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Lopez Restaurant & Cantina

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$$ - $$$
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635 Cass St, Monterey, CA 93940-3113 (Webster)
+1 831-324-4260
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Marina, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Fresh, and the spices are the real thing. I eat a lot of Mexican food when I eat out, and this is my favorite in Monterey for authenticity and taste. Great Tequila selection.

Thank curlyintiedye
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We went there with 3 people for dinner. The rooms was nice and we got immedeately a table. Chips and Salsa was served immedeately. The food was great and tasted original mexican, as we have been hoping for. Later in the evening, there was original Mexican life music in the restaurant. I do not know, if this is a regular... More 

Thank jsacher
San Jose, California
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70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I went on a Sunday evening, the place was really quiet, so decided to have my Combo Fajita to go. The steak & chicken were soft and well cooked, but the shrimp was a bit tough.Overall, the food was satisfactory. It's a big place with booths, so the ambiance is not cozy by any standards. I would recommend for food... More 

Thank Dosco39
Palo Alto, California
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300 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Okay, so our Uber driver had lived in Monterey her whole life and hadn't heard of the place. Then we see the storefront and there aren't any windows and it seems closed. Then we walk in and are the only customers.... But it all ended up being a pretty nice meal. Our server was pleasant and not too clingy for... More 

Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

I picked this place b/c of the TripAdvisor reviews and I was sorely disappointed. Truly tasteless beans, sad yellow rice, gluey tamales, sub-par corn chips, tired flat-tasting salsa. But hey - the waiters are friendly and they serve real agave tequila here. And the TV works.

Thank tiramisu2
Monterey, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Just one of those days, when you don't want to cook at home. We've eaten here many times, and always had good food at a reasonable price. The décor is nothing to brag about, but the food is good...(service also)

Thank frraggs
Reno, Nevada
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

It doesn't look inviting for the outside and the decor could use a little work but that not why you visit an authentic Mexican restaurant. Both the carnitas plate and manchamantel were fine dishes. Tortillas were defiantly not homemade (as menu stated). Like many Mexican restaurants, it was a very good value and plenty to eat.

Thank McBubby
Manly, Australia
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

This local Mexican cantina has friendly staff, a range of Mexican and other beers and home made mole sauce and tamales. I recommend the pork with mole and tamales with green tomatillo salsa.

Thank Penelope B
Salinas, California, United States
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246 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

I hadn't eaten here before but a Groupon offer for 2 meals with margaritas made me want to check it out. Authentic looking on the inside - definitely not fancy but comfortable. They only had one person who was hostess and waitress and they were pretty busy but she not only took great care of us but seemed happy we... More 

Thank 556danaa
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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178 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Our party of six was very pleased with the food at Lopez. Not too spicy, but sufficiently picante, and very flavorful. The little kids were happy, the seniors were pleased as were the regular grownups. The frozen Margaritas could have been a bit stronger, but we're still quite good. Very friendly servers!!

Thank lfiebert

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 635 Cass St, Monterey, CA 93940-3113
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-324-4260

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?