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Best things to do in Monterey

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Pub
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“This is an awesome British style pub with a very British selection of beers and ales on tap. The food is downright delicious too, no greasy spoon pub food they have a proper chef in the kitchen.”
10 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Great Mexican food in Pacific Grove! Locals favorite. If you love a great Margarita go here. ”
17 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Tony Tolner and the Montrio/ Tarpys/Rio grill group have consistently brought great food and dining experience to the Monterey Carmel area for decades! Never a bad meal! ”
12 locals recommend
Cinema
“Great privately owned theater with unique movies and snacks and locally crafted beer. ”
17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This Safeway is stocked with the regular Safeway items. Very friendly service. ”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Minestrone or clam chowder soup & house salad w/house dressing. Lasagna or prime rib and finish with gigantic homemade cake ”
14 locals recommend
Bar
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“Go early and expect a wait. Nice thing is that you can take a walk on the rec trail while you wait the 45 mins for your table. Cool, local business with good food and a nice view of the docks.”
13 locals recommend
Book Store
“This is a great museum. I used to work in the field and they are pretty much Doug everything right. The are lots of people, mostly volunteers, to give information and advice. The building itself is designed for purpose and provides a great environment for the animals as well as opportunities for the public to see and interact with them.”
12 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Much more than a pizza place. Great Italian food and drinks. Good for big or small groups. Friendly. Highly recommend.”
11 locals recommend
Museum
“Original artwork by Salvador Dali - the ONLY permanent collection of some of his works in the U.S. An amazing collection! A must-see for any art fan.”
9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Famous, old school, fine dining in historic building. Close to Monterey Bay Aquarium ”
13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful views. You can often see surfers, play in the water yourself. Enjoy a beautiful walk or bike ride by the ocean. ”
9 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Year-round whale watches with Marine biologists on all trips. Snacks for Sale and on board restrooms. ”
7 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This landmark has something for everybody. Taste clam chowder, go whale-watching, explore unique shops, and experience the sights and sounds of Monterey's past.”
8 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Closest coffee house at 667 Lighthouse. Good wifi. Nice selection of pastries and quiche. Adjoining bookstore with local titles. Try the vegan chocolate cake.”
13 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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5 locals recommend