One of the best ways to kick back and treat yourself when on a vacation on the central coast of California is to wine and dine. The surrounding towns in Monterey County are home to an impressive roster of vineyards, wineries and restaurants that showcase the region’s bounty. Here are our favorite.
Of course, you don’t even have to leave Sanctuary Beach Resort to enjoy the Monterey Bay wining and dining experience. Our Saltwood Kitchen & Oysterette’s menus showcase live wood-fired dishes made with the best local ingredients from the sea including world-class oysters, wild California halibut, mussels, clams, shrimp and more. Saltwood also features a choice wine-list featuring the region’s best.
Saltwood Kitchen & Oysterette. 3295 Dunes Dr. Marina, CA
Located in Carmel-By-The-Sea, this inviting, indoor-outdoor Italian spot features a rotating menu of dishes made with seasonal ingredients. The curated wine list includes some of the region’s best local producers as well.
La Balena. Junipero St. Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman (in town to shoot their hit HBO series Big Little Lies, which is set in Monterey) love La Bicyclette, European fusion bistro serving up down-home dishes from the classic traditions of French and Italian cooking. The menu changes weekly with seafood options like oysters and a number of wood-fired pizzas, and there is a wide variety of wines to choose from.
La Bicyclette Restaurant. Dolores St. Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
Porter’s In The Forest is a high-end, yet laidback New American Restaurant in the Monterey County town of Pebble Beach. Located at the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, it features an exceptional wine list, and patio seating overlooking some fairways and greens.
Porter’s In The Forest. 3200 Lopez Rd. Pebble Beach, CA
Stave Wine Cellar is one of the most pleasant and upscale places to enjoy local California blends in the Monterey County Area. Come here to sample the best of the region with cheese and charcuterie plates alongside.
Stave Wine Cellar. 2700 17 Mile Dr. Pebble Beach, CA
Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar offers diners the chance to sample a number of small Spanish and Mediterranean tapas alongside delectable wines. While here, we recommend you try some crispy octopus, or a hearty entree like chicken and merguez tagine.
Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar. 342 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove, CA
Fandango is another upscale Mediterranean restaurant in Monterey County’s town of Pacific Grove. Another large wine list, and another electric menu add up to make this one of our favorite places to wine and dine near Monterey.
Fandango Restaurant. 223 `7th St. Pacific Grove, CA
This eleven-table bistro features white tablecloths and homemade pasta made daily. Among the most celebrated dishes here, we recommend the abalone style calamari steak, lightly fried fresh sandabs, and the Maine lobster ravioli with a sherry cream sauce. The wine list features acclaimed varietals from the nearby region, and around the world.
La Mia Cucina. 208 17th St. Pacific Grove, CA
Planning a visit to the shores of Monterey Bay? Experience the region like a local, following our insider recommendations on the Sanctuary Beach Resort blog!