Where to Eat on the Central Coast

There are tons of food options in the area, and we’ve done the homework for you. Here’s a list of all our favorite places to eat on California's North Central Coast — from Santa Cruz to Monterey and beyond.

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Bantam

Selected best of: Dinner

Open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30pm to 8pm. Closed Monday and Sunday. 1010 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz 831.420.0101 bantam1010.com

Big Sur Bakery

Selected best of: Breakfast

Open daily at 9am, breakfast and lunch are served every day from 12pm to 5pm. 47540 California 1, Big Sur 831.667.0520 bigsurbakery.com

Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant

Selected best of: Lunch

Open 12pm to 6pm daily. 46800 Hwy. One, Big Sur 831.667.2700 bigsurriverinn.com

Cafe Brasil

Selected best of: Breakfast

Open 8am to 3pm daily. 1410 Mission Street, Santa 831.429.1855 Cruz cafebrasil.us

Cultura Comida y Bebida

Selected best of: Dinner

Open Tuesday through Sunday 5pm to 9pm. Closed Monday. Dolores St. between 5th and 6th, Carmel 831.250.7005 culturacarmel.com

Dad’s Luncheonette

Selected best of: Lunch

Open Thursday through Sunday 11am to 4pm. 225 Cabrillo Hwy. South, Half Moon Bay 650.560.9832 dadsluncheonette.com

Duarte’s Tavern

Selected best of: Lunch

Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm to 3pm; Friday through Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Closed Tuesday. 202 Stage Rd., Pescadero 650.879.0464 duartestavern.com

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Selected best of: Lunch

Open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm. 390 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay 650.728.2739 hmbbrewingco.com

La Balena

Selected best of: Dinner

Open Wednesday through Sunday 5pm to 8pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Junipero between 5th and 6th, Carmel 831.250.6295 labalenacarmel.com

La Bicyclette Restaurant

Selected best of: Lunch

Open 8:30am to 10:30am and 11am to 9pm daily. Dolores and 7th, Carmel 831.622.9899 labicycletterestaurant.com

Moonside Bakery & Cafe

Selected best of: Breakfast

Open Monday through Wednesday and Sunday 8am to 3pm, Friday and Saturday 7am to 4pm. Closed Tuesday. 604 Main Street, Half Moon Bay 650.726.9070 moonsidebakery.com

Nepenthe

Selected best of: Dinner

Open 11:30am to 9pm daily. 48510 Hwy. One, Big Sur 831.667.2345  nepenthe.com

Old Monterey Cafe

Selected best of: Breakfast

Open 6:45am to 2:30pm daily. 489 Alvarado Street, Monterey 831.646.1021 oldmontereyca.com

Old Princeton Landing Public House

Selected best of: Lunch

Open 8am to 9pm daily. 460 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay 650.728.7096 oplhmb.com

Passionfish

Selected best of: Dinner

Open 5pm to 9pm daily. 701 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove 831.655.3311 passionfish.net

Pasta Moon

Selected best of: Dinner

Open Monday, Thursday and Sunday 5pm to 8pm; Friday and Saturday 5pm to 8:30pm. 845 Main St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.5125 pastamoon.com

The Press

Selected best of: Breakfast

Open Tuesday through Friday 4am to 4pm, Saturday 5am to 4pm, Sunday 5am to 3pm, and Monday 4am to 3pm. 107 Sevilla Ave., El Granada 650.726.9775 thepressgrilledcheese.com

West End Tap & Kitchen

Selected best of: Lunch

Open 12pm to 9pm daily. 334D Ingalls St., Santa Cruz 831.471.8115 westendtap.com

Who’s writing these?

Meet our always-hungry team of foodies who compiled this list.
Please let us know if we’ve missed your favorite eat@localgetaways.com.

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