Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

56 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 Big Sur Big Sur Roadhouse American A mandatory stop along your travels down the coast for breakfast or lunch, the Big Sur Roadhouse enjoys outdoor patios with fire pits to pair with a hand-picked wine list and beer selection. 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 667-2370, Big Sur Smokehouse Barbecue Set in a historic home along Highway 1, Big Sur Smokehouse is a casual spot to relax on the deck and enjoy some essential American low and slow cooking. The pitmaster draws on several barbecue regions, both major and minor—think Memphis and central South Carolina. 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 667-2419, Big Sur Taphouse American Beyond the great (and constantly changing) selection of beers on tap, there’s a robust menu of pub food to keep you happy, from sandwiches and wings to tacos and quesadillas. There are vegetarian options, too. 47520 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 667-2197, Coast Big Sur Eclectic Coast Big Sur is a go-to for any Big Sur visitor, with a small but flavorful menu starring local ingredients, pastries, along with coffee, beer and wine and seasonal lemonades. New here: If you have a group and want to picnic, they’re offering catering services as well. 49901 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 667-2301, Deetjen’s Restaurant International Big Sur favorites have a habit of sticking around for awhile. Maybe it’s the setting, maybe it’s the home-style cooking paired with a carefully curated wine list. Candlelit dining rooms don’t hurt the mood. 48865 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 667-2378, Homestead Restaurant American Tucked into Big Sur Lodge in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, the kitchen keeps the menu small, but somehow manages to have something for everyone (where else is it possible This may be one of the most exciting times in Monterey County’s history, at least when it comes to dining. As the pandemic waned, new and interesting restaurants began to appear, along with chefs worthy of national recognition. While Aubergine has long been a destination—it owns a Michelin Star—restaurants like Chez Noir, Coastal Kitchen, Montrio, Lucia, Alejandro’s, Stokes Adobe, Cella, Foray, Villa Azteca and others have given traveling gourmands reason to visit. And this culinary renaissance extends beyond fine dining. There are remarkable chefs at casual places preparing everything from tapas and paella to Mediterranean-inspired California cuisine, street tacos, even burgers. We could name many places here, but the listings that follow give a sense of the flavors available in the county’s dining rooms. food Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette