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Esteban's

700 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA
831.375.1365
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Ranked #41 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We went for a late and light dinner after a long day at the aquarium. We sat outside at a table near the fire. It was beautiful. The staff was kind in greeting us, which I appreciate since I was wandering confused and awkwardly in my low blood sugar state. Our waiter was the best, conversational and attentive. Having never... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Three of us shared about 6 dishes. All were really great. The mussels and clams were the star, though. The fresh pita and the grilled peaches were also outstanding. The grilled peaches come with some herbs and avocado, just outstanding. Great place for a light dinner. For dessert, the pot de creme is the way to go.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

I usually do not eat at restaurants in hotels, but was introduced to Estabans about a year ago. I stayed at the hotel on a recent visit and made it a must go. What a great menu of Tapas and shareable plates. And they are a great value too ( short ribs for $14, come on - you can't beat... More

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Phoenix
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32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We have long believed that andinas restaurant in Portland was the best tapas restaurant we have been to. You definitely pay for the pleasure of going there, but it is great. Well, it has met its match. The food here is just as good, in fact, better, than andinas. Try their octopus tapas....outrageous! Pretty much every thing we tried was... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

At check in to Casa Munras, the staff was warm, welcoming, and helpful. I especially appreciated this, as we had been 'Jeepin' up the coast all day and enjoying beaches, so we did not look like their typical guests, I am sure. We really did intend to just 'crash,' but hunger lured us from our room. We both decided to... More

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Basking Ridge, NJ
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3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We had tapas, which were good — but nothing special. Good place to stop for happy hour, when select drinks and tapas are 1/2 price. We stayed in the adjoining Casa Munras hotel so it was convenient; porbably wouldn't have otherwise gone out of our way to eat here. Firepit and heaters were ineffective in the evening because of the... More

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Lodi, California
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6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Trust me....this is not your average "hotel restaurant." This is a food destination! The restaurant offers a wonderful ambience, lovely al fresco dining option, cozy fireplace and an amazing menu. Paella is a favorite!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The bar at Esteban's was great. Randi our server was very friendly and gave excellent recommendations on cocktails. Very clean and inviting environment.

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Mt Eliza, Australia
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12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Situated in the Casa Munras motel. We first were looking for a eastern Mediterranean restaurant as in the local restaurant guide in the hotel and were suprised to find a tapas style menu the food was of a high standard and of a great variety we had four different dishes between the two of us none of them were a... More

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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I understand why this restaurant is predominantly serviced by locals. The Spanish style tapas menu is wonderful. We shared several items, each was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the mussels and clams, as well as the olive and mint pintxos. The service was excellent, waiter very attentive, and the ambiance is very relaxing. The outdoor fire pit was occupied during our... More

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