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68 Monterey Area Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

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by OpenTable
Updated February 06, 2019

Whether your idea of a good time is a fancy, festive dinner out or cold sesame noodles and binge-watching on the couch, we're here to help you find it—since the greatest love of all is the love of food. Dig in.

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4.8
4.8 (7092)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Passionfish offers a unique California dining experience with serious food and realistically priced wine in a fun and casual atmosphere. The ever-changing menu features the freshest, sustainable seafood, slow-cooked meats, organic greens and delectable desserts, all complemented by an award winning wine list priced nearly retail. Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife Cindy Walter. They are vocal advocates for sustainable seafood education and were the first officially certified 'Green' restaurant in Monterey County.
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Whistler
Dined 6 days ago
Great food, as always. Pricing seems a bit steep at times.
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4.6
4.6 (3114)
$30 and under
Latin American
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
Discover the cool, coastal world of Ventana Grill.
With an atmosphere that channels the four elements, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach immerses guests in the enchanting pleasures of the natural world. Dine surrounded by the rhythmic serenade of waves crashing on the beach below. The stylish dining room sits perched on a coastal bluff, treating guests to an endless view of azure blue and rich red sunsets.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food was delicious as usual. They added new items to the menu which I tried as was very happy. I will be visiting again.
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4.5
4.5 (3652)
$30 and under
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean combined with world-class dining on historic Cannery Row, just a short walk from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The newly renovated Fish Hopper, housed in an original sardine cannery building, offers spectacular views of the stunning Monterey Bay from every table, including our heated outdoor patio. The Fish Hopper specializes in fresh, sustainable seafood, certified Angus beef, pastas, and live shellfish. Our seafood is either locally caught or shipped in fresh daily, and our produce is locally grown in the Salinas Valley. Some favorites include fresh Monterey Bay abalone, macadamia-crusted halibut, our famous “Tomahawk Chop” bone-in rib eye, and fresh Dungeness crab. Start your meal with our award-winning clam chowder, and indulge in one of our many exotic cocktail creations or a selection from our extensive wine collection. While enjoying your delicious meal, you can watch sea otters at play and even catch a glimpse of the occasional whale.
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DianaP
Dined 4 days ago
Dinner was spectacular. The quality of the food was top notch; lobster tender and fresh, filet mignon perfectly cooked and delicious. (That garlic compound butter, though!!) We were celebrating a special birthday and this spot did not disappoint. Our server, Dioni, was AMAZING. It was Friday night and she was so busy, yet we were so well looked after. Our drinks were fresh. She was very helpful and friendly. Just wonderful at what she does. If you get her for your server, you will be lucky. Make a reservation. Especially if you 1) don't want to wait in line and 2) want a very good chance at getting a window table. Even if you don't get a table by the window, the views abound because of the wonderful windows. Looking forward to returning soon!
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4.6
4.6 (3139)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Anton and Michel is now open INDOORS and OUTDOORS at the COURT of the FOUNTAINS.
LUNCH: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM / DINNER: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Reservations are highly recommended.
If you are having any difficulty making reservations online, please call the restaurant directly at 831-624-2406 or send us an email.
Since 1980, Anton and Michel has consistently maintained an award-winning reputation for true excellence in the art of fine dining. A complete interior remodel was recently completed features handset stonework throughout the restaurant. The floor to ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the Court of the Fountains. Zagat Survey calls it: Carmel’s long-standing paean to graciousness in dining out. Along with updated and contemporary changes to the menus, ultimate table side service flambé desserts remain. As quoted in the Wine Spectator, Anton and Michel is “probably the best dining experience in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea”.

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PalmSpringsDinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Clearly, one of the best restaurants in the region. In an area that is saturated with outstanding dining spots, Anton & Michel is head and shoulders among nearly all others (and none are superior!). A charming decor, service that is drop-dead attentive, and one of the best kitchens that can be found — anywhere! Splendid starters, specials, and a menu that is consistent in its variety all suggest a promise of excellence that is delivered — with the professionalism that is unexcelled, anywhere. Our server, David, was the epitome of excellence. Attentive, cordial, respectful, and helpful, it was clear that he tailored his approach and delivery of service to the idiosyncratic needs of each and every guest. He’s among the best, anywhere!
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4.6
4.6 (4134)
$31 to $50
Californian
Monterey
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Monterey, Montrio offers a comfortable yet classic dining experience, featuring fine European inspired-American cuisine. For the past 25 years, Montrio has worked to showcase sustainable seafood, fine quality meat, and Monterey County’s best produce in all of its dishes has made this renovated 1910 firehouse a local favorite.


We feature a variety of appetizers, award-winning small bites, enticing entrees, and indulgent seasonal desserts made by our in house pastry chef. Choose from Montrio's extensive wine list, or try one of our signature cocktails. Come see what everyone is talking about!

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was great. They were out of a wine and a Champagne . Desert was a little burnt. But the dinner was so-o-o good!
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4.7
4.7 (2181)
$31 to $50
French
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
French country bistro...Between Montecito and Santa Barbara, Stella Mare's Bistro is located in a historic Victorian home overlooking the Bird Refuge. French country cuisine rules the menu, with dishes like coq au vin, cassoulet, and moules frites. Sip seasonal cocktails amid cozy décor -- all the right ingredients for a great dining experience. Bon appétit!

When requesting the greenhouse please note that is considered indoor dining.

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SBGiGivip
Dined 5 days ago
The food was, as always, lovely. I felt the frogs legs dish was not up to the usual standard, however. And my steak on the steak was definitely overdone. I asked for rare and it was more medium. Service was a little slow because many people came in at the same time so we had a little difficulty getting our bill in time to get to our concert at the Music Academy. Otherwise, a lovely time was had by all!
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4.5
4.5 (3504)
$30 and under
American
Monterey
About the restaurant
Relax in this 1917 Roadhouse and enjoy creative, Five Star American Country Cuisine. The wood-burning grill provides wonderful flavors for the freshest seafood and prime steaks. Set on five landscaped acres, the patios and extensive gardens provide a refreshing backdrop for hearty sandwiches, vegetarian entrees and tempting salads. Reservations are recommended.We are limited to outdoor seating. Please wear warm clothes for dinner. Not all tables have heat. All tables of 4 we allow 1 hour 30 minutes. Parties of 6 or more 2 hours. If you need more time please let us know. We require credit cards for parties over 6. All guests must wear a mask while entering the restaurant. You may take it off once seated. If your late for your reservation, please call we allow 15 minute grace period.
Tarpy's also offers affordable off-site catering drop offs

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ElizabethS
Dined 1 day ago
We had excellent service here. The restaurant felt slightly more upscale with white tablecloths inside, but kids were welcome and we felt at home. Wish we had brought jackets and the outdoors space looked so beautiful.
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4.7
4.7 (2470)
$50 and over
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's ARTS District, serves artisanal Italian cuisine. Meaning “oil and lemon” in Italian, their restaurant’s name reflects husband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello’s philosophy: rely on the integrity of the ingredients and quality of the preparation to provide Santa Barbara diners “simply sophisticated” Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. Start with eggplant souffle, then tuck into a plate of house made duck ravioli or Sicilian spaghetti with bottarga. And be sure to take home a bottle of their own olio, an organic extra-virgin olive oil made from Sicilian olive varieties.
Bonus: their contemporary Italian breakfast, lunch & retail spot Olio Bottega, and authentic pizzeria next door at Olio Pizzeria. Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests.

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ScottD
Dined 6 days ago
I took my daughter there for her birthday. She loved everything and it felt very special to her. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was great. The service was wonderful.
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4.7
4.7 (3749)
$31 to $50
European
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
A favorite among Fandango regulars is the succulent Rack of Lamb; other menu items include Fresh Seafood, a variety of pastas, delicious and exotic Mediterranean dishes such as paella and Couscous, and a tempting selection of excellent steaks. Several daily specialties are also available.

Desserts we offer, Souffle, Profiteroles, Chocolate Mousse

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nicholasmNickvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great service comprehensive menu , great food well prepared restaurant very clean as well
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4.7
4.7 (4165)
$30 and under
Californian
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Casual California dining overlooking scenic and historic Lovers Point Beach.
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Robert
Dined 6 days ago
We go to Beach House often. It's always good. Reservations are suggested unless one arrives early ( before 6:00).
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4.6
4.6 (2212)
$50 and over
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Our current hours are as follows.
Monday - Thursday, Dinner 4:30pm to 9:00pm
Friday- Saturday, Dinner 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Policies: We do require a credit card for reservations. We reserve the right to charge guests who do not show up for their reservations or cancel within a 24 hour notice.
The charge for NO SHOW is $25 per guest. We will hold your table for 15min max, and will automatically allot 2hrs for your dining pleasure.
Parties of 5 or more will need to make special accommodations with the hostess.

Thank you for your continuous support!




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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Had a wonderful late dinner on the patio, the cherry tart was fantastic
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4.6
4.6 (1716)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Intermezzo by Wine Cask
New Menu by Executive Chef Mossin Sugich

Modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist

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Nanzvip
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent menu choices for small plates and casual dining. Everything was well prepared, and the service was excellent.
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4.3
4.3 (898)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood, located on State Street, serves up a delicious and diverse menu of seafood and steaks, where the portions are always generous and the prices always reasonable. Our surf and turf menu, including our favorite bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp or our USDA prime steaks that are charbroiled over a mesquite grill, is complimented by an extensive wine list, a healthy assortment of premium spirits, and a selection of signature drinks. Daily meals can be enjoyed in our cozy, and dark saloon-inspired dining room, or on our outdoor patio. The indoor dining room is adorned with brown leather booths, dark wood paneling, and funky artwork lining the exposed brick walls. Holdren’s has been voted as the best steakhouse multiple times by the Santa Barbara Independent’s Reader’s Poll and by the Santa Barbara News Press’ Reader’s Choice Awards.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Perfect date night birthday celebration! The only not ideal part was the music was not upbeat - rather classical - which is fine as it music was beautiful but too loud. The drinks are great, food is delicious and portions are huge, and every staff member was very polite and professional. We’ll be back!
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4.9
4.9 (1313)
$31 to $50
American
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant
The Nichols brothers, Matt & Jeff, grew up in Ames, Iowa where their love of cooking, good food and a sense of family and community was nurtured.

The 2013 opening of their second Santa Barbara Wine Country restaurant, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez, allows them to offer visitors and locals alike great food, wine and hospitality. The brothers strive to have legendary service, innovative cuisine, and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that causes you to return time and again.

As chefs, the brothers continue to experiment with new dishes and cuisine, but always with that “from scratch”, homemade element. Fresh ingredients from local producers, a wine list that showcases the region’s award-winning wines and a comfortable and historically interesting atmosphere that takes you back to the romance of the old west. They want you to feel at home, and experience all the best of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country.

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MichaelDvip
Dined 1 day ago
Our server Marti was great. Food was outstanding as usual. We have there for over 20 years and always an excellent experience. Ps: great wine selection and martinis.
A photo of Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4370)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
Enjoy an award winning dining experience in our world-famous pink and gold Steak House - offering a comfortable and opulent dining atmosphere. Indulge in a delicious oak-pit-barbecued steak, fresh seafood, chicken, or vegetarian entrees. Featuring a superb wine list, decadent world-famous desserts and a whimsical, European atmosphere. Boutique shopping makes for a fun experience before or after you dine with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
It’s like Glamorous Old Vegas in the foothills of San Luis Obispo. My husband, the meat eater, said it was the best ribeye he’s ever had and the sentiment was echoed by the others in our party. The service was excellent from the hostess, to the busboy, server, and manager! It was competitively priced, but because the entrees included all the sides, it was a very good value. It beats out a lot of top Texas steakhouses. We will definitely be coming back when we’re in town!!
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4.4
4.4 (1571)
$31 to $50
French
Carmel
About the restaurant
Our cuisine features beautiful specialties from France, Italy and Spain. The dishes are rich in color and flavor.
PortaBella is picturesque: awarded First Prize for Beautiful Flowerscaping from the Carmel Garden Club.

The ambience is stylish and romantic, the setting historic

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StevenCvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Charming. That says it all. The restaurant, the staff, the service, and the overall ambience is delightfully charming. Occasionally a singer/guitarist strolls through and will sing a song so beautifully it will warm your experience and even make you tear up.
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4.8
4.8 (1116)
$30 and under
Italian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
There are many Italian Restaurants in San Luis Obispo, but if you're looking for a truly authentic Italian dining experience, then you should consider Mama's Meatball Restaurant. Rated among the best San Luis Obispo restaurants, Mama's Meatball uses the freshest, quality ingredients grown locally to create some of the most outstanding dishes you could find in San Luis Obispo eateries. For your convenience, Mama's Meatball offers dine-in, takeout and delivery service. Mama's Meatball is one of the few restaurants near Mission San Luis Obispo, and a block away from hotels in downtown San Luis Obispo to offer private dining options and banquet accommodations for corporate parties and family celebrations. Click here to request a quote for your next private event. Check Out Charity Water! https://www.charitywater.org/mamas-meatball
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Maryvip
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
We were a party of 7 including 3 children 6 years and younger. Our server was fantastic! He was engaged and understanding of the needs of the children while serving parents needs too! We ordered a regular size pizza to get the kids started and they devoured it. We ordered another to take home. The adult entries were delicious with generous portions at a reasonable price. Always a great meal for just a couple or a family gathering!
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4.3
4.3 (1240)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Marina
About the restaurant
Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette is an award-winning upscale seafood restaurant in Marina, CA. Indulge in a culinary experience like no other with a live show kitchen, tantalizing oyster bar, and perfectly cooked steaks. Join us for daily happy hour and enjoy our carefully crafted cocktail and wine program. Savor weekend brunch while relaxing on our pet-friendly patio. Whether you're planning a wedding, memorial, or business dinner, our private dining spaces are available to create a memorable event. Come and discover why our seafood restaurant is a top choice for those seeking exceptional cuisine and unforgettable dining experiences in Marina, CA. Open Monday - Friday from 2 PM- 9:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10AM - 9:30PM.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great dinner! Came early for happy hour ans stayed through dinner.
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4.8
4.8 (424)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
In business for more than 30 years, Roy is a bistro-style, Americana restaurant with a frequently changing, handwritten menu. We strive to serve unpretentious cuisine of the highest quality. We use mostly certified organic produce from the local Santa Barbara Farmers Market, free range chicken and Harris Ranch hormone free beef. We bake our own bread, hand roll our pastas and make all of our desserts in house. Our ambiance is retro moderne California casual, and we have rotating art shows that run for a month and a half at a time. Live music once in a while. Full bar all the time.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Everything about Roy’s is fantastic. The excellent food, retro booths, great vibe
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4.7
4.7 (4808)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
Every city has that one can’t miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory’s cachet has made dining in our historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Our award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Aged Beef; winner of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s "Best Wine List in America" award. The Lounge’s live entertainment, Happy Hour and affordable menu are a casual alternative to our other dining rooms. Celebrating over 50 years under the same ownership and management! Voted "Best Restaurant in Monterey" by Monterey County Herald readers.
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LesVM
Dined today
This is our favorite restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula. The service and food are always excellent.
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4.6
4.6 (2334)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Monterey
About the restaurant
The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station Steakhouse, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 50 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steakhouse” seriously...Select your USDA Prime cut of the USA’s finest beef from a silver tray or enjoy our slow-roasted USDA Prime, Prime Rib. An award-winning wine list and full spirits bar compliment your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 4:30pm daily. The Bar at The Whaling Station Steakhouse has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. Parking in our private lot.
A private, 50-seat banquet room is also available.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Our server was very attentive. The food was amazing. From our staters to our amazing steak dinners. Phenomenal taste, delicious. Oh and the deserts don’t disappoint either. We’ll be back!!
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4.6
4.6 (2907)
$31 to $50
Californian
Monterey
About the restaurant
Schooners, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring sustainable seafood and approachable, contemporary American cuisine. The ideal location for celebrating the Central Coast and the spectacular coastal region, the Schooners team commitment to fresh, sustainable seafood is reflected in the creative menu which features a variety of seafood options, both raw and cooked, as well as appetizers, soups, salads and main courses. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners.
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Dangie4
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was absolutely wonderful! We had 2 excellent meals there over the weekend. Great food and even better service! Highly recommend!
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4.7
4.7 (2430)
$30 and under
Californian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Rio Grill, located in the Crossroads in Carmel, has been the place to meet friends, enjoy tasty, flavorful food and relax with a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine for over 38 Years.
Chef Luis Osorio creative American dishes are some of the most flavorful, colorful and vibrant on the Monterey Peninsula and celebrate flavor in every mouthwatering bite!
In addition to the main dining room, Rio Grill has a comfortable lounge and full bar serving refreshing libations including the restaurant’s famous "Rio Rita.” The bar is lined with colorful caricatures of local faces and celebrities. Rio Grill's award-winning wine list by Wine Director, Gabe de la Vega, features more than 250 labels featuring a ton of local wineries and an extensive selection available by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We love Rio Grill. Always perfect , whether for a casual lunch or a special occasion dinner. Meals are allowed to unfold at a leisurely pace, food is excellent and service attentive.
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4.8
4.8 (3535)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
More than a restaurant, Oyster Loft is an experience, where the excellent service is rivaled only by the flavor and beauty of our dishes, upscale cuisine and regional seafood dishes artfully prepared. Dine with sparkling views of Pismo Beach, and enjoy appetizers, seasonal main courses and indulgent sweets.

Oyster Loft boasts a menu rich with fresh fish. Our raw bar features a variety of oysters shucked on the half shell from both the east and west coasts. The menu also includes seafood dishes, shellfish preparations and a selection of meat to round out the offerings. The range of the menu offers you the opportunity to choose your dining experience.

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76fireflyvip
Dined 6 days ago
Highly recommend The Oyster Loft! Our meals were delicious. The Beet salad is one of the best I’ve ever had. We will definitely dine there again.
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4.6
4.6 (2338)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
The SeaVenture Restaurant located on the beach in California Central Coast wine country, the third floor Restaurant allows you to take in breathtaking sunsets and panoramic beach and ocean views from large picture windows and outdoor decks. Chef Eddie Ruiz contemporary coastal cuisine is inspired by the surrounding local wine country. Our seasonal menu is prepared with locally farmed vegetables, premium pork and beef and the highest quality fish and seafood. All desserts are made in house from scratch.

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Goodeatsvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Stunning view! Best of all…great food and service.
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4.8
4.8 (734)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Oldest Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara! We have two bocce courts on our patio with outdoor dining. Lots of pasta, steaks, salads, chicken dishes and homemade desserts...extensive Italian wine and local wine on our wine list...indoor or outdoor seating. We are a true local's secret and kid friendly.Open dinner 7 days a week! We also host rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and large birthday parties.We also host kid's birthday parties during the weekends, bring in a jumper, music, popcorn machine and face painters!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Pleasant, comfortable, quaint atmosphere. Home style italian cuisine and delicious dessert. Very attentive wait staff and friendly hostess!
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4.8
4.8 (3699)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant
RESERVATIONS



Reservations for parties of 5 or more please call restaurant directly.

S. Y. Kitchen requests a credit card to hold a reservation of 6 or more. You may cancel by calling the restaurant by 5 PM two days prior to the reservation. After that cancellation is subject to our policy and fees may be incurred. All credit card information will be processed securely.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
This was our first time and everything exceeded our expectations! The food was so unique and incredibly delicious. Every staff member was incredibly kind. We dined outside which was lovely.
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4.7
4.7 (2045)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Convivo is a Santa Barbara restaurant and bar with an Italian soul. Chef-Owner Peter McNee's food is best described as ‘Nomad Italian’. It strays from the standard or traditional Italian, sourcing inspiration from many other cultures’ cooking but its soul is thoroughly Italian. The ever-changing menu includes small plates, housemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken, fresh seafood and steaks served family-style. McNee’s all-star supplier network provides the freshest produce and local seafood the region is famous for.

Inspired by the bounty of the sea, the lush farms and abundant vineyards nearby and the cooking methods of Italy, Convivo is a festive gathering place for locals and visitors alike inside the newly-restored Santa Barbara Inn.

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curtisg
Dined 4 days ago
The food was delicious with a varied menu. Service was excellent. the recommendations by the server were spot on.
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4.8
4.8 (1789)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
At Barbareño we seek to help further shape and define Central Coast cuisine. We take our inspiration from traditions and specialties of our area, delicacies unique to our region, and the many outstanding purveyors with whom we are so fortunate to work. In all of our efforts, we hope to capture the essence of a particular place or local flavor, embracing the nuances that make our food and drink unique to our home.

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Deliciousvip
Dined 3 days ago
We love eating at Barbareno ❤️ Chef Julian does a fabulous job. He is So creative and the food is delicious!!!
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4.7
4.7 (4033)
$50 and over
Italian
Paso Robles
About the restaurant
Welcome to Il Cortile Ristorante, Downtown Paso Robles' newest fine dining Italian restaurant. We invite you to join us to enjoy our seasonal menus created with the freshest ingredients available sourced by our surrounding local and regional landscapes by Executive Chef Santos MacDonal, providing a melody of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. A top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles provides the perfect pairing for Il Cortile's rustic Italian fine dining.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent in everything- food, service, ambience. They catered for GF customers.
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4.8
4.8 (1310)
$31 to $50
Italian
Solvang
About the restaurant
Highly anticipated opening by Chef Leonardi Curti.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great meal! Wonderful and attentive servers . The food was delicious. First time for us, we will be back again. We have chef Alfonso Curti in Orcutt and now Chef Leonardo in Solvang. We can count on the Curti brothers for a great dining experience.
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4.1
4.1 (448)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Located at the front door of the Funk Zone and one block from the beach, Goat Tree at Hotel Californian is a gourmet café with al fresco seating offering fresh, local fare, including superb pastries and baked goods made in house daily by our Pastry Chef Ron Viloria. Our all-day brunch menu features Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Shakshuka, Baby Kale Caesar and our famed GT Smashburger. Sip on cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, lattes and coffee by Caffe Luxxe or organic hot teas by Rishi. Curating seasonal picnic baskets for a day at the beach or wine tasting as well as dine in, take out or delivery for brunch and dinner, Goat Tree pleases everyone's palate. Join us on our spacious patio into the evening for a glass of wine or a cocktail and a bite. Our dinner menu includes Rigatoni Pasta, New York Steak Frites and Faroe Island Salmon among other delectable dishes. Don't let the day end without some Rori's Ice Cream or a seasonal dessert from Chef Ron.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 19, 2024
Took my 93 year old Dad for Father's Day. Great food, ambiance and service.
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4.0
4 (117)
$31 to $50
Californian
Monterey
About the restaurant
A diverse selection of dishes highlighting the rich and vibrant flavors sourced from Monterey's abundant produce, fresh seafood, and local farms.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Unfortunately due to construction going on in the restaurant my visual view of the ocean was blocked my scaffolding around all windows in the restaurant . I found this extremely disappointing and very upsetting.
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4.4
4.4 (1589)
$30 and under
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
That friendly salutation is an invitation to dine with us and enjoy exceptional bayside ambiance, gracious service and delicious food. Our entire staff here at Domenico's On the Wharf has extended a warm welcome to locals and visitors for more than 35 years, and we proudly present the best seafood in Monterey for your dining pleasure.
Our award-winning list of wine features the best from surrounding Monterey County vineyards, and we offer extensive selections from Sonoma, Napa, Italy, and France. The freshest, sustainable, local and Alaskan seafood take center stage in our culinary creations, and we also grill up extraordinary steaks and lovingly prepare in-house pastas and locally grown organic vegetables.
Our family style of hospitality continues to win a special place in the hearts of our guests. Let us show you to your table overlooking the beautiful bay waters with a sunny window view of sea lions and pelicans at play.

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MercurioGvip
Dined today
Everything was good. Our waiter Francisco was excellent. We have a nice harbor view table, food was good.
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4.6
4.6 (1169)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Orcutt / Santa Maria
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Far Western Tavern—California ranch cuisine inspired by local traditions.

Our restaurant is recognized as a landmark of Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a renowned regional fare rooted in native ingredients and methods that were first popularized by 19th century rancheros.

Our menu blends this local barbecue style with other dishes that reflect our family’s heritage in the Santa Maria Valley’s Swiss-Italian ranching community, all prepared with fresh flavors from nearby farms, ranches and vineyards.

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cpafoodievip
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
This was our first visit for my wife and i. The restaurant was not crowded on the Saturday night we went. We were kindly greeted and quickly seated at a very nice booth. The restaurant is very nicely decorated in a west motif. The bar area is very attractive. Our server was very helpful and friendly. The dinners come with a relish tray, cowboy beans, a small shrimp cocktail, soup or salad, a choice of potatoe or vegetable, and bread. We decided to share a large steak. Our server also gave us the opportunity to add a second round of dinner sides for a reasonable price. That allowed both of us to have two complete meals. The food was perfectly prepared. They have a wine menu with a variety of wines and prices. We tried the flourless chocolate cake desert that was excellent. The experience was a solid 5 star, and we are looking forward to going back soon.
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4.9
4.9 (1616)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
The word Mistura brings together the essence of Peru, a vision of its people and cuisine, a wondrous blend of cultures of priceless heritage. Our Mistura is a modern Peruvian restaurant that is as lively as the country and biodiversity it celebrates. Mistura captures the multicultural spirit of Peru, combining its native Incan and Pre-Columbian culinary heritage with the Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese influences that embody the country's flavorful cuisine. Mistura is an authentic tribute to the diversity of Peruvian food, proposing familiar yet unexpected and adventurous flavors.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food and warm service. Everything from drinks to apps to desserts was incredible.
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4.7
4.7 (1445)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant

The Willows specializes in mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood. This 14 time AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant also features a Wine Spectator Award winning wine list with an extensive selection of local and imported wines, all served in an exquisitely appointed setting.

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RayCvip
Dined 6 days ago
GM Frank is Top Notch…Rachel is an amazing server..need I say more?
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4.3
4.3 (774)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Chase Restaurant, a Santa Barbara institution since 1979, is conveniently located at 1012 State Street in the Theater district and showcases a classic elegant Italian décor with an intimate interior bar and an outside patio with high top seating overlooking State Street. Chase Restaurant features the finest meat, seafood and pasta dishes, as well as traditional Italian desserts. Signature dishes include Chicken Piccata served with Fettuccini Alfredo, Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Valle de Ostra, Penne Carbonara and many more. This warm, romantic Italian restaurant offers a global wine list boasting many Santa Barbara wines which are curated to pair with the bold, rich flavors of classic Italian fare. Custom cocktails featuring spirits blended with seasonal ingredients as well as Italian and craft beer are offered as well. There is free parking in the rear of the restaurant off Anacapa Street.


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aliciam
Dined 3 days ago
Visiting Santa Barbara for the first time and enjoyed dining twice at your restaurant during our stay
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4.7
4.7 (5014)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Buellton
About the restaurant
Here, on the Central Coast of California, BBQ has always meant grilling over an open fire of red oak, a style of cooking that is native to our area and goes back to the days of the Spanish Rancheros. By combining the old and the new, we have created an exciting cuisine with outstanding steaks, ribs and chicken, along with fresh fish and seafood and vegetarian options. We also create our own (world class) wines for sale in the restaurant and to the public. Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines have garnered an excellent reputation. Try them here or purchase on our website for your enjoyment at home.


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GloriaG
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Excellent! The food and service were exceptional! Our order was perfect and timely! Yum!!!
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4.6
4.6 (809)
$31 to $50
Spanish
Monterey
About the restaurant
LIVE MUSIC IS BACK!! Every Thursday & Friday, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Estéban Restaurant: Spanish-inspired California cuisine.
This local favorite offers indoor & outdoor patio (pet-friendly) dining
Up-to-date hours:
Open for dinner
Sun. - Thurs., 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri. - Sat., 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tapas Happy Hour daily 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Live Spanish Guitarist - Thurs. - Fri. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Open for Brunch: Sat. - Sun., 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Gift Certificates

Estéban Restaurant, the 2023 Diners' Choice award winner, carries on the Munras family tradition of culinary hospitality and excellence. It offers authentic Monterey dining in the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Enjoy Executive Chef Ben Hillan's unique culinary experience featuring traditional Spanish-inspired California cuisine with a pinch of adventure. Choose from shared plates and classic selections.

Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/EstebanRestaurant and Instagram at instagram.com/estebanrestaurant/

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MalcolmD
Dined 5 days ago
Very well presented tapas Match with excellent taste. Pork was outstanding
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4.8
4.8 (1190)
$30 and under
French
Carmel
About the restaurant
Nestled in a residential neighborhood on Mission Street, three blocks north of Ocean Avenue lies a slice of “Old Carmel”. Originally founded in 1958 by Yvan Nopert and his family, Chef – Owner Kericos Loutas carries on the traditions of superb Country French Cuisine and personalized friendly service. A local favorite for casual fine dining in a romantic atmosphere, L’Escargot offers visitors an alternative to the “tourist experience”. The menu changes frequently, as do the specials. A three-course prix fixed Bistro Menu is offered nightly.
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Houndgirlvip
Dined 5 days ago
Freddy is an excellent server-makes a superb martini and makes great recommendations on food and wine. I am sooooo happy L’Escargot is back!
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4.6
4.6 (2332)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant


Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic Italian menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy. Chef/Owner Jason Balestrieri makes sure each hand-crafted dish uses the finest Italian products and locally sourced ingredients in a lively, adult atmosphere. A curated wine list with an expansive Italian varietals section attracts both the novice and educated palates. Inventive cocktails and house-made delicacies, such as salumi, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and house cut steaks, complete the Cantinetta Luca experience.



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AlexandraCvip
Dined 4 days ago
The restaurant we look forward to the most when we visit Carmel. Every dish we have ordered we have loved and the best Bistecca a la Fiorentina
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4.3
4.3 (1168)
$31 to $50
Californian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
The heart and inspiration for Granada is the beloved and pre-existing Granada Bistro. This space has been renovated and re-imagined in industrial chic design, serving seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients sourced from Central Coast farmers and purveyors. Dishes inspired by Mediterranean culture, French and Spanish cuisine. Small plates, charcuterie and the freshest local seafood, meats, and produce are complemented by an eclectic wine list including Spanish and French selections, and a range of the Central Coast’s finest artisan wine producers.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Fried chicken was amazing! Good service. Was out of quite a few beer options.
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4.7
4.7 (1101)
$50 and over
Organic
Big Sur
About the restaurant
Offering spectacular, picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn is a farm-driven restaurant that celebrates the coastal bounty of Big Sur and our neighboring communities. Our dishes are centered around the dialogue of balance: on the plate, between sea and land, with sustainability always in mind. Selections from our Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list enhance the inspired cuisine.

We have a family-style lunch experience for $75 per person. Our flight-style dinner experience is priced at $145 per person. Lunch and Dinner is available to the general public, however space is limited and reservations in advance are required. The minimum age for guests is 18 years old and pets are not allowed.

Non-hotel guests will be welcomed at the gate house no more than 30 minutes prior to their reservation.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Had very good experience. Delicious food, outstanding views. 100/100
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