cocktails with ocean views from every table. Chef Maurizio Cutrignelli’s tantalizing menu makes Osteria Al Mare the place to indulge. Guests will enjoy the Fettuccine Al Pescatore, with fresh fettuccine clams, shrimp, mussels, and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce. If seafood isn’t your thing try the Barolo braised short ribs served with polenta. 32 Cannery Row, Monterey, (831) 920-2833, The Oven Pizzeria East Coast Vs West Coast This is not a real battle because there’s room for both at the party, but the two pizza crust options available at The Oven are distinct and delicious. Opt for a West Coast crust for a perfectly chewy sourdough that holds up to any toppings you include. If you’re from the East Coast, you will decidedly recognize the New York style thin crust on offer at this Seaside hot spot without the travel time. Eat in the friendly Broadway dining room or take your pies to go. 720 Broadway Ave, Seaside, (831) 899-1762, Pacific’s Edge Three-Course Menu Selections Perched on the cliffs above the Carmel Highlands is Pacific’s Edge - regularly voted Best Restaurant for Romantic Dining by Weekly readers. Start your evening with a starter like calamari fritto misto or a market tasting board. Move on to a fresh salad be it caesar, green, or berry. As for entrees - whether it’s beef, fish, chicken fish or mushrooms you’re in for a treat. As a Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Partner, you can order with confidence knowing that the sea life right outside the floor to ceiling windows is being protected. 120 Highlands Dr, Carmel, (831) 622-5445, Passionfish Smoked Trout Ceviche Served on a tostadita with a cashew pesto and spicy salsa brava, this is not your typical ceviche, and is undeniably worth ordering. Passionfish also offers an exceptional wine list offered at near retail prices. Beloved by locals, Passionfish serves dinner nightly from 5pm. 701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, (831) 655-3311, passionfish. net Peter B’s Brewpub Jocelyn’s Diablo Burger Monterey’s original craft brewery is home to award-winning craft beer paired with a seasonal and sustainably sourced menu. Peter B’s offers a variety of menu offerings including Jocelyn’s Diablo Burger served with chipotle aioli, pepper jack cheese, nacho cheese, bacon and a side of ghost chili insanity sauce. Pair Jocelyn’s Diablo Burger with your favorite craft beer or try a beer flight with recommendations from Peter B’s staff. Located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, (831) 649-2699, Red House Smoked Salmon on a Potato Pancake Served with creme fraiche, capers, red onions and fresh dill. Paired with a glass of prosecco or a mimosa and it’s the perfect weekend brunch, served Saturday and SIGNATURE DISHES PROMOTIONAL SECTION Passionfish NIK BLASKOVICH 52 The Best of Monterey Bay® EAT + DRINK 2023-2024