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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 - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Santa Cruz, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The wine list is really nice. Our server was warm and friendly. The service was incredible. Our server even told us about some of her favorite local places to visit. The Paella is their signature dish. It was great. The tapas were great, however the roasted padron peppers were rather bland. I do not believe they seasoned them prior to... More 

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

Hi Akibomb, We are truly appreciative of your excellent 5 star review and want to thank you for your kind words regarding our friendly team. We are so glad you had the chance to try our signature Paella. It is such a wonderful main dish to order and share that goes perfectly with a selection of small bites prior. We... More 

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143 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food in a casual atmosphere. Very trendy, upscale. A bit pricey but the service and cuisine are worth the cost. The desserts alone are worth the trip. The duck was wonderful. The apple crisp is melt in your mouth delicious. Worth the visit!

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Thank Kay932
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Kay932, It was wonderful to read you had an amazing time during your recent dining experience with us and that you found the service and food to be terrific. The Duck and Apple Tart are excellent choices. We hope you'll have the opportunity to join us again in the near future and stop by for our Dessert Happy Hour... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the tapas dish and calamari – both dishes of excellent quality. Rather small restaurant, but they have e terrace where you may also sit. Not very crowded the day we went, and a very efficient staff – we were seated upon arrival and the meal came almostimmediately. We ordered the house specialty – a Margarita for drinks –... More 

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Thank Jannik J
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Jannik J, Thank you for your awesome 5 star review and for taking the time to share. We could not be more pleased that you found everything to be so delicious and of excellent quality. We must agree, the Boss Anna Margarita is one you don't want to miss! Should your travels bring you back our way, we hope... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They don't have a long menu list, but everything is carefully selected. Everything we tried was tasteful (and it also looked beautiful), they do encourage you to share the meals. From tapas to desert, the food was fresh, exciting, delicious! Great service as well!

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Thank gf-zrh
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi gf-zrh, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to review your most recent dining experience. We could not be more pleased that you found everything to be absolutely delicious and beautifully served. We hope to welcome you back soon as our menu is seasonally changing to provide our guests with the freshest seafood, meats and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Both the food and the service was awesome! Skip the warf and go for the Spanish stuff. I loved the cured meat and the grilled peach. Don't miss the chili chocholate for dessert.

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Thank Ann J
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Ann, We are so happy to find out that you had an absolutely delightful dining experience with us and that you had the opportunity to savor our newly added grilled peaches. They are the perfect degree of sweetness after being grilled and topped with fresh avocado. We hope you'll join us for Sweet Hour in the future to discover... More 

Abbotsford, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Fresh food, fabulous service and atmosphere was intimate, Really what more do you want. The taste was spectacular and as a cook myself i have high expectations. This restaurant did not disappoint in any way. Paella was awesome!

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Thank Rob F
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Rob, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience! We are so pleased we had the opportunity to have you as our guest and that our atmosphere was the ideal location for an intimate dining experience. We will be sure to share your kind compliments with our Chef and can't wait to welcome you back to... More 

Windsor, California
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Love the small plate concept! Delicious! The empanadas were superb! Short ribs were tasty! Server was attentive and assisted with great choices! Great atmosphere!

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

Hi kdmcdutton, We are so very appreciative of your review and were glad you enjoyed our wide variety of tapas (small plates). It is a wonderful way to experience several dishes rather than just one with friends and family. Our Pulled Pork Empanadas are truly a guest favorite served green tomatillo salsa and were happy to find out you thought... More 

San Ramon, California
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158 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

We love Tapas for dinner! Small amounts of different things is a wonderful change to a traditional dinner! We order one to two dishes at a time and then decide on the next course while we are nibbling away on the current selection. We enjoyed a number of items in our most recent visit; the lamb meatballs with spicy sauce,... More 

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

Hi Shirley, Thank you for the wonderful review and for visiting Estéban Restaurant. We were all delighted that our variety of Spanish inspired tapas made your dinner so enjoyable. We always hope our offerings encourage our guests to Sip, Savor, and Share and were thrilled that you did just this. We all look forward to welcoming you back soon to... More 

Seattle, Washington
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84 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

That was the feeling that I got when dining at Esteban. We happened to dine there on a Tuesday paella night which was pretty popular. We chose the prix fixe paella dinner which included two tapas, a paella choice and dessert. I enjoyed the tapas and dessert, but it didn't seem as though they gave time or attention to the... More 

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Thank Lester L
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Lester L, We are very appreciative of your review and were so pleased that we had the opportunity to welcome you to our Paella Tuesday. While we were delighted that you enjoyed our tapas and desserts, we were disappointed to find out that we failed to provide you with the personalized and attentive service we are known for. It... More 

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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

We ordered a variety of the tapas appetizers and dinner dishes so we could try many flavors and all we wonderful. Staff very helpful. Went back the next night for drinks and visited with bartender and chef to ask more questions and more if those hand crafted margaritas.

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Thank Julie L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 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 Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-0176
Description
Esteban 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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