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Feb 11, 2009 07:36 PM

Opinion on a few Monterey area restaurants please?

Hi fellow Chowhounders I was wondering if anyone could give me any insight on the following restaurants. We are heading to Monterey/Carmel in a week and I definitely am going to Passionfish but thought that one of the below might be a good spot.

1. 1 Pacific's Edge at the Hyatt
2. Dos Amigos
3. Clint Eastwoods spot (Mission Ranch)
4. Flahetry Oyster Bar
5. Hola Mexican Restaurant in Carmel

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Pacific's Edge: High end and gets mixed reviews. We have eaten here several times and have not been disappointed. Check their site for menu/wine list to avoid cardiac arrest...pricey.

    Mission Ranch: Well done basic food and fun piano bar. Sunday Jazz brunch is fun and popular. Indoor/outdoor dining, weather permitting. Check their site for menus. Not open for lunch and only open Sun. for brunch, but serve dinner each evening.

    Sorry, don't know the others. If you tell me what sort of dining you are interested in, I might be of more help.

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    1. re: Gail

      Not sure what we are interested in...we are just going to explore. We were thinking of maybe some good Mexican or Californian...

      1. re: gremlin608

        I think the responses you received on your Jan 1 post will still hold...

        1. re: gremlin608

          Carmel and Monterey are not hotbeds of Mexican food. If I wanted Mexican food in the area, I would explore Broadway and Fremont Streets in Seaside (right next to Monterey). The atmosphere might not be as nice, but I'm sure the food would be better, cheaper, and less gringoed.

          Flahery's has been around forever. I've never met anyone who was especially impressed; I'm sure better can be readily found in SF.

          1. re: Ed Dibble

            For good Mexican food check out Jose's, both on Del Monte and Broadway in Seaside, or a block up from Cannery Row (across from the parking garage). Huge portions, great food.

      2. We stayed at the Carmel Hyatt last September and dined at Pacific's was good and convenient since our condo was the next building..would I go again..maybe just for drinks and app's at sunset..
        Loved Passionfish and we couldn't find a single Mex place in Carmel..

        1. My wife and I ate at Flahetry's some years ago. Agree with Ed Dibble on his take, it was just ok, neither good nor bad. In fact I can't even remember what we ate there and I usually always do if it was a memorable meal.

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          1. re: curiousgeo

            Ok, no Flahertry's...I might try Hola (since it's in Carmel)...if I do I will post my thoughts. We're looking forward to Passionfish!

          2. Avoid Carmel will pay for it. As others have noted there are far better eateries in Seaside.

            Go to Rose La Villa on Broadway in Seaside, not any of the plebian yet overpriced Carmel Mexican joints.

            Flaherty's has been around forever, and it is ok. I have had good oysters there.

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            1. re: Food Tyrant

              We are leaving to head back to NY tomorrow...I must say on the whole I haven't been impressed with the culinary choices in the Monterey area. We had a wonderful meal at Passionfish, an uneven dish at Esteban, avoided the Sharks trying to lure us at Fishermans wharf and cringed at El Torito and Bubba Gump in the Cannery. A lunch in Carmel Valley at the Corkscrew was suprisingly tasty and fresh.

              1. re: gremlin608

                Based on your restaurants I am not surprised that you were unhappy. I wouldn't have picked any of these beside Passionfish which is really great.

                1. re: gremlin608

                  So from all the great recos you got from your three posts you conclude that the dining scene isn't that great based on seeing a couple of chains on Cannery Row and the tourist trap wharf that you were warned about? Give us a break.

                  1. re: gremlin608

                    Sorry you didn't "listen" more carefully to the good advice you received. Sure seeing the Wharf and Cannery Row is fun and what a tourist should do, but I doubt anyone would suggest dining there. Glad you stumbled over the Corkscrew Cafe. It is one of my favorites in the Valley.

                    1. re: Gail

                      I am sorry you ended up being disappointed in the food. You certainly did not end up in places I would recommend other than Corkscrew (an under-appreciated restaurant) and Passionfish (which I actually think is somewhat over-rated on this board - its very good but not the only game in town).

                      Hopefully there will be a next time and you will have better luck.