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Restaurants in Monterey

The Best Restaurants

First Awakenings 300 David Ave, Monterey
First Awakenings
Burgers • $$

First Awakenings

300 David Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

This place was honestly the best place brunch place I've ever eaten at. They have such an amazing menu of foods to try from, and on top of that the...

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  • Superb680 Reviews4.8
Rosine's Restaurant 434 Alvarado St, Monterey
Rosine's Restaurant
American • $$

Rosine's Restaurant

434 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

Good food, awesome deserts, friendly customer service. It’s our favorite place to eat on Christmas Eve. The Culcasi family does an awesome job with their...

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  • Superb879 Reviews4.7
Paris Bakery Cafe 271 Bonifacio Pl, Monterey
Paris Bakery Cafe
Sandwich Shop • $

Paris Bakery Cafe

271 Bonifacio Pl, Monterey, CA 93940

Everything about our experience was amazing! The food is great and so is the service! Had never been here before and it became our daily breakfast stop while...

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  • Superb606 Reviews4.6
Compagno's Market & Deli 2000 Prescott Ave, Monterey
Compagno's Market & Deli
Deli • $

Compagno's Market & Deli

2000 Prescott Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

The sandwiches are delicious. The bread is fresh, lots of meat is added, and you can taste the love with every bite. The owner has a great personality, and is...

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  • Superb298 Reviews4.7
Bistro Moulin 867 Wave St, Monterey
Bistro Moulin
French • $$

Bistro Moulin

867 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940

Exquisite. I danced all the way home. It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Weekend & I dined on a tender & savory Beef Bourgogne. The Sommelier chosen Beaujolais...

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  • Superb260 Reviews4.7
Duffy's Tavern & Family Restaurant 282 High St, Monterey
Duffy's Tavern & Family Restaurant
Family • $$

Duffy's Tavern & Family Restaurant

282 High St, Monterey, CA 93940

Love a good Duffy burger. Not much has changed in this place and I love it! Great staff and wonderful food. Kid friendly and overall a fun place to grab lunch...

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  • Superb253 Reviews4.7
Crepes of Brittany 211 Alvarado St, Monterey
Crepes of Brittany
Creperies • $$

Crepes of Brittany

211 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

All about crepes here. Sweet and savory. Friendly staff. Order and you get food delivered to the table. Great outdoor and indoor seating. We ordered the smoked...

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  • Superb295 Reviews4.6
Whaling Station Steakhouse 763 Wave St, Monterey
Whaling Station Steakhouse
Seafood • $$$

Whaling Station Steakhouse

763 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940

Great steak (top 3!of lifetime). Drinks were properly made and great size. Not a quiet place by any means but not overwhelming where you can’t have a private...

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  • Superb543 Reviews4.5
El Cantaro 791 Foam St, Monterey
El Cantaro
Mexican • $$

El Cantaro

791 Foam St, Monterey, CA 93940

Delicious food options - all completely vegan. Definitely the best tortilla soup I've had in a *very* long time! Yummy cactus and potato tacos, fantastic...

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  • Superb290 Reviews4.6
Paprika Cafe 309 Lighthouse Ave A, Monterey
Paprika Cafe
Mediterranean • $$

Paprika Cafe

309 Lighthouse Ave A, Monterey, CA 93940

Showed up late on a Thursday during a road trip. Owner was running the shop and was very kind to us. We got to sit in the cute little patio they had and the...

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  • Superb245 Reviews4.6
heirloom pizza co. 700 Cass St #102, Monterey
heirloom pizza co.
Pizza • $$

heirloom pizza co.

700 Cass St #102, Monterey, CA 93940

This place was everything we had hoped for. The broccoli is definitely something you need to try, the baked wings are very tasty, and the deep dish pizza is to...

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  • Superb242 Reviews4.6
Wave Street Cafe 550 Wave St, Monterey
Wave Street Cafe
American • $$

Wave Street Cafe

550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940

Amazing breakfast — we came twice! Fabulous pancakes and waffles, especially with fresh fruit and. Worries on too. Delicious bacon. Friendly servers. Outside...

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  • Superb326 Reviews4.5
SUR Burger 409 Alvarado St, Monterey
SUR Burger
American • $$

SUR Burger

409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

Sur Burger is so much more than just burgers. So much so, i think their name is doing a disservice. I've walked by a bunch of times cause i wasn't in...

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  • Superb275 Reviews4.5
Crystal Fish 514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Crystal Fish
Sushi • $$

Crystal Fish

514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

The best sushi I've had in a real long time. Just visiting the area for a few days and happy I tried this place. It gets busy, so be ready to wait a...

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  • Superb273 Reviews4.5
Market Cocina 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey
Market Cocina
Mexican

Market Cocina

800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940

We were so happy to find Whole Foods while visiting Monterey. We were able to purchase fresh fruits and snacks for our hotel room as well as grab a quick bite...

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  • Superb105 Reviews4.8
Cannery Row Delicatessen 101 Drake Ave, Monterey
Cannery Row Delicatessen
Deli • $

Cannery Row Delicatessen

101 Drake Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

Excellent service and hospitality. Quaint little deli/Cafe to grab a burrito or a sandwich. Get there early if you want breakfast as Monterey crowds fast on...

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  • Superb170 Reviews4.6
The Crown & Anchor 150 W Franklin St, Monterey
The Crown & Anchor
Pubs • $$

The Crown & Anchor

150 W Franklin St, Monterey, CA 93940

Good neighborhood drinking hole. Conveniently located to wharf area hotels. Attentive and polite staff. Lavishly decorated in British memorabilia. The...

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  • Superb243 Reviews4.5
Sushi Fly 413 Alvarado St, Monterey
Sushi Fly
Japanese • $$

Sushi Fly

413 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

I usually only review places if I've gone multiple times, but this is an honorable mention since I don't live in Monterey and can't frequent...

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  • Superb234 Reviews4.5
EPSILON 422 Tyler St, Monterey
EPSILON
Greek • $$

EPSILON

422 Tyler St, Monterey, CA 93940

Incredible service from staff, especially Head of House Patricia. She deserves a gold medal for dealing with customers quickly, efficiently, and...

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  • Superb204 Reviews4.5
Nacho Bizness 470 Alvarado St, Monterey
Nacho Bizness
Mexican • $

Nacho Bizness

470 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

Oh my god this place iso good the nachos and don't get me started on the Mac and cheese it's so freaking good! My son and I will be here every week...

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  • Superb191 Reviews4.5
Café Fina 47 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey
Café Fina
Seafood • $$

Café Fina

47 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey, CA 93940

We had a great time for my girlfriend’s 21st birthday. It was a nice restaurant with great food and service. Would highly recommend and can’t wait for our...

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  • Superb335 Reviews4.4
Petra Cafe 435 Alvarado St, Monterey
Petra Cafe
Mediterranean • $

Petra Cafe

435 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

Delicious food, and kind staff. Was nice enough to point out that I didn’t need to order more for my small family of 3. Two dishes and we still had some...

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  • Superb186 Reviews4.5
Osteria Al Mare 32 Cannery Row, Monterey
Osteria Al Mare
Italian • $$

Osteria Al Mare

32 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

My partner and I had such a wonderful time at this restaurant. Sat out on the deck overlooking the harbor. Ordered a reasonably priced and tasty bottle of...

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  • Superb323 Reviews4.4
Melville Tavern 484 Washington St, Monterey
Melville Tavern
Gastropubs • $$

Melville Tavern

484 Washington St, Monterey, CA 93940

This place is great for the beer and wine drinker however, after drinking beer I frequent the bathroom and the bathroom is outside the restaurant, down the...

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  • Superb314 Reviews4.4
Alvarado Street Brewery 426 Alvarado St, Monterey
Alvarado Street Brewery
American • $$

Alvarado Street Brewery

426 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

I had a Great Time at Alvarado Street Brewery! My sister and I were in town for a couple days and tried as many pubs & breweries as possible. We ordered a...

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  • Superb313 Reviews4.4
Sandbar & Grill Wharf II, Monterey
Sandbar & Grill
Seafood • $$

Sandbar & Grill

Wharf II, Monterey, CA 93940

First time eating at this restaurant. The food and service were excellent! I had the Crab stuffed Prawns and my wife had the nightly special of sole! We ate...

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  • Superb300 Reviews4.4
Terra Superfoods 570 Munras Ave Suite 50, Monterey
Terra Superfoods
Health Food

Terra Superfoods

570 Munras Ave Suite 50, Monterey, CA 93940

WOW. These acai bowls are literally the best I have ever had. These bowls are brazilian inspired since the owner is Brazilian herself! She puts a lot of effort...

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  • Superb70 Reviews4.8
The Sardine Factory 701 Wave St, Monterey
The Sardine Factory
Seafood • $$$

The Sardine Factory

701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940

Amazing! We ate here for our 20th Anniversary while on trip. It was amazing! The Sommelier was having to care for many rooms and she was so knowledgable and...

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  • Superb600 Reviews4.3
Pelican Pizza 522 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Pelican Pizza
Pizza • $$

Pelican Pizza

522 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

Came here looking for a meal on a late evening while I was visiting Monterey. I came across Pelican Pizza. It is a very old school pizza joint. The inside is...

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  • Superb222 Reviews4.4
Tutto Buono Eataliano 598 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Tutto Buono Eataliano
Pizza

Tutto Buono Eataliano

598 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

Tried this lovely restaurant a few times over the last year or so. It became a regular stop every time I was in Monterey. The pizza and salads were always...

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  • Superb98 Reviews4.6

American Restaurants

American in Monterey
Rosine's Restaurant 434 Alvarado St, Monterey
Rosine's Restaurant
American • $$

Rosine's Restaurant

434 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

Good food, awesome deserts, friendly customer service. It’s our favorite place to eat on Christmas Eve. The Culcasi family does an awesome job with their...

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  • Superb879 Reviews4.7
Wave Street Cafe 550 Wave St, Monterey
Wave Street Cafe
American • $$

Wave Street Cafe

550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940

Amazing breakfast — we came twice! Fabulous pancakes and waffles, especially with fresh fruit and. Worries on too. Delicious bacon. Friendly servers. Outside...

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  • Superb326 Reviews4.5
SUR Burger 409 Alvarado St, Monterey
SUR Burger
American • $$

SUR Burger

409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

Sur Burger is so much more than just burgers. So much so, i think their name is doing a disservice. I've walked by a bunch of times cause i wasn't in...

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  • Superb275 Reviews4.5

Pizza Restaurants

Pizza in Monterey
heirloom pizza co. 700 Cass St #102, Monterey
heirloom pizza co.
Pizza • $$

heirloom pizza co.

700 Cass St #102, Monterey, CA 93940

This place was everything we had hoped for. The broccoli is definitely something you need to try, the baked wings are very tasty, and the deep dish pizza is to...

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  • Superb242 Reviews4.6
Pelican Pizza 522 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Pelican Pizza
Pizza • $$

Pelican Pizza

522 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

Came here looking for a meal on a late evening while I was visiting Monterey. I came across Pelican Pizza. It is a very old school pizza joint. The inside is...

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  • Superb222 Reviews4.4
Tutto Buono Eataliano 598 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Tutto Buono Eataliano
Pizza

Tutto Buono Eataliano

598 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

Tried this lovely restaurant a few times over the last year or so. It became a regular stop every time I was in Monterey. The pizza and salads were always...

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  • Superb98 Reviews4.6

Mexican Restaurants

Mexican in Monterey
El Cantaro 791 Foam St, Monterey
El Cantaro
Mexican • $$

El Cantaro

791 Foam St, Monterey, CA 93940

Delicious food options - all completely vegan. Definitely the best tortilla soup I've had in a *very* long time! Yummy cactus and potato tacos, fantastic...

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  • Superb290 Reviews4.6
Market Cocina 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey
Market Cocina
Mexican

Market Cocina

800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940

We were so happy to find Whole Foods while visiting Monterey. We were able to purchase fresh fruits and snacks for our hotel room as well as grab a quick bite...

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  • Superb105 Reviews4.8
Nacho Bizness 470 Alvarado St, Monterey
Nacho Bizness
Mexican • $

Nacho Bizness

470 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

Oh my god this place iso good the nachos and don't get me started on the Mac and cheese it's so freaking good! My son and I will be here every week...

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  • Superb191 Reviews4.5

Chinese Restaurants

Chinese in Monterey
China Garden 600 Munras Ave #3108, Monterey
China Garden
Chinese • $$

China Garden

600 Munras Ave #3108, Monterey, CA 93940

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Monterey. The owners and staff are welcoming and friendly and the food is the best Chinese food I've ever had....

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  • Superb175 Reviews4.3
Great Wall Szechuan and Mandarin Cuisine 724 Abrego St, Monterey
Great Wall Szechuan and Mandarin Cuisine
Chinese • $$

Great Wall Szechuan and Mandarin Cuisine

724 Abrego St, Monterey, CA 93940

Great service and great food! We ordered the Mongolian chicken, pork fried rice, and salt and pepper wings. The waitress said "you'll be flying after...

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  • Good176 Reviews4.2
Happy Dragon 2329 N Fremont St, Monterey
Happy Dragon
Chinese • $$

Happy Dragon

2329 N Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940

Stopped in for a quick dinner and was pleasantly surprised at the delicious dishes we enjoyed at Happy Dragon. We had the steamed BBQ buns, lemongrass chicken...

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  • Good123 Reviews3.9

Seafood Restaurants

Seafood in Monterey
Whaling Station Steakhouse 763 Wave St, Monterey
Whaling Station Steakhouse
Seafood • $$$

Whaling Station Steakhouse

763 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940

Great steak (top 3!of lifetime). Drinks were properly made and great size. Not a quiet place by any means but not overwhelming where you can’t have a private...

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  • Superb543 Reviews4.5
Café Fina 47 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey
Café Fina
Seafood • $$

Café Fina

47 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey, CA 93940

We had a great time for my girlfriend’s 21st birthday. It was a nice restaurant with great food and service. Would highly recommend and can’t wait for our...

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  • Superb335 Reviews4.4
Sandbar & Grill Wharf II, Monterey
Sandbar & Grill
Seafood • $$

Sandbar & Grill

Wharf II, Monterey, CA 93940

First time eating at this restaurant. The food and service were excellent! I had the Crab stuffed Prawns and my wife had the nightly special of sole! We ate...

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  • Superb300 Reviews4.4

Thai Restaurants

Thai in Monterey
Krua Thai Restaurant 731 Munras Ave # A, Monterey
Krua Thai Restaurant
Thai • $$

Krua Thai Restaurant

731 Munras Ave # A, Monterey, CA 93940

Lad Na & Pad Kee MaoThe owner hung up on someone while I was there ??? Do you research before you call in lol. Ever seen that Seinfeld episode about the...

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  • Superb266 Reviews4.3
Zab Zab 401 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Zab Zab
Thai

Zab Zab

401 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

The Musaman beef came with Costco and onions instead of roady and the walk eggplant was also below average so was the soup however everything else is very nice...

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  • Good278 Reviews4.2
Siamese Bay Restaurant 131 Webster St, Monterey
Siamese Bay Restaurant
Thai • $$

Siamese Bay Restaurant

131 Webster St, Monterey, CA 93940

Walked by on our way to the Farmer's Market on Alvarado. On our way back we thought we'd give it a try. Very quiet on a Tuesday evening. Had the...

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  • Good149 Reviews4.2

Indian Restaurants

Indian in Monterey
Namaste India Bistro 538 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Namaste India Bistro
Indian • $$

Namaste India Bistro

538 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

The food and service here is amazing. We came for dinner and ordered shahi paneer, tandoori roti, ras malai. The shahi paneer was ultimate, not like the tomato...

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  • Good186 Reviews4.2
Ambrosia India Bistro Cannery Row 751 Cannery Row #121, Monterey
Ambrosia India Bistro Cannery Row
Indian • $$

Ambrosia India Bistro Cannery Row

751 Cannery Row #121, Monterey, CA 93940

Great food. Tikka masala (med) had a good amount of spice. The samosas were good, as well as the assorted naan. Picked up some takeout and ate it across the...

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  • Good183 Reviews4.1
Ambrosia India Bistro - Monterey 565 Abrego St, Monterey
Ambrosia India Bistro - Monterey
Indian • $$

Ambrosia India Bistro - Monterey

565 Abrego St, Monterey, CA 93940

Food was sooo good. Lamb was well-seasoned and the butter chicken is the best we had. Very tasty and flavorful. Would have gotten 5 stars, but the drinks are...

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  • Good271 Reviews3.9

Italian Restaurants

Italian in Monterey
Osteria Al Mare 32 Cannery Row, Monterey
Osteria Al Mare
Italian • $$

Osteria Al Mare

32 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

My partner and I had such a wonderful time at this restaurant. Sat out on the deck overlooking the harbor. Ordered a reasonably priced and tasty bottle of...

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  • Superb323 Reviews4.4
Victorian Corner. Pacific Grove 1100 Munras Ave, Monterey
Victorian Corner. Pacific Grove
Italian • $$

Victorian Corner. Pacific Grove

1100 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

A family-run restaurant with lots of outdoor and indoor seating, Aliotti's Victorian Corner has delicious Italian food. We ate a breakfast and a dinner...

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  • Superb108 Reviews4.4
Gianni's Pizza 725 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Gianni's Pizza
Italian • $$

Gianni's Pizza

725 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940

Friendly cashier and cooks were grinding during busy rush. But they play it loose with staff and patrons masking - despite state and local mandate - and...

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  • Good226 Reviews4.2
Paris Bakery Cafe 271 Bonifacio Pl, Monterey
Paris Bakery Cafe
Sandwich Shop • $

Paris Bakery Cafe

271 Bonifacio Pl, Monterey, CA 93940

Everything about our experience was amazing! The food is great and so is the service! Had never been here before and it became our daily breakfast stop while...

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  • Superb606 Reviews4.6
Mundos Sandwich & Burger House 170 Webster St, Monterey
Mundos Sandwich & Burger House
Sandwich Shop • $$

Mundos Sandwich & Burger House

170 Webster St, Monterey, CA 93940

Excellent sandwiches! Had the right proportions of meat, bread and condiments. Ordered the Mundos tri tip and falafel wrap. The tri tip was very moist and...

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  • Superb176 Reviews4.4
Randy's Sandwich Shop 1193 10th St, Monterey
Randy's Sandwich Shop
Sandwich Shop • $

Randy's Sandwich Shop

1193 10th St, Monterey, CA 93940

Wish we could have taken a picture of the breakfast burrito we had this morning. It was fantastic, my daughter who does not like breakfast could not stop...

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  • Superb160 Reviews4.4

Japanese Restaurants

Japanese in Monterey
Sushi Fly 413 Alvarado St, Monterey
Sushi Fly
Japanese • $$

Sushi Fly

413 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

I usually only review places if I've gone multiple times, but this is an honorable mention since I don't live in Monterey and can't frequent...

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  • Superb234 Reviews4.5
Sushi Kuma 414 Alvarado St, Monterey
Sushi Kuma
Japanese

Sushi Kuma

414 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

The best sushi and the best service. Our server John was such an attentive server the atmosphere was as comfortable as home. I will be returning here until...

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  • Superb59 Reviews4.7
Ocean Sushi Deli 165 Webster St, Monterey
Ocean Sushi Deli
Japanese • $$

Ocean Sushi Deli

165 Webster St, Monterey, CA 93940

this place would be incredible in any city - this area has two! huge menu of japanese homestyle favorites, plus really tasty sushi. they also have instant...

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  • Good143 Reviews4.2
Turn 12 Bar & Grill 400 Tyler St, Monterey
Turn 12 Bar & Grill
Bar & Grill • $$

Turn 12 Bar & Grill

400 Tyler St, Monterey, CA 93940

A little off the beaten path of downtown Monterey is great, consistently good food restaurant. Cool bar, clean dining room, outside seating too. They serve a...

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  • Good346 Reviews4.2
Lalla Grill 1400 Del Monte Center, Monterey
Lalla Grill
Bar & Grill • $$

Lalla Grill

1400 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940

Wonderful dinner! I ordered a turkey burger on abrioche bun with a salad and it was excellent. The servers were very friendly and attentive. It was a very...

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  • Good262 Reviews4.2
Abalonetti Bar and Grill 57 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey
Abalonetti Bar and Grill
Bar & Grill • $$

Abalonetti Bar and Grill

57 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

My friend took us here. Chowder was delicious. Not as many big pieces of clams as I would like but flavor of chowder was good. My friend got her chowder in a...

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  • Good407 Reviews4.1