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Monterey Cookhouse

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2149 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940-5242
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here on several occasions and the food and service have been very good. Lunch buffet is best in town for the price $14 "all you can eat". I love their steaks though for dinner...very tender perfectly cooked medium rare filet mignon is my favorite. Their lackluster sides that come with the meal loses them a star though...overdone vegetables... More 

Thank Liz C
Des Moines IA
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This dinner was very good. The service was outstanding. They are recent new owners so perhaps some kinks to work out, but everyone was bustling!

Thank Lylek2743
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We where looking for somewhere near our Motel. The desk clerk recommend the Monterey cookhouse. We enjoyed our meals. The pulled pork sliders were delicious and the fries were perfect. Large portions so my husband and I split our meal. Our granddaughter had grilled chicken Caesar salad and I tasted the chicken and would recommend it. Very good service.

Thank Elaine P
Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were disappointed in this restaurant. It was the first Caesar salad I had had which was just lettuce and dressing, with a slice of garlic bread on top. The burger was ok but nothing special. Also the liquor licence was between ownership so no beer or wine with the meal. Was pleased we were only there once.

Thank kandj93
Mosman, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Recommended by our hotel, nice decor spacious restaurant. Very pleasant staff and the ambience was convivial and we had a great chat with a fire crew down from Shasta to control the Soberones Carmel Valley fire. Excellent pizza and great large steak accompanied by a good value local Zinfandel by Craftwork. Most enjoyable.

Thank Babu_of_Kili
Calabasas, CA
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

I'm not really sure why this place is called the Cookhouse? Normally, one would associate a cookhouse with down-home barbecue and pizza and rotisserie chicken, but this place is mostly rustic Italian with some other out-of-place items. The sign for the place is black and red with flames but the inside looks like a dressy-casual Italian place that hasn't been... More 

Thank Hannah H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Out of the main strip of Monterey but quite close to many motels on Fremont Street, the Monterey Cookhouse is a gem. A great ambience inside with elegant décor, to match the excellent food served. Pricing is very reasonable and the service in without a doubt some of the friendliest & efficient we had on our tour of the US.... More 

Thank Perry W
Banning, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Stayed in Monterey and hotel recommended this as a local spot that has a bit of everything. The decor is a bit like stepping back in time but the service was great. They were efficient and very pleasant. Had the smoked combo which was huge. Food came out hot and great flavor. Also has a chocolate genache cheese cake. Yum.... More 

Thank Royston S
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I ate here on wednesday 13 july. Initially all was fine and main waitress (owner?)was very friendly. Ordered brisket dip and their pizza on special that day. Pizza didn't taste great and I ended up with a sick stomach for the night - the only trendy to which was to actually throw up. I ordered coffee (was told they don't... More 

Thank Kevin D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We ate here the first night as it was close to our hotel. Food was excellent. Had leftovers we took back and heated up the brisket. Was good the next day as well.

Thank Leah M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:30 am - 9:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2149 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940-5242
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-642-9900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?