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Recommendations for dinners while at Inn at Spanish Bay

My wife and I will be staying at the Inn at Spanish Bay for 2 nights in the Spring. The resort (including all of the Pebble Beach properties) has lots of options. I am sure there are lots of places to eat within a very short drive of the property.

I am interested in the board's recommendations.

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  1. Roy's is very good, right where you are staying. They have excellent Sushi here and really good Spare Ribs. If you go into Carmel, you will have lots of wonderful options. Casanova, Christopher's on Lincoln, Grasing's, PortaBella and Anton & Michel are a few of our favorites. If you want a fine dining meal with outstanding service and gourmet food, check out Pacific's Edge at the HIghland's Inn, they also have the California Market there, a more casual venue, both places have gorgeous coastal views.

    If you opt to go into Monterey, check out Tarpey's Roadhouse, Sardine Factory, the "c" at the Clement, the Duck Club @ the Plaza and the Red House Cafe in nearby Pacific Grove. I heard that Fresh Cream is now in Carmel, has anyone been there since they re-located from Monterey? :)

    1. While not as upscale as syrahgirl's recs, a real board favorite is Passionfish in Pacific Grove (just north of Pebble Beach). Creative sustainable seafood preps. A huge wine list priced at retail (yes, you pay about the same for wines as at a wine shop).

      I lived in Monterey for 12 years and still visit frequently. I go to Passionfish every trip to the area.

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      1. re: Ed Dibble

        I try many recommended restaurants everytime I'm in the Monterey area and am almost aways disappointed when reality doesn't meet expectation. I am not a fish lover but the one restaurant I really like in the area is Passionfish. This is a real must when in the area.

      2. Cafe Rustica in Carmel Valley is excellent. I also like Christopher's in downtown Carmel. Passionfish is also a good rec.

        1. You've got two options in Spanish Bay: Roy's has already been commented on (which I agree with) and Peppoli. Peppoli is owned (I believe this to be the case) by the famed Antinori family of Italy (Tuscany) where they have been making wine forever. Solid if not remarkable Italian fare. But terribly convenient.

          On the really high end is Marinus at the Bernardus Lodge. Its probably a 20 min. drive or see if Spanish Bay will drive you if that's where you want to go. I've been 4-5 times and have never been disappointed but it is expensive. In Carmel Grasings and Cassanova are both solid and reliable. The spinach gnocci at Cassanova is very good - very heavy, though. There is also Aubergine in l Auberge hotel in Carmel. Excellent cooking wine list etc... High end. Our lone experience was excellent except for a painfully slow start with dinner. We told them to pick things up and they did and everything from that point forward was great.

          I've been to Pacific's Edge but it has been a long time so I won't comment on that. But it did have a great wine list and it does have a fabulous view. The Cheese Shop in Carmel is an excellent cheese shop and has a small but interesting and well chosen wine dept.

          1. Thanks for all of the recommendations. I will have a look at them all. It's going to be tough to choose.

            Someone has also recommended the restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn, Sierra Mar. It didn't come up in the above recommendations. Should I not consider it?

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            1. re: Halifax

              The Post Ranch Inn would be an ideal lunch spot after a beautiful coastline drive south, about an hour. I would not consider it for dinner due to the narrow and twisty drive. Plus it would be dark and you would miss the view. Sierra Mar gets *rave* reviews in all areas; food, service and view.

              1. re: Halifax

                Been to Sierra Mar and it was fantastic. I was staying across the street at Ventana. It is a bit of a drive on a beautiful, twisting road. Lunch would be a great idea.

              2. Oh my God, I love the Inn at Spanish Bay. IT is my favorite place to stay. It lacks the tourist buses on The Inn. I hate the golf course, it is crazy hard.

                Last time we were there was at all of our meals at Roys, 3 days. Our kids were 3 and 1. You will love the outdoor fire pits. They are warm enough to have a post dinner drink. If you have kids, as we do, we used the hotel sitting service and had a nice dinner at Roys, the other nights we brought it into the room.

                They have a great buffet breakfast, and you can not beat the views.

                I have also eaten at the Sardine Factory and the steak house next door. Both were very good.

                Have a great time.

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                1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                  Sierra Mar @ the Post Ranch Inn is excellent, right up there with Pacific's Edge. The food is very creative, the views from the dining room and outside patio will take your breath away. Save room for dessert, I love the creme brulee at Sierra Mar. :)

                2. Thanks for all of the recommendations. I am leaning towards eating our first meal at Roy's, since it is on property and I will be playing golf that day. I am mindful of some of the reviews that I have read regarding chain/touristy. How much stock should I put in that? Also, the menu on the website does not list the prices. What should I expect to pay for supper?

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                  1. re: Halifax

                    I can't remember what the prices were at Roy's. I've had lunch there a few times and it isn't cheap. That said, very little is cheap in Pebble Beach or Carmel! Roy's is fine. It isn't the best choice in the area but I think that its "solid" enough that you won't be disappointed. It is a "chain" and it is what it is.....

                    1. re: Halifax

                      If have found that unlike many chains, the beauty of Roy's is that they allow their chefs to design their menu. There are a few items that are standard on all Roy's menus, but different places have their own specialties and spins. You will not be disapointed. They also use the space for breakfast, it is very good. You will also enjoy the bagpiper in the early evening. Dress warm, I have played there in every season, and it is can be cold and foggy, yet 4 miles inland, you are in a different climate zone.

                      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                        I love the short ribs at Roy's, I think their entrees are around $25-30. They have some great Sushi there, also. Try to go at sunset and listen to the bagpiper play. I would also take the walk down the boarded path to the ocean for some awesome scenery. :)

                        1. re: syrahgirl

                          My daughter and mom love the short ribs, and you are absolutly right about sunset!!!!

                          The Inn is Heaven on Earth.

                    2. Love that place. Get a glass of Silver Oak and listen to the jazz trio after sunset. Doesn't get much better.

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                      1. re: ElizabethReed

                        Ahhhh. Bagpipers outside at sunset, jazz trio where?