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Esteban Restaurant

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700 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-375-0176
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7:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 39
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 5
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Some really great tapas

Read that the service was not great but we found it to be really excellent. Prompt. Helpful and right on time during a busy evening really fantastic tapas. Nice house wine at happy hour. Expensive cocktails though

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
anniecat1242
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San Francisco bay area, California
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Bangor, Maine
Top Contributor
227 reviews 227 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Judging from the mixed older reviews, I have to assume that the current chef is new (or has just got a lot better). In any case, everything that I ordered in Esteban (empanadas, beet salad, apple tart, and two small plates) was first-rate - as good as, or better than, I had ever had before. There was also a good... More 

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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Estéban Restaurant. It is fantastic to hear that every dish you experienced during both breakfast and dinner was outstanding. We can’t wait to welcome you back and hope that you might have the opportunity to take advantage of some of our other promotions in the near future such as Paella Tuesday and our late night Sweet... More 

Fairfield, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Great food, great service. Small plates with just enough to share. Eat outside if you can, the patio is lovely. They have a fun drink menu as well. Our waiter was C.J. Well done C.J.!!!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Esteban offers an interesting Tapas menu in an indoor /outdoor setting. Happy hour 5-6:30 offers very reasonably priced drinks and "small plates". Service can be a little slower if sitting outside but it is a nice setting to linger in.

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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I'm reading comments here critical of the service, but that was not our experience at all. We went for dinner after the Big Sur Marathon. Seated outside with heat lamps - with neighbor's black cat to entertain us. Service was prompt and just right. We had: pita basket, beets, pulpo, lamb burgers all excellent especially the pulpo. Churro a for... More 

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San Francisco bay area, California
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38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Read that the service was not great but we found it to be really excellent. Prompt. Helpful and right on time during a busy evening really fantastic tapas. Nice house wine at happy hour. Expensive cocktails though

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Monterey, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My husband and I are local to Monterey and discovered Esteban under slightly unfortunate circumstances (our apt had flooded and we were living at Casa Munras while it was being gutted and cleaned.) Esteban has since become a favorite date night for us. We love sitting on the patio by the fire and taking in an evening sunset over dinner.... More 

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Marin County, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Quick bite early evening- wait person had to be asked for water, my dish of clams and mussels over cooed and tough. Served with a teaspoon. Hard to eat broth without a soup spoon. Had to ask for check because he was chatting with someone at the lobby area. When we got our check, I had to get up and... More 

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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very appreciative of your honest feedback and are sincerely sorry that your dining experience was less than entirely wonderful. This is certainly not consistent with our service standards that we pride ourselves on and will certainly review your feedback with our team to ensure that we continue to provide our guests with an environment committed to attentive service.... More 

Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great little Restaurant attached to Hotel in Monterey Menu is directed at 'shared plate' for couples Great value and variety of selection Highly recommended

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127 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

If I were giving only the food a rating, it would have been 5 stars. I was blown away by how good the food is at this restaurant. It was unreal. However, the service was extremely lacking at dinner time and that is why I gave only 4 stars. The restaurant is in the Spanish style, mostly serving tapas. Everything... More 

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San Rafael, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We ate breakfast there and I now wish we'd eaten dinner too! Food is sooo good and service wonderful!!

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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon and hope to have you experience our Paella Tuesday during your next stay. It is a great way to savor several dishes with our ever changing Prix Fixe menu which spotlights our Chef’s seasonal favorites. 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: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

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
7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?