Nestled right on the bay, Monterey is within arm’s reach of a daily bounty of seafood. From seasoned grills to new age destinations, these are some of the best seafood restaurants in Monterey.
The Sanctuary Beach Resort’s onsite restaurant also happens to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Monterey. Come here and eat oysters, or get brunch, or sip on a cocktail in the dining room, bar, or outdoor patio. The whole-grilled daily catch for two is usually a home run.
Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette. 3295 Dunes Dr. 831-883-5535
Sandbar & Grill puts you in the mood for seafood, as it’s located underneath Monterey’s Municipal Wharf right next to a yacht-filled marina. Those who grew up in beach towns will love the classic offerings like fresh sand dabs and clam chowder. There are also great surf and turf options, as well as a stellar bacon-and-crab sandwich.
Sandbar & Grill. Wharf II. 831-373-2818
This famous and seafood restaurant chain has one of its finest locations on Cannery Row in Monterey. Enjoy dinner here with crispy crab cakes, macadamia nut mahi mahi, and ahi tuna tacos. After your meal, work it off with a walk along the bay right by the restaurant.
Chart House. 444 Cannery Row. 831-372-3362
This no-frills American restaurant has the small-town appeal of a diner with plenty of breakfast options and heaping seafood plates. In the morning, try the Seafood Reef Rider omelette with shrimp, crab and mushrooms.
Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle. Municipal Wharf No. 2. 831-372-0568
Another dining staple of Fisherman’s Wharf, Cafe Fina brings Italian cooking traditions to Monterey’s seafood scene. An upscale and scenic spot for lunch and dinner, Fina offers simple staples like Blue Point oysters on a half shell, and more elaborate dishes like wood oven roasted lobster tails, and seafood cioppino with a tomato saffron broth.
Cafe Fina. 47 Fishermans Wharf. 831-372-5200
It’s no secret that to get the best seafood, you need to find the freshest seafood. Sea Harvest is a fish market with its own restaurant, offering ingredients straight from the fishing boat. Keep it simple here with steamed mussels and a fish sandwich, and you wont be disappointed.
Sea Harvest. 598 Foam St. 831-6464-0547
This popular, and often busy local spot is one of the most popular places to score some seafood in Monterey. Its classic decor oozes with small-beach-town charm, and the clam chowder is a must-try. If you’re going for a big meal, the calamari eggplant parmesan is original, and out of this world.
Old Fisherman’s Grotto. 39 Fisherman’s Wharf. 831-375-4604
This popular local seafood restaurant takes a home-style approach to its menu, and welcomes diners to enjoy their meals in a rustic seaside dining room. For an appetizer, try the oak-grilled oysters. For dinner, the options are plentiful, but we are particularly fond of the curry snapper served in a sweet sake sauce.
Monterey’s Fish House. 211 Del Monte Ave. 831-373-4647
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