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Esteban Restaurant

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700 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-3110
+1 831-375-0176
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived just after happy hour and behind a group who had already secured the fire pit. They wheeled in a heater so we could still enjoy the patio. Our server was unimpressive - he didn't know the bourbon my brother asked for and didn't make any effort to find out or report back when he returned whether they had... More 

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Thank JessinFlag
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi JessinFlag, Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your experience with us. While we were pleased that you enjoyed your overall experience, we would like to offer our sincerest apology for failing to provide you with more attentive service. We truly hope that we might have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future and would... More 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice restaurant that is very authentic to Spanish cuisine. My wife and I had the flank steak and it was perfect with the caramelized onions. The pulled pork empanadas were perfect...absolutely the best we have ever had. The calamari was just like you get in Spain but we have had better in Barcelona. They had wines for... More 

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Thank David G
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi David, Thank you for your review and for joining us on Half Price Bottle Monday's. We were happy to find out that you were able to experience several dishes including the melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork empanadas with green tomatillo salsa, calamari with lemon and chili flakes, and hanger steak with caramelized shallots. We hope your travels will bring you back... More 

San Jose, California
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

We were so disappointed in our meal. I thought it would be slices from a real cooked turkey but instead it was turkey breast cooked in the oven with some type of thin layer of something on it like bacon fat that hardened, we couldn't make it out. With only one spoon full of runny potatoes and I couldn't find... More 

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Thank Lovetohittheroad2
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Lovetohittheroad2, We are all disappointed to find out that your Thanksgiving experience was less than absolutely delightful and that we failed to provide you with the fond memories so many of our guests speak of. We are sincerely sorry for the miscommunication regarding the Prix Fixe Thanksgiving menu and that you were not made aware that the turkey option... More 

Seattle, Washington
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202 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Good, interesting Spanish tapas. Menus is divided into vegetables, fish, meat and paella. We settled upon Brussels sprouts (good but unremarkable) frisée salad with pork belly and soft boiled egg (very good, but overdressed), clams and sausage (outstanding but too small) and pork ribs (great). We ordered the house version of a Manhattan cocktail which wasn't much like the classic,... More 

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Thank Foodtwosome
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Foodtwosome, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with fellow travelers. We were delighted that you found the patio and outdoor fire pit so enjoyable along with our variety of adventurous dishes. We will be sure to share your comments with our team and hope that you'll have the chance to join us again soon in the near future.... More 

Monterey, CA
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

It was the World Series. I wanted to watch the game, but it was also my birthday, and we were having a get together (the complication of having a birthday smack between the World Series games and Halloween...) I figured "let's hope there is a tv at the bar. Maybe we'll do a drink and tapas and call it a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Esteban is in the charming Casa Munras hotel. Low key Spanish ambiance, fireplace. Just the place for a romantic night out. Excellent Spanish tapas menu prepared by their chef. Clam/Mussel Paella freshly prepared, chocolate bread pudding (more like a brownie) with pistachio ice cream. We stayed at the hotel and ate breakfast at Esteban several times and each time the... More 

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Thank P A
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello P A, Thank you for the spectacular 5 star review. It was wonderful to read that we had the opportunity to welcome you for both breakfast and dinner and that you found everything to be mouthwatering delicious. We are glad our outdoor fire pit was the perfect ambiance for a romantic night out discovering the flavors of Spain with... More 

Chico, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We sat outside and enjoyed the area which had a fire pit. Food was ok, calamari was local and fresh. It's across the street from the Stevenson Hotel.

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Thank gailpeeters
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi gailpeeters, We are so glad you had the opportunity to join us during your travels and that you enjoyed our outside fire pit. It is the perfect place to enjoy a evening out. We were happy you enjoyed our local calamari and found it be so fresh. We hope your travels will allow you to join us again soon... More 

Manchester, Connecticut
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

If you're looking for good eats you must come to Esteban's!! The food was highly recommended and did not disappoint! We started at the bar for happy hour, talked with Tom, the executive chef the entire time- he was very friendly and accommodating. The kitchen is in front of part of the bar which is super fun- almost feels like... More 

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Thank Elissa121
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Elissa121, Thank you for joining us at Estéban Restaurant and for sharing your AMAZING experience. We could not be more thrilled that you had such a wonderful time and had the opportunity to enjoy Feliz Hora with Chef Tom. We are so thrilled you enjoyed our tapas variety, as we always hope our guests have the opportunity to savor... More 

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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

The food and service were excellent. As Entrée we shared the Paella Negra, which was delicious. Also the service and wine pleases us.

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Thank GrobDani
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello GrobDani, Thank you for the excellent 5 star review. It was wonderful to read that you enjoyed our traditional Paella Negra with squid ink, Monterey calamari, and Serrano ham. We will be sure to share your kind words with our team and are pleased that you found our wines to go perfectly with your meal. We hope your travels... More 

California, United States
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348 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

We were seated quickly. The menu was pricy and didn't seem to have a huge variety but when the food came out it tasted excellent and was hot. they had a good variety of drinks. the place was very busy but the waitress did a good job of keeping up with our large group. Good atmosphere inside and they have... More 

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Thank Reginald S
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Reginald, We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Estéban Restaurant and that you found the food, service, and atmosphere to be excellent. Chef Tom's seasonally changing options are always inspired by the freshest seafood, meats and regionally grown fruits, herbs and vegetables available. We can't wait to welcome you back and hope you might be able to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $34
Cuisine
Spanish, Mediterranean
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-3110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-0176
Description
Estéban Restaurant offers authentic Monterey dining in the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Enjoy a unique culinary experience featuring traditional Spanish-inspired cuisine with a pinch of adventure. Choose from Mediterranean tapas and classic selections to savor and share by the warmth of the fireplace or in the relaxing outdoor patio setting.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?