The Best Restaurants in MONTEREY

Monterey, known for its stunning scenery on California’s rugged central coast, was immortalized by novelist John Steinbeck for its Cannery Row, one-time center of the sardine-packing industry. Today, the converted factories are a popular hub of shops, seafood restaurants and bars. Visitors drive along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline, considered the top road trip in the United States, stopping to sip wine at tucked-away tasting rooms like Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley. A lush region for seafood and produce, food lovers enjoy some of the world’s best clam chowder overlooking the sea at Old Fishermen's Wharf, tour the lettuce fields in Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World,” and even celebrate an Artichoke Festival in May.