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48510 Highway 1 (831) 667-2345
This iconic establishment has hosted artists of all sorts, intellectuals and anyone really who enjoys quality food and drink with atmosphere and a view. From casual appetizers and sandwiches to wine and fine dining, this place is sure to trap your heart. On the ocean side of Highway 1 a shaded staircase zigzags past gargling fountains and ferns and even an functioning old London style phone booth before ascending to the carved Pheonix that welcomes visitors to the patio and entrance. Some enjoy lounging on the cushion studded oversized steps that overlook the large outdoor fireplace. Others prefer the bar style seating looking over miles of Big Sur coastline. Inside there’s a bar, table seating with windows aplenty, and an outdoor deck beyond.
150 W. Franklin St, Monterey (831) 649-6496
This subterranean pub is a favorite place for a hearty late dinner of shephard’s pie some pints and dessert. There is nothing too sophisticated about the historic, nautical theme, but the warm atmosphere keeps the locals coming back.
498 Washington St, Monterey (831) 373-5601
For those who prefer a civilized yet bohemian night out, this social café’s stone wall rooms are covered with local art and photography. The café hosts live music and poetry by night. Belgian beers sold by the bottle and wine by the glass.