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Best Monterey/Carmel Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Monterey/Carmel.


 

Ambrosia India Bistro Indian
13/20
Dining Room at Ambrosia India Bistro, Monterey, CA 565 Abrego St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Menu
Indian cuisine complemented by a wine list full of surprises. More...

Baja Cantina Mexican
12/20
Valley Hills Shopping Center
7166 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel, CA 93923

Fill 'er up with this great alternative fuel source. More...

The Bench California
14/20
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
1700 17 Mile Dr.
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Menu
Casual but sophisticated dining with a spectacular view of one of the world’s most beautiful golf holes. More...

The C Restaurant & Bar Seafood
No Rating
Intercontinental, The Clement Monterey
750 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Menu
Sustainable seafood swims on the menu at this bayside hotel restaurant near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. More...

Cafe Rustica Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at Cafe Rustica, Carmel Valley, CA 10 Del Fino Pl.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Menu
Rustic it is, with a wooden interior and wood-fired pizza oven. More...

California Market California
No Rating
Dining Room at California Market, Carmel, CA Hyatt Carmel Highlands
120 Highlands Dr.
Carmel, CA 93923

Locavore menu to savor, local views to treasure --- you may just want to move in. More...

Earthbound Farm Organic Kitchen Organic
Quick Bite
7250 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel, CA 93923
Menu
Get out of the fog and into the sun at this roadside produce stand serving organic goodies. More...

Esteban Spanish
14/20
Casa Munras
700 Munras Ave.
Monterey, CA 93940

Don Esteban Munras’ namesake restaurant is an ambassador of small-plate goodness. More...

Marinus California
16/20
Dining Room at Marinus, Carmel Valley, CA Bernardus Lodge & Spa
415 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Menu
Chef Cal Stamenov grows his own herbs and vegetables and also sources ingredients locally for this Carmel Valley gem. More...

Nepenthe American
12/20
Dining Room at Nepenthe, Big Sur, CA 48510 Hwy. One
Big Sur, CA 93920
Menu
“Nepenthe” means anything that makes you forget your troubles --- and this restaurant exceeds expectations. More...

Red House Cafe American
13/20
Dining Room at Red House Cafe, Pacific Grove, CA 662 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Menu
You'll wish you lived close by and could visit often. More...

Roy's Hawaii Regional
14/20
Dining Room at Roy The Inn at Spanish Bay
2700 17 Mile Dr.
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Menu
The perennial favorite for fish on the Peninsula. More...

Tarpy's Roadhouse California
14/20
Dining Room at Tarpy 2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy.
Monterey, CA 93940
Menu
Don't let the name fool you --- big, fresh flavors, sophisticated cocktails and genuine hospitality make Tarpy’s a hot-spot. More...

Village Corner Mediterranean
12/20
Dining Room at Village Corner, Carmel, CA Sixth Ave. & Dolores St.
Carmel, CA 93923
Menu
For more than 60 years, this restaurant has charmed both locals and tourists. More...

Wickets Bistro European
14/20
Dining Room at Wickets Bistro, Carmel Valley, CA Bernardus Lodge & Spa
415 W. Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Menu
Wickets is Bernardus' more casual restaurant --- but it's chef Cal Stamenov casual, which is to say, interesting and sophisticated. More...

 

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