You'll dine with the locals at this homey, two-room seafood specialist that's a short drive from the tourist chaos of Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. All of the ingredients are super-fresh (in fact, if it hasn't come right off the boats, they won't serve it) and much of the food is cooked in a wood-burning oven which gives such items as grilled oysters and fish fillets a wonderful smokiness. Also highly recommended: the cioppino, a tomatoey fish stew that's jam-packed with every creature that inhabits Monterey Bay. You can show up for lunch without reservations, but will encounter a line out the door for the open-seating bar seats at dinner (the tables will be booked), so do call in advance.
Monterey Fish House
2114 Del Monte Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Seaside Hours Mon—Fri 11:30am—2:30pm and 5—9:30pm, Sat—Sun 5—9:30pm Phone 831/373–4647 Prices Main dishes $14.95—$18.95
Map2114 Del Monte Ave. Monterey
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