Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

4.1
43 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
The Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, located in historic downtown Monterey, CA., is a brewery and New American restaurant offering locally sourced and thoughtfully created, approachable food and artisan craft beer.

We operate primarily as a walk in business with no private dining space. Our bar & beer garden are communal seating areas available on a first come first served basis. We do offer limited reservations for groups of 5-14 in our main dining room. Please call (831) 655-2337 or email monterey@asb.beer for more information.

Our mission is to provide our guests, both local and visitor alike, a unique yet casual environment. We look forward to seeing you and inviting your family to become a part of ours at the Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 43 people are saying
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vipJECA
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went with a large group and the food and beer were great. I am picky and this place delivered. Try the lamb burger!

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vipBella
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Vietnamese burger and Smoke & Fire cocktail...fabulous!!

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Msharbin
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brewery and food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal tonight! Steak Frites and Pasta Bolognese were both delicious. Did a flight of beers. The coffee milk stout was exceptional. I was disappointed that it was not available as a growler.

SB
vipSouthBayGirl
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good overall experience including the wait staff but the hostess needs to be more welcoming with a smile!

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vipeatdrinkandbemarried
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had no idea Alvarado street existed, but I needed a late dinner and it was at the top of the list on OT. What a pleasant surprise! Crowded, fun ambiance, great food. The chicken pot pie was delicious, if a little different than expected. The cocktails outshone the beers on the menu.

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BrokerShaverLake
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice, energetic bar/grill with great customer service, great food and good selection of beers. We made rez online and were seated quickly. I'd go back again...

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vip2AgingLikeFineWine
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent flat breads. I had the bacon and egg flatbread which was outstanding. I enjoyed the beer selection as well. Very noisy. Not recommended for a romantic meal but a great vibe.

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OhioCraftBeerFans
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We saw this as we headed ro the wharf for dinner. Stopped in on our way back. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. Sampled several of their beers. The next night we came back and had dinner. Awesome sausage board with pickled veggies! Butternut squash soup had great curry flavor and was topped with pumpkin seeds. Sweet and sour roasted cauliflower was also excellent. Seems to be the "go to" bar in the area.

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FrequentDiner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We dined at Alverado Street Brewery prior to attending a concert at Golden State Theatre. The service was wonderful and the menu selection was extensive enough to satisfy most appetites and diets. We highly recommend this restaurant and will return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Average food and service. I would recommend as such

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Saket
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice service, cool space but can get a bit loud (in a good way though). Great if you want to go to a place with energy. Beer selection very good, food was spot on for a gastropub too.

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Pils
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The calamari was very greasy when it came to the table. It needed to rest on paper towel before being brought out.

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AZJan
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We wanted to have dinner at a brew pub in Monterey. I saw good reviews for ASB and made reservations based on the reviews. It was a good choice; both to eat there and to have reservations! There was a street fair happening, so parking was hard to find on a Wednesday evening. We had a short walk to the restaurant and were seated right away. The server recommended a brew, which we enjoyed and we found the dinner menu to have several enticing options. We enjoyed our calamari appetizer a lot. I would definitely choose Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill again if we are in Monterey.

JG
vipJoeG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed their sarsaparilla brown beer--creative and easy to drink. Decent food menu, and the salads and flatbreads were particularly good. Lots of fun beers here.

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stophmaster
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is very good. We had some friends as an app and they were hot, salty and crispy...just right. We both had the chicken pot pie and it was excellent. Could've used a little more chicken, but the flavor was spot on. Service was excellent and friendly. We had the Mai Tai IPA, which is freaking AMAZING!

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Prissfaerie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I normally go for dinner but was bored with my regular lunch options. The chicken parmesan sandwich is tasty and the leftovers made for a good lunch the following day.

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Foodiewife
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This was our first time eating lunch here, though we've had dinner here twice. The lunch menu was a disappointment. We ordered the fish tacos ($13) and the pork tacos ($12). The fish was dry and "fishy" tasting...not pleasant. The pork was smoky and good, but they were three very small tapas style. We wish we had ordered the burger $13, which is always good. On the good side, the beer was excellent. I'm a Pilsner girl, and my Buzz Lite was exactly what I wanted-- cold and refreshing for a hot day, sitting out on the patio. My husband's IPA was also really good and we liked the Happy Hour price of $4 each. Our waitress was lovely and very knowledgeable about the beer, which we appreciated. The dinner menu is far more interesting and has more variety, so we'll skip lunch and opt for dinner in the future. Make reservations, though, as this place gets really busy. The outside patio is a great place for people watching, too.

JD
vipJDfoodie
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2015
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent service & a vibrant crowd created a fun evening. Had the fish tacos & wished for fresh flaky fish rather than breaded piece so was a little disappointed. Beer was great as was dessert. Sausage board 2 out of the 3 sausages were excellent but barely warm. Maybe that's they way they are meant to be but we expected hot sausages?

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Jojo6
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am a very picky eater (from Europe) and very critical on the quality that I get served, but this exceeded all my expectations: top quality burger and the french fries were the best I ever ate in USA (and beyond). They must have just renewed their oil or they must do it regularly (as it is supposed to, but almost never happens)

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Seamus
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good menu selection, food prepared well and quickly, very good range of craft beers.

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Chasboy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the beer selection was great. Hamburgers and fries were delicious, flight of beers was interesting.

DM
DaveMahn
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good bar and grill fare. I wish the music wasn't quite so loud.

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vipEddie
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2015
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The beer is great. The food was ehh. The fried Brussels sprouts were delicious. As brewery food goes, it's decent. It's certainly one of the best options if you're in that area which has surprisingly few food options.

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vipBella
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service is fantastic! I think our waiter's name was Jeremy

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Jeepgal66
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you don't mind the noise level, the food is great! Constistantly changeing the wine list, which can be bad or good. If you ahve a fave wine, it may not be there a few weeks after you dine there.We tried the fish tacos, which were very good, and the fish is ultra fresh! And the grilled asparagus with a side of garlic fries. Not your typical bar food, fairly creative dishes and great upbeat atmosphere. AMAZING ale and beer selection, Monterey's definite TO GO spot! TRY IT!! Right across from the State Theater!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was poor... Food was okay, but nothing special.. This is a place to drink socialize! Avoid for dinner..

CJ
ChefJeff
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu, very eclectic but not silly. Service was very knowledgable about the beers offered. Food was prepared perfectly and served hot. We were well attended to by several staff throughout our meal. In essence our experience was wonderful, especially for a Saturday night!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived a little early for the reservation, but the hostesses were able to accommodate us even though the restaurant was busy. The craft beers are very well done. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Muay Thai beer. The brewer absolutely got that one right. Would definitely recommend to others.

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Ceilidh
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2015
Overall2food5service1ambience4

So the food was amazing, but the service was less than stellar. The hostess and the busier actually took better care of us than our server. I probably would have had a second beer with my lunch if he had actually checked on us with any regularity. Our drinks sat empty for nearly twenty minutes until the hostess noticed when she seated someone else near us and brought me another water and my fiancé another Diet Coke. It was really too bad because the food and the beer were delicious so poor service means I won't be back again to eat. If I do return it will only be to have beer at the bar.

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Mike
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

ASB&G is truly one of my favorite ASB&G is truly one of my favorite destinations for great staff and service, great location and environment and - best of all great beverages and food. I love this place!
It is the quintessential -push All the right buttons - restaurants in the area.
Sincere thanks for all that. Mike Walas.
Sent from my IPhone destinations for great staff and service, great location and environment and - best of all great beverages and food. I love this place!
It is the quintessential -push All the right buttons - restaurants in the area.
Sincere thanks for all that. Mike Walas.
Sent from my IPhone

KF
KnivesandFire
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2015
Overall1food2service1ambience1

When we arrived we were given the option of waiting for a table (never mind the confirmed reservation) or sitting outside on the heated patio. The choice was easy because of the loudness of the music combined with the loud ambient noise of the dining area; having a conversation indoors would require yelling across the table. The poor table service was either because of inexperience or just indifference to doing a good job. Not once did our server, whose name I forget and do not have the receipt handy or else I would call her out by name, come out to check on us after we were served. And in order to get our check I had to stand up and get her attention as she dashed by us to help another group. It is sad when the bus person has to be the one to get us more water (after I asked him; he also refilled my soda; clearly this person should work table service and not clearing tables) and follow up with the customers. The burger I ordered was prepared properly, but the low quality of bun was not what I expected from a place that makes the effort to serve craft beer. The flatbread is not worth mentioning. This is not a place I will recommend or revisit. Plenty of other places in the area provide a good craft beer experience, good table service, quality food, and the ability to have an indoor conversation without yelling.

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vipAGent
Charlotte
47 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great. I sat at the bar and the bartender let me try a couple of their beers before selecting the pint I wanted. I also ordered the fried Brussels sprouts which were super delicious.

JD
JaneDoe
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Generally ok. You do not carry regular plain black hot tea. Also, asked for bread, never received butter. A bit noisy for talking. Food was good.

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Foodiewife
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Happy Hour beer price ($4 a pint) was a nice and unexpected surprised. The burgers were awesome! Loved the char grill flavor, non-soggy and non-greasy home baked bun. Great fries. We look forward to returning to try their flatbread pizzas, and more beer. It's definitely a bit loud in here, but it didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves.

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Prettygroup
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Trying to check out the local breweries, which is limited. The menu was limited, but had the basic choices. Had sandwiches and fries.... Had better fries. Nothing spectacular. Wish I had tried the pizzas. Wait staff was friendly and helpful.

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viplive4food
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience4

So nice to have a gastro pub right in downtown Monterey that serves lunch. Menu is relatively short but there's something for everyone. I hope they keep up the good work.

DM
DaveM
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2014
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Loud, crowded, but friendly. The food was just so - so, but the beer was great. I found the menu a bit lacking, wanting of something that goes with beer. Settled on the hamburger ($15 w/bacon). It was ok. Not worth $15 though. Just a regular cheeseburger with fries.

The acoustics of the place made it a little hard to have a quiet conversation. And the seating was just a little bit cramped. Although there was seating that looked a little more accommodating. I would not bring small children.

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MoosenSquirrel
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alvarado was recommended to us by Gillian at the Marriott and she was spot on with what we asked for. We wanted a casual place with a mixed menu and a laid back atmosphere. The beer selection is great and the flat bread was extremely good. Ashley provided excellent service!

FC
vipFormerChicagoFoodie
Vancouver
122 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill - wanting to come here for a while, so glad we finally got to experience what everyone has been talking about. Food was great - atmosphere was modern and fun - conversation loud and energetic - we ate outside and were able to have a good conversation.

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Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 655-2337.

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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