Denise’s guidebook

Denise
Denise’s guidebook

Favorite Casual Restaurants

These are our top 12 favorite local spots to enjoy a delicious meal in a casual environment.
This is an excellent choice for a casual dinner. We recommend the Luau Pork or the Fish Tacos.
103 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Hula's Island Grill
221 Cathcart St
103 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
This is an excellent choice for a casual dinner. We recommend the Luau Pork or the Fish Tacos.
This restaurant was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives but they were well known among the locals long before that. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu- our favorites are the Minestrone Soup and the Calamari Sandwich. Make sure to leave room for one of their mile-high slices of cake or pie- one piece can easily serve four people.
22 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Rosine's Restaurant
434 Alvarado St
22 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
This restaurant was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives but they were well known among the locals long before that. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu- our favorites are the Minestrone Soup and the Calamari Sandwich. Make sure to leave room for one of their mile-high slices of cake or pie- one piece can easily serve four people.
They are known for their hearty breakfast menu. Their Blue-germ Pancakes and Eggs Benedict are incredible.
55 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
First Awakenings
300 David Ave
55 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
They are known for their hearty breakfast menu. Their Blue-germ Pancakes and Eggs Benedict are incredible.
This small, family owned and operated bakery is known for their wedding cakes, but now that they've opened their storefront, everyday is a special occasion! We love their Princess Cake.
9 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Layers
9 Soledad Dr
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This small, family owned and operated bakery is known for their wedding cakes, but now that they've opened their storefront, everyday is a special occasion! We love their Princess Cake.
Their Angus Burger and Castroville Artichoke with lemon-basil pesto is delicious!
40 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Tarpy's Roadhouse
2999 Monterey Salinas Hwy
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Their Angus Burger and Castroville Artichoke with lemon-basil pesto is delicious!
If it's great seafood you're craving, this has been a local's destination for decades.
21 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Fishwife
1996 1/2 Sunset Dr
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If it's great seafood you're craving, this has been a local's destination for decades.
The quintessential French bakery experience can be found here. I want all the bread and all the pastries here washed down with cafe au lait.
38 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Paris Bakery Cafe
271 Bonifacio Pl
38 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
The quintessential French bakery experience can be found here. I want all the bread and all the pastries here washed down with cafe au lait.
The best classic Italian style pizza in Monterey brought to you since 1974 from this Sicilian family.
18 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Gianni's Pizza
725 Lighthouse Ave
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The best classic Italian style pizza in Monterey brought to you since 1974 from this Sicilian family.
Phil's is a bit of a drive from Monterey, but so worth it.
131 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Phil's Fish Market & Eatery
7600 Sandholdt Road
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Phil's is a bit of a drive from Monterey, but so worth it.
If it's Japanese food you're craving, this is where you'll find the locals. Their Sushi, Ramen, or Bento Boxes are all delicious and easy on the wallet.
13 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Harumi
1760 Fremont Blvd
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If it's Japanese food you're craving, this is where you'll find the locals. Their Sushi, Ramen, or Bento Boxes are all delicious and easy on the wallet.
Best cup of coffee you'll find in Monterey. Bonus: they share the space with an artisan shop called Lilify where you can find all sorts of unique wares and adornments.
Bright Coffee
281 Lighthouse Ave
Best cup of coffee you'll find in Monterey. Bonus: they share the space with an artisan shop called Lilify where you can find all sorts of unique wares and adornments.

Favorite Breakfast Spots

We recommend the Huevos Rancheros and the Chicken and Waffles. If you're in the mood for a cocktail that can also qualify as a meal, try their Bloody Mary- it has bacon. You're welcome.
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Crema
481 Lighthouse Ave
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We recommend the Huevos Rancheros and the Chicken and Waffles. If you're in the mood for a cocktail that can also qualify as a meal, try their Bloody Mary- it has bacon. You're welcome.
The Bacado Omelette and all of the pancakes are delicious. And you can walk off all those calories along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail (also known by the locals as the bike path) while you take in the ocean views.
55 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
First Awakenings
300 David Ave
55 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
The Bacado Omelette and all of the pancakes are delicious. And you can walk off all those calories along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail (also known by the locals as the bike path) while you take in the ocean views.
Known for their Eggs Benedict, this quaint Carmel Valley cafe is always packed. While you're in the valley, check out Garland Ranch for great hiking, and the village for exceptional wine tasting.
31 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Jeffrey's Grill & Catering
112 Mid Vly Ctr
31 lokal ang nagrerekomenda
Known for their Eggs Benedict, this quaint Carmel Valley cafe is always packed. While you're in the valley, check out Garland Ranch for great hiking, and the village for exceptional wine tasting.