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Esteban Restaurant

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700 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-375-0176
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Closed now
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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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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

116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

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.

Santa Barbara, California
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 

San Francisco bay area, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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

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 

Marin County, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
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 

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
Contributor
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

Top Contributor
245 reviews 245 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
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 

San Rafael, California
Reviewer
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!!

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 

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Not the usual tapas choices, which made avery pleasant change. Fresh and very tasty, and the wine list is equally good value.

Madera, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Tapas centric restaurant. food was weel prepared and presented. Octopus was exceptional. Informal and comfortable. Not a "foodie" place, but good solid food presented nicely by a friendly and helpful staff.

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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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