Northern Central Coast Restaurants—Index

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Note: We reviewed Yelp’s pricing guides for Central Coast restaurants and, in almost every case, adopted their estimation of each restaurant’s cost on a scale of $ for quite inexpensive to $$$$ for quite expensive.

Cafe Cruz, Santa Cruz – $$

Caruso’s Restaurant, Capitola – $$$

Gabriella Café, Santa Cruz – $$$

Filling Station, Santa Cruz – $

il vecchio, Pacific Grove – $$

The Inn at Tres Pinos, Tres Pinos – $$$

La Posta, Santa Cruz – $$$

Ma Maison, Aptos – $$$

Main Street Garden & Café, Soquel – $$$
Fresh, delicious food prepared with a deft touch and a commitment to creating memorable flavors using produce and herbs from their backyard garden

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley – $$$

Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe and Restaurant, Monterey – $$
Flavorful and sustainable seafood with a view at the restaurant in the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Montrio Bistro, Monterey – $$$

Mundaka, Carmel – $$$

Nepenthe, Big Sur – $$$

Passionfish, Pacific Grove – $$$

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur – $$$$

Restaurant 1833, Monterey – $$$

Ristoranti Avanti, Santa Cruz – $$

River Cafe, Santa Cruz – $$

Soif Wine Bar & Merchant, Santa Cruz – $$$

Toast, Carmel Valley, Carmel Valley – $$

Ventana Inn Restaurant, Big Sur – $$$$

Walnut Avenue Café, Santa Cruz – $$

The Wild Plum Café, Bistro and Bakery, Monterey – $$
Consistently friendly and serving up fresh, organic fare throughout the day, The Wild Plum is our local café when we’re in Monterey. Living and cooking in this agriculturally-rich region, proprietor and Chef Pamela Burns regularly shops for the Plum’s produce at Monterey’s farmers markets.

a map of the Northern Central Coast with major towns listed

map thumbnail San Luis Obispo County

map thumbnail Southern Central Coast

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