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Lopez Restaurant & Cantina

635 Cass Street, Monterey, CA 93940
831 324-4260
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Ranked #135 of 257 restaurants in Monterey
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Webster
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72% Recommend
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English first
Oakland, CA
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Stopped by here during our recent spring break. The service was a bit slow, but very friendly and a throwback to service in the the 1960's. The food was excellent with homemade tortilla's. The kids enjoyed watching from our booth someone in the kitchen hand chiles rellenos. Very Generous portions. Excellent salsa and chips. We had some drinks with dinner... More

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I'm a tough rater, so my "3" is not meant as anything bad. If I could rate on a scale of 10, I'd give a 6 or 7. The food was perfectly fine, but not remarkable. The staff was very friendly, which always counts for a lot. Nobody would be disappointed in the dining experience here.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

What a great discovery on our trip to Monterey. Found it on tripadvisor. Located on a quiet side street just around the corner from Trader Joe's we bopped in for lunch. Edgar made us feel right at home - great guy. Kitchen is out in the open there in the dining room so you can see it's one cook making... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

Came here from San Diego looking for some good Mexican food and we found it. Ricardo the bartender made us some great Lopez organic margs. Very good staff and food was unique and tasty.

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On the road again
Top Contributor
235 reviews 235 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

A pleasant restaurant with great selections. Staff was friendly and service was fast. This is a locals place so no chain theme restaurant boredom. Try a selection of 3 things it is all good.

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Los Angeles
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The owner is usually working, and his food is some of the best MEXICAN food on the Peninsula, and that's saying a lot. I highly recommend the Lopez family's Restaurant to all...

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Tacoma, Washington
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83 reviews 83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

As a recovering Californian who has lived in the Pacific NW for the past 33 years, I am almost always craving good Mexican food. There is good stuff to be found up where I live, but I still prefer the California-style authentic cuisine of my youth. When the Spousal Unit and I were in Monterey last month for a family... More

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Nevada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I have to say, the negative reviews really surprise me. We had the best Chile Rellenos, corn tortillas and flan we've ever had. The Rellenos were thick and stuffed with three kinds of cheese, one of which is a rich Mexican cheese I wish we could buy somewhere. We were speaking to the waiter and chef and they were telling... More

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Martinez
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

First restaurant we went to once we arrived in Monterey. We...mostly me wanted to find a place to watch the 49ers play on Monday Night Football....they won BTW. Place was really nice and quiet besides me, I wasn't. The food was delicious, we ordered carne asada and Chile Verde. The service was excellent, we had two servers checking up on... More

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Monterey, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We had gone for a Birthday party & my friend ordered the Burrito which was served cold. One of the margarita's had some kind of flies in them.My food was stale too which I threw up after I came home.Agreed it wasn't busy but come on a customer is a customer & if he or she likes the food they... More

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