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Sandbar & Grill

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££ - £££
As featured in Best Food in Monterey
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9 Municipal, Wharf No2, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-373-2818
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Bay Area, California
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183 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want a huge bowl of delicious clam chowder with huge chunks of potato - you have to go to the Sandbar & Grill. I will stop here on my way into town from now on! Don't go to the touristy wharf - go to wharf one - sit on the water and dig in!!!

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Thank CruisenFamily
Santa Rosa, California
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm always in search of the "best" fish & chips - the way I remember it in England and, here at the Sandbar, I found it! Fish was fresh & batter was crisp. When I cut into the fish it flaked away the way it's supposed to, no resistance to my knife at all, and tasted delicious. Chips were good... More 

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Thank Anne R
San Francisco, California
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112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here hoping for some very good seafood. The reviews told me I might get it here, but we came away disappointed. I had the cioppino, which, in the right restaurant, can be very very good. It wasn't here. The broth tasted canned, and the bowl was filled with rubbery squid, mussels, big chunks of white fish, and a... More 

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Stockton, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Early lunch with a friend prior to setting sail with Carrara. Generous portions, cooked to perfection and fabulous staff made for a very enjoyable experience. Try it, you'll like it.

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Thank Kathleen P
Castle Rock, Colorado
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sunday night dinner here. Crazy location right on a pier, down stairs on the water. Service and the food was good.

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Thank KRupp2014
London, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a lunch and this restaurant in the superb location in the middle of a wharf provided a great experience. The ambience, service and charm could not be denied. The food especially the seafoods were top rate. Well worth a visit.

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Thank jhelfgott
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115 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sandbar is really not what it seems. The bar is very very small and the locals invade every day at the start of happy hour. the menu for the happy hour includes food and there are some great deals so the locals belly up to the bar and have an early dinner and a bunch of drinks and then leave... More 

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Thank DBKuper
Oakdale, California
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78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Walk down stairs from the wharf, so nice and close to the frolicking sea otters. Lively full bar. Nice menu. I had prawns stuffed with a crab cake stuffing. companion had calamari steak. We both really enjoyed our meals. Side dishes could use a little better selection. Super friendly staff. The wine list was the only complaint. Small selection, but... More 

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Thank William P
Shanghai, China
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Sandbar & Grill was recommended by a local, so it had to be pretty good. Our original plans were to eat at the Monterey Fish House but it was totally booked. Arriving at Sandbar at about 6:45pm on a cool, rainy day, we were lucky that the wait was only about 15 minutes. Right on the wharf, this place was... More 

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Merimbula, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We chanced upon This great restaurant on Fishermans Wharf . Food fabulous Very fresh fish Service excellent Cost $$ Highly recommend

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Municipal, Wharf No2, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-373-2818

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