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Esteban Restaurant

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700 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-375-0176
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Esteban Restaurant offers authentic Monterey dining in the historic Casa...
Esteban Restaurant offers authentic Monterey dining in the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Enjoy a unique culinary experience featuring traditional Spanish-inspired cuisine with a pinch of adventure. Choose from Mediterranean tapas and classic selections to savor and share by the warmth of the fireplace or in the relaxing outdoor patio setting.
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  • 77
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Check out Paella (Tuesday) nights

Read about Paella Tuesday and decided to try it during a recent stay. It was quite good. They had a fixed price deal that is shared by two people, which was fine. The service was attentive and helpful. We were staying over on Cannery Row, but it was an easy Uber ride over.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Joseph A
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San Jose, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is definitely a must! We stopped in to have an appetizer and drink before dinner. Our bar tender, Anna, was awesome! She didn't steer us wrong from her suggestions. I highly recommend coming here if you're looking for a good drink, great food, and a nice environment. The Chef Tom Snyder is highly talented!

Helpful?
Thank AIRLESSMILES
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi AIRLESSMILES, Thank you for the AMAZING review and kind words regarding our team! We are so glad you decided to stop in and enjoy some of our signature tapas and cocktails and that Anna found just the drink for you! If you head back our way, be sure to check out our seasonal offerings and promotions on our website... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First class all the way... Did not disappoint our palates in any way. Fantastic Chef and staff :D tytytytyty

Helpful?
Thank kimlaughlin
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Kim, We could not be more pleased that you chose to entertain your palates with us! Our Mediterranean tapas and signature cocktails are just what the doctor ordered! We hope to welcome you back soon as our seasonal menus always have new dishes to indulge in. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey More 

Monterey Peninsula, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So wonderful to find a small restaurant with a great combination of Food, Bar and Service. The Tapas offer a delicious variety of flavors. All perfectly seasoned small bites, which you can watch Chef Tom prepare live, if you sit at the Bar. While sitting at the Bar, Anna the Bartender will pour some of the most inventive, and delicious... More 

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Thank Frank D
Sheffield
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158 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We strolled along to this restaurant after booking into a wonderfully cheap motel down the road that we had found on Hotel Tonight app, and blew all the money we had expected to pay out for accommodations on sampling a range of delicious dishes and beers at Esteban's. My absolute favorite dish was the Fall Lentil Tajine - unexpectedly an... More 

Helpful?
Thank yorkshirecat56
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi yorkshirecat56, Thank you for stopping in during your Monterey getaway. Our Fall Lentil Tajine is certainly a guest favorite, with explosions of flavor from the variety of spices used such as cinnamon and cumin and pairs perfectly with Brother Thelonious Beer. We hope to welcome you back soon and experience our wide range of pintxos and signature cocktails. Sincerely,... More 

Reno
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sit at the left end of the bar. This is a one chef kitchen run by Tom Snyder. You can chat with Tom, watch him prepare tapas and as you watch the servers pick up the food to deliver to other patrons you get to pick and choose your next item to eat. And eat you will, way too much.... More 

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1 Thank Bob H
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Delicious squid ink/octopus paella, attentive service, Tuesday night paella special, happy hour/dessert specials

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Thank mzk1000
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello mzk1000, We hope you'll join us again to try our Paella Del Mar (from the ocean) or De Tierra (from the land), although there is nothing quite like the squid ink in the Paella Negra adding a subtle earthiness to the flavor of the dish. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey More 

Corvallis, Oregon
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I cannot think of enough adjectives to describe Esteban. My husband took me there for my birthday. They treated us like royalty! The staff were all so friendly & helpful and they really knew the menu. We were there for paella Tuesday. Each dish was perfectly prepared with finely balanced flavors. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Esteban to anyone for... More 

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Thank KrisEgan
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello KrisEgan, Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us. We are beyond thrilled that we made you feel like royalty as everyone should, especially on their birthday. We hope to welcome you back soon and wish you all the best in the coming year! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey More 

NY
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Read about Paella Tuesday and decided to try it during a recent stay. It was quite good. They had a fixed price deal that is shared by two people, which was fine. The service was attentive and helpful. We were staying over on Cannery Row, but it was an easy Uber ride over.

Helpful?
1 Thank Joseph A
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Joseph, Thank you so much for joining us for Paella Tuesday! We hope it was everything and more than what you had read about. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey More 

Benicia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Good small bites choices, some very creative. Bar in the restaurant area yet rather quiet. A little pricy. Patio outside the open doors of the restaurant with fireplace and heaters. Very relaxing. Has happy hour.

Helpful?
Thank 280bernard
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi 280bernard, Thank for reviewing. We hope to welcome you back soon and are so pleased you found our Pintxos to be both creative and delicious. Chef Snyder always likes to add a pinch of adventure to each dish and will be so happy hear your kind words. We truly hope we might have the opportunity to welcome you back... More 

Ventura, California
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The restaurant offers a very nice menu with many nice appetizers and entrees to choose from. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Not a big sweet eater, but their flan is an excellent light choice for dessert.

Helpful?
Thank mcculloch1501
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi mcculloch1501, What a true compliment it is that our flan was so enticing you just had to try! We just added Coconut Cake and Strawberry Empanadas to our dessert menu, if your travels bring you back our way, we would love for you to experience. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 700 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-0176

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 34
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean

Description

Esteban Restaurant offers authentic Monterey dining in the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Enjoy a unique culinary experience featuring traditional Spanish-inspired cuisine with a pinch of adventure. Choose from Mediterranean tapas and classic selections to savor and share by the warmth of the fireplace or in the relaxing outdoor patio setting.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?