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May 16, 2009 08:39 AM

Carmel and Monterey - 2 lunches and 1 dinner

I'm looking for suggestions for a place for lunch in Carmel and places for lunch and dinner in Monterey. Would prefer seafood for the dinner in Monterey, but am open to other cuisines or dinner in Carmel, if no Monterey recommendations. Lunches on the moderate side. Already have a reservation for dinner at Passionfish. Are Katy's and the Cottage in Carmel good for lunch or are they strictly breakfast places? TIA

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  1. Carmel: Little Napoli (surprise, Italian) Rio Grill (everything, some with a Mexican bent) Demetri (Med) Mission Ranch (Sunday brunch or dinner, no lunch served)

    Most Monterey Pennisula restaurants serve fish entrees.

    Monterey: Sand Bar and Grill (casual, excellent seafood on the commercial pier) Massero and Santos (Coast Guard pier) Both serve lunch and dinner.
    The others I mentioned also have web sites so you can check menus.

    1. I always love going to First Awakenings on Cannery (it's actually in the Tin Cannery Outlets). Just a warning though that it is a place frequented by both locals and tourists so the wait can sometimes be a bit long. They are open till 2pm and you can get either breakfast or lunch (lunch after 10am I believe). I love the pancakes but I've yet to be disappointed with an experience there.

      First Awakenings
      125 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

      1. There are some many great places on the Peninsula in Carmel in Pacific Grove I'd recommend The Red House Cafe, Taste Cafe, Favaloro's Big Night or Pepper's Mexican restaurant, also Fandango's and Fifi's Cafe are all very nice. All are affordable for lunch or dinner.

        1. If you like middle eastern food, Dametra's on Ocean Ave. serves up some really tasty moderately priced lunches. Fresh, authentic, honest, wonderful food at my last visit. Highly recommended to get there EARLY - they open at 11 and have become extremely popular in their first year.

          1. If you like Mexican food, go to Lopez Restaurante y Cantina in Monterey, near the Post Office. Family run, EXCELLENT and authentic food, wonderful salsa and the best refried beans I've ever eaten. My fave is the pork manchamantel but I've never had anything here I didn't like.

            If you like Japanese, try Robata in the Barnyard shopping area of Carmel. It's a little hard to find - it's at the lowest level, under the windmill, on the parking lot side of the center - but well worth it! The ambiance is unique and every menu item is delicious, fresh, and of the highest quality. It's about the only place left that my hubby will order sashimi any more!

            I believe both Katy's and the Cottage serve lunch, although it's been a while since I visited either one. Passionfish is supposed to be excellent for seafood - haven't tried it personally though!

            Another good seafood choice, while a bit "touristy" in nature, is The Fish Hopper on Cannery Row - I've had several of their fish dishes and enjoyed them all. The views are excellent here. Also Chart House on Cannery Row has wonderful views and while a bit pricier than Fish Hopper, they have a wonderful and diverse salad bar and a nice menu.