The BesT of MonTerey Bay 2008 • 2009
Treat yourself to the joy of squid at this localseafood landmark with an unbeatable view. You can order Abalonetti’s famous calamariprepared six different ways or choose from afull menu of other seafood dishes. Full bar. 57Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 373-1851.
Café Fina features seafood and Italian dish-es in a beautiful waterfront setting. Favoritesinclude prawns, rack of lamb and the signaturedish, Pasta Fina. 47 Fisherman’s Wharf 1,Monterey, 372-5200.
doMeniCo’son The Wharf
For a steaming, flavorful bowl of seafoodcioppino and a gorgeous view of the water,Domenico’s is second to none. Television chef John Pisto’s fine establishment serves the fresh-est seafood available with an Italian accent andhas an oyster bar to boot. 50 Fisherman’sWharf 1, Monterey, 372-3655.
If it’s seafood and a view you want, here’syour place. Fish and crab from the bay areserved along with lobster, prawns, pastas,prime rib and the award-winning clam chowder.700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-8543.
Consistently chosen the best seafoodrestaurants in a county filled with excellentcompetition, the Fishwife’s two locations offervariations on a theme—California cuisine withCaribbean flair. The Asilomar location is acasual beachtown gem serving delicious disheslike salmon with cilantro and serrano aioli; the Seaside location has a similarly inventivemenu notable for its Tilapia Cancun and catfishsandwiches. 1996 Sunset Dr., Pacific Grove(at Asilomar Beach), 375-7107; 789 Trinity St.,Seaside, 394-2027.
Golden fish seafoodresTauranT
Sensuous textures and succulent flavorare the watchwords at this Caribbean/LatinAmerican-style eatery, where the service isexcellent and a wide variety of seafood is avail-able. Try the halibut. 221 Main St., OldtownSalinas, 422-4946.
For some of the freshest and most eco-logically friendly seafood to be found on theMonterey Peninsula, try colorful Isabella’s,located right on historic Fisherman’s Wharf. 60Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 375-3956.
One of the best tableside views in theregion is complemented by fresh seafood,quality steaks and live jazz in the bar, mak-ing Lattitudes the new address for fun andCalifornia cuisine at Lovers Point in PacificGrove. Open daily from 11am. 631 Ocean ViewBlvd., Pacific Grove, 658-0880.
leMonGrass seafoodBar & Grill
With a menu that spans no less than eightpages (drinks included), patrons of this newaddition to the Monterey County dining scenehave plenty of options. The creative kitchenat Lemongrass takes traditional Thai dishesand infuses them with king-size helpings andfresh seafood, straight from the Bay. 413 MossLanding Rd., Moss Landing, 633-0700.
Massaro and sanTos
All alone on the Coast Guard pier is a clas-sic Italian seafood restaurant with stunning 180-degree views of the bay. The kitchen has askillful way with seafood linguine, crab ravioli,cioppino, fresh seafood and steaks. Full bar.32 Cannery Row (at the Coast Guard Pier),Monterey, 649-6700.
MonTerey fish house |VillaGe fish house
As the name implies, seafood is the FishHouse’s strong suit. Traditional homestylecooking with an Italian influence and a touchof Japanese flavor characterizes many dishes,including the Holiday Pasta, a combinationof seafood served in a tomato sauce, and awhole cod sautéed in sake. 2114 Del Monte,Monterey, 373-4647; 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd.,Carmel Valley, 659-4671.
For over 55 years, Old Fisherman’s Grottohas been serving great fish, lobster, crab,pasta, chicken, steaks and its famous OriginalMonterey Style Clam Chowder. There’s a full barand banquet facilities on site too. Another plus:every table has an ocean view. 39 Fisherman’sWharf 1, Monterey, 375-4604.
phil’s fish MarkeT
Phil’s is a landmark in the funky, charming fishing village of Moss Landing, 20 miles northof Monterey. Sit at a picnic table inside or outon the heated patio and enjoy chowder, ciop-pino or fried fish the way they did back in theold days, then bring a cracked crab back to yourroom for a late-night snack. 7600 SandholdtRd., Moss Landing, 633-2152.
salinas Valleyfish house
This family-owned-and-operated restaurantfeatures a California-style seafood selectionand is distinguished by its oak barbecue pit.The pride of the fish house is the barbecuedoyster platter, which the proprietors boast willwarrant multiple return visits. 172 Main St.,Oldtown Salinas, 775-0175.
sand Bar and Grill
Suspended just a dozen feet above thewater beneath the commercial wharf, the SandBar offers carefully prepared classic seafooddishes in a warm and friendly setting with alovely view. It’s a locals’ favorite, thanks in part to its excellent calamari appetizer. MunicipalWharf No. 2, Monterey, 373-2818.
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