If you have a thing about crowds, Phil's may not be for you. The place was packed on a Sunday evening, and friends told us it was remarkably uncrowded. We got the lobster roll (large and a full plate of fries, coleslaw, extras), fresh fried sardines, and the champagne oysters. The oysters were pricey, but worth every mouthful. Not your standard oysters. The sardines were a dish of 3 large fish (nothing petite here), and served without sides. Beware of small bones, as they can't be avoided. Nice buttery, garlic-y finish. Yes,the lobster in the lobster role is imported from the East Coast, but my husband loves lobster, and this was furnished with big hunks of it, including claw meat. There was actually enough to have shared just this plate, without the other dishes. Good thing we were hungry after a day of kayaking.
We finished with an artichoke cupcake (we were curious) that was surprisingly good, more like apple spice cake than anything else. The chunks of artichoke were not identifiable as such. Nice sour cream icing.
Be prepared to scrounge, swoop, and otherwise fight for a table inside. Outdoor seating, some with a beach view and over Monterey bay. There were whales spouting offshore when we were there, but only a few tables have that view. I could see a problem with wind, out here, though not when we were there.
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