When you think of Monterey California, some of the best restaurants in Monterey come to mind.
In addition to that, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and a number of excellent sprawling golf courses are just a few examples of the exciting places you must have already visited before.
They are certainly popular draws for visitors from all over the country (and even the world).
So the next time you go on a road trip to the Monterey Peninsula, after checking in at one of the many excellent hotels in Monterey, CA, make your way towards cannery row and try some of the finest food in the world.
It’s about time you discovered what Monterey Bay is truly like — through your taste buds.
There’s no better way to ensure that the Monterey Bay area gets firmly stamped onto your mind than to sample its best-loved dishes, prepared with authentic local ingredients, at the best restaurants in Monterey.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Monterey:
Celebrating the sea
If you want to start off your culinary journey through Monterey Bay with the classics, then you can’t get any more classic than the Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you can feast on the beloved staples like clam chowder, sand dabs and calamari.
These dishes and more are made using the best, freshest and most sustainably caught seafood in the area — you can get your fill of wild sockeye salmon, Alaskan Red King Crab, and Monterey Bay spot prawns.
Monterey’s Fish House
If you don’t mind dining amidst a boisterous yet relaxed and happy crowd, then Monterey’s Fish House is an excellent choice.
Be sure to order their version of cioppino, a popular soup in Northern California that brings together tomatoes and fresh seafood. Get some grilled oysters and some of the biggest prawns around, too.
Sea Harvest Fish Market and Restaurant
If fresh is what you’re truly after, then it can’t get much fresher than this. Sea Harvest doubles as a market, so you practically have first pick when it comes to the freshest seafood available in the area.
Ask your server about the freshest fish they have for the day and be prepared to be blown away by the wonderful tastes of the sea.
A meal with a view
A Taste of Monterey Wine Market
Monterey’s own Wine Country gets people from all over driving out to California for a sip. To elevate the experience of savoring local wines, stop by A Taste of Monterey Wine Market.
Sample locally sourced food and wine while taking in the majestic views of Monterey Bay through the establishment’s wall made up entirely of windows.
If “sustainable” is the operative word in your search for the next restaurant try, then set your sights on Cindy’s Waterfront.
Here’s a cool fact: Everything in the kitchen is sourced from within 25 miles of this restaurant. Delectable offerings like smoked trout pate and popcorn shrimp lettuce wraps won’t disappoint — they’re that good.
For a wonderful breakfast or brunch, head on over to this hipster-inspired (and hipster-friendly) coffee shop and cafe.
Fluffy omelets, croissant sandwiches, fresh salads and pastries made from scratch will always sound like a great idea.
A full savory experience
Crazy Horse Restaurant
In the mood for an amazing breakfast, a three-course meal, or even a small salad?
Come try some the best American cuisine in Monterey offered at the Crazy Horse Restaurant.
Order a Natural Beef Burger or check out the famous salad bar voted best in Monterey for 9 years in a row.
Conveniently located inside the Bay Park Hotel, for those traveling from far to visit this beautiful city.
Seafood isn’t the only thing on the menu. Restaurants like Montrio Bistro have just about perfected the art and science of whipping up classic European dishes while serving them up with refreshing New American flavors.
Take a bite of their lamb chops and grilled steaks, and be sure to order one of their innovative cocktails
Have the picturesque coastal views got you craving for equally charming fare? Try some French specialties like veal osso bucco and delicate tarts at Bistro Moulin. There are plenty of authentic champagnes to add a sophisticated touch to your meal.
Drink in the beautiful vintage chic styling of Restaurant 1883 while enjoying their superb dishes: wood-fired pizzas, warm and gooey artichoke dip, and tri-tip with tempura maitake mushrooms and roasted butternut squash, for example.
You can take your pick from a lengthy list of wines and specialty cocktails to round out your dining experience.
Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill
Looking for something more straightforward and downright delicious? Try the bar food at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill.
Choose from among 20 draft beers that would go perfectly with top options like pork belly poutine, steak skewers, and truffle crawfish mac ‘n cheese. Happy hour here is especially enjoyable thanks to these comforting chow choices.
Food lovers will surely want to check out all of the best restaurants in Monterey from our list. They’ll keep you coming back for more.
Your next trip to Monterey Bay should have you coming back home after it all, intoxicated by the breathtaking coastal sights, the freshest seafood, and the most enticing restaurant concepts.
Be sure to secure your hotel room early so you can taste as much of Monterey Bay’s culinary masterpieces as you can.
No need to search for hotels in Monterey, with its convenient location near the best restaurants in Monterey and the coolest places to visit, the Bay Park Hotel is where you want to stay.