Marina Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Marina

April 15, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

Marina is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2013 population at 20,370. Marina is located along the central coast of California, 8 miles (13 km) west of Salinas, and 8 miles north of Monterey. Marina is also connected to Monterey, California by California State Route 1, which also connects it with Santa Cruz, California, after driving for about 35 miles. Marina is at an elevation of 43 feet (13 m). Marina was incorporated in 1975 and is the newest city on the Monterey Peninsula. The city includes part of the California State University, Monterey Bay campus, the UCMBEST branch research center of UC Santa Cruz, and the Veterans Transition Center (VTC). In 2012, Marina was named one of the 100 Best Community for Young People by America's Promise Alliance. The Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital, built in 1941 to provide healthcare for U.S. Army horses and mules, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. This is the first such official recognition on old Fort Ord.
Things to do in Marina

1. Ticos Breakfast & Lunch

330 Reservation Rd Ste C, Marina, CA 93933-3286 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Highchairs Available American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 831-582-2509
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

Ticos Breakfast & Lunch

Reviewed By Rosemary C - Monterey, California

Was looking for a breakfast place in Marina near a hotel my friends were staying. Tico's came up with high ratings so decided to check it out. Not disappointed at all. It's a bit hidden away in a strip mall but very sweet once entered. It's a small place with indoor and outdoor seating. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the food is really very delicious. They have both very traditional American breakfast and lunch choices but I would definitely recommend the Mexican choices. Really well done and fresh. Very reasonably priced and good sized portions. Definitely get your money's worth and very worthy of a return trip.

2. Coffee Mia

250 Reservation Rd, Ste G, Marina, CA 93933-3017 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 831-384-0148
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Coffee Mia

Reviewed By 274christyd - Marina, California

Coffee Mia makes homemade pastries as well as breakfast sandwiches daily. I tried one of there Italian cannolis with a good cup of coffee was delicious. Shop busy with local customers who stated to me they come there weekly and enjoy the food and coffee, price comparison to other coffee shops about the same.

3. Noodle Bar

215 Reservation Rd Ste E, Marina, CA 93933-3059 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 831-384-6225
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Noodle Bar

Reviewed By Alice J - Pacific Coast, USA

When we visit Vietnamese restaurants, my husband orders the pho. He is very discerning about his soup and loved the pho at this restaurant.

I usally order the spring rolls, which were a bit under par, but okay,

The full restaurant attests to the popularity of the place.

Marina is becoming a hot spot for reasonably priced restaurants with dishes from far flung locales.

4. Daddy's City Diner

265 Reservation Rd, Marina, CA 93933-3182 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 831-883-0817
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Daddy's City Diner

Reviewed By DAN R - California, United States

I am in the Marina area working, stopped here by accident, been back 4 times. Excellent clam chowder, ALL the dand burgers are great, love the steak fries. Limited hours, a great lunch and breakfast stop. Fast service, food comes out quickly, love this place.

5. Keoki's Hawaiian Barbeque

3170 Vista Del Camino, Wells Fargo Center, Marina, CA 93933-2637 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Barbecue, Hawaiian Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 808-347-4833
Excellent
75%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Keoki's Hawaiian Barbeque

Reviewed By petey11monterey - monterey

Very Good food!!!Fresh & "home" cooked". Must try the combination plates. .Been there for lunch numerous times and never disappouints

6. Lee's Garden Restaurant

215 Reservation Rd, Ste A, Marina, CA 93933-3059 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 831-384-6887
Excellent
40%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Lee's Garden Restaurant

Reviewed By Kaiserlichehohe... L

My Family and I have been dining at Lee's Garden for many years. The young Owner and her Uncle have delicious Food at excellent prices.
The Menu offers Diners a large choice of Lunch Specials at very reasonable prices.
Atmosphere is comfortable and the Restuarant is easy for Someone in a Wheelchair to dine in comfort. I highly recommend this Establishment!

7. Ho-Wah Restaurant

3116 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933-3086 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 831-384-7951
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Ho-Wah Restaurant

Reviewed By littleeve - Marina, California

This restaurant was recommended to us when we asked about local fare. They have many wonderful dishes, but favorite is the beef and green beans with homemade garlic sauce. I think I could eat if for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

8. New Korea Restaurant

300 Carmel Ave, Ste D, Marina, CA 93933-3100 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Korean Lunch, Dinner +1 831-384-7171
Excellent
38%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

New Korea Restaurant

Reviewed By Peanut4Life - Monterey, California

We just discovered this little Korean restaurant. Good parking, cozy dining room (seats 36), great service, fair prices, wonderfully delicious Korean food! Definitely coming back!!

Restrooms are outside the restaurant, around the corner, but decent enough. Water heater in the women's bathroom keeps the room warm too.

The side dishes are tasty and the server keeps 'em coming. The appetizers are generous portions so don't be discouraged by the price (@$10/ea). Plenty to share.

Spicy soups are served piping hot and spicy. Perfect! Whole grain rice is an option. Many vegetarian choices on the menu.

9. Michael's Grill and Taqueria

265 Reservation Rd, Ste I, Marina, CA 93933-3182 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 831-884-2568
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Michael's Grill and Taqueria

Reviewed By Dianna430 - Monterey, California

We truly enjoy this restaurant. The food is prepared fresh and is very tasty. They definitely add a new twist to your standard Mexican fare. My Husband and Father claim the blackened shrimp and chicken is excellent. I truly enjoy their vegetarian burrito with red or green sauce. We definitely recommend this restaurant.

10. Michi Japanese Restaurant

3114 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933-3049 Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Japanese, Asian, Sushi Lunch, Dinner +1 831-384-6665
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Michi Japanese Restaurant

Reviewed By Yosemitesteve - Modesto, California

The food was really good and a lot of it.The bento box was somewhat pricey compared to my town of Modesto,but this is in the Monterey area.
The owner(waitress) was very friendly.The bento box came with 2 items,rice,soup,salad and was quite delicious.Everything was prepared perfectly and the service was excellent.We will be back.Take out is available too!It also can accommodate large dining parties.Give it a try!!

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