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Best things to do in Monterey

Aquarium
“The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a diverse, high-quality jellyfish exhibit along with many other sea creatures. Definitely worth checking out.”
281 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Probably the best restaurant in P.G. Specializes in great sustainable seafood. Best wine list on the Peninsula with extremely reasonable prices. Right around the corner at 701 Lighthouse. Occasional celebrity sightings, particularly during car week or Pebble Beach Pro Am. Reservations recommended.”
38 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Tiki Tuesday happy hour calamari appetizer & sweet potato fries. Spicy Thai chicken bowl or burger & finish with hula ice cream pie. ”
26 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Museum featuring American & early California painting, plus photography & contemporary art. ”
8 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Brewery, Live music on the weekends and great selection of house beers, and traditional beers! ”
19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Coolest lounge in Monterey. Perfect for the cocktail-loving 30 and older crowd.”
20 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The museum feels like a "step-back" in time. Be sure to take your children to see what museums were like in the last century. They will discover all about the local bird and fish population. Very friendly curators are very helpful. ”
18 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a local's favorite. They are popular for their early bird specials (9.99 - 12.99), fantastic view and fantastic food! Early bird requirements are to be seating and order by 5:30 - highly recommend!”
20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good place to go have a conversation over a beer. Huge beer selection and not super noisy. Nice atmosphere”
13 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Start with the giant pretzel or bruschetta. Chili crusted chicken, meatloaf or Cobb salad. Stop bye the Roadhouse winery next-door & pick up some wine for dinner, corkage fee waived ”
12 locals recommend
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
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
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
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