Old Monterrey Inn is within a short distance of scores of restaurants. Casanova, located in Carmel, serves French and Italian cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Menu options include Octopus Salad with fennel, radish, celery root, wild arugula, and salmoriglio; Mushroom Ravioli with white wine, truffle cream, and parmesan; Trout with parsnip, apple, Swiss chard, and dill; and Pain Perdu with white chocolate, brioche, and seasonal jam. The dress is upscale casual, and reservations are suggested.
Chart House, located on Cannery Row, offers guests steakhouse fare and seafood with an ocean view. Menu choices include the Shrimp, Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack tossed in a remoulade; Bronzed Rockfish with sweet & spicy seared crab meat, tomatoes, and shallot butter served over coconut ginger rice; Prime Rib that is herb seasoned and slow-roasted; and Hot Chocolate Lava Cake with Godiva liqueur and chocolate sauce and topped with Heath bar crunch and vanilla ice creams. A gluten-free menu is available.
Max’s Grill in Pacific Grove offers guests an eclectic dining experience in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Menu options include Chicken Breast Piccata sautéed in butter and white wine and served with capers, mushrooms, and garlic over saffron rice; Duck Our Way, which consists of confit leg of duck and duck mousse ravioli with orange sauce; and Hawaiian Mango Mousse Cake.
Epsilon, located in Monterey, offers Greek fare in a casual and intimate setting. Menu selections include Taramosalata, a spread made from whipped red caviar, served with pita bread; Pastitsio, with layers of pasta and delicately spiced meat that is topped with a saffron béchamel sauce; and the Mixed Grill Platter with French cut lamb chops, Gyros, and prawns.
Fandango Restaurant, located in Pacific Grove, is an upscale restaurant with European-style cuisine. Dining options include House Cured Salmon with red onion and capers; Spinach Mimosa with chopped bacon and a grated hard boiled egg; Tortellini Maison made fresh and filled with cheese, basil, and a cream sauce; and Hot Grand Marnier Soufflé.
Fish Wife, located in Pacific Grove, serves California-style seafood with a Caribbean flair. Menu selections include Green Lip Mussels steamed in white wine with velouté sauce, garlic, and salsa fresca; Grilled Barramundi Celestun seasoned Mayan-style with salsa brava and ginger cilantro aioli and served on a crispy corn tortilla; and Tilapia Cancún, which is spiced with achiote, served over a cilantro cashew pesto, and topped with salsa brava.
Massaro & Santos, located on the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey, serves a blend of Californian and Italian cuisine with an Asian touch. Menu options include Gnocchi with potato, basil, and pecorino cheese; Scalone, an abalone and scallop cake; Squid Pasta served with marinara sauce; Dungeness Crab over Angel Hair served with a sweet sake and butter sauce; and Death by Chocolate à la mode.
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