Though it’s an ever-popular tourist destination, there’s more to the Monterey Peninsula than a cool aquarium and an epic golf course. This has never been more evident than this past year, when travel and tourism were stifled by the pandemic. Like many places along the California coast, Monterey closed, then opened, then closed again, charting the COVID-19 wave along with everyone else.
By this point, locals are getting the knack for takeout and outdoor dining, and even limited indoor dining in some cases. And while the pandemic brought about some restaurants’ demise, others appear to be thriving — and a few even had the courage to open up for the first time. The fortunate thing is that Monterey County is positioned incredibly well to offer great eating and drinking: Abundant seafood, local farms, and nine different wine appellations make this a true food locale. Here are our top picks for eating and drinking through Monterey, Carmel, and beyond.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More