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Esteban Restaurant

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700 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-3110
+1 831-375-0176
17:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 10:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 10:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 11:00
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Monterey, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoy the menu and wine selection. I like variety. All the dishes are good so you can find something to suit your mood and drink selection. You can just snack 'Tapas style' or go for a full meal. There is outside seating by the fire or warm comfortable inside locations. Today there was a wine and cheese paring... More 

Thank MRY_USTraveler
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place to be quite disappointing. The food was reasonable, portions extremely small and service marginal. The Maitre De was largely incompetent but our server was ok. Overall, you can find much better restaurants in Monterey.

Thank Mark B
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We ordered Huevos Rancheros, which was very good. They have their own style on this dish including shredded pork and avacado. Generous portion as well.

Thank dana m
Portland, OR
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357 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The restaurant/bar has a lively feel most evenings, and the food and small plates are good. I ordered a main course of sauteed calamari, a nice change from the usual deep fried version. Excellent and nicely portioned. The restaurant has a nice outdoor seating area with fire pit and heaters for chilly evenings. All in all, a nice, welcoming place

Thank GeorgePortland_OR
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We ate breakfast here while staying at the Casa Munras Hotel & Spa. They give you a 20% discount coupon at the hotel, and it was well worth it! Food was fantastic and wait staff wonderful.

Thank Sam M
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sam, We were so pleased we had the opportunity to welcome you as our guest for breakfast and that you found both our food and team so wonderful. We truly hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey More 

Flagstaff, Arizona
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived just after happy hour and behind a group who had already secured the fire pit. They wheeled in a heater so we could still enjoy the patio. Our server was unimpressive - he didn't know the bourbon my brother asked for and didn't make any effort to find out or report back when he returned whether they had... More 

Thank JessinFlag
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi JessinFlag, Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your experience with us. While we were pleased that you enjoyed your overall experience, we would like to offer our sincerest apology for failing to provide you with more attentive service. We truly hope that we might have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future and would... More 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice restaurant that is very authentic to Spanish cuisine. My wife and I had the flank steak and it was perfect with the caramelized onions. The pulled pork empanadas were perfect...absolutely the best we have ever had. The calamari was just like you get in Spain but we have had better in Barcelona. They had wines for... More 

Thank David G
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi David, Thank you for your review and for joining us on Half Price Bottle Monday's. We were happy to find out that you were able to experience several dishes including the melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork empanadas with green tomatillo salsa, calamari with lemon and chili flakes, and hanger steak with caramelized shallots. We hope your travels will bring you back... More 

San Jose, California
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We were so disappointed in our meal. I thought it would be slices from a real cooked turkey but instead it was turkey breast cooked in the oven with some type of thin layer of something on it like bacon fat that hardened, we couldn't make it out. With only one spoon full of runny potatoes and I couldn't find... More 

Thank Lovetohittheroad2
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Lovetohittheroad2, We are all disappointed to find out that your Thanksgiving experience was less than absolutely delightful and that we failed to provide you with the fond memories so many of our guests speak of. We are sincerely sorry for the miscommunication regarding the Prix Fixe Thanksgiving menu and that you were not made aware that the turkey option... More 

Seattle, Washington
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208 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Good, interesting Spanish tapas. Menus is divided into vegetables, fish, meat and paella. We settled upon Brussels sprouts (good but unremarkable) frisée salad with pork belly and soft boiled egg (very good, but overdressed), clams and sausage (outstanding but too small) and pork ribs (great). We ordered the house version of a Manhattan cocktail which wasn't much like the classic,... More 

Thank Foodtwosome
Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Esteban Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Foodtwosome, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with fellow travelers. We were delighted that you found the patio and outdoor fire pit so enjoyable along with our variety of adventurous dishes. We will be sure to share your comments with our team and hope that you'll have the chance to join us again soon in the near future.... More 

Monterey, CA
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

It was the World Series. I wanted to watch the game, but it was also my birthday, and we were having a get together (the complication of having a birthday smack between the World Series games and Halloween...) I figured "let's hope there is a tv at the bar. Maybe we'll do a drink and tapas and call it a... More 

Thank Justine_CMT

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$34
Spanish, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 11:00
17:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 10:00
07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-3110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-0176
Estéban Restaurant offers authentic Monterey dining in the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Enjoy a unique culinary experience featuring traditional Spanish-inspired cuisine with a pinch of adventure. Choose from Mediterranean tapas and classic selections to savor and share by the warmth of the fireplace or in the relaxing outdoor patio setting.

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