Restaurants (2010)

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CARMEL


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Andre’s Bouchée Bistro button_booktable
Mission St. (Between Ocean & 7th)
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921
831.626.7882

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Andre’s Bouchée Bistro is authentically French right down to its endive salad and rich onion soup. Francophiles will thrill to the listing of bistro classics like scallops provençale, magret de canard, moules marinieres, of course crème brûlée. Reflecting the Gallic menu, the wine list includes Napa and Monterey, and plunges deeply into Bordeaux and Burgundy. Connoisseurs may choose a ten-year-old Sauternes to partner cheeses and desserts. Intimate ambience with an uncompromising culinary theme.


Basil Seasonal Dining
Basil Seasonal Dining
San Carlos Between Ocean & 7th
Carmel-By-the-Sea, CA 93921
831.626.8226

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Carefully created Italian cuisine crowns a menu reflecting the fresh harvests of each season. Made from scratch, the dishes served in this lively little restaurant are matched by wine and spirits menus. Short rib ravioli, linguines and risottos, and a popular grilled baby octopus served with canellini beans and arugula, are only part of the point of this new Carmel eatery. Classic house tiramisu makes the perfect ending to each of Basil’s Mediterranean dishes. Hand-picked wines and beers add to the cuisine and the late night hours are great for visitors or locals looking to eat after the theater.


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Edgar’sbutton_booktable
8000 Valley Greens Dr
Carmel, CA 93923-9515
831.620.8910

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Edgar’s at the Quail Lodge has the best view of the golf course outside of standing on the driving range. A full bar and comfortable seating make it a great place to eat an early lunch or dinner or just have drinks and a burger, which BTW is one of the best in Carmel Valley. Their menu offers salads to innovative entrees that range from fish and seafood to poultry, pastas and steaks. Bearing the name of it’s original owner, Ed Haber, the restaurant has a wealth of historic photos hanging on the walls with the story of a dairy farm becoming the dream of a young golfer to the beautiful resort it is today. Great beer and wine list to choose from along with traditional cocktails.


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button_booktableFlaherty’s
On 6th Avenue
between Dolores & San Carlos
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93953
Oyster Bar – 831.624.0311

Seafood Grill – 831.625.1500

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Eating raw oysters and washing them down with a good, reasonably-priced Chardonnay at Flaherty’s is an indulgence, especially because this place doesn’t strain to be casual or unpretentious or retro-cool; it just is. The service is friendly and homey. The menu is simple and straightforward. And the food is spectacular. Plump Atlantic Blue Points and plumper Pacific Fanny Bays with horseradish, cocktail sauce and lemon makes you understand why sea otters go through all that trouble. Crab chowder, crab cocktails, linguini con pescatore (the classic Italian shellfish-and-pasta combo), seafood grill, cioppino, crab ravioli, sand dabs and four varieties of shellfish go well with a bottle of local wine. The restaurant is divided in two; one is the casual oyster bar, the other is a finer dining experience.


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L’ Escargot
Mission St. & 4th
Carmel, CA 93921
831.620.1942

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L’Escargot manages to have all of the refinement of a good French restaurant without an air of formality. It’s certainly a trickle-down effect from chef Kerry Loutas, and carried forth by a friendly staff. The hallmark of the dishes is their concentrated flavors, with sauces so harmoniously constructed, one can never be certain exactly what is in them. The three-course prix fixe dinner is a great deal for such high-caliber cooking. If you enjoy the prix fixe dinner on a Wednesday, a casual weeknight can become a subsidized mini-vacation in France. While there are many recommended dishes, the rabbit is remarkable and though it was once an occasional special, it was put on the menu permanently to quiet the insistent clientèle.


Rio Grill, Carmel
button_booktableRio Grill
Highway One at Rio Road
Carmel, California 93923
831.625.5436

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Rio Grill put wood-fired culinary specialties on the local map. The colorful adobe interior serves up fire-roasted artichokes and succulent smoked chicken to go with classic Margaritas, as well as baby back ribs, grilled prawns, pumpkin seed-encrusted salmon and a weekly array of tacos with chipotle-cumin black beans. The french fries with rosemary aioli are renowned, as are the definitive cocktails. Upbeat yet casual, a true neighborhood treasure at the edge of Carmel Valley.


Fresh Cream Restaurant, MontereyFresh Cream
Dolores at 8th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93921
831.250.7943

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Celebrated as one of Monterey’s signature dining experience, this iconic restaurant has transcended it’s bayside establishment relocating into the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Fresh Cream has received accolades for its award-winning cuisine during its more than 28 years on the California coast. Their new location exudes sophisticated elegance surrounded by windows on all sides, framed by old Carmel oaks. The sleek bar gives it a touch of warm, making this a comfortable ambiance with the French elegance creating a romantic drama of food and dining.

The menu has a classic French flavor with a touch of California flair. Each dish is displayed with the artistic eye of a professional staff and dedicated chef. The seasonal menu has popular house specialties with both meats and seafood, in addition to vegetarian creations. Awards range from Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence to Conde Nast’s 100 top restaurants in the U. S.


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La Dolce Vita
San Carlos Between 7th & 8th Streets
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Open Daily: Lunch 11am, Dinner 5pm (831) 624-3667 • Pet Friendly

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“The Sweet Life” awaits you at La Dolce Vita, Carmel’s celebrated Italian eatery located on San Carlos Street, near 7th. Proprietor/Chef Miguel Melendez will work with you to plan your company’s office party, family get-together, or private romantic evening. Enjoy Old World ambiance, authentic Italian recipes, and fine yet, affordable wines. Choose the cozy, comfortable interior seating or dine outside on our heated patio overlooking the bustling streets of Carmel. BTW-they have a great selection of wines so be sure and order a pairing to match their great homemade pastas!


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Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
3600 The Barnyard
Carmel, California 93923
831-626-1814

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Locally run, the great location is the center of the Barnyard at the mouth of Carmel Valley shopping center. The tequila bar hosts all the best labels and the menu has the traditional Mexican dishes with a few twists on their specialties. A great patio to sit in the sun outside or their indoor windowed sunroom has the ambiance of a warm Mexican day. Their specials and happy hours are a welcome addition to their regular menu.


MONTEREY


logo_charthouse200Chart House Restaurantbutton_booktable
444 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
831.372.3362

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A longtime favorite on Cannery Row, Chart House offers panoramic views of Monterey Bay & the city lights beyond. Watch the abundant sea life while relaxing at your table. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 25 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From top-of-the-catch seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Shrimp Fresca, Pan-Seared Sea Scallops and our slow roasted Prime Rib Don’t forget about the acclaimed Chart House Salad Bar! We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines & whiskies, & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake.


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750 Cannery Row (Prescott Ave.)
Monterey, CA 93940
831.375.4500

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C Restaurant offers fresh seafood, premium meats and organically grown local produce. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and foods to go. Enjoy their outdoor firepit for cocktails and appetizers or a romantic evening overlooking Monterey Bay. Their sleek designed bar has become the hot spot on the Row for happy hours and a great spot for drinks. The menu has a great range of enticing dishes that are not only creative but extremely tasty. With a 360 degree view of the ocean, you can’t miss it dining out a C Restaurant, especially now!



button_booktableCafe Fina
47 Fisherman’s Wharf
Monterey, California 93940
831-372-5200

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Dominic Mercurio, owner and grower of his fine organic produce likes to personally welcome you to Café Fina. His family has been serving diners on Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf since 1989. They specialize in Italian cuisine, make their pastas and raviolis in house, grow their own seasonal organic home-grown vegetables, and serve a variety of only the freshest seafood from the Monterey Bay. Their wood-burning oven prepares excellent pizza, and the quaint Italian decor and ocean views make dining at Cafe Fina a memorable experience. Make sure you try their heirloom tomatoe and buffalo mozzarella salad – homegrown and handmade!!!



button_booktableDomenico’s On The Wharf
50 Fisherman’s Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
831-372-3655

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Dominic Mercurio’s family has been preparing fresh seafood dishes on the Monterey Wharf for over 30 years with their own unique flavor & style. Their signature is fresh and organic grown right from their own fields and brought to your table right from the Monterey Bay. A view that is breath-taking and one of the most popular restaurants with both visitors and locals alike. Their 3-course experience is not to be missed and a great wine list to compliment their menu prepared by Dominic himself! Bon Appetite.


logo_Isabellas200button_booktableCannery Row Brewing Company
95 Prescott Avenue
Monterey, California 93940
831-643-2722

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This is the place to grab a really great beer and I mean A REALLY GREAT BEER and a great big bite to eat! Located just above the Cannery Row main drag in a historical brick building, Cannery Row Brewing Company has found it’s home. Newly opened by the guys who head the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Rob Weakley and Dave Bernahl; this is the place for the Gourmet Beer Geek!! Plus, this place is packed with everything a sports fan would want in a local bar, but with every beer you could imagine and the menu to go along with it! Their burgers are awesome and the specialty sandwiches rock as well with Chef Mark Ayers (previously at Pacific’s Edge) aboard. Their happy hours are popular and this is a great place to have dinner and watch you fav sporting events. Fine dining in a great bar environment!


logo_Isabellas200Isabella’s
60 Fisherman’s Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
831-375-3956

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A beautifully designed Wharfside location and a warm & comfortable atmosphere, Isabella’s shines as one of Tene Shake’s Signature Restaurants located at one of the most picturesque settings on the beautiful Monterey Bay. Named in honor or his Mother, Chef Shake offers his award-winning menu with many of his dishes showcased on his TV Cooking Show. Tene Shake is famous for his cooking shows and his distinctive dishes he creates for your pleasure. The seafood macaroni and cheese, the braised short ribs or the soy charbroiled shirt steak with coconut shrimp are just a few of the electric taste explosions you can experience at Isabella’s. Along with a great happy hour menu and local specials, this is the place to take in the meaning of food and the good life and enjoy the experience of dining on the Monterey Bay.


logo_fishhopper200button_booktableFish Hopper Seafood & Steaks
700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
831.372.8543

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Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, combined with world class dining on historic Cannery Row, within walking distance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and fine shops. The Fish Hopper, once an original sardine cannery building, offers spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful Monterey Bay from every table including our heated outdoor patio.The Fish Hopper specializes in fresh sustainable seafood, certified Angus steaks, pastas and live shellfish. Some of our menu favorites are the fresh abalone from the Monterey Bay, the “Island Sampler” (fresh seared Ahi tuna from Kona served with coconut shrimp and a crab cake), Macadamia-crusted halibut, our famous “Tomahawk Chop” long bone-in Rib Eye, or fresh Dungeness Crab available year round.In addition to our fabulous menu indulge in one of our many exotic cocktail creations. While enjoying a delicious meal watch frolicking sea otters at play and even see the occasional whale!


Montrio Bistro
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414 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
831.648.8880

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Located in the heart of downtown Monterey, Montrio Bistro offers a comfortable yet classic dining experience featuring European inspired-American cuisine. For the past 13 years, Chef Tony Baker’s resolve to showcase sustainable seafood, fine quality meat, and Monterey County’s best produce in all of his dishes has made this renovated 1910 firehouse a local favorite.


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button_booktableJack’s at Portola Hotel and Spa
Two Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
831.649.4511

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Elegant, warm and welcoming, Jack’s reflects the best of Monterey’s charm and history. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy the restaurant’s California-influenced American cuisine. The glass-enclosed wine room and elegant booths add to the experience of dining at Jack’s.


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Old Fisherman’s Grottobutton_booktable
39 Fisherman’s Wharf,
Monterey, CA 93940
831.375.4604

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Located on the historic Old Fisherman’s Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Bay, Shake’s Old Fisherman’s Grotto is a must-visit restaurant. Serving a variety of fresh sustainable seafood, certified Angus beef, and pasta dishes with an Italian flare; such as fresh abalone, Macadamia-crusted halibut, our famous “Tomahawk Chop” long bone-in Rib Eye steak, Chicken Piccata or fresh Dungeness Crab year round. Indulge in one of our freshly baked desserts, with over 25 to choose including Key Lime Pie, Crème Brule and Chocolate Bread Pudding. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our Enthusiast Magazine Award of Distinction Wine list with over 200 select. The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce “2009 Business Excellence Award Winner in Food & Dining”.


logo_tarpys200button_booktableTarpy’s Roadhouse
2999 Monterey Salinas Hwy.
Monterey, CA 93940
831.647.1444

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Set in a historic homestead in the hills of Monterey, Tarpy’s offers a rich dining experience in country elegance. The creative country cuisine is comfort food like you’ve never seen, featuring the finest local ingredients with hearty portions of prime steaks, wild game, grilled seafood, unique vegetarian entrees and house-made desserts. The full bar and award-winning wine list add the perfect compliment to create an unforgettable experience.


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1 Old Golf Course Rd. (Hwy. 1)
Monterey, CA 93940
831.657.6675

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Inspired by the hearty cuisine of Italy’s Tuscan region and its emphasis on abundance and seasonality, TusCA restaurant presents traditional and sophisticated regional Italian dishes created from the wealth of locally and seasonally sourced California produce, meats and fish. The menu specializes in pasta, pizza and dishes baked in our wood-burning oven prepared fresh daily in a spacious demonstration kitchen.


LALApalooza
474 Alvarado Street

Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 645-9036 • Downtown Monterey

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“Big American Diner House & Martini Bar” with a happening nightlife in downtown Monterey on Alvarado Street. They make their our own hamburger buns, ciabatta and focaccia breads, and of course, you already know about the house-made tortillas. They even offer fresh pastas, pizza dough, sauces, sour cream and dry-aged steaks. Everything from the 100% natural, hormone- free, corn-fed Angus beef to the Monterey oak logs used during live fire grilling, has been carefully chosen by Pat himself to create a truly authentic, altogether memorable Monterey-style dining experience.


Lalla GrillLallagrill
1400 Del Monte Shopping Center

Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 324-4632 • Downtown Monterey

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LALLAgrill’s concept revolves around the meaning of the word “fresh” and fresh ideas can be found in every aspect of this restaurant. From its architectural and interior design to its fresh, organic and housemade menu items, which features the best of California with an healthy assortment of both small plates and hearty entrees. Ingredients are fresh, never frozen. Local, organic fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs picked from the restaurant’s garden wall will be used in LALLAgrill recipes. All breads and desserts will be house-made on the premises. LALLAgrill offers casual, California cuisine in a contemporary garden setting. Lunch, dinner, and spirits are served from 11am to 11pm.


P.F. Chang’s
1200 Del Monte Shopping Center

Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 324-4632 • Downtown Monterey

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P. F. Chang’s has become known for their traditional dishes with a great new twist on flavor for Chinese Food Lovers around the world. Their chicken in lettuce wraps to their signature desserts have brought Chang’s loyal customers throughout their many locations in the US. The Monterey Del Monte Center has great service and delicious dishes offered in their 3-course dining experience which gives you two entrees! Be sure and order one of the many great mixed drinks to compliment or their specialty teas, beers, sake and wine which enhance the experience.


Bistro Moulin
Bistro Moulin
867 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
831-333-1200

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Bistro Moulin has become the favorite of visitors to Cannery Row and locals alike with their fresh menu of French fine cuisine and great bistro ambiance of Paris dining. The owner/chef has an illustrious career on the Monterey Peninsula and has garnered great loyal customers who have found this to be their place to dine on the Monterey Bay. Daily chef’s specials and traditional favorites are included on their menu and a great selection of wines are offered. Be sure and make a reservation as tables are limited and do fill up fast.


PACIFIC GROVE


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223 17th Street
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831-372-3456

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Fandango has the festive atmosphere of a Mediterranean celebration with the intimacy of a fragrant Spanish night. All three dining rooms are country-French décor with setting for two or four centered around the roaring fireplace hearths, this warm and relaxing restaurant offers traditional cassoulet, couscous, paella, pastas, seafood and steaks with a spotlight on the European and country-style cooking prepared with basic simple ingredients of tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil. The menu offers 25 different main courses with Rack of Lamb Provencale as one of the many standouts. Fandango is rated “Excellent” by Zagat and Wine Spectator with the famed Annual Dirona Award proudly displayed in their rustic entry overlooking their courtyard.


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