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Restaurants near Monterey Aquarium

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Restaurants near Monterey Aquarium

Our family of 4 (kids 13 & 9) will be vacationing in the area soon & need a mid-week restaurant recommendation. We will be staying in Carmel, driving the 17 mile drive, and then visiting the Monterey Aquarium. Are there any really good seafood restaurants nearby the Aquarium? Perhaps a local favorite that's often overlooked by tourists? We prefer casual dining; nothing too fancy/upscale ($$$$). Thanks!

san mateo CA
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This is difficult because I do not remember the name of the place but I recently had an excellent meal on what is called "Fisherman's Wharf" in Monterey. Yes it was a touristy place but it was as best as I can tell full of mostly locals. I might suggest a walk out that pier and look for something crowded.

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Why not eat at the Aquarium? There are some good food choices there, from food court to sit down, with good reviews, as well as good views of the Bay. If you google them, here are the results.


Monterey, California
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Sea Harvest is exactly what you're looking for.......

Vancouver, Canada
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4. Re: Restaurants near Monterey Aquarium

Take the short drive over to Pacific Grove and try Passionfish. Or just walk over to Schooner's Coastal KItchen.

Dallas, Oregon
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Passionfish in Pacific Grove is one of our favorites, and maybe 10 minutes at most from the aquarium. Nearby, however, is Fish Hopper -- a bit touristy, but the food is pretty good and prices won't break the budget. Both places are among our favorites when we visit the Monterey Bay area.

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I must admit, we've been happy with our meals at Fish Hopper. It seems like it's touristy, but prices are reasonable and food is decent. Plus they have one of my favorite wines by the glass for $10 :-)

Southeast Texas
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Thanks for all of the suggestions!

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Schooner's Bistro On The Bay is casual and very good with pretty views. :)

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