There is nothing better than soaking in the sun and the sounds of crashing waves to after satisfying your belly. Here's a round-up, in no particular order, of some of the best restaurants with ocean views in Monterey County.
Monterey's most iconic and historic street is lined with eateries with every traveler and budget in mind. Patrons of each restaurant will be happy to hear that their meals come with a side of epic views of Monterey Bay. Schooners Coastal Kitchen at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, The C Restaurant at The InterContinental The Clement Monterey, and Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium all offer tasty sustainable seafood with scenes of speedy sailboats and colorful kayaks in the distance. Similar views can also be had at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, the Fish Hopper and the Chart House.
If it's drinks with a view you are looking for, then A Taste of Monterey Wine Market & Bistro is the place for you. Not only will you find Monterey County wines and delicious small bites but the upstairs view is spectacular. If you are lucky, you might even spot a pod of playful dolphins!
Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is a favorite among celebrities and locals for good reason. Its cliffside location above the Pacific Ocean makes for an unforgettable dining experience at their award-winning restaurant Sierra Mar.
Located at the Sanctuary Beach Resort, The Ranch is known for its island fusion cuisine and impeccable vistas of Marina State Beach, with beachfront that seems to go on for an eternity. For a real treat, head over during sunset and cozy up next to one of their outdoor fire pits to feel the ocean breeze.
Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point
A trip to Pacific Grove is not complete without a dinner or a cocktail at the Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point. The charming Victorian-era building is an anchor to the Monterey Peninsula. Grab dinner for just $9.90 from their "Sunset Special" dinner menu or stay late, grab a cocktail and gaze out at the twinkling lights in the distance.
The Travel Channel recently named Nepenthe as having the "Best Bar Food," and Gayot named it as one of the "Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the U.S." Sounds like the prefect combination, right? The iconic Big Sur dining establishment is known for their melt-in-your-mouth ambrosia burgers, and their astonishing views of the Pacific Ocean just beyond their colorful umbrellas on the sun drenched terrace.
Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Treebones Resort in Big Sur is known for pampering its guests with the ultimate in "glamping." Its onsite eatery, Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar, does not disappoint with either its posh cuisine or its views. Diners can choose to eat inside or opt for the outdoor sushi bar. Both offer expansive views of the glistening ocean just below and their very own organic garden.
Old Fisherman's Wharf
Looking for Monterey classics like clam chowder, calamari and sand dabs served with a side of seaside sanctuary? Look no further than the several eateries on Old Fisherman's Wharf. Here you will find icons like Old Fisherman's Grotto, Domenico's, Café Fina and Crabby Jim's. For a slightly different view of the harbor, head to the Sandbar & Grill on Wharf #2. The quaint restaurant tucked along the pier is a locals' favorite and has some of the best people- and otter-watching around.
Café Beach Restaurant
Every seat has an ocean view at Café Beach Restaurant, nestled on the top floor of Monterey Tides. The recently remodeled space is a touch more modern and private, with a blend of beachy and rustic touches. This "window on the bay" is not only a treat for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but its panoramic views of Monterey Bay are sure to leave you satisfied. Afterward, feel free to walk off that meal with a stroll just outside on Monterey State Beach.
California Market Restaurant & Pacific's Edge Restaurant
Dramatic views of Yankee Point and the Big Sur coastline set the laid-back tone at the California Market and Pacific's Edge, located at Hyatt Carmel Highlands. California Market's casual approach to breakfast and lunch offers visitors the option to bask in the sunshine on their outdoor deck or soak in the views from their bistro-esque interior.
If you're looking to take it up a notch, book dinner at the sophisticated Pacific's Edge Restaurant just up the stairs. Here you have a front row seat to nature's most spectacular sunset show, and the extensive wine menu is the icing on the cake!
Almost every restaurant within the gates of Pebble Beach has unparalleled panoramas of pristine golf courses, upscale accommodations and the ocean. At Spanish Bay, feel free to soak in the sunset and the Asian fusion menu at Roy's at Pebble Beach, or stick to American classics at STICKS. Meanwhile, The Bench and Stillwater Bar & Grill overlook the famous 18th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Restaurant at Ventana
Rustic redwood charm meets untouched natural beauty at the Restaurant at Ventana in Big Sur. If the encompassing views of the Big Sur coastline don't amaze you then the crafty and locally sourced menu creations from Chef Paul Corsentino are sure to please you. Beet gazpacho, wild boar and honey lavender vanilla brulee tart are just few of the diverse menu items. If you're dining on the outdoor patio, be on the lookout for a California condor or two.
Rocky Point Restaurant
Revamped Rocky Point Restaurant is open for business, sharing their breathtaking coastline views alongside a jazzed up menu. Just 10 miles south of Carmel, this roadside restaurant is the perfect setting for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or a sunset cocktail on the outdoor patio. You might even spot a migrating whale in the distance!
Restaurant at Mission Ranch
One of Carmel's only ocean view restaurants also happens to be owned by one of Carmel's famous residents. Former Carmel-by-the-Sea mayor, Clint Eastwood, takes pride in his ocean side gem and for good reason. The Restaurant at Mission Ranch is situated just above the Carmel Mission with views of Carmel Valley, Carmel River Beach and Point Lobos in the distance. Its top-notch American menu, piano bar and famous Sunday Brunch makes this a must when visiting the Monterey Peninsula.
These are just a small selection of restaurant options in the area. For more dining options in Monterey County, click here.
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