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Big Sur + Monterey restaurants

With the exception of some stellar standouts, namely Marinus and L'Auberge Carmel, the dining scene on the Monterey Peninsula is pretty lackluster. At most restaurants, the trick to a good meal is to order simply: If something sounds too ambitious, it usually is. In Carmel, classic French is the dominant paradigm. People here dress for dinner (most men wear jackets), but they eat early. There's usually only one seating—everyone wants a table at seven o'clock. Locals head home to curl up fireside, snifter in hand, by nine. In Monterey, the scene is generally more casual (think khakis and denim), driven primarily by tourist-oriented seafood restaurants. Always call ahead for reservations, especially for a late-evening table; many area restaurants close early on slow nights.

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Sierra Mar, Big Sur

Jutting off a 1,200-foot cliff above the Pacific, Sierra Mar's dining room looks like something out of a James Bond film—all glass, slate, and wood, and...more

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Stokes Restaurant & Bar, Monterey

Located in a historic 1833 adobe house with thick plaster walls, quarry-tile floors, and wood-beamed ceilings, Stokes is the handsomest dining room in Monterey....more

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