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Explore Monterey: Top Seafood Restaurants to Try in 2024

About 2 week(s) ago by Inns of Monterey
Explore Monterey: Top Seafood Restaurants to Try in 2024

Discovering Monterey's Best Seafood Restaurants

Nestled along California's breathtaking central coast, Monterey is not only famed for its stunning ocean views but also as a haven for seafood enthusiasts. This picturesque seaside city offers a diverse array of restaurants that serve up some of the freshest seafood you can find. From casual eateries by the beach to fine dining establishments overlooking the bay, here's a guide to some of the best seafood restaurants in Monterey that will delight your palate.


Esteban Restaurant

Step into the heart of Monterey's culinary scene at Esteban Restaurant, the proud recipient of the 2023 Diners' Choice Award located at the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Specializing in Spanish-influenced cuisine, Esteban features a menu crafted from Monterey's finest local and seasonal ingredients. Experience the vibrant flavors and warm hospitality that make Esteban a local favorite. Join us for an exceptional dining adventure right in the lively downtown Monterey, where every meal celebrates community and culinary artistry.


The Sardine Factory

Every city has that one must-visit restaurant that encapsulates its spirit, and for Monterey, The Sardine Factory is just that place. Its award-winning cuisine and extensive wine list make it a local landmark. Try the abalone bisque followed by Monterey Bay calamari for a true taste of the ocean. The ambiance, marked by its elegant decor and historical photographs, makes for a memorable fine-dining experience.


LALLA Oceanside Grill

Located next to Spindrift Inn, LALLA Oceanside Grill presents stunning views. With floor-to-ceiling windows, diners enjoy unobstructed views of McAbee Beach and the vibrant marine life in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. For evening enjoyment, head to Angel's Share lounge below, where you can savor barrel-aged bottled cocktails. The menu features standout dishes such as lobster nachos and steak-prawn platters.


Monterey's Fish House

Monterey's Fish House is an institution in the local dining scene, known for its oak-grilled seafood and Italian flair. This cozy restaurant might not look imposing from the outside, but the flavors inside speak volumes. Must-try dishes include the oak-grilled oysters and the squid steak, both of which are local favorites. Despite its popularity, the place retains an intimate vibe, perfect for a relaxed dinner after a day exploring the coast.



Passionfish sets itself apart with a commitment to sustainability and a wine list that has earned accolades for its excellence and value. The restaurant serves up inventive dishes that are as much a treat for the eyes as they are for the taste buds. Highlights include the seared scallops and the slow-cooked salmon. Dining at Passionfish offers not just a meal but an experience, aligning culinary delight with environmental consciousness.


Chart House

For those wanting to dine with a view, Chart House is the ideal location. Situated on the edge of Monterey Bay, the restaurant offers panoramic views of the ocean. The menu features a variety of seafood and steak options, with specialties such as the macadamia-crusted mahi mahi and shrimp fresca. The ambiance is upscale yet comfortable, making it perfect for a special occasion.


Book Your Perfect Stay at Inns of Monterey

After a day of indulging in the finest seafood delights Monterey has to offer, there's no better place to rest and rejuvenate than at the Inns of Monterey. With comfortable accommodations and a welcoming atmosphere, these charming inns provide the perfect retreat. Whether you choose the elegance of the Victorian Inn, the tranquility of Casa Munras, the vibrant and refreshing costal vibe of Wave Street Inn or the spectacular seaside views from Spindrift Inn or Monterey Bay Inn. Each property offers a unique way to experience the beauty and hospitality of Monterey.

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