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Monterey is host to enough bars and restaurants to last a traveler a whole week's vacation. From seafood to salt water taffy, local beers to regional wineries, all I can say is... pace yourself!

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  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

6 Places

3 City Tips

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6 Places

Bright Coffee

Restaurants

First Awakenings

Restaurants

Sandbar & Grill

Restaurants

Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room

Wineries & Vineyards

Chart House

Restaurants

Carousel Candies

Gift & Speciality Shops

Catherine R's City Tips

  • If you're not a big dessert person, skip the restaurant's offerings and head for one of the many candy stores in the area after dinner.
  • There are tons of local beers and wines on offer — no need to order bottled beers or French wines. Drink local!
  • Seafood is this coastal town's specialty and always a good bet on any menu. Ask what's fresh!
  • Bright Coffee
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Catherine R Says:

    For foodies who need their daily dose of caffeine, this place won't disappoint. Featuring lovingly roasted beans prepared by knowledgeable baristas in a shop with a warm wooden ambiance, there's no better way to start your day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • They use local, organic milk here from Straus creamery..
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 239 restaurants in Monterey
    • Excellent coffee in an unexpected spot 07/11/2019
    • Bright Coffee....Weekend in Carme/Monterey 07/02/2019
    • Bright Coffee
    Address:
    281 Lighthouse Ave
    Monterey, CA 93940-7509
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    6:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • First Awakenings
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Catherine R Says:

    Locals love this place, and it's on the must-eat list of many frequent visitors to Monterey. The fluffy pancakes and tasty egg dishes here make for the perfect first stop on your all-food, all-the-time tour of Monterey!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Parking validation is available!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 62 restaurants in Pacific Grove
    • Breakfast 06/06/2021
    • Best Breakfast in Monterey! 30/05/2021
    • First Awakenings
    Address:
    125 Ocean View Blvd
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3046
    Phone:
    +1 831-372-1125
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Sandbar & Grill
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood, Soups)
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    Catherine R Says:

    Right on the municipal pier, this local eatery serves up great seafood for locals and visitors alike.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sand dabs are the best local choice.
    • If you've got time to wait, holding out for a table by the window is worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 239 restaurants in Monterey
    • Why is the calamari from China? 06/06/2021
    • Amazing Louie salad! 30/05/2021
    • Sandbar & Grill
    Address:
    9 Municipal
    Wharf No2
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Phone:
    +1 831-373-2818
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room
    Wineries & Vineyards
    Catherine R Says:

    Although Monterey isn't necessarily as famous for its wine as Sonoma and Napa, that doesn't mean its local offerings aren't just as great. This vineyard specializes in Spanish and Portuguese varieties, and is well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Try the Touriga and the Cosecheiro.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 80 things to do in Monterey
    • Great wine, quaint building 17/07/2019
    • Great Wine Selection 23/06/2019
    • Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room
    Address:
    499 Wave St
    Monterey, CA 93940-1424
    Phone:
    +1 831-372-8900
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Chart House
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    Catherine R Says:

    Old school fine dining with a wonderful view, Chart House makes a fine steak to your liking, and of course, has outstanding seafood as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Try not to fill up on the amazing salad bar before your meal even comes!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 239 restaurants in Monterey
    • Wedding Dinner for 20 11/06/2021
    • Service certainly not what i Remember of Chart House 06/06/2021
    • Chart House
    Address:
    444 Cannery Row
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Phone:
    +1 831-372-3362
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Carousel Candies
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Catherine R Says:

    Sour gummies, saltwater taffy, Red Vines, fudge... The list could go on forever. Just be sure to save some for your trip home!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Northern Californians are die hard Red Vines lovers... Don't even think of asking for Twizzlers.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 34 Shopping in Monterey
    • Lots of candy and sweets 22/06/2019
    • Fantastic Candied and Caramel Apples 01/03/2019
    • Carousel Candies
    Address:
    31 Fishermans Wharf # 1
    Monterey, CA 93940-2432
    Phone:
    +1 831-646-9801
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