Comfort Inn Monterey by the Sea
1252 Munras Ave.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 372-2908
Fax: (831) 372-7608
Located in the heart of downtown Monterey next to the historic Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, Estéban Restaurant & Lounge promises a unique culinary experience where guests can "sip, savor and share" Mediterranean tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine. Serving traditional dishes with a unique twist, Estéban is the ideal place for a quick meal, a sit down dinner or socializing with friends. Whether dining on the outdoor patio, by the warm fireplace in the lounge or sitting at the bar with a fantastic view of the exhibition kitchen, Estéban's Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed every day of the week for dinner or late night dining.
Pull up a chair or a stool, as the case may be, and settle down to enjoy fresh-baked bread, yummy cookies and steaming cups of coffee at this friendly, informal bakery. Lunchtime visitors can either order a sandwich from the menu or come up with their own recipe from the list of meats, cheeses, and condiments. This is no ordinary deli counter, either. The choices include pesto, grilled onions and Jarlsberg cheese. The decor is adorable within and without, with bright murals and baskets of flowers accenting the airy dining room and the shaded outdoor patio.
This family-run Mexican restaurant brings the flavors and authenticity of Mexico to the denizens of Monterey. Serving the freshest ingredients from local purveyors, Lopez Restaurante y Cantina has refashioned family recipes handed down for generations for the restaurant. Find traditional items on the menu like guacamole made in the Michoacan style, fresh ceviche, fire-crusted shrimp, and much more. The restaurant is decorated in bright hues with red leather booths, vaulted ceilings and large screen televisions mounted to the walls.
The menu here is packed full of intriguing coastal specialties from South of the Border. The spacious and tastefully decorated interior with its tiered floors, assures one as to the quality of the food the moment one enters. Seafood is rendered into piquant dishes that can be ordered with confidence and that are served graciously. There is also plenty of chicken, beef, pork and a traditional array of enchiladas, chiles rellenos, pozole, and vegetarians will not be left wanting either. The bar is well stocked a variety tequilas and Mexican beers, as well as fine, locally grown wines. See website for menu, event calendar and more.
Encompassing nearly 5000 square feet, this Tudor-style British pub claims to be the original one in the area. It has a load of beers and ales on tap as well as 60 single-malt scotches available. You can relax in the heated garden patio with its own fireplace, or hang inside, where you can enjoy live entertainment six nights of the week. Food is traditional pub fare: bangers, burgers, and fish and chips. There is no better beer selection in Monterey, and the happy hour is constantly being voted the best in town by locals. It is always fun here. See website for menu, beer list, specialty drinks, photos, and more.
Voted by Coastal Weekly as Monterey's best new restaurant, this place is, as the title suggests, for those who have a passion for large portions and living life to the fullest. The decor takes one back to the 1920s prohibition era where the martini was king. The menu includes aged prime steaks, several sandwiches and pasta dishes, as well as several big salads and more martini recipes than you will see anywhere else. A great place for lunch or dinner, and the service is excellent. The wine list features a variety of California wines.
Everything here is made from scratch, including the homemade sausages and pastas. The atmosphere is laid back; the colorful decor, the plants and the ceiling fans adding to the casual scene. Portions here are huge, well worth the price, and everything is made to order, not pre-packaged. Start with an appetizer of artichoke hearts and continue with the Breaded Calamari Combo, just one of the many varieties of pastas available. Do not miss the hearty breakfasts, a great way to start the day. The service is great and the place attracts customers from all walks of life.
With 24 beers and ales on tap, a vast array of single-malt scotches, live music on the weekends, and live soccer from the U.K. on Saturday mornings, this is the place to be if you want authentic British atmosphere. As for the decor, it is 100 percent British. The kitchen serves up the usual fare: fish 'n' chips, bangers, etc. There are even trivia contests and karaoke nights. All sorts of people come here, from British ex-pats to sports fans to singles looking for love. See website for menu, events calendar, and other regional locations.
This authentic eatery received awards for the best Greek food in Monterey from both the Coast Weekly Readers' Poll and Dining Weekly. Tucked away behind a music store and a tobacco shop, it might be hard to find, but the simple delicacies here are to die for. All the standard Greek fare, like Moussaka, Pastitsio, and Dolmades, are ripe for the picking here, and everything is totally affordable. The decor is unpretentious and simple, like the food. A great place to sample the wonderful cuisine of the Greeks with excellent service too.
The kitchen and rotisserie are completely open for all to see in this colorfully decorated bistro that combines American, Italian and French cuisines. The interior is fancy and sleek, but the attitude is very casual, which accounts for the wide-ranging clientele. It won Esquire's award for "best eatery of 1995" for plates such as Grilled Gulf Prawns over Caramelized Leek Risotto and Veal Cheeks over Mustard Whipped Potatoes. Beginning at around USD20 for the house varietals, the impressive wine list includes some alternative whites and adventurous reds. The friendly service will bring you back many times. See website for menu, wine list and more.
This authentic British pub serves dinner until midnight and the heated outdoor patio is legendary. You will think that you are in London, as the decor is truly British in all respects. The grub is typical pub fare: fish and chips, meat pies, sandwiches and the like, most of which tips the scales under USD10. Twenty beers are on tap and there is an extensive selection of single-malt scotches. It is never hard to stir up conversation. The bartenders are great, and the place attracts all walks of life, from business professionals to college students. See website for menu, bar info, and more.
Get a taste of France thanks to this specialty restaurant in Monterey. Located at Old Fisherman's Wharf, Crêpes of Brittany offers sweet crepes and galettes traditional to Brittany region of France. Try their homemade carmel sauce and add a side of vanilla bean ice cream and you've got yourself a decadent treat!