Monterey Restaurants

TripWhat's restaurant guide to Monterey; our list of the best places to eat. Our top picks: Wave Street Studios, Pepper's Mexicali Cafe and Scheid Vineyards.
  • Wave Street Studios

    774 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940
    Both an intimate live venue and a recording studio, Wave Street Studios is a great place to see a show.
  • Pepper's Mexicali Cafe

    170 Forest Ave
    Off of the main road through downtown Pacific Grove, Pepper's offers fantastic mexicali cuisine, especially their seafood dishes, and is one of the best spots to go to for lunch.
  • Scheid Vineyards

    751 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
    A tasting room with a swank wine-bar atmosphere, Scheid Vineyards sells wine, wine-related items, and locally produced cheeses and charcuterie.
  • Parker-Lusseau Pastries

    539 Hartnell St
    Tucked away in the historic Fremont Adobe building next door to the post office, this small patisserie offers some of the best French pastries and lattes this side of the Atlantic.
  • Hula's Island Grill

    622 Lighthouse Ave
    Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room is an intimate local's restaurant offering a dining experience in a tropical setting. Offers fun, friendly, enthusiastic service, fresh fish, steaks, seafood, and an overall menu which includes a hint of Asian, a dash of Latin and a touch of Caribbean, all with Hawaiian inspiration.
  • Tarpy's Roadhouse

    2999 Monterey-Salinas Highway
    For a taste of Monterey history head to this historic former homestead, housed in a beautiful stone building nestled into a hillside. Classy atmosphere with classic California cuisine - accompany your meal with one of the many local wines on offer.
  • Wine from the Heart

    241 Alvarado St
    11-8 Tue, Fri & Sat; 11-6 Mon, Wed & Thur. Taste a Flight of Four (4) Wines for $10, $15 or $20 and purchase Wines from $20 and up. Boutique wine shop and tasting room specializing in wines from artisan, partner and family wineries throughout California, with a special selection of Monterey Bay Area boutique wines. Offers over 30 wines for tasting at either the bar or at their comfortable tables or sofas. Over 150 different wines are also available for purchase.
  • Holly's Lighthouse Cafe

    602 Lighthouse Ave
    Hands-down one of the best places for breakfast in the area.
  • Compagno's Market and Deli

    2000 Prescott Avenue
    Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat-Sun 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. The deli is a little out of the center of town and easy to miss, but it's worth a short car trip. They make great sandwiches with excellent quality cold cuts, delicious meatballs made in-house, very fresh vegetables, and use tasty bread in several varieties. Very popular with local military men and women and civilians. Nice service, too. Be patient; you will wait on line, and they won't rush you.
  • Fifi's Bistro Cafe

    1188 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, California 93950
    $12-15 lunch /$16-27 dinner / watch for specials. Fifi's is a cozy, uncomplicated French bistro with excellent food at reasonable prices.
  • Soledad Bowl-Bar & Grill

    195 Monterey
  • Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co.

    Cannery Row
    , Cannery Row. Good food, obviously including seafood. This is a more recognisable location set in the background of many smaller seafood places in the Cannery Row area - explore the options as you walk around.
  • Stokes Adobe

    500 Hartnell Street
  • Tabouli's Deli & Mid-Eastern

    309 Lighthouse Avenue
    If you are looking for a relatively cheap (particularly for Monterey prices), but great meal, Tabouli's is a great place. Tabouli's has great food and great company. The owner and cook is friendly but not overbearing. Because he's the only one running the place usually, it's not place to go if you are in a hurry.
  • Ambrosia India Bistro

    565 Abrego St
    11:30AM-2:30PM, 5PM-9:30PM daily. $10-$30. Authentic Indian cuisine from appetizer to dessert. Faults in the service are redeemed by the extraordinary flavors and presentation of the meal.
  • The Fishwife's Turtle Bay Taqueria

    431 Tyler Street
    Creative Mexican dishes with Caribbean flair and a wide selection of salsas, served in a relaxed and colorful (literally) atmosphere. Claim your table with a number flag - stuck into the back of a rubber turtle.
  • Epsilon

    422 Tyler Street
    A truly charming restaurant - cozy, well-lit, hand-decorated, with superb Greek food and a passionate staff. The spanakopita with a Greek salad can make a meal on its own.
  • Ol' Factory Cafe

    1725 Contra Costa St., Sand City, CA 93955
    is a coffee shop during the day, and a bar at night. It has the deepest beer list in Monterey County. There are regular live music performances, as well as local art shows.
  • Monterey Bay Chocolates

    1291 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside, CA 93955
    is known for its 40-foot long chocolate buffet.
  • Rosine's

    434 Alvarado Street
    A downtown, family-friendly classic serving up wonderful portions of comfort food. Famous for its spectacular cakes - make sure you have someone to share with!
  • Fishwife

    789 Trinity Ave., Seaside, CA 93955
    serves fresh, local produce and seafood with both California and Caribbean influences.
  • India's Clay Oven

    150 Del Monte Avenue
    The second best Indian food in the area, after Ambrosia's. Try the "naan burrito" - a perfect blend of Indian tradition and Monterey historical heritage!
  • East Village Cafe

    498 Washington Street
  • Pizza My Heart

    Del Monte Center on Munras
    Great, cheap pizza, made with all fresh ingredients, and open until 10PM. If you're looking for a live show that night, just ask the staff; they know everything going on in town.
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