1 Old Golf Course Road Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course Monterey, CA 93940-4908
Experience a classy and urban atmosphere featuring a blend of staple Italian and innovative Californian cuisine at TusCA Ristorante. Located at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa amidst the sprawling Del Monte Golf Course, this restaurant presents an idyllic venue for formal as well as casual dining. Private dining is also offered for special and intimate occasions. The seasonal menu highlights traditional Italian specialties prepared using locally-sourced superior ingredients and freshest produce. Stand-out dishes include the Veal Cheek Ravioli, Eggplant Cannelloni, Roasted Halibut and Cioppino. Wine pairings are offered with each course and decadent desserts add a finish to the whole dining experience. Reservations are recommended.
Located in the heart of downtown Monterey next to the historic Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, Estéban Restaurant & Lounge promises a unique culinary experience where guests can "sip, savor and share" Mediterranean tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine. Serving traditional dishes with a unique twist, Estéban is the ideal place for a quick meal, a sit down dinner or socializing with friends. Whether dining on the outdoor patio, by the warm fireplace in the lounge or sitting at the bar with a fantastic view of the exhibition kitchen, Estéban's Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed every day of the week for dinner or late night dining.
This authentic and simple eatery received awards for the best Greek food in Monterey from both the Coast Weekly Readers' Poll and Dining Weekly. Tucked away behind a music store and a tobacco shop, it might be hard to find, but the simple delicacies here are to die for. All the standard Greek fare, like Moussaka, Pastitsio, and Dolmades, are ripe for the picking here, and everything is totally affordable. The decor is unpretentious and simple, like the food. A great place to sample the wonderful cuisine of the Greeks with excellent service, too.
Voted by Coastal Weekly as Monterey's best new restaurant, this place is, as the title suggests, for those who have a passion for large portions and living life to the fullest. The decor takes one back to the 1920s prohibition era where the martini was king. The menu includes aged prime steaks, several sandwiches and pasta dishes, as well as several big salads and more martini recipes than you will see anywhere else. A great place for lunch or dinner, and the service is excellent. The wine list features a variety of California wines.
The menu here is packed full of intriguing coastal specialties from South of the Border. The spacious and tastefully decorated interior with its tiered floors, assures one as to the quality of the food the moment one enters. Seafood is rendered into piquant dishes that can be ordered with confidence and that are served graciously. There is also plenty of chicken, beef, pork and a traditional array of enchiladas, chiles rellenos, pozole, and vegetarians will not be left wanting either. The bar is well stocked a variety tequilas and Mexican beers, as well as fine, locally grown wines. See website for menu, event calendar and more.
479 Alvarado Street (near Jefferson Street) Monterey, CA 93940
Encompassing nearly 5000 square feet, this Tudor-style British pub claims to be the original one in the area. It has a load of beers and ales on tap as well as 60 single-malt scotches available. You can relax in the heated garden patio with its own fireplace, or hang inside, where you can enjoy live entertainment six nights of the week. Food is traditional pub fare: bangers, burgers, and fish and chips. There is no better beer selection in Monterey, and the happy hour is constantly being voted the best in town by locals. It is always fun here. See website for menu, beer list, specialty drinks, photos, and more.
With 24 beers and ales on tap, a vast array of single-malt scotches, live music on the weekends, and live soccer from the U.K. on Saturday mornings, this is the place to be if you want authentic British atmosphere. As for the decor, it is 100 percent British. The kitchen serves up the usual fare: fish 'n' chips, bangers, etc. There are even trivia contests and karaoke nights. All sorts of people come here, from British ex-pats to sports fans to singles looking for love. See website for menu, events calendar, and other regional locations.
This elegant but casual Italian restaurant perfectly blends innovative twists of Sicilian cuisine with local flavors. Inside, you will find black lamps, terra cotta walls and a plethora of foliage. Not only is it a great place for live jazz, it is also an excellent spot to try pizzas or choice grilled dishes such as the Lamb Chops with Garlic and Asparagus. A huge variety of wines are available. Locals haunt the place and the service is great.
414 Calle Principal (at Franklin Street) Monterey, CA 93940
The kitchen and rotisserie are completely open for all to see in this colorfully decorated bistro that combines American, Italian and French cuisines. The interior is fancy and sleek, but the attitude is very casual, which accounts for the wide-ranging clientele. It won Esquire's award for "best eatery of 1995" for plates such as Grilled Gulf Prawns over Caramelized Leek Risotto and Veal Cheeks over Mustard Whipped Potatoes. Beginning at around USD20 for the house varietals, the impressive wine list includes some alternative whites and adventurous reds. The friendly service will bring you back many times. See website for menu, wine list and more.
Situated in an old stone house dating back to the 1880s, this is a good place for a romantic dinner. Dine inside by the fireplace or under the stars on the flowery patio. It features good old-fashioned country dishes such as Herb Rotisserie Duck and Grilled Center Cut Pork Chop with Bourbon Molasses. Rooms are available for private parties and catering is also available. The extensive wine list begins at the low end and includes several Syrah, Cabernets, and rare Magnums. The impeccable service attracts many types, from couples on romantic getaways to tourists to locals.
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