Seafood in Monterey

Monterey’s Fish House

Watched over by photos of Sicilian fishermen, dig into oak-grilled or blackened swordfish, barbecued oysters or, for those stout of heart, the Mexican squid steak. Reservations are essential (it’s so crowded), but t…
Californian in Monterey

Montrio Bistro

Inside a 1910 firehouse, Montrio looks dolled up with leather walls and iron trellises, but the tables have butcher paper and crayons for kids. The eclectic seasonal menu mixes local, organic fare with Californian, …
American in Monterey

First Awakenings

Sweet and savory, all-American breakfasts and lunches and bottomless pitchers of coffee merrily weigh down outdoor tables at this cafe uphill from the aquarium. Try the unusual ‘bluegerm’ pancakes or a spicy Sonoran…
French in Monterey

Crêpes of Brittany

Authentic savory and sweet crepes are swirled by a French expat – the homemade caramel is a treat. Expect long lines on weekends. Cash only.
Market in Monterey

Old Monterey Marketplace

Rain or shine, head downtown on Tuesdays for farm-fresh fruit and veggies, artisan cheeses, international food stalls and a scrumptious 'baker's alley.'
Seafood in Monterey

Sandbar & Grill

Watch otters play outside the bay-view windows at this floating seafood kitchen on the wharf. Stick with the classics like creamy clam chowder, grilled sand dabs and jumbo crab club sandwiches. Reservations strongly…
American in Monterey

LouLou's Griddle in the Middle

Stroll down the municipal wharf to this zany diner, best for breakfasts of ginormous pancakes and omelettes with Mexican pico de gallo salsa or fresh seafood for lunch. Breezy outdoor tables are dog-friendly.