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This is a very nice restaurant. Two small adjoining rooms with all wine racked on the side wall. The wait staff were very friendly and made good suggestions. The tables are close together and our luck had it that the table next to us was a business meeting and two gentleman were fairly loud. I'd rather have a more quiet setting, but now I'm near an expert on corporate forensic accounting, lol.
They start you off with a nice platter of hummus. Not on the menu and no charge. For the main course we had the Duck Confit and a ravioli filled with beef tenderloin in a vodka sauce. We weren't a big fan of the ravioli but the Duck was perfectly cooked and taste amazing.
Reservations are highly recommended!
Favorite Dish: Duck Confit. We took small bites to try and make the meal last longer!
Updated May 4, 2013
Address: 867 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940
We had chicken and lamb kabab. Meat was perfectly grilled with amazing flavor to it and was juicy. They have sauces that go with the meat.
We came in late for dinner around 9pm on a weekday and it was a quite with a few guests. The service was very prompt and courteous, and viola its halal..what more can you ask for. Its not a very fancy place but does the job pretty good and I would def recommend it if you're in the mood for some good afghani cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Bulani with sauces!
Updated Jul 21, 2012
Address: 794 Lighthouse Ave Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 642-0231
At the Fisherman's wharf in Monterey, you get to sample clam chowder from all the restaurants. Crabby Jim's had the best, by far! The ambiance of this restaurant was quite nice. A gorgeous view of the water, and nice cozy fireplaces.
Favorite Dish: Fish Tacos- served with beautiful edible flowers
Written Feb 12, 2012
Address: Fisherman's wharf- Monterey
WILLY'S SMOKEHOUSE HAS BEEN OPEN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR NOW, WHICH MAKES IT A SOMEWHAT NEW ADDITION TO CANNERY ROW. THIS RESTAURANT IS TRULY ONE OF A KIND IN AN AREA WHERE YOU MOSTLY FIND FISH(BECAUSE ITS RIGHT BY THE OCEAN). THIS IS PROBABLY THE CLASSIEST BARBEQUE JOINT YOU WILL EVER WALK INTO. IT'S SUPER CLEAN & COMFY FOR ALL. WILLY'S HAS A GREAT BAR & AWESOME BARTENDERS THERE IS A HUGE SELECTION OF LOCAL WINES, THEY ALSO SERVE LOCAL BEERS & LOTS OF SPECIALTY MIXED DRINKS. THE CHOICES OF LIQUORS & CORDIALS LINING THE BAR IS PHENOMENAL!!!
ON THE FLIP SIDE, WILLY'S IS ALSO A GREAT PLACE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES! WILLY'S IS VERY KID-FRIENDLY!! THERE ARE CRAYONS ON THE TABLES & YOU CAN DRAW ON THE PLACEMATS!!!! THE HOSTESSES EVEN HAVE BALOONS AT THE DOOR FOR THE LITTLE ONES!!
WILLY'S IS HUGE & VERY VERSATILE, THEY HAVE A BANQUET ROOM, WHICH MAKES IT A GREAT CHOICE FOR GET-TOGETHERS, THEY CAN ACCOMODATE ANY NUMBER FROM 1 TO A COUPLE HUNDRED (AT LEAST). WILLY'S IS A GOOD CHOICE FOR BIRTHDAYS, FAMILY DINNERS, ANNIVERSARIES, CORPORATE FUNCTIONS OR SMALL INTIMATE DINNERS.
WILLY'S IS A SHORT WALK TO THE OCEAN, THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM & TONS OF SHOPPING!!!
THE SERVERS ARE VERY ACCOMODATING, THEY TRULY GO ABOVE & BEYOND THEIR CALL OF DUTY! THE MANAGERS ARE ALWAYS OUT ON THE FLOOR MAKING SURE GUESTS ARE SATISFIED & THE CHEFS REALLY CARE ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD THAT THEY PUT ON YOUR PLATE. NO DOUBT, YOU WILL DEFINITELY GET YOUR MONEY'S WORTH!!
Favorite Dish: WILLY'S CHEFS ARE PHENOMENAL! EVERTHING IS HOMEADE, THE MEAT IS SMOKED IN HOUSE. THE RIBS ARE AWESOME (BABY BACKS ARE MY FAVORITE)! THE BRISKET IS TENDER & SPICED TO PERFECTION, IT IS LIKE GRANDMA'S BUT WAYYY BETTER! THE CHOWDER IS THE BEST ON THE ROW! CORN BREAD WITH ANCHO HONEY BUTTER, HOUSE-MADE CRAB & SHRIMP CAKES, STEAKS, CREOLE PRAWNS, FRIED CHICKEN, SALMON, PULLED PORK! BE SURE TO TRY THE BURLEY BURGER, ITS A CHEESEBURGER TOPPED WITH BACON, PULLED PORK & AN ONION RING! wILLY'S HAS EXQUISITE *HOMEADE DESSERTS*(THEY AREN'T FROM A BOX)-DEEP FRIED TWINKIES, BROWNIE SUNDAES, BREAD PUDDING...MMMMMM...THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE TASTY MENU ITEMS!
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF AT WILLY'S, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE MENU ADDITIONS! EVERY DAY THERE ARE NEW, DIFFERENT MENU ADDITIONS FOR LUNCH & DINNER.
WILLY'S ALSO HAS A GREAT KIDS MENU WITH ALL OF THE THING KIDS LOVE--CHICKEN TENDRES, RIBS, MAC N CHEESE(THE HOMEADE KIND-NOT FROM THE BOX!), HAMBURGERS, CHEESEBURGERS.....
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR FOOD BEING TOO SPICY OR NOT SPICY ENOUGH-YOU CONTROL THE HEAT!!! BECAUSE WILLY'S OFFERS THREE HOMEADE BBQ SAUCES (PLUS KETCHUP) THAT THE SERVER BRINGS TO THE TABLE, I LIKE 'EM ALL, ESPECIALLY THE GEORGIA SWEET MUSTARD, ITS MADE WITH APPLE JUICE, SOOOOO...GOOD!!!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 95 PRESCOTT AVENUE- D
Blue Moon, formerly Paradiso, is apparently once again Paradiso, after closing and reopening in Winter 07/Spring 08. Here's the article from the local paper: http://www.montereyherald.com/restaurants/ci_8390064.
Blue Moon is owned by the locally famous John Pisto who also operates Whaling Station--the area's best steakhouse. Pisto recently sold his other two restaurants, both on Fisherman's Wharf: Domenico's and Abalonetti's.
Blue Moon features a variety of seafood entrees ranging from lobster tails to local calamari and abalone. We had a couple of nice dinners of their crab-stuffed salmon special ($25) and the seafood pennette ($24) along with a few bowls of clam chowder for appetizers ($6 each), on this quit Friday in December. It was so quiet that we arrived without reservations and were immediately seated next to the big windows overlooking storm-churned McAfee Beach. The service was excellent, and the food overall pretty good. The chowder was very tasty, bud had a little more potato filler than I'm used to, and the main dishes were very tasty, but we both were a little under-impressed with the somewhat oily salmon. With drinks our meal was a somewhat pricey $80, but the ambiance of the fancy restaurant overlooking the water helps justify the expense.
Not the best restaurant in Monterey, but along with Whaling Station, certainly one of the top places on touristy Cannery Row.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 654 Cannery Row
The Sardine Factory Restaurant opened in 1968 and is now one of the most successful, widely recognized, and highest grossing dining establishments in the country.
The Sardine Factory has been the recipient of virtually every major restaurant and wine award in the industry and has a wine cellar that is second to none.
Sardine Factory's four public dining rooms are renowned for their elegance and comfort. You have a choice of formal to casual
They serve "sustainable seafood" which I think is great.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM
Friday & Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM
Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10:30 PM
Favorite Dish: No. 1 Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna, Coriander Crusted - Seared Rare with Citrus Aioli, wakame salad & Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce $33.95
Check out my photo of my meal. A picture tells a 1,000 words.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 701 Wave Street Monterey, California 93940
Named after the famous cheese, Jack's is the upscale dining option at the Portola Plaza Hotel.
Favorite Dish: I have had the Cobb Salad twice and it is very large a yummy. The warm turkey sandwich served with cranberry relish on sourdough bread is also very good.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 2 Portola Plaza
In early 2008 India's Clay Oven closed it doors; they didn't blame the closing on the new competition, rather the $100,000 cost to upgrade the restaurant to modern standards with a sprinkler system. Good news is they still serve food at the local farmers markets throughout the area. Rumor also says they may reopen in a nearby town, possibly Watsonville. Stand by.
India's Clay Oven has been repeatedly named Monterey's best Indian restaurant, but with the opening of Ambrosia's Indian Restaurant a few blocks away, the Clay Oven will certainly drop down on the list next year. Though highly acclaimed, India's Clay Oven can't come close to Ambrosia's for food quality and ambiance, though the service at both was equally poor on recent visits.
India's Clay Oven has a very large location above Del Monte Ave on the front of one of the city's big parking garages. We arrived around 5 or 6 and were the first people there for dinner, so they had the air conditioning off...and the place was about 85 degrees. The waitress/hostess was busy chatting on the phone so she barely paid any attention to us for the first 5 or 10 minutes. Luckily were both quickly decided on the $18 buffet, so we were able to take care of ourselves. The buffet included about 5 meat dishes and perhaps 15 vegetable dishes plus a few desserts. They also bring out a basket of fresh naan bread, and we had some huge Indian lager beers to complete our meal.
I have also had a few of India Clay Oven's fresh naan and curry sandwiches at the Monterey Farmers Market and they are fantastic, much better and cheaper then eating in their restaurant.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 150 Del Monte Ave. • 2nd Floor
Phone: (831) 373-2529
Epsilon is the nicest Greek restaurant I've ever visited in the US. Where many might be quick little lunch spots, this is the perfect location for a romantic dinner. The dim interior has just enough Greek decorations to set the mood without being distracting, and the wait staff was extremely attentive to our needs.
I had the taskebob--pieces of pork sauteed in a spicy tomato sauce and served with rice for about $15. My companion had the dolomdes--grape leaves stuffed with ground beef, rice, and onions for $15. Both meals came with a salad, bread, and vegetables. We also had a few Greek Mythos beers ($4 each) to go with our Greek entrees.
On our return visit in summer 2008, I had the combo dinner with dolomades, Greek pasta, and gyros meat ($18), and Laura had the pastitsio dinner ($15); we also had two Mythos beers that have now skyrocketed in price to $4.75 in a little over a year. The meals began with bread and came with rice and peas. The food was good as I remember it, but too rich to eat too often.
This is an excellent choice for something just a little bit different in Monterey.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 422 Tyler St, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 655-8108
Gianni's has a reputation to uphold. It's the oldest, best-loved, and most often bragged about pizza place in Monterey.
From the outside, it is certainly nothing special. In fact, you could almost call the exterior a little bit old fashioned and cheesy. The first few times I saw the place, I said to myself...not my kind of restaurant, even though I love pizza. After living here in Monterey for awhile, and hearing all the great reviews, I finally decided to give it a try. (Once I found out this is where the John Denver fan club meets during their annual pilgrimage to the site of his fatal crash in Pacific Grove, I was hooked).
I ordered your basic large pepperoni pizza. This is the pizza you get when you first try a new place, even though you love meat and supreme...just because it is so standard, you'll quickly be able to judge the quality and taste. I was quoted a 15-20 minute wait...when I arrived after about 25 minutes, the pizza was ready and still hot.
My bill was $18 for the single large one-topping pizza, but it was big...probably 16 inches across. The pizza was very good with a thin, chewy crust. The sauce is a little too tangy for my taste, but certainly not bad, and there was a ton of cheese and pepperoni covering the pizza, making it a pretty good value for the money.
And the inside of the restaurant was much nicer than it appeared from the outside. Brightly lit was 30-40 tables it looks like a popular family restaurant, though there is also a small bar along one edge of the back dining area.
I finally returned in July 2007 to have a sit down dinner at Gianni's. We had the medium four-meat pizza which was outstanding. My only complaint was the drink ordering system... soft drinks are ordered at the front counter while beer are ordered at the bar in the back. Don't even think about asking the bartender for a Coke.
They also have sausage and meatball sandwiches, along with a variety of simple Calzones.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 725 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA
Phone: (831) 649-1500
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