Food & Drink in Monterey

50% Off at Lugano Swiss Bistro

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$30 $15

(88)

Chef André Lengacher concocts creamy fondue, schnitzel & pan-fried lake trout at Swiss-inspired eatery with live music

Up to 42% Off an Italian Dinner at Loose Noodle Pasta House

New Monterey

$40 $26

(121)

Italian favorites include bruschetta, cioppino, beef tortellini, butternut-squash ravioli, and chicken marsala

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

$20 $10

(59)

Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

Up to 52% Off Comedy and Appetizers at Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

$30.95 $14.98

(31)

Duos or foursomes enjoy the comedic stylings of standup acts while munching on bar-style appetizers inside a warm, intimate club

45% Off Bar Fare at Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Old Monterey Business District

$20 $11

(138)

Happy hour features specialty cocktails and wine served alongside Italian-style small bites, such as meatball sliders and tomato bruschetta

Up to 50% Off at Alvarado Fish & Steak House

Old Monterey Business District

$30 $16

(104)

Italian and Japanese flavors infuse a menu of seasonal fish, grilled steaks, and housemade linguine

Half Off Burgers at 400 Degrees Gourmet Burgers & Fries

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$20 $10

(155)

American wagyu beef burgers, veggie burgers, and turkey burgers with toppings such as smoked bacon or crispy onions

46% Off at Village Corner Carmel Bistro

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$35 $19

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Diners can enjoy dinner fare out on the picturesque open-air patio complete with a fireplace

45% Off at MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Choose from up to ten flavors of frozen yogurt, and top it with more than 70 topping options

45% Off Bakery Treats at Pastries and Petals

Pastries & Petals

$20 $11

Bakery treats customers to a selection of decorated cookies, macarons, festive cupcakes, and other baked goods along with café fare

Up to 55% Off High Tea at Eddison & Melrose

Monterey

$70 $35

(14)

High tea with, tea sandwiches, baked goods, and soup or salad

50% Off Italian Dinner at Dishes Bistro & Grill

Marina

$40 $20

(96)

Local and international wines and beers complement fresh wild seafood, such as Monterey Bay King Salmon, and grass-fed steaks

Up to 52% Off at Marina's Take 'N' Bake Pizza

Marina

$25 $12

(12)

Get restaurant-quality pizza at home by ordering custom pizzas that can be baked whenever desired

50% Off at Carmona's BBQ Deli

Watsonville

$20 $10

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Burgers topped with guava-chipotle sauce; all-beef hot dogs; barbecue beef ribs with chili beans

Up to Half Off at Bikini Coffee

Watsonville

$4 $2.20

Patrons sip lattes, espressos, and other coffee drinks poured by bikini-clad baristas; sandwiches, pastries, and oatmeal also available

Half Off Tasting at Wargin Wines

Watsonville

$58 $29

Staffers pour tastings of petite sirah, late-harvest zinfandel & montepulciano-based blend while helping guests discern each wine's flavors

Half Off Wine Tasting at Roudon-Smith Winery

Watsonville

$70 $35

Winery uses traditional winemaking methods and careful selection of fruit

Up to 40% Off Organic Fare at River Cafe

Central Santa Cruz

$14 $9

House-made granola, Old Creek Ranch grass-fed beef burgers, grilled chicken paninis, frittatas, pastries & cookies keep patrons noshing

50% Off Italian and Argentine Cuisine at Star Bene

Twin Lakes

$22 $11

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Homemade pastas, seafood, and empanadas with local, organic meats and vegetables

Up to 50% Off at Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Diners can feast on innovative Celtic cuisine served for brunch or lunch, or sip bottomless mimosas

40% Off Casual American Food at Davenport Roadhouse

Davenport

$30 $18

Restaurant inside an eco-friendly inn serves burgers, local wine and beer, and sustainably sourced seafood

$11 for Dinner at Chelitos Pupuseria

Eastside

$20 $11

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Chefs stuff Salvadorian pupusas with vegetables, cheese, and meat, as well as craft Mexican tortas and sopes

Up to 47% Off at Margaritaville

Capitola

$43 $23

Baja burgers and slow-cooked tri-tip sandwiches; extensive collection of tequilas and organic margaritas

Up to 50% Off Italian Cuisine at Oak Tree Ristorante

Felton

$40 $20

(145)

Pastas and Italian entrees crafted from scratch with ingredients from local suppliers

40% Off Dinner at Yamamori Sushi & Grill

Scotts Valley

$25 $15

(96)

Along with sashimi, nigiri sushi, and a variety of rolls, Yamamori also has choices for vegetarians and those without a palate for raw fish

Up to 57% Off Wine and Olive-Oil Tasting

Hollister

$70 $35

Tours explore winery, olive-oil-making room, and historic home, concluding with sampling of wines; gift certificate for wine and olive oil

Up to 68% Off Tasting at Leal Vineyards

Hollister

$30 $11

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Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

Up to 43% Off Mexican Food at Dona Esther Restaurant

San Juan Bautista

$30 $17

(88)

Traditional Mexican dishes, such as carne asada and steaming menudo, warm stomachs

Up to Half Off Freshly Grown Lemons

Multiple Locations

$18 $12

Certified naturally grown lemons from a family-operated ranch

Up to 56% Off at Sushi Omakase

Gilroy

$65 $30

(190)

A guided tasting of four cold sakes is followed by a shot of shochu, standard sushi rolls, and 750 ml. bottle of sake for the table

40% Off at Station 55 Bar & Grill

Gilroy

$25 $15

Eatery serves 12-ounce rib eyes and specialty burgers with sliced jalapeños and pepper jack, along with lasagna and breakfast burritos

45% Off a Wine-Tasting Package

Soledad

$20 $11

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Sample varietals such as chardonnay or pinot noir in a tasting room located in the heart of Santa Lucia Highlands

Up to 58% Off Wine Tastings at Hahn Estate

Soledad

$30 $15

(25)

Sip on wine samples while absorbing the sights and sounds of the Salinas Valley wine country

Up to 35% Off at Baskin Robbins

Los Gatos

$20 $13

Under new ownership, this location offers a large menu of ice cream cakes, pies, milkshakes, rolls, and more

Up to Half Off at Triple Seven Pizzeria

Rainbow

$20 $10

(202)

Gourmet pizzas with sourdough crusts made daily and combinations of fresh toppings

Up to 35% Off Traditional Japanese Cuisine at Hachi Ju Hachi

Madronia Historic

$60 $39

(210)

Innovative eatery that earned Michelin nods for Best Value and Charming Restaurant serves up dishes such as pork-belly stew and sushi

Up to 58% Off Wine-Flight Tasting

West Santa Clara

$30 $15

Guests can sample the libations and take in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the vineyard's charming tasting room

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Ristorante Da Mario

Saratoga

$30 $15

(113)

The Calabrian owner focuses on familiar southern Italian staples including housemade ravioli and meat lasagna

40% Off Upscale Pub Food at The Luxury Box

Campbell

$30 $18

Refined twists on classics such as deviled eggs, oysters, wings, gulf prawns, and brisket burgers

Up to 51% Off Wine and Wine Tastings

Campbell

$50 $25

(13)

House blends and vintages include California-style sangiovese, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon, which are often poured at Saturday tastings

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

40% Off Drinks at Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

$30 $18

Full-service sports bar with 25 draft and bottled beers, HDTVs, and lively karaoke inside a 32-lane bowling alley

Up to 61% Off Catering from Lucy’s Tamale Factory

Alum Rock

$340 $149

Masa and shredded meats are rolled by hand to cook up award-winning pork and chicken

Up to 80% Off Standup at San Jose Improv

San Jose Improv

$96 $20

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Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

40% Off New American Cuisine at SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant

Downtown San Jose

$30 $18

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Chef Ola Fendert helms New American eatery's kitchen, which serves the chef's ginger-soy-glazed baby back ribs and hand-crafted libations

38% Off Eclectic American Food at Billy Berk's

Downtown San Jose

$40 $25

(495)

Mojito skirt-steak sliders, crab-stuffed trout, and rustic flatbreads in a brick-and-timber building with a heated patio

Up to 50% European Cafe Fare at La Lune Sucrée

Downtown San Jose

$20 $12

(283)

Pastry chef Bettina Pope bakes puff-pastry quiches, flaky croissants, and crusty baguettes for gourmet sandwiches alongside handmade crepes

Up to 43% Off Nacho Fries or Five-Pound Burritozilla at Iguanas

Multiple Locations

$21 $12

(1644)

5-lb. 18-inch burritozilla featured on Man v. Food, stuffed with meats such as hand-trimmed angus carne asada or grilled marinated chicken

Half Off Mexican Cuisine at Plaza Garibaldi Restaurant

San Jose

$30 $15

(169)

More than 100 tequilas complement handmade regional dishes in colorful eatery with weekend mariachi performances

52% Off Lunch at Britannia Arms Almaden

Almaden Valley

$29 $14

Choose from lunch entrees of shepherd's pie or fish and chips with sodas at this British-style pub

Asian-Fusion Dinner at Mosaic

Downtown San Jose

$50 $25

Asian-fusion dishes, such as orange chicken and fried prawns in honey mayo, served in a lounge and outdoor plaza at historic downtown hotel

Up to 47% Off Pizza and Breadsticks at Checkers Pizza & Ribs

Paynes

$19.54 $11

(49)

Pizzas loaded with whole-milk mozzarella and topped with artichoke hearts, gyro meat, sun-dried tomatoes, or more

Up to 50% Off at New York Pizza

Alum Rock

$25 $12.50

More than a dozen gourmet pizzas plus calzones, salads, and sandwiches

46% Off at Hello Desserts

Gordy

$35 $19

Desserts ranging from custard and pudding to crème brûlée and ice-cream sundaes pair with smoothies, coffee, and other beverages

Up to 63% Off Wine-Tasting Class or Bottles of Wine

South San Jose

$70 $35

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Sample cheese while learning about wines' provenance and flavors, or winery ships two bottles of a pinot noir with notes of plum and cherry

Up to 42% Off at Sonoma Chicken Coop

North San Jose

$25 $15

(315)

Join friends to feast on rotisserie chicken, oven-baked pizza, and angus steak

Up to 50% Off at Sapphire Hookah

South San Jose

$20 $11

Groups gather around hookah pipes in an ambient lounge to unwind while smoking shisha in their chosen flavor

Up to 54%Off at Pauly's Famous Franks N Fries

Downtown

$25.55 $13

(56)

Menu of more that 65 signature hot dogs includes the bacon-wrapped Mexico City dog and the jalapeño-topped Nacho Chip dog

Half Off Persian Cuisine at Saaghi Restaurant House of Kabob

Willow Glen

$40 $20

(70)

Beef stew with 16 different herbs; Persian yogurt with diced cucumbers and dried mint; saffron-and-lemon-flavored chicken

Up to 34% Off Casual Cuisine at Sonoma Chicken Coop

San Jose-Capitol Expwy

$53 $35

(213)

Chicken slowly heats, rotating inside a rotisserie while chefs hand toss salads, build sandwiches, and melt cheese atop oven-fired pizza

Up to 50% Off at Pizza California

Multiple Locations

$35 $20

(330)

Classic pizza combinations such as ham and pineapple, plus create-your-own options and signature pies including creamy pesto chicken

40% Off at Big T's Seafood Market Bar

Alvin - Burdette

$50 $30

(143)

Huge variety of fresh seafood including lobster, crab, and oysters served in a bright restaurant with draft beers and big-screen TVs

40% Off Breakfast Food at Scrambl'z

Cambrian

$20 $12

(670)

Omelets, benedicts, crepes, and waffles are prepared from scratch and served amid eclectic decor including a VW van that doubles as seating

50% Off Beverages and More

Central San Jose

$6 $3

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 50% Off at Myth Taverna & Lounge

Downtown San Jose

$30 $15

(244)

Housemade pita bread, imported olive oils, and greek yogurt heighten flavors of saganaki, souvlaki, and pastitsio

41% Off Italian Dinner at Vin Santo Ristorante

San Jose

$126.50 $75

(222)

Italian chef whips up traditional dishes from his home country, speckling homemade pastas with seafood and innovative sauces

Up to 57% Off Pretzels at Pretzelmaker

San Jose

$20 $9

Soft flavored pretzels or pretzel-wrapped hot dogs accompany sodas or waters

55% Off Wine-and-Chocolate Pairing

Sherman Cellars

$55 $25

(16)

Wine educators guide guests through tastings of red and white wines paired with local chocolates

Half Off at Klondike’s Pizza

Heritage

$20 $10

(44)

Family-owned local pizza place since 1985 dishes out dough layered with chicken, pesto sauce, and other toppings; salads and hot sandwiches

Up to 40% Off at Pizza Party

Santa Clara

$25 $15

Pizzas in bacon-chicken and greek veggie varieties emerge from the oven on traditional, gluten-free, or 20-inch Belly Buster crusts

Up to 42% Off Italian Cuisine at Mio Vicino

Santa Clara

$40 $25

(346)

California-inspired artisanal pizzas, seafood pastas, and Italian specialties fill tables in a cheerful, sun-yellow restaurant

40% Off Pizza & American Food at Last Chance Restaurant

Santa Clara

$20 $12

Varied menu includes pizza, burgers, and sandwiches such as the Malibu chicken at a laid-back restaurant with pool tables and arcade games

44% Off Vin12 Wine Event

Multiple Locations

$70 $39

(19)

Sacramento event highlights pinot noir and zinfandel, Santa Clara spotlights pinot noir—both feature 15+ wineries and 40+ wines to sample

Up to 49% Off at Gumba's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Downtown Sunnyvale

$62.85 $32

Cannelloni a la romana with ground veal and spinach, prawns and wild mushooms sautéed in sherry-cream sauce, and classic rigatoni

40% Off Baked Goods at Nothing Bundt Cakes

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(539)

Bakers use high-quality ingredients to forge 10 flavors of bundt cakes, available with custom messages and decorations

Up to 78% Off at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Heritage District

$40 $12

(186)
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Variety of comedians who've appeared on late-night talk shows and comedy specials entertain audiences in the intimate club

40% Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Blvd

Sunnyvale

$25 $15

(201)

Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

Up to 31% Off Greek Dinner at Asteria Grill

Sunnyvale

$25 $17.25

(134)

Chefs create traditional Greek fare such as grilled octopus, meatballs seasoned with mint, and lamb-stuffed peppers

Half Off Steakhouse Food and Fondue at Rok Steakhouse

Historic Downtown Sunnyvale

$20 $10

(419)

Premium steaks and other exotic meats served seared and sizzling atop hot stones amid rustic, crimson tones and a full bar

Select Local Merchants

1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans.

Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

700 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

Originally opened in 1955 as a joint-venture chocolate shop, Em Le’s welcomes visitors into its quaint A-frame dining room with the irresistible scents of fresh pasta, simmering sauces, and seared meats. The eatery is known for its french toast, made with a recipe that has remained unchanged since 1955. The batter-cooked confection is served during breakfast alongside more than 10 savory omelets and pancakes piled with fresh fruit. Guests can snuggle up to the fireplace while they browse a dinner menu of comfort food ranging from spaghetti and meatballs to short ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh veggies.

5th Ave
Carmel,
CA
US

Hawaiian art and vintage surf paraphernalia deck the walls of Hula's Island Grill And Tiki Room, adding to the restaurant's island ambience. In the kitchen, cooks draw on the flavors of the Pacific Rim to craft raw ahi poke, luau pork sandwiches, and spring rolls alongside burgers, steaks, and tacos. More than 30 types of rum wait behind the bar to be poured into a mai tai or dark and stormy.

622 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey,
CA
US

Winner of Monterey County Weekly's best burger of 2011, r.g. Burgers' grillmasters fire up juicy burgers, hunger-busting sandwiches, and a menu full of classic American eats. Homemade potato salad ($3.95) and fried zucchini sticks ($7.25) hype up mouths for burgers handmade from extra-lean ground beef, turkey, bison, chicken breast, and vegetarian falafel. The burger bazaar's bun-based creations include guacamole-swiss ($8.50), lemon pepper ($7.95), and the zesty béarnaise burger with creamy béarnaise sauce and sautéed mushrooms ($9.50). Ranch chicken sandwiches lasso lettuce, tomato, and red onion onto toasted steak rolls ($9.25), and a variety of all-beef hot dogs celebrate tubular protein at its finest ($6.50–$8.95). In addition to milkshakes and malts in flavors from coffee to peanut butter and jelly ($4.50–$5.25), the r.g. Burgers kitchen crew churns out fresh salads, soups, and desserts.

201 Crossroads Boulevard
Carmel,
CA
US

The C restaurant + bar's executive chef Jerry Regester crafts a dinner menu that culls fresh, sustainable seafood and local, seasonal produce to craft sophisticated takes on classic American flavors. Steeped in a spicy Dungeness crab and saffron broth, the Monterey-style cioppino stews a sumptuous treasure chest of seafood ready to be unlocked by a discerning palate or an industrial welding torch ($25). The normally humble made-to-order clam chowder takes on justifiable airs with sweet-garlic crème fraîche, leeks, and fingerling potatoes ($12.50). Offering the charms of travel without the detailed digital embarrassment of a full-body scan, sparkling-wine flights from the new ($18) and old worlds ($23) shower the senses with shimmering bliss.

750 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

Koko's Cafe tantalizes taste buds with classic Mediterranean dishes from countries ranging from Greece to Turkey, served in a European-café-style atmosphere with Greek and Roman artwork and French, Italian, and Middle-Eastern music. Patrons can kick-start a partnered feast by dipping slivers of pita into hummus made from freshly smashed garbanzo beans and blended with tahini sauce. After a tasty warm-up, culinary caverns can embrace the slices of chicken, beef, or lamb mixed with hewed veggies and homemade tzatziki sauce found snug inside a warm gyro. As they hydrate their throats with sips of bubbly soda or calming water, diners can nibble on turkish delight, a confection so named for its ability to hypnotize turkeys.

419 Alvarado St
Monterey,
CA
US