Monterey Coastal Cuisine

4.6
144 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Sushi, Seafood and Steaks on the corner of Main Street and the Monon Trail in Carmel's Arts and Design District.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 144 people are saying
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4.6
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HileyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Noisy and lively environment if you’re looking for drinks out. Sushi is fresh but lacks flavor. Dishes sounded interesting but final preparation was not tasty. We had high hopes for good coastal cuisine but just didn’t hit the mark. Would recommend sticking to fish entrées.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and great service

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vipACT1
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food - sushi & seafood were equally great. The beet salad was fabulous. And you can’t beat hot brownie dessert at the end. Service was great - my first visit but I will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

My first impression when checking in completely ruined my experience at this restaurant. When walking in to the restaurant, I spotted several empty tables outside, not in the bar outdoor area. I asked the hostess that I had a reservation, requesting to be seated outside since I have a child. The hostess told me that these are request and that their outdoor seatings are full. I pointed out to her that there were several tables open and she said it was reserved for a group of 7. This confuses me because she told me that outdoor is a request, yet I had a reservation, was there first and requested to be seated outside. Even thought it was early on the night, she never gave me a time when a table would be “available”. She then rudely said get the manager. The woman manger never introduced herself, never talked to me, just looked me up and down. I felt very discriminated and judge of how I looked and dress because I didn’t fit into their customers mold. After 10 minutes (standing there not being address fo while they seat several others) they finally “found” a table for us. It was the table that I saw walking in over 15 minutes ago that they said was not available. Even though our waitress and food was amazing, if you have these kind of people representing your working front. Good luck keeping your customer that look different from your regular customers. Carmel is becoming diverse and you might want to be more friendly to your paying customers.

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NancyH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food - sushi and Poke bowls. The crab grilled cheese was outstanding. My only issue was that the frittes were limp and greasy.

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vipRDH2
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall - quite good. Miso soup and sea weed salad are the best I’ve had in the Midwest. Sushi is among the best in Indy with a good selection of fish on the menu. Wine / alcohol prices are very high to comparable restaurants across the Indy area.

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vipElly
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We’ve bern to Monterey twice. Each time it was awesome.

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vipMLKIndyChick
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Eric was great! The host team was super efficient and friendly. The food was amazing. The presentation, timing and temperature was great. It is an open floor design with high ceilings. Thus, the noise level was very high. look forward to our next visit!

KC
KCD25
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, awesome food and drinks. Will visit again.

DR
vipDonnaR
Chicago
112 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Three of us met for dinner and conversation, which was facilitated when, upon request, the manager instantly turned down the piped music in the four-table room where we had been seated -- and every table cheered him. Our server was efficient, capable and had just the right level of friendliness and professionalism. The food was well prepared and the menu inviting. All in all an experience that lived up to this new restaurant's hype. We'll be back often.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight was our very first dining experience at Monterey CC. Absolutely lovely! We celebrated our many years wedding anniversary. Atmosphere is perfect, service outstanding and food divinely delicious. To find a great restaurant like this was a true gift!
We will be returning again soon! ♥️

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JasonF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time there and won't be our last! Sushi rolls were fresh and outstanding. The Krusty Krab roll was excellent! The Miso Butter Sea Bass was melt-in-your-mouth good.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We tried a variety of dishes and loved everything! Delicious cocktails as well!

MB
MichaelB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just mediocre and a bit overpriced given that.

BL
vipBeachLov3r
Indiana
40 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to dine there after hearing great things about it. Absolutely AMAZING food!!! Beautiful presentation and wonderful flavor combinations. I do wish they had a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but we got the Decoy Cab and that is always good. My salmon was the tastiest preparation I have ever had. Everyone in our group raved about the food. Of course, it is a gem of a location, too.

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WallaceG
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great fish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monterey is amazing

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vipNicole
Indiana
50 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and cool and happening vibe/atmosphere. Food was very good and wine selection was excellent. It definitely gets a little loud though so keep that in mind. Am looking forward to going back and trying it again.

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Carmeldiner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

EXTREMELY Noisy ! Large group next to us started doing shots and getting super rowdy, not what I expected at a upscale restaurant. Food was really good, and we'd come back for it... but probably just the two of us and sit at the bar; it's a double-date killer to have to shout at your dinner guests for basic conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waitress!! Cat? Kat?

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JeffreyN
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and amazing service!! The seafood is worth every penny.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Monterey! Relatively new to town and they’ve already become a favorite. We have not had a bad meal! The sea bass is exceptional, try it! We’ve had the Wagu burger (yummy!), the Halibut (my husband has had it twice ) the crab grilled cheese appetizer (with the calories) and the shrimp cocktail is fresh and has a great texture. Basically, if you like seafood, you’re going to love this place. Steaks and Burgers are good too! Service has been consistent and friendly. A welcome addition to the Carmel dining scene.

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lauram
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am in love with this restaurant. I've had Brittany as my server twice and she is excellent. The food quality is superior and the presentation is beautiful. The interior decor is stunning - subtle, chic and warm. Outside atmosphere is just as nice.

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ThomasD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and the food was outstanding! We had a knowledgeable waiter and the service was well timed. Definitely coming back again.

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vipdebram
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food and ambience!!

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Jan1
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our servers were very good. They knew the food and they came around just enough if we needed anything, but not so much to be annoying. The menu has plenty of offerings. The food was good. I was disappointed that healthier food was not an option. I would come much more frequently if the fish was wild caught. I assume since the fish is not wild caught, all the other food is full of pesticides and additives and not fresh as well. So this is not a place I would come with my husband or family as we would choose to eat at home or a restaurant with healthy options. I would come here only if my friends chose it. And if I were the friend choosing, I would steer away from Monterey...unless it was just for drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monterey proved to be an exceptional dining experience. Loved the atmosphere, and excellent service. Food and drink selections were outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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Doug
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful fresh and trendy ambience and great atmosphere for a business lunch meeting.

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AmyN
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance! This restaurant is a gem in downtown Carmel!

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EllieK
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, unique and flavorful sushi! Love the ambience. Love the experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service, environment, food all A+. Would highly recommend for any occasion. You get all of that at a much more reasonable price than some other establishments in the same area.

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vipMommaZ23
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside which is a nice setup in a great location along the Monon. Very attentive staff, great sushi and Salmon dish. So many choices we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The restaurant smelled like bad fish when we walked in…we should have left, but we heard good things about the place so we decided to stay. The sea bass was mediocre and the scallops were inedible. We won’t go back.

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vipcdjenks
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was fabulous and staff was amazing

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vipRandalH
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First the good. Service provided by the wait staff was very good. The ambience was very cool and the place looks great. Quite a change from the previous Scottys Brewhouse. The entrees were very good, served at the right temperature, and tasted great.

The not so good. Our calamari appetizer was overcooked and dry. The temperature in the restaurant, or at least where we were seated near the windows, was hot and stuffy. At first I thought it was me. But when both my 21 and 15 year old started complaining, it was confirmed. It was so uncomfortable, I couldn’t get out fast enough.

What really was disappointing was that it was my daughters 21st bday and the restaurant didn’t even offer her a free drink. I added that notification in my reservation and told the server.

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vipindyshell
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Unfortunately our 2nd experience at Monterey was not as wonderful as our first. Our waiter (Stryker) was un-attentive and short with our party (now granted we did have a larger group so I'm sure that was overwhelming but he also had the opportunity to make a very large tip had his services met our expectation). The jalapeño paloma was by far the star of the evening -- refreshing with just the perfect amount of heat. I wish it hadn't taken 40 minutes and three reminders to receive my drink as I would have enjoyed a second! As far as food goes, unfortunately my Ahi Tuna entree was overcooked. My friends however did enjoy their salads and the Salmon entree. Overall I certainly will return but perhaps with a much smaller party.

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vipValerieH
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Dinner with 2 sons celebrating one birthday

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TerryW
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we were very please. The décor was very nice and comfortable. Service and food was very good as well. Will return.

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vipSteven
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fish was excellent. Server was great
The front section feels a little closed off

JS
JeffS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow.

FAQs

Monterey Coastal Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 853-2280.

Monterey Coastal Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 144 OpenTable diners.

Monterey Coastal Cuisine does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://giftcard.rezku.com/119b0a02-4edb-4b4f-89dc-b68090815e7b/personalize.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.