

    Sommelier Thamin Saleh, who named his lively restaurant and wine bar after his hometown in Palestine, designed a seasonally changing menu of...Read More

  • 6. Roux

    $$$ | French

    Chef Fabrice Roux, who hails from France, worked at lauded Parisian restaurants for more than a decade before coming to Carmel Valley to wow...Read More

  • 7. 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...Read More

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