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68 Monterey Area Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

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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.

Restaurants:Passionfish, Ventana Grill, Fish Hopper
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Seafood, Latin American
Neighborhoods:Pacific Grove, Pismo Beach, Monterey
For 2 people today
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Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM

Passionfish

$$$$·Seafood·
Pacific Grove
4,675 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Near perfect food, so grateful for this restaurant.
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in California Central Coast
54 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Ventana Grill

$$$$·Latin American·
Pismo Beach
2,035 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Fabulous food and sunset!
95% recommended
Most Booked in California Central Coast
32 people mentioned the Fish Chip

Fish Hopper

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
2,300 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
The fish is very fresh and the side vegetables cooked just right. The sauce for the ahi tuna made with mangoes is delicious. Only downside for me was the lightning in the restauranRead more
87% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
50 people mentioned the Calamari

Anton & Michel Restaurant

$$$$·European·
Carmel
1,639 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
I gave several menus from restaurants we like to a visiting Australian uncle and he zeroed in on Anton & Michel. We enjoyed a fine meal and outstanding service. My wife's uncle aRead more
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in Monterey / Carmel
117 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Montrio Bistro

$$$$·Californian·
Monterey
3,244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Delicious food and craft cocktails, wonderful service, great ambiance! Slightly pricy but totally worth it! Unfortunately we aren’t local or we would be regulars, and this place isRead more
96% recommended
Californian in California Central Coast
130 people mentioned the Short Rib

Stella Mare's

$$$$·French·
Santa Barbara
870 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Wonderful inside dining ambiance whether in the white tablecloth dining room or the greenhouse dining room....staff is very accommodating and hospitable. Food was excellent...coq Read more
93% recommended
Best Service in Santa Barbara
19 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Tarpy's Roadhouse

$$$$·American·
Monterey
1,803 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Amazingly and consistently great. My prawns were to die for... served still sizzling. Everything was fresh and flavorful, the wait staff friendly, personable and quietly efficientRead more
94% recommended
American in California Central Coast
25 people mentioned the Calamari

Olio e Limone Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Barbara
1,269 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Salads are all delicious Angel hair pasta nice red sauce with a touch of heat
97% recommended
Best Food in California Central Coast
34 people mentioned the Duck Ravioli

Fandango

$$$$·European·
Pacific Grove
2,625 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Couldn't ask for more. Helluva date night.
89% recommended
Best Ambiance in Monterey / Carmel
139 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Loquita

$$$$·Spanish·
Santa Barbara
619 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Best Spanish restaurant in California!! Wonderful patio.
96% recommended
84 people mentioned the Paella
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Harbor Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Santa Barbara
550 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
25th anniversary. The food was okay. I thought it would be more unique because of the location and not something I could get at Red Lobster. Lights way too bright to enjoy the ocRead more
82% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
18 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point

$$$$·Californian·
Pacific Grove
2,549 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
All was good’
89% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
60 people mentioned the Early Bird Special

Casanova Restaurant Carmel

$$$$·Italian·
Carmel
696 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Flavorful toppings and sauces with beautiful presentation. Seasonal heirloom tomato appetizer and carmel apples were delicious. Ricotta ravioli in mushroom sauce is a mushroom loveRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in California Central Coast
25 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Wine Cask - Santa Barbara

$$$$·American·
Santa Barbara
906 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Love this restaurant. We tried the chef’s choice. They are all excellent except for the starter sashimi scallops, I think there is too much salt on the scallop which makes it tasteRead more
81% recommended
Notable Wine List in California Central Coast
11 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Santa Barbara
444 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The food and service is always excellent. Great value for your dollar.
91% recommended
Steakhouse in California Central Coast
13 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Blue Heron

$$$$·Californian·
Los Osos
151 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Brunch was wonderful. Eggs Benedict with special homemade bread , and the crispy pork belly omelette, were the dishes we shared. Outdoors on a beautiful day. Has a pet friendly Read more
95% recommended
8 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn

$$$$·American·
Santa Ynez Valley
817 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Our server Andrea Cantrell is outstanding! Very personal, makes our experience enjoyable. Although we are only in town once or twice a year she remembers our names and what cocktaRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
101 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Chuck's Waterfront Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Santa Barbara
349 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
Excellent as always. From the service to the food to the ambiance! Thank you!
84% recommended
Outdoor Dining in California Central Coast
5 people mentioned the Cioppino

Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

$$$$·Steakhouse·
San Luis Obispo
2,379 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Stealth like service
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in California Central Coast
118 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Oliver's

$$$$·Vegan·
Montecito
587 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Outstanding Food & Service... highly recommended for anyone, especially those on a strict Plant-Based diet.
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in California Central Coast
16 people mentioned the Pad Thai

PortaBella Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Carmel
641 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
My husband and I absolutely enjoyed our anniversary dinner with PortaBella! We were vacationing from Southern California and had researched restaurants prior to our arrival in ordeRead more
88% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Monterey / Carmel
23 people mentioned the Short Rib

Mama's Meatball

$$$$·Italian·
San Luis Obispo
715 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
I found this restrauant on Open Table. My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Upon arrival we were seated immediately. The server was helpful and made us feel Read more
97% recommended
Best Overall in San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
6 people mentioned the Calamari

Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

$$$$·Seafood·
Marina
509 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
Great service, to go along with a fantastic meal! Thank you!
88% recommended
Seafood in California Central Coast
22 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

milk & honey

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Santa Barbara
409 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
The staff were amazing and very knowledgeable. The food was amazing with the chicken flautas being our favourite. We would definitely go back when next in Santa Barbara.
94% recommended
12 people mentioned the Sweet Potato Fries
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Roy

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Barbara
261 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Bar Seating
Roy was a great surprise find. It was our anniversary and because we are early birds our reservation was at opening time 6pm. The restaurant is older and but the booths were veRead more
100% recommended
Best Service in California Central Coast
19 people mentioned the Chicken Marsala

Sardine Factory

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
3,309 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great experience for our 10 year anniversary. It was a splurge but worth it. Amazing food and staff. Very special night.
93% recommended
Seafood in California Central Coast
226 people mentioned the Abalone

Aly's Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Solvang
364 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
The traditional decore is welcoming and comfortable. The food is seasonal and locally grown. The preparation is flavorful and delicious. The wine is outstanding and made by the Read more
Fit for Foodies in California Central Coast
7 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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The Whaling Station Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Monterey
1,201 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Incredible service and food. We just had appetizers for dinner because they all sounded great. The prime rib egg rolls were off the charts and the ravioli was a labor of love. TRead more
91% recommended
Steakhouse in California Central Coast
92 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
1,386 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
We saw whales while having breakfast! Priceless. And the food was amazing. Try the croissant French toast.
86% recommended
Seafood in California Central Coast
40 people mentioned the Cioppino

Rio Grill

$$$$·Californian·
Carmel
1,431 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
We had the appetizer special crab cakes and butter lettuce salad with crispy quinoa and grapefruit to start. Both were fantastic. The blood orange-mimosa vinaigrette was fruity witRead more
93% recommended
Californian in California Central Coast
35 people mentioned the Skirt Steak

Oyster Loft

$$$$·Seafood·
Pismo Beach
1,959 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Great food. Lovely setting Good service.
96% recommended
Best Food in California Central Coast
41 people mentioned the Black Cod

Sea Venture

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pismo Beach
1,093 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for Anniversaries
We were somewhat surprised that this restaurant was in a hotel. Our server Mikala was phenomenal. She was funny and very attentive. The menu selections were excellent and the foRead more
86% recommended
Contemporary American in California Central Coast
27 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Arnoldi's Cafe

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Barbara
497 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
We go there every year for my Birthday Always great experience. Why do we not get points for this reservation thru Open Table???
93% recommended
Kid Friendly in California Central Coast
13 people mentioned the Gnocchi

SY Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Ynez Valley
1,484 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
My husband and I had a dinner reservation but decided to sit at the bar instead because it looked so inviting and fun. It was! The bartender was terrific and I had the delicious meRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
35 people mentioned the Octopus Salad

Convivo

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Barbara
729 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Excellent and unique dining experience. The food, service and ambiance was all fantastic. Would absolutely recommend! Try the grilled avocado!
89% recommended
Healthy in Santa Barbara
7 people mentioned the Focaccia

Barbareño

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Barbara
632 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Outstanding experience. The chicken and tri tip steak dishes were excellent. And the strawberry shortcake was. absolutely divine. Great ambiance, service and food ! Excellent.
95% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
52 people mentioned the Tri-tip
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Ciopinot

$$$$·Seafood·
San Luis Obispo
191 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Dinner for 9 business partners from different countries, the experience was perfect and they all enjoyed the evening.
93% recommended
15 people mentioned the Cioppino
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Cava Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Montecito
545 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
We stumbled across Cava Restaurant while visiting Montecito, and we were so happy that we did so! The food was excellent, and the setting was lovely. Each person in our party enjRead more
96% recommended
Kid Friendly in Santa Barbara
24 people mentioned the Paella

Il Cortile Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Paso Robles
2,221 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
You have the best Oso Bucco!
94% recommended
Italian in California Central Coast
53 people mentioned the Veal Chop
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Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Solvang
484 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
We had the most amazing dinner. It was for a friends birthday. Our server was Shaun and he was so helpful with choices of food and wine. He gave me two different wines to taste andRead more
93% recommended
Best Food in California Central Coast
10 people mentioned the Cioppino

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

$$$$·Californian·
Carmel
842 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Great experience, service, and food.
94% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
24 people mentioned the Abalone
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Barbara
249 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
So glad I took the plunge and ordered the Black Swan for dessert! Amazingly delicious and a showstopping presentation. Everything else was excellent.
89% recommended
Hot Spot in California Central Coast
5 people mentioned the Flat Bread

Vizcaino Waterfront Food + Drink

$$$$·Latin / Spanish·
Monterey
141 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
Service superb, food excellent but the views are like nothing else. Romantic beyond belief. I highly recommend this place!
85% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
2 people mentioned the Cioppino

Root 246 at Hotel Corque

$$$$·Californian·
Solvang
1,827 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
We had a wonderful experience at Root 246 for our bachelorette dinner! The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was just right! The only slight drawbaRead more
90% recommended
Healthy in California Central Coast
36 people mentioned the Short Rib

Domenico's on the Wharf

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
721 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Excellent food and service!
87% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
27 people mentioned the Calamari

Far Western Tavern

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Orcutt / Santa Maria
1,020 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
As usual the meat is superb... and cooked the way you want it (extra rare for us!), Rocky Mountain Oyster were tiny... maybe very young bull's???
94% recommended
Special Occasion in California Central Coast
22 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Mistura

$$$$·Peruvian·
San Luis Obispo
574 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This was our second visit. First time was for wife's birthday. Faantastic. Took a good friend this time. J.C. was our waiter. Treated us fantastically. Food was over the topRead more
91% recommended
Best Overall in San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
13 people mentioned the Short Rib

Apple Farm Restaurant

$$$$·American·
San Luis Obispo
638 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
Food was amazing. I had the turkey with pecan sage stuffing and my husband had the prime rib. Both of us left very full and definitely wanting to come back. The next morning we camRead more
Great for Brunch in California Central Coast
15 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Cambria Pines Lodge

$$$$·Organic·
Cambria
546 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
Both dinners were superb! We could choose any entree on the menu, including the specials. Our waitress was very professional!
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
43 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Willows at Chumash Casino

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Ynez Valley
422 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Our waiter, Justin, was awesome!!!! All of his recommendations on food choices were spot on. The food was amazing. We will definitely be back for another meal!!!!
95% recommended
Special Occasion in California Central Coast
6 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Chase Restaurant Bar & Grill

$$$$·Italian·
Santa Barbara
271 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Anniversaries
Visit to Santa Barbara. Found Chase Restaurant Bar and Grill on line....downtown location and what a fun dining experience. Locals and visitors alike. Food, wine, service all toRead more
Great for Lunch in California Central Coast
13 people mentioned the Chicken Piccata

Succulent Cafe

$$$$·American·
Solvang
498 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • People Watching
First time here for dinner (had come here for lunch before). Overall, it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend. The only issues we had came before we got there anRead more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Santa Ynez Valley
23 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Seventh & Dolores

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Carmel
475 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Service was impeccable,food was delicious, especially the burger and the scallops! Dessert was sublime
92% recommended
Steakhouse in California Central Coast
7 people mentioned the Calamari

Jane

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Barbara
797 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
It was great. I think Jane could use more options on the menu. Service was great
92% recommended
37 people mentioned the Coconut Cake
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Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro

$$$$·Californian·
Buellton
330 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Looking for nice option in town and this is a real gem. You need to know it is here on a dead end industrial street. Huge bar and wine selection. New ordered every starter for oRead more
92% recommended
11 people mentioned the Bacon Wrapped Dates
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Hitching Post II

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Buellton
3,940 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The food and wine is always good at The Hitching Post II. #sidewaysfest
87% recommended
Steakhouse in California Central Coast
132 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

$$$$·Spanish·
Monterey
282 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas
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.
84% recommended
45 people mentioned the Paella

The Gathering Table

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Ynez Valley
676 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
I would and have recommended this restaurant to many of our friends. The food is always superb, as is the service. We recently had a "Date night" there and were thrilled with the Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
18 people mentioned the Hamachi
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L'Escargot - Carmel

$$$$·French·
Carmel
771 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
Consistently good. Not great but service is a 5. Menu never changes so we’d like to see more specials nightly.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Monterey / Carmel
27 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Cantinetta Luca

$$$$·Italian·
Carmel
1,729 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Excellent Italian based food and service.
94% recommended
Best Food in Monterey / Carmel
35 people mentioned the Salami

Epsilon

$$$$·Greek·
Monterey
243 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The service is warm and friendly. The decor is lovely. You feel like you are in a taverna in Greece. The food is authentic and delicious with big portions. We've been several tRead more
88% recommended
16 people mentioned the Greek Salad

Granada Bistro

$$$$·Californian·
San Luis Obispo
541 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The cocktails were spectacular! We loved the environment & friendly staff. Add delicious food to that and you have the ingredients for a delightful evening.
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in California Central Coast
5 people mentioned the Avocado Toast

Cibo Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Monterey
362 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Outstanding food service and delicious food! It is difficult to find an authentic and accommodating Italian Restaurant with my husband and my food allergies. Edgar, our waiter was Read more
Hot Spot in California Central Coast
10 people mentioned the Calamari

La Dolce Vita

$$$$·Italian·
Carmel
7 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Cozy
Good food in what appears to be a family run operation. Service was attentive without being overbearing. The lamb shank was excellent.
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Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

$$$$·Organic·
Big Sur
562 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Great food, unobtrusive service, and a spectacular setting. Simply wonderful.
91% recommended
5 people mentioned the Abalone
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Smithy Kitchen+Bar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Barbara
330 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Love this place. We sat outside for cocktails and a light dinner before a show at the Granada. The ambience was fantastic, the service was very friendly And prompt, and the food waRead more
86% recommended
4 people mentioned the Korean Fried Chicken
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Les Marchands - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Santa Barbara
167 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
The Mgr was extremely nice and knowledgeable. Small pours on the white wine. The Brussel Sprouts were too sweet for a veggie. We will try it again.
94% recommended
15 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Favaloro's Big Night Bistro - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Grove
416 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Love the place. Great food. I come here when I come to Pacific Grove!
94% recommended
10 people mentioned the Fried Avocado
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