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68 Monterey Area Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

Whether your idea of a good time is a fancy, festive dinner out or cold sesame noodles and binge-watching on the couch, we're here to help you find it—since the greatest love of all is the love of food. Dig in.

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47 Restaurants
Updated 06 February 2019
Restaurants:Passionfish, Ventana Grill, Fish Hopper
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Latin American
Neighborhoods:Pacific Grove, Pismo Beach, Monterey
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Passionfish

$$$$
Seafood
Pacific Grove
4.6
6063 reviews

Whenever we have the chance to be in Pacfic Grove, we priortize dining at the Passionfish. Every dish we have ever ordered is unique, perfectly prepared, scrumptious and healthy.


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Ventana Grill

$$$$
Latin American
Pismo Beach
4.5
2555 reviews

The best ocean view of any California restaurant I have ever dined in, plus the food and craft cocktails are absolutely inspired! We’ve eaten there several times and it has always been consistently amazing. try the Mexican Manhattan cocktail — it’s out of this world!


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Fish Hopper

$$$$
Seafood
Monterey
4.4
3027 reviews

We have been here for special occasions or just a lovely meal and always have a wonderful time. It’s one of our very favorite places on Cannery Row!!


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Anton & Michel Restaurant

$$$$
Californian
Carmel
4.6
2440 reviews

Everyone was amazing! My friend and I hadn’t seen each other in 35 years, so we had a lot to chat about during lunch. The service was amazing, and they were very accommodating, which was so appreciated! So classy in every way!


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Montrio

$$$$
Californian
Monterey
4.5
3589 reviews

Our first time back since they reopened. We had the short rib, and they were absolutely delicious. Extensive wine list by the glass, half and full bottle. Great service. This is a great dining experience especially for special occasions.


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Stella Mare's

$$$$
French
Santa Barbara
4.7
1550 reviews

One of our favorite brunch spots. Great food, friendly staff, excellent location with several options for seating.


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Tarpy's Roadhouse

$$$$
American
Monterey
4.6
2869 reviews

I don't remember our waitress's name but she was outstanding! Tiny, older, dark hair to her shoulders. She was fantastic! Great ambiance, great food, excellent service!


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Olio e Limone Ristorante

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.6
2020 reviews

I enjoyed their outdoor seating area. The service and food were excellent.


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Fandango

$$$$
European
Pacific Grove
4.7
3248 reviews

The absolutely finest dining experience anywhere on the Monterey I have dined at the world’s best from Lutece to TourD’Argent. Fandango’s staff is wonderful, attentive, non intrusive, and friendly making me feel like family and royalty both at once. Best culinary offering with impeccable presentation. Add a pallet tantalizing wine menu and its nirvana. If you are in Monterey, Carmel, or Pacific Grove, Fandango is the pearl in the dining oyster by the sea. I’m John G aka Nohj Reiemborg and Fandango gets five stars!


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Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point

$$$$
Californian
Pacific Grove
4.5
3369 reviews

Love the view and the food is always consistent. We have been coming here when ever visiting the area. At least 6 years.


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Casanova Restaurant Carmel

$$$$
Italian
Carmel
4.7
1480 reviews

Fabulous..as we were expecting. Great food and great service!


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Intermezzo By Wine Cask

$$$$
Californian
Santa Barbara
4.6
1262 reviews

Love sitting in the inner courtyard. Great wine selection by the glass. Perfect setting before a concert at The Lobero or to just relax and dine.


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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

$$$$
Steakhouse
Santa Barbara
4.6
510 reviews

The halibut and filet bites were amazing! Great drinks and atmosphere.


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Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn

$$$$
American
Santa Ynez Valley
4.7
941 reviews

The food and service was excellent. The salmon is always perfection. Taco Thursday is a great deal! Our server Kat was fantastic. Always get the mud pie with their homemade ice cream!


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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

$$$$
Steakhouse
San Luis Obispo
4.6
3297 reviews

Ashlee was our server and absolutely incredible. She was very aware we were on a time crunch and gave us excellent service and conversation.


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Oliver's

$$$$
Vegan
Montecito
4.8
1312 reviews

Service was outstanding, ambience made a memorable evening.


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PortaBella Restaurant

$$$$
French
Carmel
4.6
1074 reviews

Our stay in Carmel is always made better with our visiting PortaBella—hard to make this a better getaway spot, but PB makes it so… The team is very helpful and creates a special ambiance that makes dining here comfortably and always inviting. Food preparation is exquisite and the portions are generous without being overwhelming…. All food choices are included on a very nice Italian menu. Wine choices are also well thought and presented… Go to PB and manga…


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Mama's Meatball

$$$$
Italian
San Luis Obispo
4.6
860 reviews

Delicious food, nice atmosphere and friendly service.


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Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

$$$$
Seafood
Marina
4.4
879 reviews

The food was delicious. We have to go back to try all the other things we didn't order! The Bloody Mary's are like an appetizer, so plan for that if you order them. Everyone was nice, service was good and there was a musician during brunch, which was nice. The room wasn't nearly full but the hostess kept seating people right next to each other. That's my only complaint.


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Roy

$$$$
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
4.3
353 reviews

A hidden jewel! The food and service are fantastic! We've tried the seafood pasta, chicken marsala, & Pacific seabass and they have been outstanding.


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Sardine Factory

$$$$
Seafood
Monterey
4.6
3968 reviews

We try to come here every year for our anniversary and it never disappoints. Thank you


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The Whaling Station Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
Monterey
4.7
1824 reviews

Outstanding food, outstanding service. Free parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. Wonderful for a special celebration. White wine by the glass selection could be broadened to include a better, creamier chardonnay. The cabernet sauvignon by the glass selection was superb.


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Schooners Monterey

$$$$
Californian
Monterey
4.6
2290 reviews

Beautiful meal with a view! Thank you very much for the excellent service.


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Rio Grill

$$$$
Californian
Carmel
4.5
2087 reviews

Another Great Evening on 5/20 Made Reservations asked for ALANA. She Was Very Sweet and Helped Me Find an Inexpensive White Wine Also had s Diet Coke. Then I Ordered Your Pork Chop again It's Fantastic. For Dessert, I had the Bread Pudding. I asked ALANA If they Can Heat it up More so that The Apple and Pastry are Soft. The Pastry when Heated gets Dry and Hard to Eat.She Brought it the Way I Asked :) I also Had a Little Service Fun with ELBERT. I Spent much More Than My Budget but having a Bad Day I didn't care. Both Made My Night Enjoyable except for the LOUD MUSIC. I can Hear it From Dining Room nearby. It was still Too Loud. I will come back When I Hear Musicis is at a Lower volume Thanks


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Oyster Loft

$$$$
Seafood
Pismo Beach
4.8
2765 reviews

Our service was amazing, we will be back soon! Environment was outstanding!


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Sea Venture

$$$$
Contemporary American
Pismo Beach
4.7
1785 reviews

The best Brussel Sprout Appetizer ever! Wait person was very courteous.


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Arnoldi's Cafe

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.6
641 reviews

My husband and I were celebrating our 2nd anniversary. The server Stone was attentive and our food was delicious. We had a wonderful time!!!


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SY Kitchen

$$$$
Italian
Santa Ynez Valley
4.8
2661 reviews

Awesome on all levels!


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Convivo

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.7
1451 reviews

Great place with excellent service. I would highly recommend the grilled avocado salad. Delicious!


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Barbareño

$$$$
Californian
Santa Barbara
4.7
1185 reviews

like innovative use of ingredients. Very imaginative dishes.


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Il Cortile Ristorante

$$$$
Italian
Paso Robles
4.7
3207 reviews

Superb quality of food and wine. Great service as well.


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Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria

$$$$
Italian
Solvang
4.7
952 reviews

Food was excellent. Everything was tasty and delicious. Service was outstanding. They went above and beyond to accommodate.


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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

$$$$
Californian
Carmel
4.9
1179 reviews

Our Sommelier John made the experience by handpicking a selection of some incredible natural wines to pair with our meal.


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Goat Tree Restaurant

$$$$
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
4.5
412 reviews

Great food, great service


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Tides Waterfront Kitchen

$$$$
Latin / Spanish
Monterey
4.1
72 reviews

We had a great experience with the service and the view!.


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Domenico's on the Wharf

$$$$
Seafood
Monterey
4.4
1219 reviews

We came here for dinner during a belated Mother’s Day weekend. Got a table right by the window overlooking the marina and watched the seals frolic in the water right below us as the sun set and the boats drifted back into their slips for the night. It was a serene, beautiful show to go along with a delicious dinner and excellent service. The roasted garlic platter is divine as is the wedge salad. I had the Cioppino which was chock full of seafood! Everyone at our table of 4 was quite happy with the whole experience. Would go back in heartbeat!


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Far Western Tavern

$$$$
Steakhouse
Orcutt / Santa Maria
4.7
1021 reviews

This was a stab in the dark. Recommended by a winery, six of us dined there Friday evening. the visit began with a lovely experience at the bar. I believe the bartender's name was Andrea but I'm not sure. She was very attentive and informative. The salads, the one gentleman's clam chowder and the bay shrimp were delicious. Three of us ordered the ribeye, one ordered the Top Sirloin, which is a large "baseball" cut, and a couple others had the filet - All the meat was wonderful and prepared as ordered. We will definitely dine here again upon our return to wine country.


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Mistura

$$$$
Peruvian
San Luis Obispo
4.5
1132 reviews

The ambience was great as usual … tried the paella this time and it did not have as much fish as expected and the rice was a bit dry. Luckily our guests who chose other entrees really enjoyed their first visit.


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Willows at Chumash Casino

$$$$
Contemporary American
Santa Ynez Valley
4.7
927 reviews

Birthday dinner


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Chase Restaurant

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.2
597 reviews

Super comfortable outdoor seating and the wait staff was incredibly attentive. He answered questions about the menu, offered suggestions and made an excellent wine recommendation. Food was amazing, with big portions. This will definitely be a stop on my next trip!


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Hitching Post II

$$$$
Steakhouse
Buellton
4.7
4438 reviews

The bone-in ribeye 24oz and the filet mignon were outstanding. Delicious appetizers: roasted garlic and artichoke. The HP pinot noir was delicious. Super friendly staff.


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Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

$$$$
Spanish
Monterey
4.4
564 reviews

Food was really good. We have a few allergies in our party and they were very accommodating. They even made a few special dishes so we could eat. Food was delicious and would go back again.


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The Ballard Inn

$$$$
Creole
Santa Ynez Valley
4.6
1036 reviews

The fresh vegetables were excellent. Great, interesting flavors in all dishes.


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L'Escargot - Carmel

$$$$
French
Carmel
4.8
945 reviews

Delicious food, excellent service, and lovely ambience. We learned it’s been here since 1958, and it’s understandable why. The owner is also the chef, and in the kitchen most nights. We had beef Wellington which was excellent, along with escargot in mushroom caps and a very nice salad.


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Cantinetta Luca

$$$$
Italian
Carmel
4.5
2078 reviews

Focaccia was light, fluffy and excellent. Our pastas were tasty treats. Service was great.


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Granada Bistro

$$$$
Californian
San Luis Obispo
4.6
904 reviews

Attentive and prompt service, intuitive server, food was well presented and coursed out. Enjoyable throughout!


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Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

$$$$
Organic
Big Sur
4.6
549 reviews

Food was amazing, service was impeccable, and the ambiance is difficult to find a relevant comparison. We had a corner table overlooking the ocean and enjoyed a 4 course meal. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in my life and well worth the price for quality. It was the highlight meal of our honeymoon!


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