Eat & Drive

Here’s a few recommendations from a local
“We like the trio of restaurants all under the same ownership – Montrio Bistro in downtown Monterey, Tarpy’s Roadhouse near the airport and Rio Grill outside of Carmel.

In Pacific Grove, Fandango’s and Passion Fish are good. Unfortunately, in general, if you can see the water, its not the restaurant you want.

3 hour drive up the Carmel Valley, click here

Phil’s fish market  in Moss Landing is a short drive away, Try the Cioppino, Phil has won cook offs vs. TV chefs. Or the or the Halibut fish fry. This  place is very casual, and parking is hard to find. While you are in Moss Landing book a boat ride (better to make reservations) or visit Elkhorn Slough.


Thanks to Warren Pierce, President of Pebble Beach Sports Car Club, for these terrific dining suggestions in and around Monterey. Most are either British- or car-themed.


400 Tyler St., Monterey, (831) 372-8876,

Downtown Monterey’s newest restaurant serves California comfort cuisine and features a spectacular 50-foot pewter bar top, motorcycles, and vintage photographs in a modern and sporty environment that pays homage to Laguna Seca Raceway’s 11 Turns.


150 W. Franklin St., Monterey, (831) 649-6496,

In Old Town Monterey – In a basement with a ship’s hold feel. Lots of British beers on tap. Voted #1 Pub in Monterey County. A truly authentic British pub and restaurant. Slip back in time to the days of royal splendor and old sailing ships. Relax and enjoy one of the 20 international beers on tap. Order a cocktail, try a glass of excellent California wines or select a classic single malt scotch. Choose from an array of appetizers, salads and sandwiches.


2999 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey, (831) 647-1444,

The beautiful stone building that is home to a 3.5-acre restaurant was originally part of the Ryan Ranch family homestead. The structure dates back to 1917 when Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ryan bought 454 acres of rolling hills and meadows, then known as Saucito Ranch, and built their dream home. Through the years the building changed hands — present owners Tony Tollner and Bill Cox opened Tarpy’s Roadhouse in 1992.


170 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, (831) 373-6892,

Frommer’s Guide says: “Peppers is a casual, festive place with good food at reasonable prices. The inviting dining room has wooden floors and tables, lots of pepper art, and a perpetual crowd of regulars who come to suck up beers and savor spicy but well-balanced seafood tacos and fajitas or house-made tamales and chilies rellenos. Other fire starters include the snapper Yucatán, cooked with chiles, citrus, cilantro, and tomatoes, and grilled prawns with lime-cilantro dressing. More than a dozen daily specials include Mexican seafood paella and grilled swordfish. The chips and salsas are addictive, and the staff is exceptionally friendly.”


662 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove,  (831) 643-1060,

The “Little Red House” is a local landmark that was built in 1895. This charming Victorian house with its wrap-around porch was originally a residence. In 1996 it was restored and the restaurant opened.