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Lopez Restaurante y Cantina

3.6
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-friendly
  • Neighborhood Gem
Feel at home with Mama Chela's home made Michoacan style food. Recipes that date back to our small town in Mexico for more than 3 generations. Try Mama Chela's specialties such as Chile Relleno, Enchiladas, and Manchamantel (her world known mole version). Amazing fresh mexican seafood dishes. Great menu for everyone with many vegetarian options and spicy sauces for spicy food fanatics! Enjoy the biggest Tequila bar in the whole Monterey county with over 100 premium 100% de Agave Tequilas and with almost every mexican beer available in the USA including a micro brew not easily found from Mexicali called Cucapa! Come in eat the best mexican food and drink the best margaritas in the peninsula. Meet the Lopez family and experience sometihng very unique!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00AM - 4:30PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30PM - 9:00PM
Friday- Saturday: 4:30PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(831) 324-4260
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ignacio Lopez
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Catering
Give the Lopez family your wishes and enough time in advance and we will make your catering experience the best you've ever had with onsite cooking and mixing!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Webster
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Parking details
As you're approaching our restaurant the parking lot to your right is a private gated parking but to your left is a small parking lot that is part of our restaurant and for dinner there are plenty of street parking!
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Entertainment
Friday nights are real fun with a 17 year old magnificent piano player. Salsa and merengue nights occassional - ask for more details.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 48 People Are Saying
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
2.7
ambience
3.4
value
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Props to this restaurant for being cool when my 6 year old was totally losing it. They were so awesome. I'd will totally return when I'm back in town.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

I have been to Lopez on previous visits to Monterey. The food is good, the prices are reasonable, and my meal lived up to my expectations based on past experience.

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2.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was decent. Ambience was poor. Lots of screaming children and not enough wait staff.

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1.0Dined on October 1, 2017

This place is closed. I am disappointed that this app is recommending and taking reservations for places that are and obviously have been closed for some time!

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1.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Restaurant VIDE ! Nous avons téléphoné pour décommander, ils nous ont dit que de toute façon ils fermaient! À éviter

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The orders were not correct. The chimichangas tasted like paper. The waitress was not attentive. The floor was very dirty. They did not have Corona Light (in a Mexican Restaurant) nor did they have any Queso dip for the chips. We were looking for an authentic meal, which is what the restaurant says they offer. Unfortunately, all 6 of us were disappointed.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

We walked in and they appeared to be setting up for a DJ, lights flashing everywhere. Didn't look like a restaurant to us with no tables. So we walked out. Can't comment on anything really.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Cinco de Mayo. Fun time.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Very tasty food and super friendly service . We had the nachos nachos and three different main courses. All delicious 😋

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Stepped in for a quick bite, it was about to close and therefore empty. The waitress was friendly and attentive even though she was going about her closing routine. The bean dip and house made chips were soooo good! The guacamole was decent, nothing "Michoacán" about it as the menu states, and the Cubita cocktail was refreshing. The tacos were average. In all the meal was ok.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Well we certainly did not need a reservation because there were no other customers there when we arrived at 5:30 yesterday. The service was maybe a little disinterested
But fine. The food took a while to prepare, which is a good thing in an empty resto, and it's the reason you'll come back (or not) and we would.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2016

The Chicken Tostada Salad hit the spot after a long day of traveling from the east coast. Lopez is consistently good as I have been here before. However, tonight, the service was a little slow.

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1.0Dined on September 17, 2016

The resturant was closed. Bad service, also Opentable

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Tried this place with a Groupon deal. For the price the food and margarita were good. The service was poor. Ordered a dish I wouldn't usually have just to try the "hand made" corn tortilla's, never received them! If you could get ahold of a waitress it took quite a while before she came back with whatever you requested. Husband was specific about no guacamole cause of allergy and there it was, on his plate!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

Great experience. Great servers. We had chile rellenos and fajitas.
Happy to return next time we visit the bay.
Bring friends

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Went to Lopez Restaurant as an alternative to the crowds along Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf. Restaurant is in a nice area. Dining area is open without much decoration or ambiance. Service was decently quick and our server was very friendly. Food was very good, Mexican fare. Beans are vegetarian and everything was seasoned well. Excellent meal for a reasonable price.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2016

Food was really good, but appearance both out and in is a bit off-putting. We almost left before sitting down. However, service was wonderful. Food was well above average. Only negative...the margarita was very subpar.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2016

We were in town for the sea otter classic so we know that finding a table would be hard, especially for group of 16. But the staff at Lopez Restaurante y Cantina were very accommodating and offered great service.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2015

We went looking for a restaurant that could accommodate our group of 10 on Christmas Eve a bit late in the game. We are an eclectic group, so I figured a Mexican restaurant would be good. I was envisioning something like an El Torito or something. We walked in to a very quiet restaurant with just one guy at a table in the restaurant watching tv and another couple in a booth. We sat down and the waitress was very accommodating. Service was excellent, but the vibe was strange. The lighting in the restaurant was awkward. After we placed our order, the guy who had been sitting watching tv and the couple in the booth both got up and went into the kitchen and made the food. It felt a bit weird. Food was okay, but nothing exceptional.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2015

Lopez is a great place for lunch or dinner. You will be greeted at the door. Your server will take her time answering your questions. The food is fantastic with family recipes!
The seating is average, with a Mexican flavor.
Servings are plentiful, you will not go away hungry. I you like Mexican food, give it a try.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2015

We found Lopez Restaurante y Cantina on a visit to Monterey last April. We returned again and enjoyed a pleasant meal. I recommend the Camerone’s Mojo for anyone who like shrimp with garlic. Janet provided attentive service. It is not near Cannery Row, but worth the effort to get there. You will not be disappointed!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

This Mexican restaurant has many special menu items that we've never seen anywhere else. The fried ice cream was particularly fun! The service was also outstanding - very attentive and warm.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2014

Our hotel recommended as a neighborhood favorite.
However, on a Wed. eve in Aug. @ 7:45, we were the only ones in the restaurant. The service was very good, obviously. Food OK. Big open space, concrete floor; really no ambience.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2014

Larger than life portions, food was seasoned well, service was impeccable and with a smile; Just ask for Jacky daughter of owner. Very hospitable great recommendations with menu selections for myself and girlfriend. We couldn't ask for more next time we vacation in Monterey again Lopez's will certainly be high on our to go list.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2014

Lopez's was an extreme disappointment. Even with a reservation we had to wait for a table, primarily because we were at the host station at least five minutes before our presence was acknowledged. Even though the restaurant was only half full, the service was extremely slow and the wait staff seemed overwhelmed. We were hoping the food would make up for the service, but were again disappointed. The enchiladas and tamales were mediocre at best, the mole sauce was barely edible, and the beans were runny. My family will not be returning to this place.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2014

We came back to Lopez Restaurante y Cantina again for the second time during our four day stay in Monterey. We cannot get authentic Mexican food where we live, so we returned for another fine meal. Janet provided polite service. You will not leave hungry!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2014

Lopez Restaurante y Cantina is off the beaten path in Monterey. It is the best Mexican food I have had in some time. I recommend the Camerones Rojo and A La Diabla Camerones which were perfectly seasoned along with garlic, peppers, and onions. Our server, Jackie recommended both dishes to us. She deserves kudos for the recommendations and for her cheerful attentive service.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2014

You may not travel to Monterey to get Mexican food but you should! This small family run place has great food and service. Try the Chicken Mole, one of the best I've ever had. It's off the beaten path as well which makes it a great find for those looking for something different.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Every one of our group of 14 remarked about the great food - dishes were served at one time, presentation was outstanding and wait staff very friendly and helpful. Kitchen output was impressive given the small space and 2+ chefs - there was a delay in serving the dinner which is understandable give the size of our group. A full bar service bridged the gap.

I highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2014

We love Mexican food. This is the best! Family run, authentic. If you love good food and you're in Monterrey, you should not miss this - and have a Margarita!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2014

We were traveling and hunted for Mexican. We found this place and while weren't sure about it on the way in, it turned out to be very good. The service was especially good, and everyone liked everything but for one dish. All in all,a nice surprise. I would go thee often if I lived nearby.

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1.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Food was marginal, wait staff TRIED, but didn't make it. Ambiance was that of a large barn.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2014

We ate here for dinner with a group of 10 adults and kids. The place is a hole in the wall, but the food is great.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2014

This is ok. The restaurant was virtually empty when we were there. The food was fine and the prices very moderate. Nothing fabulous about this place but nothing to complain about either. Standard Mexican at good prices.

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2.0Dined on August 17, 2013

The food has a bland tate and lacking Mexican flavor.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2013

It is not often you find a Mexican restaurant in a neighborhood that serves other than the typical stuff. But Lopez Restaurante y Cantina is one of those exceptions. We were looking for something quick but good on a late Sunday and followed a suggestion from Around Us and verified vy Open Table.

Menu selection was good. The food was really tasty and well prepared. Tamales and tacos were well above average to the point where we sent off recommendations to several friends who visit the area frequently.

Strong recommendation for this neighbor hood (not too far from downtown) restaurant..

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2013

We were in the mood for Mexican food while driving home one evening and found Lopez Restaurante y Cantina on Open Book. We decided to try it. We were immediately greeted and seated by a friendly gentlemen and asked what we would like to drink. The menu had a great deal of variety and family favorites. My chile relleno was the best I have ever had and the red sauce on my enchilada was delicious. We will definitely return and tell our friends.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2013

Really friendly and caring team. Went out of their way to ensure we were happy. The food was great.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2012

OK Mexican food, but nothing to write home about. The hostess was clueless about OpenTable, so the reservation was pointless. Fortunately, they had room for us. The dining room was dark and windowless; the fajitas ordered by a large group smoked up the whole room: there was poor air circulation. The server was friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2012

The food is really good, but the atomosphere could use some work. Better lighting would help a lot.

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