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“A New-California-Comfort Classic”
Review of Restaurant 1833

Restaurant 1833
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Ranked #55 of 306 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Polk Street
Reviewed January 10, 2013

1833 takes its inspiration from cooking good food from locally sourced fresh produce and meat and does a great job with it. Seating is not terribly private, and noise level moderate, but I can see where it could be boisterous if the crowd was rambunctious. We were seated next to a table of office workers on a night out, and looked like they were on a tighter budget than we were for my birthday dinner, but think both our tables were happy; with the proximity, you couldn't help but notice. They had drinks and split a couple pizzas and dessert; our table had appetizer, entree and split dessert... Monterey County salads are always wonderful (it's the source for practically the whole country's lettuce after all!) and my endive was no exception; stacked like Jenga and dotted with blue cheese and walnuts; the soup was great, wonderfully blanched veggies brought in a warmed bowl, and the stock added at the table. Chicken perfectly cooked, served with salsify (we asked the waiter -- it's root veggie similar to parsnip perfect to absorb the lemon butter sauce); I asked for the bacon wrapped tenderloin to be cooked medium, and it was right on (brought half home, as it there were four medallions around 3/4 in thick) The recommended dessert, butter bourbon pudding, is rich and delicious; only after the first bite did I recognize it as a delicious riff on butterscotch pudding.
The waiters know their menu, and if you give them a chance to share what they know, they will - unobtrusive but attentive service from all the waitstaff.
There's a retro/vintage/hip edge to 1833 that nods to the building's history, and is still current (from Absinthe menu and huge variety of bar drinks, decor is appropriate to the era and venue); there are different rooms that have different vibes, so ask the hostess before you're seated. Fire pits outdoors look like they'd be inviting when the rain stops. Cocktails aren't cheap, but for location and ambiance, it's a sweet place to either start or end your evening.

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Thank dappledsunlight
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

but the restraunt isnt the best. Honestly my bacon wrapped pork loin was way under cooked and the server kinda sucked. the bacon cheddar biscuits are good. They have an absinthe cart which is kinda trendy but the stuff tastes like crap and will not get you high FYI. The unique location and drinks are the best things about this place, but the food was ok and overpriced for the portion sizes.

Thank fsublume
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Now and then you find a restaurant that all the others must live up to in your memory. This is that restaurant. Comfortable, big chairs in a softly lighted room. Our server, Al, steered us in all the right directions from appetizer recommendations to the right wine to accompany my steak. And then the Russian absinthe ceremony! Such fun, such tastes, such service.

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1  Thank judithsaxs
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Let's start with the creative beverage options! I simply described flavors that I enjoy sipping, and voila, the mixologist magi created a cocktail that had me in heaven. My husband and I sipped our drinks while sitting in the adirondack chairs placed around the firepits in the front of the restaurant. The ambiance is modern, luxurious, historical, and somehow it all works. The food was outstanding and the perfect way to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary.

Thank LaRae_Mike
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We came here for the New Year's Eve special menu, so our experience may not be typical as to prices and portion sizes. But the restaurant and dining rooms are very nice, with lots of variety upstairs and downstairs. We loved the big wingback chairs, so much more comfortable than hard wooden chairs--especially since we spent 2 1/2 hours there for dinner, for a 7-course special menu (again, probably not typical). Great service, and food; their pastry chef (or whoever makes the gnocchi, ravioli, and/or dessert pastries) is a genius. Portions were quite small--we were satisfied, but by no means stuffed, by all 7 courses--again, maybe that was a NYE special menu thing. We'd definitely visit 1833 again on some "normal" evening.

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Thank eugeno_montoya
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