Restaurants in Big Sur + Monterey Bay

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Jump into this mainstay restaurant in downtown Carmel for a snack of lobster spring rolls or Maryland crab cakes. Read More

Don’t miss the curried chicken sandwich. Read More

The bacon-and-egg topped “breakfast pizza,” available on weekends, is worth the drive from anywhere. Read More

Feast on braised veal cheeks at Bistro Laurent, housed in a park-side, 19th-century brick building. Read More

Stop for moules frites on a sunny day. Read More

Dive into Italian seafood—shrimp scampi, and salmon fettuccine—at the waterfront, touristy-but-fun restaurant. Read More

The bland façade may look quiet and unassuming, but inside, executive chef Scott Cater turns out some smart New American cuisine. His special... Read More

The Italian restaurant features a large live tree inside. Read More

The perfect place for salads, pastas, made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce, ahi tuna, and freshly squeezed lemonade and orange juice on the outdoor patio. Read More

Order dinner of rack of lamb or duck breast with a cherry-port reduction at the restaurant in the classic 1930 Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. Read More

The kitchen delivers fancy but family-friendly Mexican: the shrimp burrito is a favorite. Read More

At dinner, go for broke at Marinus, where you can enjoy an elaborate seafood-focused tasting menu by a roaring fireplace. Read More

Enjoy an “Ambrosiaburger” on the terrace of a house reputedly once owned by Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Read More

Fill up on morning blueberry pancakes or cinnamon raisin French toast at this local breakfast haunt. Read More

On the way into the park, stop at the Old Mountain Inn in Boulder Creek for breakfast. Read More

Begin the day with lobster eggs Benedict at this downtown joint. Read More

For dinner, pull the kids away from Bubba Gump and head for Passionfish in neighboring Pacific Grove. On the menu: more grown-up dishes such as sea... Read More

Hang out on the patio with a burger and microbrew. Read More

Diners gaze out on the Pacific Ocean and rocky headlands from the Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant, Sierra Mar, perched on a secluded cliff 1,200 feet... Read More

Catch a spectacular sunset at The Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant, reminiscent of a New England cottage, while feasting on fresh oysters and... Read More

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