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Best Italian Restaurants in Monterey


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A photo of Domenico's on the Wharf restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Monterey
Booked 15 times today
Domenico's on the Wharf is a premier seafood restaurant renowned for its exceptional quality and service. This Monterey eatery prides itself on sourcing fresh, local seafood and preparing them to perfection. Reflecting in the reviews, guests often highlight the delectable seafood pasta, grilled octopus appetizer, and the Seafood Alfredo as standout dishes. Apart from the culinary excellence, Domenico's also offers exquisite views of the marina, creating an enchanting ambiance for celebrations and special occasions. Whether it's their friendly staff, prompt service, or the owner's personal touch, Domenico's continues to provide a memorable seafood dining experience that keeps customers coming back.
A photo of Abalonetti Bar and Grill restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Monterey
Booked 12 times today
Located in California, Abalonetti Bar and Grill has built a solid reputation for its mouthwatering Seafood cuisine. With rave reviews emphasising the deliciousness of their calamari appetizers, succulent abalone main course, rich seafood pastas, and creamy clam chowder, there is no doubt that Abalonetti stands out as a seafood delight. Reviews also praise their fast service, welcoming atmosphere, and family-friendly environment. The restaurant's emphasis on providing fresh ingredients shines through in the praises for their dishes, with many mentioning the freshness of their seafood. Whether you're a local or a visitor, Abalonetti is a must-visit seafood restaurant.
A photo of Stokes Adobe Restaurant restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Monterey
Booked 22 times today
Stokes Adobe Restaurant in Monterey is a gem for Californian cuisine enthusiasts, boasting positive reviews for its delicious food and excellent service. The ambiance of the restaurant reflects California's casual aesthetic, with sophisticated, beautiful rooms adding a memorable touch to the dining experience. Many reviews highlight the fabulous food and attentive service, complimenting dishes such as the portebello mushroom soup, house-made pasta, Australian wagyu beef, and grilled squid salad. Gluten-free options are also clearly marked on the menu, offering an inclusive dining experience. The restaurant's charming and historical building, excellent service, and delicious bites of fresh, local, and seasonal Californian cuisine, truly position Stokes Adobe as a must-visit spot in Monterrey.
A photo of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Pacific Grove
Booked 14 times today
Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar, located in Monterey County, is praised by locals and visitors alike as an exceptional spot for Italian cuisine. Many applaud the establishment, describing it as a "vibrant local restaurant" with delicious pasta, extensive wine and cocktail list, and an "upbeat, clean and relaxed" atmosphere. The food, specifically the homemade pasta and gelato, receives high acclaim. The wine selection is also noteworthy, as are their vegetarian options. Despite its unassuming location in a strip mall, reviews indicate that Mezzaluna offers an unmatched dining experience, excelling in both food quality and outstanding service.
A photo of Fandango restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Pacific Grove
Booked 18 times today
Fandango Restaurant is acclaimed for its authentic European cuisine, receiving rave reviews from patrons for its consistently delicious meals. It carries a strong old-European flair throughout, giving customers not only a culinary adventure but also a cultural one right at their tables. With standout dishes such as the grand marnier souffle, Caprese salad, salmon pasta made from scratch, and rack of lamb, one can immerse in the rich and diverse flavors of Europe. Customers highly praise the "great attention to detail", the "fantastic service", and the "European atmosphere". This goes along with reviews that underline the attentive staff, extensive wine selection, and romantic ambiance that Fandango offers.
A photo of Casanova Restaurant Carmel restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • Carmel
Booked 43 times today
Casanova Restaurant Carmel is highly praised for its exceptional Italian cuisine. Among a plethora of laudatory reviews, patrons commend the restaurant for its "outstanding food" and deem it a "MUST have" when in the Carmel area. Notable dishes include the "amazing" Spinach Gnocchi and the "fantastic" short rib cannelloni, which create a memorable dining experience. Testimonials also highlight the fact that the restaurant is situated in a historic building, providing a "charming Italian ambiance" that makes it feel like a "county villa". Furthermore, the service is described as "outstanding", adding to the overall appeal of this establishment. The restaurant's blend of French and Italian cuisine has been recognized as "refined", and the overall consensus is that Casanova Restaurant Carmel is a go-to destination for quality Italian cuisine.
A photo of Carmel's Bistro Giovanni restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Carmel
Booked 33 times today
Carmel's Bistro Giovanni is a distinguished Italian restaurant known for its consistently excellent dishes and friendly, knowledgeable service. The restaurant seamlessly blends the flavors of traditional Italian cuisine with fresh California ingredients resulting in a menu that never fails to impress. The patrons rave about the authenticity of the offerings, from artisanal pastas to exquisite seafood dishes, and the variety of options for those with specific dietary needs. One review calls the restaurant a "fantastic Italian fare." Another customer mentions having the "freshest and tastiest Italian meals." The praise for the excellent service and the engaging owner further solidifies Carmel's Bistro Giovanni as a must-visit destination for Italian food lovers.
A photo of Il Fornaio - Carmel restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Carmel
Booked 25 times today
Il Fornaio - Carmel is highly praised for its excellent service, authentic Italian cuisine, and beautiful setting. Customers frequently highlight the restaurant's lovely carpaccio, pasta, fish, and the innovatively prepared Paglia e Fieno al Gamberatti with Red Argentinian Shrimp. The restaurant has been described as a "jewel in Carmel by the sea", consistently offering "fabulous food" and providing a welcoming atmosphere for both humans and pets. The heartfelt service offered by staff members, especially Sergio, Tony Albano, Luis, and Kathy, is admired by many. Furthermore, the restaurant is also lauded for recreating traditional dishes reminiscent of grandmothers' cooking back in Bologna, Italy, contributing to its reputation for upholding Italian culinary traditions.
A photo of Il Tegamino restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Carmel
Booked 9 times today
Il Tegamino, located in the heart of Carmel, California, on Ocean Ave., is a hidden gem of authentic Italian cuisines. The Italian restaurant has been appreciated for its warm ambiance, excellent service, and a well-curated wine list, many of which are Italian wines. In the words of one enthusiastic reviewer, it is "the Best Italian in Carmel", offering an "amazing experience of Italia in Cali" with its memorable dishes. The Paccheri with a meaty, tomatoey sauce with garlic and fresh basil, lasagna, and gnocchi are some of the must-try dishes that patrons rave about. The family-run establishment's strong commitment to authenticity contributes to the charm, with ingredients brought over by the owner himself, creating a delightful dining experience that hearkens back to Italy. The restaurant's service is also highly praised, with the staff noted for their friendliness and attentiveness, making every guest's experience special, whether it's an everyday dinner out or a milestone celebration.
A photo of Basil Seasonal Dining restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Carmel
Booked 6 times today
Basil Seasonal Dining is a celebrated eatery that has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to offering the very best of Italian cuisine. It's mentioned in countless reviews as a gem, providing an authentic Italian dining experience nestled in the heart of Carmel. Patrons swear by its diverse menu which features an array of sumptuous dishes from slow-cooked short ribs to handmade pasta, all exuding a burst of Italian flavors. Standout menu items like their Basil Caesar salad and Rigatoni Amatriciana keep customers coming back for more. The attention to detail and quality displayed through their farm-to-table approach has seen it described as "the best Italian food anywhere on the Monterey Peninsula." Reviewers are enamored with not only the food, but also the top-notch service and cozy ambiance, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing dining experience.

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Discover best Italian restaurants in Monterey

Discover the essence of Italian cuisine along the scenic Central Coast of California in Monterey / Carmel. This region offers a delightful array of Italian dining options that cater to every palate, from traditional dishes to contemporary twists on classic Italian flavors. Enjoy stunning ocean views and a warm, inviting atmosphere as you explore various eateries that specialize in everything from sumptuous seafood to handcrafted pastas and authentic pizzas. Each restaurant in this locale emphasizes the use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, ensuring a meal that’s not only delicious but also supports local producers. The dining scene in Monterey / Carmel is renowned for its blend of culinary excellence and picturesque settings, making it a must-visit for food lovers and adventure seekers alike. Whether you're looking for a casual dining experience or an upscale meal, the Italian restaurants in Monterey / Carmel promise an unforgettable culinary journey.

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