When it comes to dining in Monterey, and nearby areas, you can’t go wrong. There’s something for every taste. One of my favorites is the world-famous Sardine Factory on (701 Wave St.), Cannery Row. With a luxurious interior accented with historical remnants, this restaurant features an award-winning menu and wine cellar.
The Sardine Factory opened in 1968 on a location that used to be a cafeteria for sardine cannery workers. It has four very different dining rooms, all of which are decked out whimsically and elegantly. The menu features steak and seafood, and has influences of continental, Asian, and Californian cuisines. Some standouts are the seared Coriander Crusted Ahi Tuna, Cannery Row Cioppino, and a tasting plate with all kinds of seafood delights. The Lounge features live piano music and a happy hour from 5-7 p.m.
Another favorite is Schooners Bistro on the Bay, located in The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (400 Cannery Row). It is a beautifully-designed and relaxing spot for cocktails, lunch or dinner. Its interior was created to resemble an actual seafaring Schooner, with mahogany floors, mast and sails. Its outdoor dining patio is an open air, on-the-ocean experience like none other. This balcony offers the opportunity to dine just above the ocean while watching passing boats, kayakers, sea lions and dolphins and listening to the lightly crashing waves on the rocks below.
The menu features several choices of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and other specialties. Among them are starters like nachos or steamed clams, a delicious dill-broiled sea bass BLT and the popular seafood salad featuring shrimp, crab, endive, mango, avocado, rare ahi and mango dipping sauce. Also featured is the fresh fish of the day served prepared via a variety of choices – from macadamia crusted to blackened to roasted. Also, I recommend the Mango Mojito — mentioned in this blog posting:
More Monterey dining suggestions to come.