Whether you’re coming for a weekend, a week, or live in Monterey full time, this round-up of the best places to eat in Monterey is sure to introduce you to a new fave. Consider your meals sorted. Now you can worry about what you’re going to pack, or, better yet, what you’re going to do.

In Cannery Row

After a day taking in the sites at Cannery Row – including John Steinbeck’s old home – settle in for dinner with a view at Schooners Monterey. Featuring elegant takes on classic dishes with carefully selected seafood, you’re sure to leave with a belly full.

In Carmel by the Sea

In nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea, you’ll not only find one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces, but fine dining. For unpretentious bistro-style French-Italian fare, try La Bicyclette. The menu changes weekly so no visit is alike. Book ahead to enjoy this Carmel gem.

In Pacific Grove

For bites in beautiful Pacific Grove, the choices are abundant! For California-inspired seafood, try Passionfish. Or take a look at this comprehensive list of dinner spots with a view.

Wherever you decide to go, we’re sure Monterey is going to become a place you come back to (and these restaurants too!). If you’re coming from out of town and looking for a home base, don’t forget the Olympia Lodge. The family-owned lodge is located in the heart of Monterey and the perfect place to start your Pacific coast adventure!