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Turtle Bay Taqueria

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431 Tyler St, Monterey, CA 93940-3027
(831) 333-1500
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Big servings and nice salsas

The two of us had a quick lunch of chicken, carnitas, shrimp and steak tacos. Lots of meat with cabbage and onions on two corn tortillas. Tasty, fresh guacamole and crispy chips. Interesting salsa with cranberries and jicama! Reasonable prices and good service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
DeborahandAndy
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Los Angeles, CA
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San Francisco bay area, California
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Stand in line and order your food and beer. Great tasty and reasonably priced food. Love the fish tacos. and the chips and the salsas.

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Monterey, California
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This relatively small restaurant isn't fancy or pretentious. It is clean, however -- which I'll take over being fancy or pretentious -- and features good food and much more than friendly servers. The black bean paste, which is spread inside tacos before the other fillings are put in, is worth the price of admission by itself. Another bonus (as long... More 

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Thank 2NationalParksFans
Los Angeles, CA
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314 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The two of us had a quick lunch of chicken, carnitas, shrimp and steak tacos. Lots of meat with cabbage and onions on two corn tortillas. Tasty, fresh guacamole and crispy chips. Interesting salsa with cranberries and jicama! Reasonable prices and good service.

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Thank DeborahandAndy
London, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We fancied Mexican for a change and saw this restaurant was a short walk from our hotel and made a break from the usual seafood style places around Fisherman's wharf. The decor and lighting make it feel a little sparse but the selection on the menu and the good value prices are appealing. Visiting as a family of 4 it... More 

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Thank Jonathan B
Boulder, Colorado
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30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Turtle Bay and the Fishwife restaurants are not the fanciest places in town. They could use some new paint and some overall freshening up but the food is consistently great and affordable. You do have to pay a small amount for chips but the salsa is delicious. I love the tostacos and always find the food fresh and original.

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Thank kat503
Los Angeles, California
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were trying to find a decent, Mexican restaurant in Monterey and chose here, as the other top-rated Mexican places seemed to have even less atmosphere... The others were also risky for any seafood or vegetarian options (as they offered no websites to preview the menus...). Granted, I am a picky eater. I do not eat meat or dairy, so... More 

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Thank KSG123
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled on to this while trying to get away from the touristy spots on the Wharf. We had the shrimp tacos and a few other things. Everything was fresh and delicious. Our server was great and everything came out quickly. Really good spot.

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Thank Elizaveta K
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place has an imaginative menu w a good selection of interesting seafood, chicken and meat selections served in tacos, wraps and bowls. Table service is offered or you can order at the counter. The tacos are genorously sized and moderately priced. One taco w guac and chips are more than enough to fill me up. Be warned, the iced... More 

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Thank Debbie D
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Oh my, I only got the shrimp taco and beans which was delish but my husband got some kind of a quesadilla with pineapple OH MY GOODNESS. They have great food.

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Thank Cynthia W
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Excellent Caribbean style Mexican! Almost as good as eating in Cancun. I highly recommend it because it isn't so touristy like some of the other places to eat around here. The locals love it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 431 Tyler St, Monterey, CA 93940-3027
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: (831) 333-1500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?