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    Le at Tropez Jardin des Artistes: French in Carmel

    by apbeaches Written Apr 22, 2015

    We enjoyed a delicious French lunch in the outdoor heated courtyard garden. Service was great, food wonderful and a fabulous atmosphere. Enjoyed the delciious tuna salad special, baguettes, sandwiches ...

    Favorite Dish: Salads & sandwiches made a fabulous lunch.

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    Cannery Row Brewing Company: Good Pub and Beer Place

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Jan 12, 2014

    This is a pretty good place. It has a large selection of beers, including some good ones and some local ones. Despite the name, they had no beer of their own on tap when we were there but the server was not clear if they brewed any of their own. Food was good, but nothing special. Salads were nice but dressing was a bit sharp and vinegary. It is a bit of a raucous party place, it seems, and quite a popular place but not a serious food or beer place, despite the large selection of beers.

    It's pretty family friendly with good kids' menu.

    It has some interesting decor with railings of beer bottles and brick walls.

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    Crown and Anchor: Good English-Style Pub

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Jan 12, 2014

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    This is an enjoyable English-style pub in the heart of downtown Monterey. It has roast beef, meat pies, and more. It has a decent selection of some excellent British beers, but nothing more interesting or hard to find than some Fuller's or Belhaven beers, great beers though those are.

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    Caffe Trieste: Good Italian Coffee House

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Jan 12, 2014

    This is the Monterey branch of Caffe Trieste, a small family-owned chain of coffeehouses based in San Francisco, the original of which was founded in North Beach in San Francisco.

    It has great coffee and very good food. Service if friendly but it is a bit slow and inefficient, with the feeling that the people working here do not really know how to run a coffeehouse efficiently or know when to focus on what. However, everything else is nice and the quality good. It has nice ambience in a great location. It opens early and closes late, big pluses for this type of place. The slow,inefficient service is the main thing bringing the score down.

    Favorite Dish: Panini, egg dishes.

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    Red's Donuts: Great Little Old Doughnut Place

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Aug 17, 2013

    This is a great, little old doughnut bar in downtown Monterey. It's been run by the same family since the 1950s or so and is a barely changed counter/bar place serving doughnuts and coffee, with definite regulars hanging out there.

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    Bistro Moulin: Best Duck Confit!

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 4, 2013

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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!

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    Amir Kabob: Halal Afghani

    by alycat Updated Jul 21, 2012

    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!

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    WILLY'S SMOKEHOUSE: RIBS, BBQ, STEAK, DRINKS...NEED I SAY MORE???

    by joebrandy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!!!

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    Blue Moon ** CLOSED/REPLACED by Trattoria Paradiso

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Sardine Factory: A Monterey Icon and Tradition

    by TheTravelSlut Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    The view from the Sardine Factory Cannery Row has many attractions & restaurants The menu is diverse & the food incredible Look at this beautiful tuna steak presentation Talk about a decadent dessert
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    Jack's: Good Hotel Dining

    by TRimer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    India's Clay Oven - CLOSED/MOVED (?)

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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    Epsilon Greek Restaurant (Tyler St) - Old Monterey

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Gianni's Pizza (Lighthouse) - New Monterey

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Peter B's Brewpub (Fisherman's Wharf Area)

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I'm never overly optimistic when I go to a bar that's part of a hotel (see my reviews of Monterey's hotel sports bars, Knuckles and Characters, for examples). They are often stale, boring, lacking locals, and decorated with a tacky attempt to feel like its been here forever, even though it was probably just renovated last year. I had to try Peter B's, since it is the only microbrewery in town, and I love a good, fresh beer. I stopped by in late December to celebrate the end of my Christmas shopping for another year.

    The entrance is kind of hidden as its located around the back of the Portola Plaza Hotel just 75 yards off of Custom House Plaza, maybe 200 yards from Fishermans Wharf. As you approach you are greeted with a neat little green sign announcing the brewery, a small waterfall with a stream, and a bridge leading to the outdoor seating area and the main entrance. Inside the dining area is spacious, modern, and bright. The bar is to the left of the entrance and has seating for perhaps 10 people.

    During my visit they had maybe 6 beers on taps (but they were getting ready to close for a week), mainly your standard amber, hefeweizen, porter, stout, and a winter beer....but no pilsner, lager, IPA, brown ale or other favorites of mine. I decided to try the winter beer, hoping it would be something like Sam Adams Winter Lager (my favorite beer of all time!), but it really wasn't that great. But for just $4 you can't complain too much, as this is one of the cheapest beers I ever had in Monterey. I only had one beer then I had to head home.

    The bar area was very full on a Monday afternoon around 3:30 pm about two hours before Monday Night Football. Most of the guys there were locals and knew each other and the bar staff by first name. They obviously like it here, though since some of them were drinking Miller Lite, they like must like the company more than the microbrewskis.

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