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melly Apr 23, 2010 10:00 PM

Driving to Monterey for a Thursday night concert at World Theatre early May. I've read about Passionfish and The Sardine Factory. We are a group of 7-10 who enjoys good food and wine. It doesn't have to be uber expensive. Wondering where the locals go these days?

Thanks in advance!

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Passionfish
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Sardine Factory
701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

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  1. Ed Dibble RE: melly Apr 24, 2010 09:49 AM

    I'm no longer a local, but I do visit Monterey and still have friends there. Sardine Factory is very nice, with a wine list almost as long as a Melville novel, but it is fairly fancy and very expensive. Next to it is the Whaling Station, John Pisto's flagship restaurant, with an emphasis on steaks and (excellent) prime rib. While not as expensive as SFactory, it still is pricy. Wine list is not as extensive.

    Passionfish is my favorite. It is less expensive, but service is much less formal - as is the space. The emphasis is on sustainable seafood and the wine list is very large and wines are priced at standard retail. You need to make reservations in advance as it is only open for dinners and is usually packed. My major complaint about PF is that it is sometimes loud.

    I hope others will offer differents suggestions; it'd be nice to hear of other options.

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    Passionfish
    701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    Sardine Factory
    701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

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      Melanie Wong RE: Ed Dibble Apr 24, 2010 04:36 PM

      Sardine Factory has been running some very reasonable early bird specials (3 couses, $20), but I checked the website, and now it seems they're limited to locals only. Too bad, as that would have been a good deal for a pre-theatre meal. There is a lounge special, but that might be difficult with a group of that size.

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      Sardine Factory
      701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

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        Gail RE: Melanie Wong Apr 24, 2010 06:59 PM

        The "locals only" thing really annoys me. It's a situation we've found in Hawaii too, both restaurants and hotels. I think a major PO. My husband has hosted a few business dinners at the SF. but I think I've had my last visit there. Too bad.

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          syrahgirl RE: Gail Apr 24, 2010 08:51 PM

          Sardine Factory is very nice, sit in the Conservatory room. You may also want to check out the "c" at the Clement Intercontinental, we celebrated my birthday there last May, it was wonderful! There is also the Duck Club @ the Plaza you may want to check out. Have fun! :)

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          Sardine Factory
          701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

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            melly RE: syrahgirl Apr 30, 2010 10:26 AM

            Someone suggested we eat on Campus where World Theater is....apparently they have a restaurant there. Anyone tried it? Thanks for the suggestions. I can't seem to get my group to agree so am thinking maybe my Son and DIL and I will just go eat in town and meet our friends at the concert. I really appreciate the suggestions. I'll see if we can get in to Passionfish. The locals only thing really bothers me. Screw em.

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            Passionfish
            701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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      melly RE: melly Apr 30, 2010 10:38 AM

      Decided on Passionfish..made reservations. Thanks so much. If there are any favorite bkfst spots, please let me know.

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        PolarBear RE: melly Apr 30, 2010 11:13 AM

        Toasties in PG. First Awakenings in the east end of the outlets by the Aquarium. My favorite on the weekend is Tico's in Marina, crab cakes eggs benny and more. In Carmel there's Katy's Cottage and one other that I can't recall at the moment.

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

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          Gail RE: melly Apr 30, 2010 11:17 AM

          A friend who lives there says this is a lovely breakfast place with a view too.
          www.trailsidecafe.com

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            PolarBear RE: Gail Apr 30, 2010 11:29 AM

            Wow, celebrating their 10 yr. anniversary, this is the first I've ever heard of them. Lunch menu items (fish tacos, calamari sand) might be worth checking out. Strange, site says no weekend dinner (or weekday apparently) service through this coming summer.

            Thanks for the tip, Gail.

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              Gail RE: PolarBear Apr 30, 2010 11:40 AM

              Hi PB,

              Stay tuned, I'm checking on the odd dinner thing...

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                melly RE: Gail Apr 30, 2010 12:55 PM

                Thanks so much!

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                  Gail RE: melly Apr 30, 2010 06:56 PM

                  Melly, one more...
                  First Awakenings in the American Tin Cannery.

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

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                rednikki RE: PolarBear Apr 30, 2010 04:47 PM

                They haven't done dinner for a while (at least a year - I did a special beer dinner there as part of Beer Week over a year ago, but that was the only time they'd served dinner in a while). Great for breakfast and lunch, though.

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                  Gail RE: rednikki Apr 30, 2010 04:56 PM

                  Thanks rednikki. I wish they would take the dinner portion off their site menu...very confusing. Glad you agree on the recco for breakfast.

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                    syrahgirl RE: Gail Apr 30, 2010 05:37 PM

                    I would not miss Katy's Place in Carmel, very good benedicts and crepes there. :)

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                    Katy's Place
                    Mission 6th Ave, Carmel, CA 93923

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