Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

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Estéban Restaurant: Best Spanish Cuisine & Seafood

Estéban Restaurant carries on the Munras family tradition of culinary
hospitality and excellence, offering authentic Monterey dining in the
historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Enjoy a unique culinary experience featuring traditional Spanish-inspired cuisine with a pinch of adventure. Choose from California inspired shared plates and classic selections to Sip, Savor, and Share by the warmth of the fireplace or alfresco in the relaxing outdoor patio.
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Thanksgiving Day Four-Course Prix Fixe Feast at Estéban Restaurant is served Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 3:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Estéban Restaurant. Cost is $70.00 per person for adults, $30.00 per person for children 12 and under. Prices do not include tax or gratuity; parking is complimentary.

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What 282 People Are Saying
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MC
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The chef was very hospitable and we all had a great time. Would recommend for a special treat night out. It was a little costly but worth it.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Michael, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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BK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Monterey where we can bring our dogs and they are treated as well as us!
The staff and the Chef are such wonderful hosts. We were excited to return and were not disappointed. The fig flatbread was outstanding - so nice to see figs used in a different way that sprinkled with blue cheese and walnuts! We always get a paella - super yummy. Our dogs love the new ancient grain dog biscuits and getting them each a bone marrow, means a relaxed dinner for us! Definitely our go-to place in Monterey.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Brenda, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We are so glad that we could welcome you on your recent visits and that you enjoyed all of your selections. We hope to have you back again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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c
Central Coast
48 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We four friends went to happy hour and enjoyed a wide variety of tapas along with sangria and beer. Service was outstanding and the food very good. We'll be back soon.

JF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Esteban is nice. Lovely food and a really nice outdoor dining area. Usually the service is quite good and quite friendly, but we had a odd server lately who made the evening much less pleasant that usual. Hopefully, that was a fluke because this is a wonderful gathering place.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Unimaginative and uninteresting food, sorry we chose this place.

k
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Through Open Table, I made reservations for 6 at 5 pm. I tried to make reservations with other times, but the only time given was 5. So they must be busy right? I called to verify reservation but the person on the phone could not find my reservation, so I made another. Showed up at 5 with 7 instead of 6 and they could not find my reservation. But they got us a table for 6 and put a chair for the extra person on the corner of the table and asked if it was okay. NO. The person helping us get seated could not figure out how to turn two tables for 4 into one table for 7. Finally someone figured it out and we got seated. All this time they are upset that I showed up with 7 instead of 6 and made me feel it was an inconvenience to them. I thought maybe they would be busy and were concerned with loosing an extra table. When we left, most of the tables as were when arrived, empty. Now the food. We came for the paella. Highly recommended. Started with a few appetizers and they were very good. I would highly recommend the cevice and the grilled octopus. Yummy. It takes 30 - 45 minutes to prepThe Del Mar looked great but tasted more like a sopa de arroz which is a tomato based rice dish. It could probably have used a few more minutes in the oven and a bit less tomatoes. And it lost it's "paella" flavor in the final presentation. It was okay and granted I should accept the fact that there are many different types of paellas but this one was not great and I was disappointed as well as others in my group who have been to Spain and unfortunately had mine. Paella Negra Mixto is basically the use of the black ink from a squid to turn the dish black but did not ad to the flavor of the dish. Made you question to reasoning except to make the impression that the dish was unique and an artistic rendition of what could have been a great dish. The paella was very bland and we only actually ate half and boxed the rest. It was funny to watch everyone trying to get the others to take it home.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on September 3, 2019

We appreciate your comments and want to thank you for sharing with us! We are sorry for the issues and shortcomings with when trying to make a reservation as this is certainly contrary to our service standard. In addition, we want to thank you for your feedback on the paella as we will certainly pass along to our team. We hope to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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JA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gustavo Trejo's influence equals consistently delicious food. The service is outstanding. The Tuesday Paellas is a true value, tapas, paellas and desert. Yes, I like it.

B
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for tapas at 5:00 pm on a Thursday. The restaurant has live music on its patio on Thursdays in the summer. So the ambience was exceptional. The tapas ranged from good to outstanding. We particularly liked the lamb chops, the ham and Manchego cheese plate, and the Medjool dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on August 29, 2019

We are so glad to hear that we could welcome you for Tapas during our Jazz Dinner Series on the patio. We are also glad to hear that you enjoyed your tapas selections - those are all great choices! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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LP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic and jazz was fabulous. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing with us Leslie! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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DD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here to celebrate our 20th anniversary and had a wonderfully romantic evening. The staff noted the anniversary and each person that brought us food wished us happy anniversary! The food was amazing as well. Great date night spot!! Thank you Esteban!

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the white anchovy and patata bravas. We were disappointed w our paella. Was bland. And sad to see the octopus changed along with no longer having the amazing local Monterey squid on the menu.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on August 21, 2019

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the white anchovy and patatas bravas, but were disappointed to hear that your paella was less than satisfactory. We always strive to provide great value for our guests with our seasonally changing options, inspired by the freshest seafood, meats and regionally grown fruits, herbs and vegetables available. We will certainly review your feedback with our team as we are committed to enhancing our guests experience. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall place is good, although there were many mistakes. 1) they forgot we requested patio. We had to tell them that. 2) they forgot it was birthday dinner. 3) food extremely overpriced. 4) server was not so good in knowing the menu

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on August 12, 2019

We apologize for your less than entirely wonderful visit with us. This is certainly contrary to our service standard and your comments have been shared with our team in an effort to improve as we move forward. We hope to welcome you back soon and restore your positive regard in our restaurant. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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MO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Lamb chops were amazing. Went back to the bar next two nights for after dinner drinks. Anna and Steve so friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this place and it's a great escape from hectic wharf area.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hello Mary, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We were so happy to hear that we were able to welcome you for drinks and that our staff made your experience so memorable. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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RF
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Although the taste of food is excellent, the inside of the restaurant is not spacious enough to move around. The service is not that great. I would expect that with the expense that customers are paying that service will also be exceptional. The food is taking too long to come and not checking on us if anything else is needed to make our experience better.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on July 29, 2019

Hello Roberto, We appreciate your feedback and want to thank you for sharing your comments with us. We apologize for the shortcomings you experienced and will certainly pass along to management in an effort to improve as we move forward. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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e
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice evening to sit outside. Great servers. They've raised their prices☹️

KT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambience ... was AMAZING!! A must try !

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing with us Kerri!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent, and the waiter did a good job making up for some of the food shortfalls.

c
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice ambience. Chef nice and visits each table. Service slow; had to ask several times for water and more beverages. Food so-so; lots of paellas on menu. Our group tried 3 of them but they were all quite salty. Overall, not a great experience.Would not return.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on July 8, 2019

We appreciate your comments shared and will be sure to pass along to our team. We hope to welcome you back soon and restore your positive regard in our restaurant! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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TT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overrated. Not a place to go if your looking for an American food place and parking sucks

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on June 28, 2019

We appreciate your feedback Thomas. We are known for our modern Spanish cuisine highlighting local, seasonally sourced ingredients and are sorry that you did not leave with the fond memories that so many of our guests speak of. We hope to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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JD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and went to Esteban for an early dinner on Father's Day. It was wonderful. The food and service were spectacular. The chef spent a lot of time talking with us about his desire for fresh local products and shared with us his passions and inspiration in creating the menu. It was more than a dinner it was an experience and we loved it.

MD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

On the positive side, we loved listening to jazz and plan to attend again on a Thursday. However, we were surprised by the $84 bill for happy hour tapas! Our waiter said each order was for 2 shortribs, but only 1 arrived. At $16 each that's a bit pricey! All the other tapas were very enjoyable as usual. Next time we will order fewer items.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a jewel! Everything we had for breakfast and dinner was top notch. Great coffee in the morning, excellent paella and octopus for dinner. Couldn’t have asked for more. Well done!

CR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Basically excellent but would always request outdoors. It is very noisy inside. Service and food were great.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Carmella! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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DP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The waiter we had did not take our order correctly, and made us question how much he was attentive and listening to our orders. But most importantly the food was a little disappointing. Very greasy and salty unfortunately.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate your comments shared and will be sure to pass along to our team as this is certainly contrary to our service standard. We hope to welcome you back soon and restore your positive regard in our hotel. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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MK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Esteban is very good. We had Easter Brunch which I thought was very pricey but the options were wonderful. Everything we ate was delicious. We have been here before and enjoyed our meal

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you for sharing with us Michelle! We were so happy to have you with us for Easter brunch and hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

All of the dishes that were sent out did not seem acceptable for human consumption. The potatoes they sent had obviously been cooked hours prior - they were soggy. The octopus was swimming in a literal pool of oil. Worst of all - the Paella was flavorless and lacked any of the flavors that make this Spanish dish so wonderful.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on April 24, 2019

We appreciate your review and want to thank you for your feedback. We are sincerely sorry that we did not leave you with the fond memories so many of our guests speak of. Rest assured your comments will be passed along to our team in an effort to improve as we move forward. We hope to welcome you back soon and restore your positive regard in our Spanish cuisine. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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w
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We sat on the patio, which was sunny and lovely. Boss Annas (like a margarita) are the best!

J
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is most appreciated when all courses of the meal are good, but also important when the waiter is knowledgeable about what the menu offers. To be able to provide friendly service and good advice opinions makes a big difference in the entire meal enjoyment.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We can't wait to have you back with us again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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LP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the jazz music on the patio. It was a wonderful atmosphere.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thanks so much for sharing with us Leslie! We're so glad you enjoyed the Next Generation Jazz musicians last weekend and hope to welcome you back this summer during our Live Jazz Dinner series, every Thursday night from 5-7, starting May 30th! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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OP
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Paella is delicious but definitely a dish for two people.

FN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very tasty and the price is really reasonable. We had a very good and enjoyable dinner. We order the lamb chop, grilled octopus, seafood paellas. By the way the the port ice cream is excellent. Highly recommended.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing with us! We were so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and hope to welcome you back again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place we started with Happy hour and ended having dinner. Great service and loved how the chef interacted with everyone, will definitely return to this restaurant

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing with us! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon.

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CG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad to have finally discovered this local gem!

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on March 11, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We can't wait to have you back with us again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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s
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of six all with varied tastes. We had dinner and breakfast. All of us were very well-fed. Each dish was delicious, beautifully presented, and satisfying. Chef Estéban greeted us and advised about the menu. He offered variations on listed items. Amazing experience

KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 6 dishes and all were exquisite. I would not be able to choose a favorite.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful feedback Karen! We hope to have you with us again soon.

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times and are always pleased with our meal and service.
Highly recommend coming here.

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We attended the special event with Spanish food. It was outstanding. the service was good but the server was a little stiff. The ambience of the place is great! This is a great place for couples night or small dinner with friends no. They have a shy private dining room that would be great for larger parties I would definitely recommend this place for a very nice meal and great ambiance. They also have a great drinks menu.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance was impeccable. Unfortunately the paella wasn’t at par. It was pretty bland and without flavor. The cocktails though are amazing especially one that I think is called Spanish Paradise which has coconut and pineapple ( like a twist on piña colada. ) I would come back here sometime but just not for the paella.

CM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We made a meal out of the selection of small plates "To Share" one night. On the second, we had two small plates, a paella, and shared desert. The baby lamb chops were particularly nice as was the harvest paella with many different locally sourced fresh vegetables.

JL
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Looking forward to this place but was disappointed. Food was not good. Patatas bravas were mushy, black rice was undercooked. Will not return

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Responded on December 31, 2018

We apologize that your recent dining experience was less than entirely wonderful and we will certainly pass along your comments to our team. We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Monterey and restore your positive regard in our restaurant. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey

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