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68 Monterey Area Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

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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46 Restaurants
Updated February 06, 2019
Restaurants:Passionfish, Ventana Grill, Fish Hopper
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Latin American
Neighborhoods:Pacific Grove, Pismo Beach, Monterey
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Passionfish

$$$$
Seafood
Pacific Grove
4.6
6276 reviews
Delicious food with unique flavoring. excellent service. Friendly

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Ventana Grill

$$$$
Latin American
Pismo Beach
4.3
2672 reviews
Hands down the best Mexican food in Pismo for any occasion. Cocktails and food on point, not to mention great service! Jasmine has such a beautiful and welcoming disposition to make your dining experience complete. Definitely a must visit for anyone looking for perfect views, fancy cocktails, flavorful food and amazing service!

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Fish Hopper

$$$$
Seafood
Monterey
4.3
3178 reviews
Celebrated wife’s birthday. Was wonderful. Had end table overlooking the bay, as requested. 5 Star service from Emily. Restaurant Manager visited our table to check on us. Salmon was phenomenal. Birthday dessert, chocolate bread pudding and ice cream was terrific as well as the key lime pie we shared. This is definitely THE restaurant that has to be experienced in Monterey.

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Anton & Michel Restaurant

$$$$
Californian
Carmel
4.6
2582 reviews
Nice servers and food was excellent! Loved the truffle fries.

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Montrio

$$$$
Californian
Monterey
4.5
3727 reviews
It was a Tuesday night, so not too busy. Great food and the service was excellent. A little expensive, but what restaurant isn't. Definitely recommend.

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Stella Mare's

$$$$
French
Santa Barbara
4.7
1683 reviews
As usual, a wonderful time in a beautiful spot with fabulous food and service. Should have gotten our server’s name, but he was great— funny. charming and attentive, and we had fun speaking English, French, Italian and Spanish with him. Everyone on the staff was outstanding. A delightful lunch with my wife and two of my favorite friends from long ago. We love Stella Mare’s— our favorite SB restaurant.

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Tarpy's Roadhouse

$$$$
American
Monterey
4.6
3051 reviews
Food is excellent and service is prompt ☺️ very nice hospitality! Had a awesome birthday dinner with family.

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Olio e Limone Ristorante

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.6
2099 reviews
Everything was perfect our waiter was great thank you

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Fandango

$$$$
European
Pacific Grove
4.6
3328 reviews
Last evening was a very Special Occasion -- and Fandango was the perfect choice for cuisine, ambiance, service -- and they even let the honored guest have her little Service Dog on her lap!

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Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point

$$$$
Californian
Pacific Grove
4.4
3546 reviews
Everything was excellent except the music way to loud making it difficult to converse with our friends who we haven’t seen in 4 years.

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Casanova Restaurant Carmel

$$$$
Italian
Carmel
4.5
1618 reviews
Food and service was fantastic as always. We visit Casanova each time we are in Carmel.

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Intermezzo By Wine Cask

$$$$
Californian
Santa Barbara
4.8
1350 reviews
Another birthday dinner for a friend… Intermezzo always delivers! Panzanella Salad was amazing and the Oysters Rockefeller were delicious. Can’t say enough about this place. Food, service and ambiance really are all great!

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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

$$$$
Steakhouse
Santa Barbara
4.6
578 reviews
Wonderful. Food was great. Service great. So nice to be outside and feeling part of the downtown vibe on a relatively quiet evening. My out of town guests loved it.

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Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn

$$$$
American
Santa Ynez Valley
4.9
967 reviews
Outstanding!

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

$$$$
Steakhouse
San Luis Obispo
4.7
3469 reviews
It's worth the two hour drive for the experience. We didn't stay at the hotel so we appreciated the fact of being able to eat despite not having a reservation. The service was AMAZING, my water glass was never below 3/4 full. The table was clean and everything was done in a timely manner. The cocktails were FANTASTIC. This was definitely a bucket list item.

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Oliver's

$$$$
Vegan
Montecito
4.8
1426 reviews
Fantastic experience at Oliver's! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. We loved the gorgeous outdoor seating. Perfect for our anniversary and we hope to be back one day!

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PortaBella Restaurant

$$$$
French
Carmel
4.6
1143 reviews
Loved the champagne toast for our anniversary! Thank you so much—loved it!

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Mama's Meatball

$$$$
Italian
San Luis Obispo
4.5
891 reviews
Fantastic food, service was outstanding. Definitely going back

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Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

$$$$
Seafood
Marina
4.3
972 reviews
Friends from out of state visiting Live this dog friendly beautiful location Food was excellent including doggie menu

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Roy

$$$$
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
4.7
363 reviews
Every item we ordered was perfectly prepared. We had a party of 7 and the food came out all together and was hot! Every staff member was incredibly busy but remained pleasant & professional. It was a leisurely dining experience with a cozy atmosphere. Afterward, Roy came out to greet us and check how we enjoyed our experience. Outstanding way to celebrate our daughter and her fiancé’s engagement!

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Sardine Factory

$$$$
Seafood
Monterey
4.5
4116 reviews
Our server was Rachel, and she was fantastic. She was friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. She was friendly and attentive. This was our first visit, and we had a great experience. The wine list was comprehensive, and covered all of the regions, and had wines I don't usually see on restaurant wine lists. The sommelier (unfortunately I did not get his name) was very helpful with selection of wine (I am very happy to see that there was a selection from Herman Story Winery).

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The Whaling Station Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
Monterey
4.6
1917 reviews
Food choice and preparation was excellent. Kate, our server, was wonderful and efficient, and made our anniversary celebration one to remember.

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Schooners Monterey

$$$$
Californian
Monterey
4.5
2446 reviews
Highly recommend! Delish food, great service, super view.

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Rio Grill

$$$$
Californian
Carmel
4.5
2192 reviews
Salmon BLT was delicious with a tomato chile aioli on the bun. Bacon was prime! It was paired with an orange flavored Hefeweizen from San Luis Obispo that tasted really good. The barramundi on a bed of spinach with chick peas was moist and tender. The Rio Grill is always a winner!!!

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Oyster Loft

$$$$
Seafood
Pismo Beach
4.7
2941 reviews
Food great, service great and so noisy outside from 2 groups of tables. Ruined our anniversary dinner, management should take control, otherwise it was like a pizza restaurant on game day, unsatisfactory!

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Sea Venture

$$$$
Contemporary American
Pismo Beach
4.5
1869 reviews
Had a wonderful time while my cousin was visiting. And, as usual, our server, Chris, was outstanding. The best!

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Arnoldi's Cafe

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.5
659 reviews
Always fun and consistent!

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SY Kitchen

$$$$
Italian
Santa Ynez Valley
4.8
2876 reviews
Visiting from out of town…so this is our first visit. Enjoyed Panzanella Heirloom Tomatoes Burrata …. Amazing!!! Fresh, flavors of the minute… so delicious. Artichoke with Moroccan spices& parmessan… yum… tagliatelle with lamb bolognese… a bit of lead in to fall- a yummy light (!?!) flovir punch. And I think I fell in love all over again with broccolini.. but it all paled … orders dessert , you know, just because you need to TRY it… we were feeling like chocolate would be too much… but curiousity and abandon … PISTACHIO CRÈME BRÛLÉE… glad the lights were dim… pale green—- avocado / pea purée color with brown nutty crust…but OMG flavor bomb… go all in!!!

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Convivo

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.5
1579 reviews
The lemon seafood pasta was excellent and my wife had the rib eye that was cooked to perfection. My affogatto dessert capped off the perfect meal. The ambience of sitting outside at night with the perfect SB weather made the meal memorable. Max our waiter was prompt with service and made good recommendations for food choices. Definitely will return next visit to SB.

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Barbareño

$$$$
Californian
Santa Barbara
4.7
1287 reviews
Wonderful experience. Server was very knowledgeable, never intrusive, always helpful and polite. Ambiance was perfect for good company and conversation. Food was both fun and refined. The cod was fabulous and the dessert and vermouth flight at the end was just a straight-up sublime to a great meal. Highly recommend.

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Il Cortile Ristorante

$$$$
Italian
Paso Robles
4.6
3347 reviews
Especially loved their extensive wine list. Very generous pours! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria

$$$$
Italian
Solvang
4.8
1025 reviews
If your going to Solvang, make sure to eat dinner at Leonardo .the food was delicious, we tried the pizza , pasta and the special of the day seafood stew.the atmosphere inside is very nice, the drinks are excellent and the waiters are very good. Don’t forget dessert. Cheers

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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

$$$$
Californian
Carmel
4.8
1248 reviews
Excellent service / staff / dinner

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Goat Tree Restaurant

$$$$
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
4.5
420 reviews
Huge portions of high quality food! Beautiful patio and our server was fantastic and hard working! Sadly, she was assigned too many table so overall service suffered...not her fault! Love this relaxing and beautiful spot for lunch!

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Takeout available
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Tides Waterfront Kitchen

$$$$
Latin / Spanish
Monterey
3.4
89 reviews
Foods were really good! Always my go to place for by the sea relaxing dinner

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Domenico's on the Wharf

$$$$
Seafood
Monterey
4.2
1323 reviews
Leah was our wait person— she was pleasant, fun, professional. I had the sole — so delicious! My dining partners had the mixed seafood grill, sandman’s, lobster ravioli. We shared crab cakes to start. Cheesecake and Crème brûlée to share. Cocktails and a bottle of Morgan Pinot. Table on the water. THE BEST!! Sooo good.

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Far Western Tavern

$$$$
Steakhouse
Orcutt / Santa Maria
4.7
1042 reviews
We ended up eating in the bar and it was great. we got there early so they offered the bar. the service was the best. the staff was so friendly and very helpful. The food was excellent and flavorful. We will be back..

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Mistura

$$$$
Peruvian
San Luis Obispo
4.7
1194 reviews
Myself and my guest had an amazing time at Mistura. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the presentation of the restaurant but most of all the food was amazing. Hot, fresh, and very tasty. I brought a bottle of wine for us to enjoy with dinner and the corkage fee was priced in line with other local restaurants. Overall great experience and will be back again.

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Willows at Chumash Casino

$$$$
Contemporary American
Santa Ynez Valley
4.8
1028 reviews
We both had the Prime Filet Medallions & Diver Scallops with Garlic Whipped Potatoes(instead of Pesto Potatoes) & Heirloom Carrots at $67 per plate. It was cooked great & the flavor was great but at the price I thought it was high by about $20 a plate, just my opinion. At this time this is the only restaurant open at the Chumash Casino & Hotel so it is food court or Grain & Gourds a coffee fast food. We would try again if this is the only restaurant available to eat at. Before Covid 19 the food choices were Willows(dinner only), a Buffet(11am - 11pm), a cafe(7am - 3pm), Grains & Gourds & a food court.

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Chase Restaurant

$$$$
Italian
Santa Barbara
4.3
618 reviews
Delicious food at a reasonable price . This was our first time there while visiting our daughter in Santa Barbara. We all had pasta dishes that were delicious and large portions to give us lunch for the next day . Our server was attentive and knowledgeable regarding the wines. We will be back!

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Hitching Post II

$$$$
Steakhouse
Buellton
4.6
4526 reviews
Always outstanding.

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Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

$$$$
Spanish
Monterey
4.5
604 reviews
Fabulous meal and cocktails!!

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L'Escargot - Carmel

$$$$
French
Carmel
4.7
976 reviews
Quaint little eatery tucked away in a house in Carmel. Very charming ambiance. The service and good were great! Would highly reccommend.

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Cantinetta Luca

$$$$
Italian
Carmel
4.5
2130 reviews
We got seated at our preferred table, and the food was incredible. We were welcomed back as the staffed noticed we were repeat customers.

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Granada Bistro

$$$$
Californian
San Luis Obispo
4.8
966 reviews
Great meal, excellent service. And the setting out front on the patio was perfect!!

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Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

$$$$
Organic
Big Sur
4.6
652 reviews
Each time I visit Sierra Mar and Post Ranch overall exceed expectations -- tastes, smells, sounds, views, ... This place stimulates and awakens all the senses!

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