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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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Big Sur Roadhouse, Big Sur

If you've spent the day hiking and you'd rather not change clothes for dinner, head to this family-run roadhouse. There's not much in the way of decor: Plain...more

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Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant, Big Sur

Hidden behind a gas station, this comfort food spot's only view is of a pretty cactus garden (and, okay, a big Shell sign pointing into the sky). But the...more

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