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Best Romantic Restaurants in Monterey Peninsula Area?

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Hi folks. Wow, this looks like a GREAT board! I'm new here, and want to express my appreciation up front for all the help I'll get from you.

My wife and I go to the Monterey Peninsula one to two times every year. We love it! Probably gonna move there in a few years. For now, we're just perennial visitors. Of course, we have frequented our favorite restaurants, but I gotta wonder if we're missing some real gems.

Can I please get some opinions on what you feel are the best (defined as food quality & service, regardless of price) ROMANTIC restaurants in this area?

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  1. Welcome, Chuck.

    "Of course, we have frequented our favorite restaurants, but I gotta wonder if we're missing some real gems."

    If you'll let people know which ones you frequent (hopefully with copious annotations), that will 1. provide valuable advice to others headed that way, and 2. help everyone figure out what you may, in fact, be missing.

    ciao

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    1. re: Jim Leff
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      Chuck Rogér

      Thanks, Jim.

      There are three restaurants we've returned to again and again. They are:

      Sans Souci in Carmel
      Casanova in Carmel
      Old Bath House in Pacific Grove

      We've found these to be pretty consistently good, although I wouldn't exactly call either OBH or Casanova "romantic".

      I'm guessing there have got to be romantic places with consistently good food and service that we are missing out on.

      Anyone have any suggestions?

      Thanks,
      Chuck

      1. re: Chuck Rogér

        I left the Monterey area about three years ago and had just checked with a friend still there to see if the Old Bathhouse was still good--and see now you've already been there.

        My friend did mention Massaro & Santos on the Coast Guard Pier. Not really super romantic, but a great view and good food, he says. I had eaten at the previous restaurant at that location and it does have a wonderful view of the bay.

        Fandango in Pacific Grove used to have a few small rooms that were romantic and the food used to be good, but I haven't eaten there in at least four or five years.

        Hope some of this helps.

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      Judy Leibovitch

      Have you tried Tarpy's Roadhouse going towards Salinas?
      Old stone house by a duckpond and next to a winery.

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      1. re: Judy Leibovitch
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        Chuck Rogér

        Judy, thanks for the tip. I've seen a lot about Tarpy's on the Monterey Peninsula websites, but never been there. I understand the food is great. Would you call the atmosphere "romantic"?

        Thanks,
        Chuck Rogér

        1. re: Chuck Rogér
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          judy leibovitch

          Yup. Inside is a warren of intimate little rooms with few tables, low, but not too low soft lighting, all connected by arched doorways. A couple of rooms had fireplaces, I think. Lighthearted original art on the walls, friendly but very unobtrusive wait staff. Tarpy's is one of my husband and my favorite "date without child" places on the Peninsula, (although they were absolutely wonderful with our two year old). Last time there was killer corn on the cob with honey butter that was terrific. We have often happily made a meal on 4 or 5 starters with a glass of wine. Great flatbread and seared ahi salad.

          1. re: judy leibovitch
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            Chuck Rogér

            Judy, it was very nice of you to take the time to help me out here. I really appreciate it.

            Chuck Rogér

      2. Chuck, The suspense is killing me! What are some of those favorite restaurants that you and your wife frequent? Please tell. pat

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        1. re: pat hammond
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          Chuck Rogér

          Pat,

          There are three restaurants we've returned to again and again. They are:

          Sans Souci in Carmel
          Casanova in Carmel
          Old Bath House in Pacific Grove

          We've found these to be pretty consistently good, although I wouldn't exactly call either OBH or Casanova "romantic".

          I'm guessing there have got to be romantic places with consistently good food and service that we are missing out on.

          You have any suggestions?

          Thanks,
          Chuck

          1. re: Chuck Rogér

            Chuck, Thanks very much for your reply. I've not been in that part of Ca. in many years, but hope to remedy that. I'm making a note of your faves. It's just too titillating for a chowhound to hear someone has favorite places and not know what they are!
            Happy days to you, pat

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              stephen kaye

              the highlands in carmel, ventana in big sur, doidges in big sur. enjoy