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Monterey Cookhouse

2149 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940-5242
831-642-9900
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Ranked #54 of 259 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Saint Nazaire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Just two minutes walk from Lone Oak Lodge where we were staying on vacation in June 2014. Service was a little slow but was very friendly and all our questions were honestly answered. We visited on a Friday evening and they were busy... For us Europeans, it was really great American food, outstanding in fact. We particularly enjoyed the "Smoked... More

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

They have a gluten-free menu and were more than willing to use the gluten-free bread I brought with me when I ordered a hamburger. They could also make suggestions on other entrees and happily made modifications to accommodate my allergies. The food was very fresh and we never had a disappointing meal here. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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Buena Park, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Everything was perfect. Fantastic, fresh food at a reasonable price. The ambiance, the staff, the food presentation is all what you would expect from a 5-star restaurant. I can't praise this place enough. Our server was a master at the upsell , so be careful of that, but he did it respectfully and not pushy. Very highly recommend this restaurant.

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STOCKTON
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went here during happy hour and ended up ordering three different appetizers. Drinks were good, food was good, and service was good. Next time we'll try having dinner there.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The smell was amazing when we walked in--oak-fired grill. Stick with the menu items cooked on the wood-fired grill. Avoid the deep-fried food, that's not what the restaurant was good at. Everything we had from the grill was amazing--brisket, ribs, shrimp, salmon. The kids' menu was very ho-hum, the same fried junk food as on every other restaurant's kids' menu:... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Staying just down the road and was recommended a trip to the Monterey Smokehouse - our choice aided by the fact we were given a voucher for a free appetiser! Nothing too exciting to shout about inside, but the food is lovely. Good simple American food, done right. I had the wings, which I created a huge mess with :)... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Visited this restaurant on the recommendation of our motel host. It was a short stroll from our motel and promised house smoked meat. Service was excellent and the house specialty margarita was delicious. Our clam chowder appetizers were a great start. The mains were the stars however. My pork loin was just divine. My partner chose the brisket which was... More

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Fresno, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

looked like a great place - friendly service. beef brisket had more fat than meat and beer was not terribly cold.

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Friendswood, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We liked the restaurant and the service was friendly and good. We shared a beet salad that was very good. My wife's hamburger, cooked over oak coals, was top rate. My BBQ sampler was a disappointment. They sort of boast they use a Traeger smoker for their slow cooked BBQ. Unfortunately, pellet smokers are known to be very light on... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Had a very nice family dinner here - very attentive waitress, good food, nice portions - we walked here from the Best Western De Anza right next door. Everyone enjoyed their meals and we shared an assortment of desserts that were terrific.

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