Restaurants for Outdoor Enthusiasts in Monterey Bay Region 

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    Brunos Market and Deli

    This is the place patronized by people who live and work in Carmel. We could tell by the endless stream of vehicles, from luxury sedans to delivery trucks, stopping here for lunch goods. Excellent deli sandwiches made with care. Stock up here for your picnic in the park or at the beach. Outstanding selection of wines; cold waters, sodas, juices, ...

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  • 2

    The Crow's Nest Restaurant

    21 reviews

    Right on the waterfront so you are paying for views. Food was better than expected, interesting preparations nothing to totally knock your socks off but above average. everything was prepared well, portions were large. Nice wine list. Remarkably kid friendly for an upscale place.

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  • 3

    Crêpes of Brittany

    5 reviews

    The crepes here are soooo delicious. I had the ham with spinach, tomatoes, and caramelized onions and it was fresh and perfectly cooked. The crepe chef is super-nice as well--I went on a Monday when there were no crowds, and he took the time to chat. Then he made us a complimentary caramel crepe! Don't miss this place when you're ...

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  • 4

    Rocky Point Restaurant

    6 reviews

    It's hard to pay attention to anything other than the amazing view while you are here, but if you do, the food also happens to be fantastic.

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  • 5

    Aldo's Harbor Restaurant

    4 reviews

    I love the view from the harbor-side deck. You can sip a brew and watch stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, sailboats and sculls float by on their way to the sea. I was there for the first time just last week with a group of kayakers. We enjoyed the calimari, pasta, fish n chips and beer, and had great time relaxing ...

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    Pixie Deli

    6 reviews

    I have driven across town to enjoy the BBQ chickens and Tri-tip meals at the Pixie Deli. It's nice to be staying at the Tudor Rose Manor and have the deli just a couple of blocks away. The outside patio is wonderful to enjoy the sea breezes and our dog Blaze loves to be there too.

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  • 7

    Cafe Brasil

    20 reviews

    If you're looking for breakfast in Santa Cruz, don't even think about going anywhere else. This is little Brazilian heaven knows what you need and gets it to you in heavy portions!

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  • 8

    Old Fisherman's Grotto

    17 reviews

    Must try the clam chowder in the bread-bowl! Award winning for years and you will know why after you've tasted it!

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  • 9

    The Restaurant at Mission Ranch

    14 reviews

    A Carmel classic for drinks, dinner or Sunday brunch.

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  • 10

    La Bicyclette

    13 reviews

    Cozy, hip bistro downtown - great salads and pizza.

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  • 11

    Marianne's Ice Cream

    21 reviews

    Triple scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone is what this little petite girl got. I have no clue how on earth I was able to devoured the ice cream after my big dinner, but I did. I had Heaven, Banana Almond Fudge, and Pumpkin which all tasted delicious. Absolutely give huge scoop of ice cream and the price ...

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  • 12


    15 reviews

    Top notch seafood restaurant. I can't say enough good things about Passionfish with it's 100% sustainable seafood menu and seemingly limitless wine selection.. They follow (to the letter) recommendations from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program - - yet serve up their selections with innovation and flare enough to appease the most critical of foodies. One word of ...

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  • 13

    Schooners Bistro

    10 reviews

    Schooners, the Resort restaurant and local favorite, was a superior seafood dining experience. You can sit in the main dining area with glass separating you from the sprawling ocean. I recommend sitting as close to the water as possible, the view was mesmerizing. You can also sit outdoors, and even with the heat lamps, I recommend bringing a sweater because ...

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  • 14

    Duarte's Tavern

    13 reviews

    Good food, good location. The wait can be over a hour. Fortunately, they do take reservations. Holds a special place in my heart as this was the first restaurant I took my daughter to, just the two of us. At about 18 months old she was the perfect little lady. Had a great day. There is a fantastic goat cheese ...

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  • 15

    Monterey Fish House

    7 reviews

    First off the restaurant is fairly small and it's limited seating is at a premium, so reservations are a must! Also don't let the location fool you into thinking the food is low rent. The fact that it's not located on the water or near a major hotel/shopping area only means that you will save money on parking, and is ...

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  • 16

    Fish Hopper

    11 reviews

    Owned by the same outfit which owns Old Fisherman's Grotto, so expect the same absolutely outstanding clam chowder. I swear they add a few bits of shrimp. My entree was the crab Alfredo pasta (penne) - I was gobsmacked by how much crab was in the dish. Unfortunately it was my was sooo good I had to finish the ...

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    The Penny Ice Creamery

    Delicious ice cream. Daily selection is limited so need to go with the flow. A memorable favorite of mine is their barley ice cream as I was surprised by how good it was. After waiting in the long line outside you deserve a double scoop!

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  • 18

    Casanova Restaurant

    12 reviews

    Mediterranean cuisine. Started out with North Italian/South French, owners are Belgian and now they have Californian Fusion. Very charming ambience, great and super friendly service, delicious food and an amazing wine list.

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  • 19

    Café Bittersweet

    10 reviews

    Local flavor outdoor dining Breakfast ,lunch and dinner. something for everyone!

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  • 20

    Walnut Avenue Cafe

    Freezing my buns off waiting to be seated for brunch on a gloomy Sunday was so worth it. However, being sick the next day and coughing like a maniac was not the business. We sat at the best spot in the house with a window view of the street and panoramic view of the restaurant. This makes me happy because ...

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