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Duffy's Tavern & Family Restaurant

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282 High St, Monterey, CA 93940-2129
831-644-9811
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Shades of Yesteryear - A Trip on the Wayback w/o Peabody!

OK - to explain the title: I was stationed at the Presidio, DLI, for a year in 1969-70, when this establishment was "O-B's -- O'Briens Tavern." Other than being immediately (10 feet) outside one of the gates to the Presidio, O-B's main claims to fame were: excellent burgers reasonably priced... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2014
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Fairborn, Ohio
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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This place is at the peak of a hill and nestled perfectly with a local military base. The Wait staff ( a wonderful and genuinely lovely older woman) was absolutely splendid. She missed one thing in our order but fixed it immediately with a loving smile! She made our first night in Monterey on our honeymoon (after a flight from... More 

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This place is touch and go. Don't get me wrong...I love it. But it is almost a running joke as to why I love it so much. I love the staff...but sometimes I never get service if they are busy. I love watching games here...but sometimes their satellite is fuzzy. I love their food specials...but you have to ask about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Whenever I get to the Monterey area, I make it a habit to stop at Duffy's. I've been going there for years and have tried many things on the menu. This time I ordered a VERY rare cheeseburger and that's exactly what I got. They don't try to tell you that the law says that they "have" to cook it... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We visited Duffy's Tavern & Family Restaurant the first week of May 2015 to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. He told me that this tavern is more than a place to go and have a drink or some delicious food, it's the Presidio institution. Every weekend you can find dozens of students from the Presidio, regulars and locals who are part... More 

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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Stopped in to check it out before committing to host an event at Duffy's. The service was friendly by no nonsense, the food (turkey and bacon melt sandwich with sweet potato fries) and beer were excellent, and the atmosphere was fun. The place was full of regular, local customers who all knew the servers, and who were all known as... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

great service. Had an amazing Bison burger cooked with perfection. Food came in a timely manner. comfortable place to feel at home with. nice sitting area outside.

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Seaside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Wishing to avoid the usual Fisherman's Wharf restaurants? Find your way up Franklin St. ....Well worth the hunt! It is hard to believe Duffy's still exists. What used to be a busy street is now a dead end. For security reasons the military closed the entrance to the Monterey Presidio just outside the front door of this place! We ordered... More 

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Fairborn, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

OK - to explain the title: I was stationed at the Presidio, DLI, for a year in 1969-70, when this establishment was "O-B's -- O'Briens Tavern." Other than being immediately (10 feet) outside one of the gates to the Presidio, O-B's main claims to fame were: excellent burgers reasonably priced; cold beer; and the ability to run a 'tab' until... More 

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Hyattsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey was so crowded, we just drove up the next street we could find and let Garmin find us a place to eat. We were thrilled with Duffy's Tavern. The food was great and the special service we received from the staff was superb! Rick's jokes were a bit corny, but we had some to flash back... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Duffy's is a popular cozy neighborhood pub with a menu that features wings, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and nightly specials including spaghetti and steak. Good food, and the club sandwich was large enough for 2-3 people. Although there are tables and booths, it's fun to sit at the bar and converse with the friendly locals, wise-cracking wait staff, and Rick the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 282 High St, Monterey, CA 93940-2129
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-644-9811

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

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