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What To Eat In Monterey

08 Jul 2022
What To Eat In Monterey

One of the best parts about visiting a new place is exploring the local cuisine. In Monterey County, there is no shortage of culinary delights to enjoy during your upcoming visit. Find out what the most popular local flavors are, and what to eat in Monterey.


With Monterey being a quintessential beach town, of course, you have to try the seafood! Fisherman's Wharf is lined with amazing restaurants serving fresh seafood, and each with its own unique take on the classic clam chowder. Try it in a bread bowl for the most authentic experience!

clam chowder bread bowl at fishermans wharf

Clam chowder bread bowl at Fisherman's Wharf

Japanese Food

Monterey is known to have a history of Japanese immigrants with a local food tradition stretching back generations. Today, that tradition continues with spots like Zum Sushi, Sapporo, and Crystal Fish. Monterey is an amazing place to try Japanese cuisine with fresh fish from the Monterey Bay.

Italian Food

Monterey also has a history of Italian immigration, and as a result you can find world-class Italian food everywhere on the peninsula. When you're out and about, be sure to try Mezzaluna, Il Tegamino, or Cibo which is located right across the street from the Portola Hotel & Spa.

burrata caprese at tegamino

Burrata Caprese at Il Tegamino

Mexican Food

Another international cuisine popular in the area is Mexican food. Believe or not, but the famous Monterey Jack cheese used in Mexican cuisine originated right here in Monterey. You won't have trouble finding amazing Mexican restaurants, but if you need help narrowing it down, we recommend Michael's Grill & Taqueria, Papa Chano's, or Peppers Mexicali Café.

fajitas at michaels taqueria

Fajitas at Michael's Taqueria & Grill Photo courtesy of Michael's Taqueria & Grill

Dine with Us

At the Portola Hotel & Spa, we have two amazing dining options where you can sample some of Monterey's amazing flavors. Try the Fresh Potato Gnocchi at Jacks Monterey, Arturo's Street Tacos at Peter B's Brewpub, or the Clam Chowder at either location. Explore our menus to get ready for a culinary adventure right here in Monterey. Jacks Monterey and Peter B's Brewpub are on-site, plus we are centrally located to many local restaurants and more! To book your stay, visit us online or call us at (888)-222-5851.

Featured image: Fresh Potato Gnocchi at Jacks Monterey

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