Most Popular Restaurants in Monterey

April 14, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Think picnics on gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, fabulous seafood restaurants, and great hotels overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay… Monterey is a great place for a romantic getaway. Nature buffs can explore the bay by kayak for a close-up look at sea lions, seals and otters.
Things to do in Monterey

1. Compagno's Market & Deli

2000 Prescott Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-2031 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +1 831-375-5987
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Compagno's Market & Deli

Reviewed By Bubuflu - Mission Viejo, California

Campagno's is simply the best place to get a great sandwich anywhere on the Peninsula. The bread is always fresh and delicious and the meats are quality with nobody looking at a diagram to figure out how much to give you. Whenever I'm back in Monterey I'll check in, get some sandwiches to go so I can eat them while I'm taking in the spectacular views of the area. I would recommend to tell them light on the mayo or no mayo in my case, because they tend to slather it on otherwise. OH, and this place can get busy during weekday lunch time, when DLI students flood the place.

2. Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Diner, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 831-372-0568
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

Loulou's Griddle in the Middle is the tiny diner on Wharf #2. We always say we're "tiny but mighty." We cook with a lot of heart, soul, and deep care about every detail. We aim to make your experience comfortable, fun, delicious, and a little like being at a home-away-from-home. The kitchen is open so you can see our chefs preparing right in front of you. Our community of customers--both local and visitors from far away--also make Loulou's special. We bend over backwards to accomodate your requests, when we can, and we might crown you with a tiara if your requests are many....but all in fun. The diner opened in 1948, so it's rich with history. We're blessed with one customer, Henry, who has been coming EVERY morning since 1948 and he's earned a customized stool, a plaque, his own coffee mug, and a warm place in our hearts.

Reviewed By Julie S - Sacramento, California

My friend from the UK adores American diners. So I was pretty sure she’d love LouLou’s. She did. There’s no group-from coffee, just huge portions of delicious food. Best pancake I ever had! Split an order if you can—we felt badly about all the food we couldn’t eat. It did set us up for the day. We sat at the counter and had a nice chat with people from Boston and Salt Lake City. We watched the cooks and peeked out at the harbor. You do have to pay for parking but it’s just $1.50 an hour. Our wait time at 10 am was about 5 minutes.

3. Old Monterey Cafe

489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 +1 831-646-1021
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 479 reviews

Old Monterey Cafe

Reviewed By roadwarriorstwo - Salinas, California

We are so disappointed in what was one of our favorite breakfast restaurants.
The coffee was awful; in an area where such good quality coffee is available, why are they using such poor, weak coffee? My Denver omelet was so poorly prepared with overcooked, browned edges. Now, my husband 's country potato special was very good , he says; something he has eaten there in the past. And the service was excellent. But I doubt if we will return again.

4. Montrio Bistro

414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 59 +1 831-648-8880
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Montrio Bistro

Reviewed By droppinout - Atlantic City, New Jersey

We had a reservation at Schooner's at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, but they cancelled due to a power outage. We were lucky to get into this very popular restaurant. We tried several small/medium plates, and all of them were excellent. We really like that style of eating so it worked out well for us. We would definitely go back.

5. Hula's Island Grill

622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1008 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 12 - SGD 28 +1 831-655-4852
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hula's Island Grill

Reviewed By Tami D - Merced, California

Ohhhh, my favorite little getaway. I love the Blood red Orange Martinis are to die for. Paired with the Hawaiian cheveche is what memories are made out of. Chrispy wontons come with the cheveche it is just a beautiful appetizer. I see others ordering dinner, its looking real good .The place is decorates so cool and there is an awesome backyard with heaters.

6. Bistro Moulin

867 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1054 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 831-333-1200
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

Bistro Moulin

Bistro Moulin is a cozy European Bistro located on Cannery Row in Monterey. French chef/owner Didier Dutertre's classic cuisine is exquisitely prepared and French wine selections are plentiful. You'll swear you're in Paris!

Reviewed By HAPPY2GO30 - Pleasant Hill, California

Not the first time here. We go as often as possible when in Monterey. Please make reservations in advance as it is a locals favorite. Small and intimate. The chef here is hands down the best. The staff is fantastic well informed on food and...MoreThank you for the wonderful review! We're so happy you visit us when you're in the area and always have a fantastic time! We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again!

7. Crystal Fish

514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1423 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 831-649-3474
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Crystal Fish

Reviewed By erklein - Los Angeles, California

Great service, and extensive menu and beautiful fresh sushi and sashimi, as well as other Japanese dishes. Something for everyone. The crispy calamari sushi had some of the best calamari I've ever eaten. We loved our dinner here.

8. Whaling Station Steakhouse

763 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 831-373-3778
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 337 reviews

Whaling Station Steakhouse

The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 40 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steak House” seriously... See the restaurant’s dry-aging room, select your USDA Prime cut of dry-aged beef from a silver tray, your Prime, Prime Rib from the antique 1930’s silver carving trolley, and enjoy your Caesar Salad being tossed tableside. An award winning wine list and full spirits bar complement your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm daily. THE BAR at The Whaling Station has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. Parking in our private lot. A private banquet room is available.

Reviewed By Mcaenriquez - Monterey, California

Whaling Station Steakhouse is one of the best steakhouse in Monterey Peninsula, the wine selection is wide range, food is a feast and guest service is stamped with Monterey hospitality and warmth! This is an awesome place for fining dining or for happy hour, come visit! As a local, I frequent this place for dessert and happy hour. I highly recommend it to anyone!!! 5 stars. :)

9. Monterey's Fish House

2114 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-3712 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 831-373-4647
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Monterey's Fish House

Reviewed By acbor

We got to this small restaurant on a Sun night for a 7:30pm reservation. The place is small and super busy. Seafood is the must so that's what we had getting their pastas. Enough to share we tried 4 dishes for 6 people. Very decent dinner. Not fine dinning but good dinner.

10. Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-7501 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 831-372-2628
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring sustainable seafood and approachable, contemporary American cuisine. The ideal location for celebrating the Central Coast and the spectacular coastal region, Executive Chef Waller's commitment to fresh, sustainable seafood is reflected in the creative menu which features a variety of seafood options, both raw and cooked, as well as appetizers, soups, salads, large platters meant for sharing, and wood-fired dishes. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners. The high-energy bar, bustling open kitchen, and dramatic outdoor patio personifies a relaxed, fun and joyous atmosphere.

Reviewed By n c - Saint Charles, Illinois

Visited on Friday; views are just okay. Restaurant ambiance could be better as well. Seating was disjointed and full of miscommunication. Had clam chowder in Santa Barbara the day before which was much better than this clam chowder. My guest did not like her meal. Totally expected more with these great reviews!

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