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275 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 998-7045
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Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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    Very good
  • 4
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Meal

We had an outstanding meal with excellent service. We had mussels. prime rib sandwich, and buffalo wing pizza. All wonderful. Too bad they were closed on Monday or we would have gone back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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49 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had an outstanding meal with excellent service. We had mussels. prime rib sandwich, and buffalo wing pizza. All wonderful. Too bad they were closed on Monday or we would have gone back.

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Cozy and very friendly. Great food and great service. It had a bit of a romantic feel to it. Very close to the Vision Quest Bed and Breakfast.

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Hawaii
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It is convenient if you are staying at Vision Quest, however, the food was not good at all even the salad greens were not what you would expect from that area. If you go, I would stick to pizza or a sandwich.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Had the pizza, it was awesome. Staff was friendly and efficient. Helpful and gave great suggestions. Clean and reasonable. Close to vision quest ranch so it was convenient too.

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Fresno, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Ate here at the recommendation of Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast and was pleasantly surprised with the friendly staff and equally impressive service. Very clean and well-lit dinning area coupled with a charming small town ambience making this a great place to partake of a delicious home cooked dinner. Don't forget to save room for dessert because the Coconut... More 

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Salinas, California, USA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We live down the street from this fine local eatery and enjoy the food, ambience, price point and neighborhood feel. It also features a nice (if modest) wine list and (if you don't like what's on the list) has the best corking fee of any restaurant we've encountered; especially nice given the fact that River Road is now a wine... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The food and service awesome. Give it a try. Love to eat there the atmosphere is family oriented. And I love their Bread Pudding prices reasonable

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife and I both enjoyed our meals here (we ate there twice) and so did our grandchildren (9- & 11-year old girls)

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Cape San Blas, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Food was awesome. Steak done just right. Daughter loved the Mac and cheese. Great wine, great service. Super place!

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Salinas, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

When one generous reviewer writes that "locals like it too" I wonder "local to where?". Perhaps there was a drastic change in menu and its execution before my family and I went. The staff were fantastic on my two visits there. But the food?!? Low-quality ingredients that were poorly prepared for our dishes. The interior smelled musty in a not-very-appealing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 275 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: (831) 998-7045

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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