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Monterey's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews

Monterey's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews

A photo of Stokes Adobe Restaurant restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(85)
$$$$
• Californian • Monterey
Booked 12 times today

Stokes Adobe is a new restaurant located in one of Old Monterey’s historic adobe homes. The menu offers chef driven seasonally inspired California cuisine. The bar and cozy outdoor fire pits offer classic cocktails, wines by the glass and local beers.

A photo of Old Fisherman's Grotto restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(973)
$$$$
• Seafood • Monterey
Booked 10 times today

Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Harbor, Old Fisherman’s Grotto is a "must visit" restaurant. The “Grotto” has rightfully earned its worldwide reputation for only the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Featuring fresh seafood from sustainable...

A photo of the C restaurant + bar restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1001)
$$$$
• Seafood • Monterey
Booked 6 times today

the C restaurant + bar features only seafood endorsed by Seafood Watch of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The delicious Arctic Char featured on Executive Chef Matt Bolton's menus is similar to salmon in taste, texture and color, but is available year-round, and is rated a "best choice" by Seafood...

A photo of The Whaling Station Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1824)
$$$$
• Steakhouse • Monterey
Booked 19 times today

The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station Steakhouse, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 50 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steakhouse” seriously...Select your USDA Prime cut of the USA’s finest beef from a silver tray or...

A photo of Coastal Kitchen Monterey restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(31)
$$$$
• Farm-to-table • Monterey
Booked 3 times today

The Coastal Kitchen, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring sustainable and contemporary cuisine. The refined dining room framed by the Pacific Ocean offers an elegant evening setting, appropriate for culinary adventures. The Coastal Kitchen Tasting Menu is...

Discover Monterey

For decades, this area of California has been known for the quality of its locally grown produce and fresh seafood taken directly from the Pacific Ocean. This may be why many of the most important up-and-coming chefs in the United States are working in the Central Coast region of California. When you combine that type of talent with the quality of the local ingredients, you cannot help but create a vibrant, exciting food culture. The area is filled with unique restaurants, including some overlooking the gorgeous, golden coastline. Quite a few of the establishments also work directly with local farms and fishers, ensuring the freshness and quality of their ingredients from farm to table. Along the interior hillsides, one will find beautiful vineyards producing deliciously complex wines.

For decades, this area of California has been known for the quality of its locally grown produce and fresh seafood taken directly from the Pacific Ocean. This may be why many of the most important up-and-coming chefs in the United States are working in the Central Coast region of California. When you combine that type of talent with the quality of the local ingredients, you cannot help but create a vibrant, exciting food culture. The area is filled with unique restaurants, including some overlooking the gorgeous, golden coastline. Quite a few of the establishments also work directly with local farms and fishers, ensuring the freshness and quality of their ingredients from farm to table. Along the interior hillsides, one will find beautiful vineyards producing deliciously complex wines.

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