Award-Winning Monterey, California, Destination Adds “California Cultural Cuisine” to Its Guest Experience

Monterey, CA – April 26, 2017 – The AAA Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa, overlooking Monterey Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf, announces the culmination of its $6 million dollar lobby renovation, and introduces a new lobby bar/restaurant, Jacks Monterey.

The new restaurant and lobby bar welcomes patrons for lunch and dinner in the redesigned atrium lobby. San Francisco-based Puccini Group designed the space with an eye for the inspirations and colors found across Northern California's Monterey Peninsula. Jacks Monterey evokes the spectacular scenery that has made this area a world-famous vacation destination: Modern furnishings reflecting the weathered woods of the nearby docks and canneries, the crisp blue tones of the Pacific Ocean, and the pink and sage flora that dots the coastline.

Chef Danny Abbruzzese's California Cultural Cuisine reflects the melting pot of ethnicities that is exemplified in both California and America. The result is a wide-ranging, palate-pleasing menu of different flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world, all created with sustainably conscious ingredients found throughout Monterey County.

The lunch menu is moderately priced and features salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more including a Strawberry Fields Forever salad created with locally grown strawberries, arugula, almonds, goat cheese fritter and aged balsamic.

The dinner menu includes solo plates and sharing plates to allow patrons to sample a variety of menu items and engage in a shared dining experience with family, friends or colleagues. Such sharing plates include Abbruzzese’s Pajaro Pastures Goat Moussaka with herb béchamel sauce.

Jacks Monterey’s bar menu offers numerous Monterey County wines served by the glass or full bottle.

Jacks Monterey also offers wine on draft from 10SPAN Vineyards. Beer lovers can sample award-winning craft beer made onsite at the Portola’s craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub.

Jacks Monterey is open seven days a week, serving lighter fares at lunch from 11:30am to 4pm; sharing and solo plates at dinner from 4pm to 11pm.


The AAA Four Diamond, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA was the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotel on California’s Central Coast. The full-service hotel offers guests a rich, historical ambiance, with residential style and a dedicated staff to ensure an unparalleled guest experience. The Portola Hotel features 379 nautically inspired guest rooms and suites, ranging from 400 to 1,000 square feet. Portola boasts an expert event planning staff and over 60,000 square feet of meeting space with the adjacent Monterey Conference Center. The Portola Hotel is home to the Monterey Peninsula’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, The Club Room and Monterey’s newest dining hot spot, Jacks Monterey. The Portola boasts an award winning 6,000squarefoot day spa. Spa on the Plaza offers beautifully appointed treatment rooms and an extensive spa menu of signature treatments. Overnight guests also have access to the hotel's spa and fitness facilities, complete with steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

For more information, please visit: portolahotel.com/


Located in the Portola Hotel & Spa, Jacks Monterey offers locally sourced produce and other products native to Monterey County including sustainable Monterey Bay seafood. The entire menu features California Cultural Cuisine. California epitomizes the melting pot of America. Chef Abbruzzese’s inspiration and passion for creating signature dishes has brought him full circle to highlight different flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world. Chef Abbruzzese uses traditional techniques from immigrants who call California home, while highlighting our locally sourced, sustainably conscious ingredients found throughout Monterey County. Open for Lunch & Dinner.

For more information visit jacksatportola.com


Portola Hotel & Spa
Janine M. Chicourrat, Managing Director
(831) 649-7890