Monterey Institute of International Studies

Places to Eat

The Monterey Bay has a plethora of dining options available to suit every taste.

Dining in Monterey

Whether you are a fan of traditional Japanese Cuisine, prefer American fare, or are looking for some tasty vegetarian options you can find a good representation of restaurants in the area below. If you don't see your favorite place to eat on this page email us at student.services@miis.edu and let us know what we've missed!

Restaurants are organized by location, i.e, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Seaside & Marina, and Big Sur.

You can also check out Yelp or the See Monterey website for more suggestions on fun dining options!

 

Monterey

Ambrosia Indian Bistro

565 Abrego St., Monterey
831-641-0610
(Best local Indian food, great lunch buffet until 2pm daily.  Nice outdoor patio)

Amir's Kabob House

794 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-642-0231
Website
(Afghani)

The Bagel Bakery

452 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-372-5242

Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant

444 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-656-9543
(Trivia night & karaoke every week)

Cafe Fina

47 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
831-372-5200
Website
(Seafood)

Cafe Lumiere

365 Calle Principal, Monterey
831-920-2451
Website
(Located inside the Osio Movie Theatre. Great coffee, popular MIIS student study space, and awesome lunch specials.)

California Pizza Kitchen

1100 Del Monte Center, Monterey
831-375-4975
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(restaurant chain serving creative pizzas)

Captain Bullwacker's Restaurant & Patio Pub

653 Cannery Row, Monterey
831-373-1353

Chef Lee's Mandarin House

2031 Fremont, Monterey
831-375-9551
(Chinese)

Chipotle Mexican Grill

500 Del Monte Center, Monterey
831-641-9353
Website
(restaurant chain, fresh Mexican fast food)

Chong's Szechwan Restaurant

485 Tyler St, Monterey
831-373-5153

Cibo Ristorante Italiano

301 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-649-8151
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(jazz bands some evenings)

The Crown & Anchor

150 W. Franklin St, Monterey
831-646-6496
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(Pub)

Duffy's Tavern & Family Restaurant

282 High St, Monterey
831-644-9811

East Village Coffee Lounge

498 Washington St, Monterey
831-373-5601
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(Open mic & live music nights. Outdoor seating available.)

El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

600 Cannery Row, Monterey
831-373-0611
Website
(happy hours with half price food)

Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant

422 Tyler St, Monterey
831-655-8108
Website
(elegant, generous portions)

Esteban Restaurant

700 Munras Ave, Monterey
831-375-0176
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(Spanish/Basque tapas)

Full Moon Mandarin Cuisine

429 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-333-1288
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Gianni's Pizza

725 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-649-1500
Website
(great gelatos, huge calzones)

Indian Summer

220 Oliver St, Monterey
831.372.4744
(Full bar, hookah, and dancing)

International Market & Deli

580 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-375-9451

Koko's Cafe

419 Alvarado St., Monterey
831-375-3777
Website 
(Mediterranean food. Offers 10% discount for MIIS students.)

La Sala's Bi-Rite Market & Deli

250 Casa Verde Way, Monterey
831-372-6824

Lallapalooza Restaurant

474 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-645-9036
Website
(great martinis)

Maha's Lebanese Cuisine

470 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-372-8999

Monterey's Fish House

2114 Del Monte Ave, Monterey
831-373-4647

The Mucky Duck

479 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-655-3031
Website
(Bar & music venue)

Ocean Sushi Deli

165 Webster St, Monterey
831-645-9876
Website

Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
831-375-4604
Website
(try the clam chowder in a sourdough bowl)

Old Monterey Cafe

489 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-646-1021
Website
(small, popular, friendly atmosphere)

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

1200 Del Monte Center, Monterey
831-375-0143
Website
(restaurant chain)

Papa Chano's

462 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-646-9587
(Mexican fast food)

Paris Bakery Cafe

271 Bonifacio Pl, Monterey
831-646-1620
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Parker-Lusseau Pastries

539 Hartnell St, Monterey
831-641-9188

731 Munras Ave #C, Monterey
831-643-0300

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Pelican Pizza

522 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-649-4040

Persian Grill

675 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-372-3720

Peter B's Brewpub & Restaurant

2 Portola Plaza, Monterey
831-649-2699
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Petra Cafe

435 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-646-2080

Pizza My Heart

660 Del Monte Center, Monterey
831-656-9400
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Plumes Coffee House

400 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-373-4526

Rosine's Restaurant

434 Alvarado St, Monterey
831-375-1400
Website
(popular with locals, great desserts!)

Sandbar & Grill

9 Fishermans Wharf (Municipal Wharf #2), Monterey
831-373-2818
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(good prices)

Santa Lucia Cafe

484 Washington St, Monterey
831-333-1111
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(German and Italian)

Siamese Bay Restaurant

131 Webster St, Monterey
831-373-1550
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Starbucks

316 Alvarado Street, Monterey
831-646-1182

711 Cannery Row, Monterey
831-656-9531

492 Del Monte Ctr, Monterey
831-642-0736

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Subway Sandwiches & Salads

195 W. Franklin St, Monterey
831-655-2613

791 Foam St, Monterey
831-655-1141

2440 Fremont St, Monterey
831-655-2613

640 Del Monte Center, Monterey
831-655-1720

296 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-333-1629

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Taqueria del Mar

530 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-372-7887

Taqueria del Mar

530 Lighthouse, Monterey, 372-7887

Tarpy's Roadhouse

2999 Salinas Hwy #1 (Highway 68 at Canyon Del Rey), Monterey
831-647-1444
Website
(California cuisine: fancy salads, sandwiches, pasta, catering, banquets, etc.)

Trailside Cafe & Coffee House

550 Wave St, Monterey
831-649-8600
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Troia's Market

350 Pacific St, Monterey
831-375-9810
(Freshly made sandwiches, meats, and cheeses. Also sells some Japanese snacks)

Turtle Bay Taqueria

431 Tyler St, Monterey
831-333-1500
Website
(try the bowls!)

Pacific Grove

17th Street Grill

617 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
831-373-5474
(wraps, hamburgers, and milkshakes)

Crystal Fish

514 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
831-649-3474
Website
(sushi bar & restaurant)

Fifi's Bistro Café

1188 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, 372-5325 (mainly French cuisine)

First Awakenings

125 Ocean View Blvd #105, Pacific Grove, 372-1125 (unique brunch entrees)

The Fishwife

789 Trinity, Seaside, 394-2027; 1996 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, 375-7107

Joe Rombi's La Mia Cucina

208 17th, Pacific Grove, 373-2416

Matteo's Deli Café

1180 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, 333-1035

Michael's Grill & Taqueria

197 Country Club Gate, Pacific Grove, 647-8654; 265 Reservation Rd., Marina, 884-2568; 1800 NOche Buena Street, Seaside, 394-7910

Pacific Thai Cuisine

663 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, 646-8424 (Located downtown PG.  Authentic Thai food, delicious!)

Passionfish

701 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, 655-3311 (seafood/California cuisine)

Peppers Mexicali Cafe

170 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, 373-6892 (Mexican, Latin American)

Petra Restaurant

477 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
831-649-2530

Pizza My Way

1157 Forest Ave. #D, Pacific Grove, 643-1111

Red House Cafe

662 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, 643-1060 (Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Located in a historic Victorian house in the heart of down town PG.)

Takara Sushi

218 17th, Pacific Grove, 655-2730

Thai Bistro II

159 Central, Pacific Grove, 372-8700

Toasties

Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, 373-7543 (great breakfast!)

Vivoli's Chowder House

127 Central, Pacific Grove, 372-5414

The Works

667 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, 372-2242

Zócalo

162 Fountain Avenue, Pacific Grove, 373-7911

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Em Le's Old Carmel Restaurant

Dolores between 5th & 6th, Carmel, 325-6780 (Second oldest restaurant in Carmel. Known as the "Jewel of Carmel")

The Forge in the Forest

Junipero Avenue and 5th, Carmel, 624-2233 (Nice outdoor pet-friendly seating, they even have a special menu for dogs!)

Jack London's Bar & Grill

Dolores St and 5th, Carmel, 624-2336

Lugano Swiss Cafe

3670 The Barnyard, Carmel, 626-3779 (great atmosphere and fondue)

Rio Grill

101 The Crossroads (Hwy 1 & Rio Rd), Carmel, 625-5436 (Pricey but popular)

Robata Grill and Sake Bar

3658 The Barnyard, Carmel, 624-2643 (pricey, but good Japanese food

Tommy's Wok

Mission Street & Ocean Ave, Carmel, 624-8518 (Tiny restaurant, but amazing food!)

Seaside & Marina

Baan Thai

1760 Freemont, Seaside, 394-2996

The Breakfast Club

1130 Fremont Ave, Seaside, 394-3238 (giant, hearty breakfasts)

El Migueleño

1066 Broadway Ave, Seaside, 899-2199

Ferdi's Creole Restaurant

740 Broadway, Seaside, 394-2244 - (Creole Cajun cuisine)

Ichi-Riki Japanese Restaurant

1603 Del Monte, Seaside, 394-7733

Noodle Bar Restaurant

1944 Fremont St, Seaside, 392-0210 

Pho King

1153 Fremont, Seaside, 899-1424 (Vietnamese)

Starbucks

2370 Fremont St, Seaside
831-372-9344

1504 Canyon del Rey Blvd, Seaside
831-393-1835

2160 California Ave, Sand City
831-394-1236

441 Canyon del Rey Blvd, Del Rey Oaks
831-392-1109

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Big Sur

Nepenthe

48510 Highway 1, 29 miles south of Carmel in Big Sur, 667-2345 (Breath taking views, great for outdoor seating)