Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

FOOD Mexican restaurant. Once a favorite in Pacific Grove, Mando’s moved to Monterey in May of 2023. 570 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey Melville Tavern American This downtown Monterey bar-and-grill enjoys the feel of an established spot because of the old-school ambiance and a strong local following. They come for friendly service and very fair prices on beer and wine, plus quality gastropub fare. 484 Washington St., Monterey. (831) 643-9525, MidiCi Pizza Italian Their gig is Neapolitan pizza, but they also do salads, small plates and other Italian goodies—all of which pair nicely with wine. 467 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 264-7013, Mission 19 Taqueria Mexican An unassuming space on a Lighthouse Avenue corner that will not catch your attention until you approach the counter. Yes, they are making tortillas by hand. Yes, the birria has been simmering all day. Yes, it’s worth a visit. 598 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. (831) 717-4843 Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant Seafood, International Sustainable seafood is just part of the menu here—you might be fooled by some of the vegan options, which get extra points for sustainability. You don’t have to leave your Aquarium tour. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. (831) 648-4800, Monterey Cookhouse International, Barbecue There’s pizza, pasta, meats cooked on a woodfired grill, meats that have been smoked, barbecue-style, seafood, salads, burgers… in fact, there’s probably something that will catch anyone’s attention. 2149 N. Fremont St., Monterey. (831) 642-9900, Monterey’s Fish House Seafood As the name implies, seafood is the Fish House’s strong suit. Traditional homestyle cooking with an Italian influence and a touch of Japanese flavor characterize many dishes, as well as a touch of nostalgia. Often a line out the door. 2114 Del Monte Ave., Monterey. (831) 373-4647, Montrio Global Long considered one of the city’s best restaurants, Montrio is back in action after a remodel. There’s a new lineup of craft cocktails and the same friendly service that won it a place in locals’ hearts, but it’s the cuisine that proves most memorable. The menu updates 79 CLOTHING SOUVENIRS UNIQUE GIFTS PLUS THE NEWEST MAGIC SELFIE MIRROR Take Home a Piece of Monterey! Where Everyday is Saturday! 711 Cannery Row, Suite B, Monterey, 831-747-1364 TreasuresOfMonterey_1-3s_VG23_gk.indd 1 6/14/23 5:05 PM 662 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove 831-643-1060 Red House Cafe Weekend Brunch Fri, Sat & Sun 8am-2:30pm Breakfast Tues - Thurs 8am-11am Lunch Tues - Thurs 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner Tues - Sat 5pm - 9pm (Closed Sunday nights & Monday all day.) Voted Best Brunch ’15 ’14 ’16 ’17 ’18 ’19 ’21 ’22 Fresh Contemporary American Fare with European Flair RedHouse_1-3s_ED23_DG.indd 1 6/15/23 9:40 AM