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Characters Sports Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2416
+1 831-647-4023
14:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 14:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 21:00 - 23:30
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Grass Valley, California
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109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Right inside the Mariott, this sports bar has a great atmosphere and tasty treats. Cozy spot to watch your favorite TV sports and enjoy your beverage.

Thank GregBulanti
daytona beach,fl
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We stopped by for a quick lunch--usual fare of burgers and fries done to perfection. Staff was very friendly and service was fast.

Thank dpoli
Austin, Texas, United States
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We were staying at the Marriott and just needed a quick bite to eat late Friday night. We stopped in here and had a wonderful bowl of chicken vegetable soup, which happened to be the soup of the day. It was wonderful and hit the spot on the cool evening.

Thank Lisa R
a city by a lake, WA
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168 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

We wanted ice cream but it was later in the evening so most places were closed. We opted to visit Characters because we were staying in the Marriott. We told the server that we were just having dessert and her demeanor seemed to change. It may have been unintentional but the third menu she placed down kind of slammed down.... More 

Thank wannabefolkie
Castro Valley, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

We were on a quick vacation and wanted to catch the Warriors game. We had salad, pizzas and beers. Service was awesome! Food was what you'd expect from a sports bar. And lots of tv's for your viewing pleasure.

Thank Wposadas
Los Angeles, California
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243 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

The food here was average. I had a half order of Happy Hour Nachos ($8) and they were daily average and covered in black olives and jalapeños. The drinks were wickedly watered down. I get a $3.50 Bacardi and Coke at Casey's Tavern in LA that contained twice as much rum as the drink that I had this evening.

Thank ConstanTraveler77
Mackenzie N, Manager at Characters Sports Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback as we are always trying to improve our product. We will certainly follow up with our team regarding the beverages you received. We hope you can come join us again soon! Sincerely, Mackenzie N. More 

Beaumont, Texas
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128 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

This sports bar serves award winning clam chowder and with reason! It is the best clam chowder I have ever tasted! The rest of the menu includes lots of choices. They make excellent salads and their bread pudding is out of this world!

Thank Kmosean
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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925 reviews
468 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

We were passing through town and needed to watch Sunday Night Football. This place had lots of TVs and sports were on each one. The beer was good and we also had some apps. The nachos were not the best (I'm not a fan of cheese sauce). The chicken tenders were better. I was also happy that the Patriots won!

Thank RiceWP
San Francisco, California
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101 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Great sports bar that carries all the games. The menu and bar are what you expect for a Sports Bar. The service is good and not pushy so you can leisurely enjoy your sports bar experience. The place has character.

Thank Steve N
Armonk, New York
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114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

The food was fine for a quick bite. I didn't try many things, but the wings were good. It's in the hotel so thus the convenience. If you are a sports fan they have lots and lots of loud TVs all over.

Thank traveleatshoprelax

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
21:00 - 23:30
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
21:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2416
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-647-4023
Located in on the corner of Calle Principal and Franklin Street in Downtown Monterey. Characters features (10) 40-inch Flat Screen HDTV's, (1) 4x8-foot HD Projection Screen, Free Wireless Internet Access, and a Wii Game system. We carry all major Sports Packages including NFL Ticket, ESPN Game Plan, ESPN Full Court, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, MLB Extra Innings, as well as most Satellite Sports Channels like the Big Ten Network. Characters serves a full menu daily, including Appetizers, Fresh Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Entrees, Desserts, and a full Kids Menu. We also pour from a full bar, including 7 tap beers and a premium wine list. Come and enjoy our great food, friendly staff, and casual atmosphere, whether you are visiting from out-of-town or a Central Coast Local!Our Specialties include Award Winning Clam Chowder (Best Clam Chowder; West Coast Chowder Festival 2011), Grilled Chicken Nachos, Boneless Short Ribs, and great Burgers and Sandwiches! Happy Hour 4-7 M-F...

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