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Seafood in Pacific Grove

Passionfish

Fresh, sustainable seafood is artfully presented in any number of inventive ways, and a seasonally inspired menu also carries slow-cooked meats and vegetarian dishes spotlighting local farms. The earth-tone decor is…
Mediterranean in Pacific Grove

Jeninni Kitchen & Wine Bar

Happy-hour snacks from 4pm to 6pm segue to dinner at this bistro featuring the flavors of the Med. Housemade charcuterie and shared plates, such as crispy octopus, create a convivial ambience, while larger mains fea…
Lighthouse in Pacific Grove

Point Pinos Lighthouse

The West Coast’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse has been warning ships off the hazardous tip of the Monterey Peninsula since 1855. Inside are modest exhibits on the lighthouse’s history and, alas, its fail…
Beach in Pacific Grove

Asilomar State Beach

Negotiate a 1-mile trail boardwalk through rugged sand dunes. Note this beach is known for riptides and unpredictable surf, and care must be taken when swimming here.
Cafe in Pacific Grove

Red House Cafe

Crowded with locals, this shingled late-19th-century house dishes up comfort food with haute touches, like cinnamon-brioche French toast, grilled eggplant-fontina sandwiches or spinach-cheese ravioli in lemon beurre…
Park in Pacific Grove

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Between November and February, over 25,000 migratory monarch butterflies cluster in this thicket of tall eucalyptus trees, secreted inland. During peak season, volunteer guides answer all of your questions between n…
Museum in Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

With a gray-whale sculpture out front, this small kid-oriented museum has old-fashioned exhibits about sea otters, coastal bird life, butterflies, the Big Sur coast and Native Californian tribes.