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Alvarado On Main - Salinas, Salinas, CA

Alvarado On Main - Salinas

4.5
4.5
25 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Alvarado on Main is an art deco styled restaurant will revitalize the elegant feel of the 1930s in the center of beautiful Oldtown Salinas. Within its walls, a modern sense of craft beer will be combined with a concentration on fresh and local cuisine that speaks to the Salinas Valley.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 356-0219

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 25 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Hot spot

  • California Central Coast

    Neighborhood gem

  • California Central Coast

    Lively

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Ambiance

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for groups

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Hot spot

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Neighborhood gem

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Lively

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  1. MS

    MelissaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and service was good. Overall, an enjoyable experience.
  2. f

    franks

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    As always the food was amazing the service was amazing but I don't understand why you put 3 drunken monkeys on the table next to us that were not ordering any food or drinks and were screaming at the TV it ruined the ambience Your menu says that you have the right to throw people out for being Ridiculous and these guys were they should have been tossed
  3. NB

    NolanB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Great looking place. Friendly and attentive staff. I ordered the Surf & Turf. Steak was bit bland. The shrimp and lobster claw were very cold. My sisters portobello burger was tough and rubbery. My wife’s “smash burger” was delicious and she was very happy with it. My brother in-laws Alvarado cheeseburger was also very good.
  4. A

    Andrew

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Firstly, I want to say I go to the Monterey branch quite often and have had good experiences in recent times. Came to the Salinas branch for a quick birthday lunch. I got there a little early, even though I placed a reservation, because I wanted to ask if they do anything for birthdays. They said they can do something small like a candle next to a small glass of beer. That's totally fine! We are very easy to please, plus it was something spontaneous and last minute. Though there was a lot of room, I was sat next to two very obnoxious lawyers who were honestly speaking too loudly about some very private cases. This isn't the restaurants fault, just dang, if you are reading this and you have a lawyer in Salinas regarding a case about your health insurance policy, make sure to ask your lawyer to quiet down because I swear I now know your entire health history. And believe me, it wasn't pleasant... So I asked to move to a larger table and the staff were very accommodating. We order and get the food, but man, I don't recall the food being that expensive compared to Monterey. Not only that, the birthday surprise never came. I'm still a fan of Alvarado, but I wanted to note this because it's the second time on Open Table that a request was never received by staff. I think Open Table needs to review its processes in asking customers to place notes when making reservations if it never gets to the staff anyway.
  5. TB

    TBird

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place to enjoy friends, food and drinks
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and had a great meal with my wife.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Needs bigger food selection everything else was amazing
  8. CM

    CalvinM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good we had the Lobster and Shrimp roll. You get two rolls per order. My only complaint was the roll looked like a hotdog bun and a sandwich roll. Overall I really enjoyed the meal.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Good for a quick drink or two in their very well furnished establishment.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was casual. Servers were very attentive. Food was very good and was prepared quickly. Good selection of beer and other spirits. Great experience!
  11. LC

    LizbethC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Costumer service was not great. I don’t think it’s right to get kick out from a restaurant and this being my first time was so disappointing. Definitely not coming here again. Will not recommend this place. What kind of service is this when we’re still eating and drinking and we get kicked out.
  12. NP

    NickiP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    We were asked to leave before we were finished because they had the table booked for other guests. Even though we had reservations to begin with.
  13. NG

    NatassiaG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were awesome. Especially desserts. Loved the decor and vibe. Will go again!. Service was outstanding. We were late for our reservation but they got us in no problem. Will be returning and recommending to others.
  14. KC

    KristyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. The service was prompt and our server (Megan) was phenomenal! She gave us great menu recommendations, was super friendly, checked on us often (but not too often) and all around made our experience amazing. The food was delicious. We can’t wait to come back & try the dinner menu!
  15. DO

    DOMINICU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I had one thing to mention, it would be the noise level. It was relatively loud and our server was on the soft spoken side. So it just made hearing her, specifically, a little difficult. Other than that, everything was excellent.
  16. P

    Partyof5

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Table of 5 celebrating a birthday here, but we were not made aware of the 2 hour dining limit until it was time to order dessert and told that we were out of time. Didn't get to do a birthday round of desserts or drinks for our brother and seems kind of silly to make a table that was trying to spend more money with you leave before their meal was even completed. Now it makes sense why they kept trying to clear our plates even when there was food still left on it. The Crispy Cauliflower appetizer as well as the Pig and Fig Pizza were incredible and definitely the stars of the show. We also each ordered an entrée (2x Surf & Turf Frites, Al Pastor Tacos, Fried Rock Fish Tacos, Spicy Southern Fried Chicken plus an additional entrée to share (Lobster & Shrimp Roll). They were fine, but nothing to write home about. We all had cocktails as well as beers and they were good as always. Would I come again? Maybe to sit at the bar and just have appetizers, but I would not come back with a large group or to celebrate a special occasion based on the way service ended which is a shame because the space is very cute and the atmosphere was lively.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    Waiter told us all about an appetizer not on menu. Then he said oh, that’s at dinner. We ordered veg tacos. He came back to say they were out. This was 12:45. They have a small menu. I hope they can step up to the Plaza ASB standards.
  18. v

    vdel79

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy this place is opened up I. Our lovely town
  19. S

    Starbuck

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Only issue we had was a server that was taking our unfinished plates without asking. Everything else was great
  20. KB

    KristiB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great addition to Old Town Salinas. The burgers were delicious. Mai Tai and Lemon Drop were good. Excellent service. Definitely make reservations.
  21. C

    Camila

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Well, we were running a bit late. And asked for a little extra time. The person on the phone made it sound like it was not possible. We get there and it's not super busy. Then we get seated. And asked like 500 times if we were ready to order. Then we finally order, and there is an emergency we get kicked out. They told us, that since we didn't finish our beer it was not required that we pay. I mean seriously? Our whole meal should have been free. For the inconvenience!!! We drove 1 hour to go this this place.

    Alvarado On Main - SalinasResponded on December 7, 2022Dear Camila, We have taken this feedback to our distribution team so we can make sure we get our new releases to all of our locations when we say they are going to be there. The emergency was definitely unprecedented, and we apologize if you did not feel properly compensated. If you felt rushed off or inconvenienced, I assure you it was in an effort to empty the building as quickly as possible, not ruin your experience. Thank you for writing to us and we will continue to work to be better.

  22. MI

    MICHAELE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We did have to wait quite a while for the main course, but that was to be expected as it was new. We found the size of the menu writing a bit small and the lights a bit low for reading it.
  23. AC

    AliciaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place! Looking forward to coming back. Great cocktails, and their pizzas are my absolute favorite!
  24. WH

    WendyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a great addition to downtown Salinas! It’s a great space with a massive bar serving house brews and good food. The size of the space leads to some louder acoustics, but not so bad that you have to shout at each other. Definitely a place to check out.
  25. TM

    TomM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a really fun evening. Beautiful spot with a very nice selection of both food and beverage. As an appetizer you have to try the cauliflower and brocolli. Incredible.

FAQs

Alvarado On Main - Salinas is rated 4.5 stars by 25 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Alvarado On Main - Salinas

301 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-2700

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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