Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

FOOD Red House Café American Simplicity, comfort and relaxation reign here. Three small dining rooms and a porch fill up with locals looking for “contemporary American” that includes robust salads and a popular brunch. 662 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 643-1060, Spotted Duck International Newly opened in 2023 and a welcome addition. The chef doesn’t go over the top, instead choosing to prepare classics like steak frites or pan-seared black cod just the right way. They even make ice cream for dessert. 542 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 9202662, Takara Sushi Japanese This mom-and-pop place draws a regular crowd. It’s got a small sushi counter and small dining room, but is warm and friendly. 218 17th St., Pacific Grove. (831) 655-2730 Taste Café & Bistro European In Taste Café’s dishes, best described as European/New American, the main ingredient anchors each dish, with additional inputs adding contrast. The room, atop Forest Hill in Pacific Grove, is airy and warm. 1199 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 655-0324, The Grill at Point Pinos American Point Pinos reveals the skill and versatility of the chef’s team when it comes to hearty and familiar fare. The seaside location at the Pacific Grove Golf Links makes it one of P.G.’s most appetizing destinations, and new culinary direction and a new barkeep add flavor and flair. 79 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove. (831) 582-8919, Toasties Cafe Breakfast, Lunch Fresh breakfasts are the highlight of this popular eatery. The cute converted house has the kind of loyal local following any restaurant hopes for, with the coast just a short stroll away. 702 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 373-7543, Ttobongee Chicken Korean, American Part of a small California chain that serves chicken in many forms. Korean gal bi-syle? Yes. Green onion chicken? Sure. Whole fried chicken? Of course. Chicken salad? They have that, too. 1184 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 658-0134, Rudolfo’s Cafe Italian You can find paninis, salads and other dishes on the menu. But pizza is the thing here. The WWW.MONTEREYCOUNTYWEEKLY.COM 89 HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS Ocean Views From Every Table Offering a wonderful variety of traditional Italian cuisine, prepared by renowned Chef Maurizio Cutrignelli, made with the freshest ingredients available, great handcrafted cocktails plus Italian and California wines. Open Tuesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner. HAPPY HOUR Tuesday – Friday & Sunday 3 – 6pm 32 Cannery Row, Monterey (Coast Guard Pier) 831.920.2833 @osteriaalmare Osteria_1-3s_VG23_gk.indd 1 6/9/23 11:37 AM ALSO SERVING Lots of dippin’ dots flavors! dippin-dots_1-3s_VG23_gk.indd 1 6/14/23 4:12 PM