The Most Romantic Restaurants in Monterey

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Monterey


Monterey is a romantic area of the Central Coast, with its gorgeous views, ocean breeze, and acclaimed collection of restaurants. Serving up a variety of cuisines comprised of local ingredients, in well-curated dining rooms, these are the most romantic restaurants around.

Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette

Salt Wood is a critically-acclaimed seafood restaurant located right here at The Sanctuary Beach Resort. Named for the nearby ocean and the wood fired grill on site, the restaurant offers up unique coastal-inspired dishes Wild California Halibut, almond wood roasted carrots, and grilled Monterey Bay sardines.

Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette. 3295 Dunes Dr. Marina, CA

Bistro Moulin

It’s tough to imagine a more romantic combination than an upscale French dinner enjoyed right on the shore of Monterey Bay. You can bring your Valentine’s Day date here and sample some knockout dishes including escargots au beurre, braised pork cheeks, steamed mussels, and housemade tiramisu.

Bistro Moulin. 867 Wave St. Monterey, CA


Another elegant and unique romantic restaurant in Monterey County, Casanova’s focuses span from Italian-inspired dishes, to French creations, and a world-class wine list. The dinner menu here is filled with flavorful, upscale options including a Wagyu tongue starter served with chanterelles and kale. We also recommend the house fettuccine served with lobster, clam, mussel, prawn, and fine herbs.

Casanova. 5th St. & Mission St. Carmel, CA

The Sardine Factory

Located in the New Monterey neighborhood, The Sardine Factory is an upscale place that’s known as one of the best seafood and steak restaurants in town. Since the late-60’s, this restaurant is has been one of the top-rated places to get a prime rib, world-class wine, and some live entertainment around

The Sardine Factory. 701 Wave St.

Chart House

A wooden dining room with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Monterey Bay makes Chart House a truly unique romantic restaurant in Monterey. The dishes aren’t bad either, with dinnertime highlights like cedar wrapped king salmon, amber flame sea bass, and top-notch prime rib.

Chart House. 444 Cannery Row