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Monterey Cookhouse

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2149 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940-5242
11:30 am - 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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Mosman, Australia
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111 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Portland, Oregon
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56 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The food was well displayed and tasted excellent. Prices were ok and service was great. Everybody was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very cozy and at the same time very stylish. We will be back.

Thank BirgM
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Nice clean resturant and bar. Has an open feel but not so much that sound carries to your table. We came for lunch and choose to partake of the buffet. The food was good and they offered a varied selection. Service was great and all at moderate price.

Thank FADuenas
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109 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We stepped in for dinner as it was next to our hotel. the place was not very busy and we got a table quickly. The food was hot, tasty and was big portions. The fries were a disappointment though ( limp and oily). Everything else was great.

Thank clix22
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We were so tired after a long flight from Australia and our hotel recommended this place as it was close. We were not expecting the food to be so good, it was cooked perfectly. I had the pork chop, on the recomendation of the waitress and it really was tasty. My husband had New York smoked steak and said it... More 

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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?