Monterey dining with 2-1/2 year old
My family is going to Monterey for a few days early in January. What is a good and family friendly reastaurant. We love all kinds of food. My grandson (2-1/2) is very well behaved, but we usually go to restaurants with fast service, so we don't tempt fate...
India Clay Oven 150 Del Monte Ave (on the second floor of a parking structure) has a buffet that is very child friendly. Spicy and very mild foods. The nan (flat bread), yoghurt dishes and tandoori chicken are very preschool friendly. No one gets upset if someone is a tad boisterous.
Noo....Actually, while I've been known to have a drink at El Torito (great view, though the view from the dining room is better than the view from the bar area), you can do *much* MUCH better than either El Torio or Bubba Gump's! Indeed, neither one of those will be particularly fast if crowded, nor will they be all that inexpensive!! (and as for the food....well, not a chowish choice).
Here is a recent thread with mostly lunch recommendations, but several of the choices would also be good for dinner:
In addition to these recs:
The aquarium cafe is more than decent if Bubba Gump's is the scale. Also check out London Bridge Pub (near LouLou's mentioned in the above thread, another good choice for breakfast or lunch) for decent fish and chips and burgers, fast and friendly service and reasonable prices. And the adults can get Guiness and a number of other beers on tap. There is (heated) outdoor seating at London Bridge, which is nice with a child.
The Sea Harvest in Carmel, in the Rio Road Shopping Center at the intersection of Rio Road and Highway One, has gotten good reports and also has outdoor seating. You'll see children there. A good choice for dinner, or lunch after hiking at Point Lobos (Which you should definitely not miss).
I think I was the one who gave the positive report on Abolonetti's, also mentioned in the above thread. Others have been less enthusiastic, but I would definitely return. Service is fast (at tables, getting drinks was an issue for us). They do take reservations, which will help avoid a wait.
You'll see kids at Passionfish in Pacific Grove, and while the service isn't the fastest, it is reasonably paced, and well worth it with a well-behaved kid, for delicious food and a wonderful wine list. Be sure to make a reservation if you go on a weekend.
Here is another link:
with a mention of the Sandbar, which is right next to LouLou's on the Wharf II (see link for description of location, and note that parking is usually easy right on the Wharf at the long term meters), athat makes it sound like a good choice with children. Good mention of a decent Thai place in the same link.