Fine Dining in Monterey Bay

The Fish Hopper restaurant - Monterey
The Fish Hopper restaurant – Monterey

For many people, fine dining is one of life’s most unforgettable treats. Why not enjoy a fine dinner in one of the most beautiful and scenic places anywhere in the world – Monterey Bay.

The Monterey Peninsula is well known for its fine dining restaurants. Many notable, Monterey restaurant chefs create incredible menus using locally-caught seafood, fresh as well as organic produce from local farms, plus farm-raised beef and lamb.

Many Monterey restaurants such as the Sardine Factory are consistently listed as tops in the U.S.

Several other fine dining establishments (listed in alphabetical order) include:

The Duck Club Grill – Offering panoramic views of the Bay, the Duck Club Grill offers innovative cuisine and impeccable service in an elegant ambiance. Its Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and selection of cocktails and after-dinner cordials complements a truly unique dining experience.

The Fish Hopper – Once an original sardine cannery, the Fish Hopper offers spectacular views of the Bay from every table. It serves seafood from sustainable sources, harvested by methods that do not harm the environment and that comply with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.

Paradiso Trattoria – Choose from fresh seafood, pasta, prime steaks and antipasto while you soak in the spectacular views of the Bay and marine life. Paradiso’s colorful atmosphere, tantalizing appetizers, signature cocktails and large spirits lounge, make it a favorite for locals and visitors.

Schooners Bistro on the Bay – Suspended over the waters of the Bay, Schooners Bistro on the Bay offers fresh fare in a unique indoor-outdoor diningscape. The heated terrace invites al fresco dining year round, while the classic sailing vessel design makes indoor seating appealing in all weather conditions. The menu highlights fresh seafood, pastas, hot appetizers, unique salads, soups and hearty sandwiches. House-made desserts end every meal on a sweet note.

The Chart House – With views of the Bay, the Chart House offers top-of-the-catch seafood, succulent steaks and decadent desserts. Its renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement Monterey’s local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic.

Whaling Station – ­The famed Whaling Station Restaurant serves the finest selection of dry aged, USDA Prime beef, the freshest seafood and locally grown vegetables. The restaurant offers daily specials created by Chef Pisto and his award-winning staff. The restaurant includes a full bar, an award-winning wine list and a California Mediterranean ambiance that is comfortable yet sophisticated.


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