Edible Monterey Bay

Dine Local Guide

Dine Local Guide 

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All of these restaurants emphasize local ingredients, and they also advertise in Edible Monterey Bay! Stop by for a free issue and tell them that we sent you!


Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 2.41.06 PM Carried Away

7564 Soquel Drive • 831.685.3926


A cozy, green-certified, take-out or eat-in café, Carried Away has a menu that changes weekly and features primarily organic, locally sourced ingredients. Owner/chef Tom McNary worked for many years at Chez Panisse, and his dishes reflect the seasons. Soups, salads, entrées and desserts are all made freshly daily. Thin-crust pizzas available on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Open M–F 11am–7pm, Sa 11am–5pm, Su closed.


unnamed  Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn

47900 Highway 1 • 831.667.2800


Executive chef John Cox has taken an iconic restaurant and made it more imaginative and accessible. The nine-course “Taste of Big Sur” prix-fixe dinner delivers an inventive take on the Big Sur experience through exceptional ingredients grown on site or procured from local foragers, fishermen and farmers. Lunch guests can enjoy breathtaking views from Sierra Mar’s floor-to-ceiling windows and a three-course menu comparable to the restaurant’s evening fare at a fraction of the price. Open daily for lunch 12:15–3pm,  dinner 5:30–9pm.


 NewLeaf-for-website New Leaf Community Market

13159 Highway 9 • 831.338.7211 • www.newleaf.com

The perfect place to stop for made-to-order sandwiches, trail mix and picnic supplies for hikers on their way up to Big Basin or Castle Rock State Parks. All ingredients are fresh and natural, meats are hormone free, produce comes from local growers. Open daily 9am–9pm.


NewLeaf-for-website  New Leaf Community Market

1210 41st Avenue • 831.479.7987 • www.newleaf.com

The New Beet Café at the entrance offers great alternatives to fast food, serving economical daily specials, wraps, pizza and homemade soup and smoothies—with free wi-fi in the dining area. Inside, a full deli has made-to-order sandwiches, healthy takeout salads and entrée items. Open daily 8am–9pm.

images  The Penny Ice Creamery

820 41st Avenue • 831.204.2523


This outpost of The Penny’s flagship shop in Santa Cruz offers the same small-batch, made-from-scratch, organic ice cream as the original. Under the direction of Chef Kendra Baker, expect inventive flavors made with local, seasonal ingredients as well as friendly, engaged service. Open Su–Th noon–6pm, F–Sa noon–11pm. 


1750 Wharf Road • 831.475.1511


Everyone’s special occasion restaurant, Shadowbrook has upgraded its menu with farm-fresh local produce, fresh herbs from a rooftop garden and new dishes from chef Anthony Kresge, including delicious vegetarian options. This unique restaurant is perched on a lush hillside above Soquel Creek, its multi-level rock and redwood dining rooms are decked with fairy lights and you arrive in a vintage cable car—a truly romantic experience! Open M–F 5–8:45pm, Sa 4:30–9:45pm, Su 4:30–8:45pm. 


 basil_logo Basil Carmel

San Carlos Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues (Paseo Courtyard)

831.626.8226 • www.basilcarmel.com

Locally sourced and seasonal aren’t just buzzwords at Basil. General manager/owner Denis Boaro and chef/owner Soerke Peters have created a restaurant that turns out intensely flavorful dishes—like black squid ink linguine with sea urchin sauce or Monterey abalone in vermouth butter sauce on fingerling potato hash. This cozy restaurant in the Paseo Courtyard has heated, dog-friendly outdoor seating. There’s a full bar and a good selection of California wines, including many organic choices. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30am. 

caMktRestaurant  California Market at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

120 Highlands Drive

831.622.5450 • www.highlandsinn.hyatt.com

Locals and visitors alike enjoy the rustic elegance of this casual bistro. Whether dining al fresco overlooking magnificent Yankee Point or indoors by the pot-bellied stove, the California Market menu offers an eclectic array of offerings. At breakfast, look for frittatas, omelets, breakfast paninis and sticky bun French toast; lunch includes fresh seafood, pastas, sandwiches and daily specials. Service begins at 7am.

Carmel-Belle_Logo-Regular  Carmel Belle

Doud Craft Studios • San Carlos Street at Ocean Avenue

831.624.1600 • www.carmelbelle.com

Passionate about sourcing the best local and organic ingredients, Carmel Belle has long been a local’s favorite for breakfast and lunch—and now it offers dinner. At night, new chef Kyle Odell’s seasonal creations are still available for takeout, but for those who want to stay, the dining room is curtained off and softer light, candles and table service set the mood. Open daily from 8am for breakfast and lunch; dinner 5–9pm W–Su.

logo  Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand

Organic Kitchen

7250 Carmel Valley Road • 831.625.6219


Organic is essential at Earthbound Farm. In addition to fresh organic produce, prepared foods and gourmet groceries, the farm stand has a colorful salad bar and a certified organic kitchen. Under the direction of executive chef Sarah LaCasse, the kitchen turns out homemade soups and bakery goods daily. Take out or eat on site at tables set in the garden. The Farm Stand also hosts cooking demonstrations and other classes and activities. Open M–Sa 8am–6:30pm, Su 9am–6pm.

 Print La Balena

Junipero Avenue between Fifth and Sixth avenues

831.250.6295 • www.labalenacarmel.com

La Balena’s seasonal menu changes daily but always expresses a spectacular and inventive take on the rustic food of a classical Tuscan trattoria. Chef Brad Briske has a deep love for and knowledge of regional ingredients and purchases all produce from local organic farmers. Much of the charcuterie is housemade. Pasta and slow-cooked meats are prepared from scratch daily. Owners Anna and Emanuele Bartolini have created a charming atmosphere complete with back garden seating. Open Th–Su11:30am–3:30pm, Tu–Su 5–10pm.

 logo Le St. Tropez • Jardin des Artistes

Dolores Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues

831.624.8977 • www.lesttropez.com

Created by owners chef Jean and Mary Medora Hubert, Le St. Tropez exudes the warmth and charm of the South of France. Enjoy the exquisite flavors of the region’s bountiful cuisine, prepared with local, sustainable and organic ingredients. Almost all dishes are offered gluten free. In the courtyard Jardin des Artistes, canine companions are served “puppy paté,” grassfed filet mignon tips and other “Doggy” menu options. The garden is also available for private parties. Open daily 11:30am–10pm.

xlogo.png.pagespeed.ic.hGDDUl3lih  Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

120 Highlands Drive

831.620.1234 • www.pacificsedge.com

With awe-inspiring views of the Pacific, Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers stellar service and food that draws inspiration from local farms and purveyors. Built atop a craggy cliff overlooking the dramatic Big Sur coastline, there is no better perch from which to view the setting sun or a breaching whale. Start with a craft cocktail at the Sunset Lounge, followed by dinner in the glass-walled dining room, featuring sophisticated California coastal cuisine from chef Matt Bolton. Open daily 6–9pm.

f7f352077cbe3d6c253bbc17f03e6841  Rocky Point Restaurant

36700 Highway 1, 10 miles south of Carmel

831.624.2933 • www.rockypointrestaurant.com

With stunning views of the Pacific Coast, Rocky Point now has spectacular food to match. Chef Soerke Peters of Carmel’s Basil Seasonal Dining supervises the kitchen, offering local, organic dishes. Meats are pasture raised, and fish is Seafood Watch approved. Enjoy steaks, burgers, seafood and vegetables prepared on a wood-fired grill. For special occasions, book chef Peters’ private dining room, which overlooks the water and includes a private kitchen where he will cook just for you. Open daily 11:30am–8pm.


10155705_319640074854708_4836260429659657136_n  Whale City Bakery

490 Coast Road • 831.423.9009


The artistic charm and oceanside location of Davenport make it hard not to slow when you pass through on Highway 1. Those in the know stop at the historic Whale City Bakery. The bakery tempts with housemade breads, pastries, muffins and pies, but it’s only the beginning. Whale City also offers a full restaurant that serves up comfort classics and other hearty dishes. The bar and live music every Thursday attract a loyal local following. Open daily 6:30am–8pm.



New Leaf Community Market

6240 Highway 9 • 831.335.7322 • www.newleaf.com

New Leaf offers the best fresh food made and grown here on the Central Coast. Made-to-order sandwiches, salads and hot foods are all natural. No nitrates, hormones, antibiotics or artificial ingredients. Open daily 9am–9pm.


 NewLeaf-for-website New Leaf Community Market

150 San Mateo Road • 650.726.3110 • www.newleaf.com

Green plate specials offer healthy organic lunches for $5 daily and full dinners for $9.99. Lunches like Diestel turkey wraps and tri-tip sandwiches change daily. Hot dinner specials include classics like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Smart chicken parmesan. Open daily 8am–9pm. 


s_logo  Sorensen’s Country Café

14255 Highway 88

800.423.9949 • www.sorensensresort.com

The next time your travels take you to Lake Tahoe, remember the adorable Sorensen’s resort’s full-service restaurant. Enjoy specialties such as Mary’s natural chicken with a gremolata topping, fresh and wild fish, New York steak, garden-fresh salads and homemade desserts, such as housemade bread pudding and a wonderful berry cobbler. Accompany your meal with a fine wine or beer. Open for breakfast M–F 7:30–11am and Sa–Su 7am–noon,; lunch daily 11am–4pm; dinner daily 5–8:30pm daily. 


Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 10.16.45 PM  Wild Thyme Deli & Café

445 Reservation Road • 831.884.2414


Chef Terry Teplitzky offers a dizzying array of influences at his quaint and cozy café. Tantalizing salads include everything from traditional tuna and Greek to Asian cabbage and Chinese noodle. Also on offer is some of the best mango-chutney-bursting chicken curry in the region. East Coast classics, such as massive subs, housemade corned beef and pastrami, and great Jersey-style cheesesteak might smack of fast food, but everything is prepared with organic, locally sourced ingredients. Open M–Sa 10am–5:30pm.


10389361_590641677723339_7875536294331938720_n  Bay of Pines

150 Del Monte Avenue, Second Floor

831.920.4560 • www.facebook.com/BayOfPines

Bay of Pines offers cuisine prepared with nearly 100% organic ingredients in a family-friendly setting for lunch and dinner, then welcomes night prowlers for live music and bar food from 9pm. Inspired by sweeping, bay-facing windows, owner Dana Mills Helman and operations director Jim Farah installed a teak pirate ship-shaped bar and floor-to-ceiling murals of the Monterey Bay’s diverse coastal ecosystem. Chef Fel Ian Rabaino sources only grassfed beef, free-range chicken and local produce. Open Tu–Su for lunch 11am–2pm and happy hour 4–7pm; dinner Tu–F 5–9pm  and Sa–Su 5–10pm; bar menu Tu–Su 9–11:30pm. 

 Jacks-Restaurant-Logo Jacks Restaurant & Lounge

Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza • 831.649.2698


Perfect for any occasion, Jacks Restaurant offers the finest local cuisine the Central Coast has to offer. Sit down for breakfast, dinner or plan a private event on our pet friendly heated patio or indoors in our fireside dining room. Featuring a breakfast buffet with made to order omelets and bottomless mimosas, locally grown produce, Certified Angus Beef and fresh seafood for dinner. Jacks Lounge features daily Happy Hour from4:00pm to 6:00pm with small bites, an award winning wine list and barrel aged cocktails. Open for breakfast M–F 6am–11:00am, Sa–Su 6am–noon; dinner daily 5pm–10pm.

 peter-b-s-brew-pub Peter B’s Brewpub

Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza • 831.649.2698


Experience Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. Enjoy great food and award winning handcrafted beers. Watch your favorite game on one of 18 HDTV’s or enjoy the pet friendly heated patio with fire pits. Peter B’s is open daily with nightly Happy Hour from 4pm – 6:30pm. Open Su–Th 11am–11pm, F–Sa 11am–12am.

-content-images-events-scrivani-hanger  Stone Creek Kitchen

465 Canyon del Rey Boulevard • 831.393.1042


A glass-walled kitchen in the middle of a spacious cookware shop turns out imaginative Mediterranean deli treats and sweets to take away or eat under the market umbrellas outside. Petite baguette sandwiches—like grilled chicken, artichoke hearts and Boursin cheese—are little works of art. Don’t miss the pistachio/cherry chocolate bark or the paella Fridays. Open M–F 10am–7pm, Sa 10am–4pm, Su closed except during November and December.

twm_logo  The Wharf Marketplace

290 Figueroa Street at Wharf No. 2 and Del Monte Avenue

831.649.1116 • www.thewharfmarketplace.com

Inside a food hall showcasing gourmet local products, former sardine factory executive chef Brant Good offers a diverse menu of salads, sandwiches, panini, soups and pizzas, all made with freshly picked, locally grown ingredients from owner Tanimura & Antle and other area growers. The hot breakfast includes specialties from at least three local bakeries as well as Acme Coffee and Baker’s Bacon. Indoor and outdoor seating. Open W–M 7am–7pm, Tu 7am–2pm.


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7902 Moss Landing Road • 831.633.5843


Gourmet Latin fusion dishes await those who venture off Highway 1 and into this fanciful restaurant with its new entertainment venue out back. Fiesta-colored walls are crammed with enormous gold leaf paintings by co-owner Luis Solano. Try dishes like Peruvian Ceviche, Squash Blossom Empanadas, Crab and Huitlacoche Enchiladas or the popular Pescado Cubano—line-caught red snapper in a pistachio/pumpernickel crust served with tomatillo avocado sauce. Ingredients are organic as much as possible. Open M–Th 11am–9pm, F–Su 9am–9pm.


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173 Central Avenue • 831.373.4475


The menu changes daily at Happy Girl’s airy and bright Pacific Grove café, but the food is always delicious, organic and reasonably priced. The sandwich of the day is $6, and a bowl of the soup of the day is $5. To drink, you’ll find kombucha on tap and Blue Bottle Coffee brewed freshly. Homemade baked goods include a daily scone, cookies and turnovers. Open daily 7:30am–3pm.

passionfish-logo-image  Passionfish

701 Lighthouse Avenue • 831.655.3311


If you’re looking for a restaurant with playful, spectacular food and a scrupulous commitment to sustainability, this green-certified restaurant is hard to rival. The elegant dining room is celebratory yet relaxed, and the award-winning wine list features many sustainable names and is priced at retail. Chef Ted Walter’s menu is ever changing with the seasons, but always includes delicious organic local produce, inventive slow-cooked meats and an array of sustainable seafood choices. Open daily 5pm.


Point Pinos Grill

79 Asilomar Boulevard • 831.648.5774


With sweeping views of the coast near Point Pinos Lighthouse and a relaxed clubhouse vibe, this scenic spot has blossomed under the direction of executive chef Dory Ford. Choose from huevos rancheros, chicken fried steak, eggs benedict and an array of tasty omelets. Enjoy dishes like Ale Steamed Mussels, Heirloom Tomato Tart and all-natural beef burgers. Bistro-style dinner entrées change with the seasons. Open daily 7:30am–3pm for breakfast and lunch, W–Sa 5–8pm for dinner. Happy hour drinks and appetizer specials M–F 4–6pm.


 894807_732758933418740_674230304_o The Bakery Station

202 Monterey Street • 831.783.1140


In a repurposed gas station, bakers Ana Melissa Garcia and Erika Olivarez fire up a traditional stone hearth oven to produce crusty Old World breads, scones and muffins, and there’s a brew bar featuring Acme coffee. The Bakery Station is also a popular lunch stop, turning out sandwiches like the Road Hog—with pulled pork and whiskey sauce on a brioche roll. Open M–F 6am–4pm, Sa 7am–2pm, Su closed.

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Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar

961 W. Alisal Street • 831.998.8770 •


Owner Monica Berriz started juicing for her health and wound up going into business. Berriz cold-presses her signature vegetable and fruit combinations, from the “Green Dream” to the “Sweet Choke,” freshly daily and sells them by the cup or the half-gallon. She also serves paninis, snacks, smoothies and ice pops. Cleanse packages are available and must be ordered in advance. Open M–F 6am–6pm, Sa 8am–2pm.


assembly_logo_with_tagline_handwritten_1501  Assembly

1108 Pacific Avenue • 831.824.6100www.assembleforfood.com

This full-service restaurant from Penny Ice Creamery founders Kendra Baker and Zach Davis offers rustic California cuisine based on local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients. Chef Carlo Espinas brings a contemporary twist to the approachable yet intriguing menu. The restaurant’s wood-metal-stone décor radiates from a long community table that anchors the center of the dining room, which is filled with natural light in daytime and bathed in the soft glow of copper accents at night. Open Tu–Su 11am–11pm. Brunch offered weekends 9am–3pm. 

 buttery-logo The Buttery

702 Soquel Avenue • 831.458.3020


Tantalizing cakes, pies, tarts, pastries and European-style breads fill the display cases inside this friendly, only-in-Santa Cruz bakery and café. On the deli side, everything is freshly made, from soups to salad dressings, using local produce from places like Live Earth Farm as much as possible. Lots of take-out options are available including daily special dinner entrées, but you can’t go wrong ordering their famous turkey potpie. Open daily 7am–7pm.


Charlie Hong Kong

1141 Soquel Avenue • 831.426.5664


Charlie Hong Kong has been providing the Santa Cruz community with healthy, fresh, high-quality food since 1998. The restaurant’s fusion of Southeast Asian influences and the Central Coast’s local organic produce is what has made it a neighborhood favorite. Its slogan is “love your body, eat organic,” and its cuisine is proof that fast food can be good for you. Open daily 11am–11pm.



 the-crows-nest-santa-cruz-logo The Crow’s Nest

2218 E. Cliff Drive • 831.476.4560 


A perfect spot to enjoy lunch or catch a sunset while watching sail boats glide in and out of the harbor, the nautical-themed Crow’s Nest is a Santa Cruz institution that never goes out of style. There’s always something happening, from free Thursday night beach parties to comedy nights and happy hours. Famous for its salad bar and house-smoked salmon, The Crow’s Nest is a member of Seafood Watch and is a certified green business. Open daily for breakfast 7:30am–11:30am; lunch M–F 11:30am–2:30pm and Sa–Su 11:30am–3pm; dinner M–F 5pm, Sa–Su 4:30pm.

JH_logo_horizontal_blue  Johnny’s Harborside

493 Lake Avenue • 831.479.3430


A perch atop a second story overlooking the Santa Cruz Harbor provides a glittering ocean view to every table at Johnny’s Harborside. Fresh fish is the specialty here, with made-your-way options to suit any taste, from blackened to fried to broiled. Classic menu options, happy hour and weekend brunch make Johnny’s a scenic addition to any beach day adventure. Open M–Th 11:30am–8:30pm, Fri 11:30am–9:30pm, Sa 11:30am–9:30pm, Sun 10am–8:30pm.


laili-logo  Laílí

101B Cooper Street • 831.423.4545


Exotic flavors of the Silk Road are served in a stylish dining room decorated in eggplant and pistachio colors and on a hidden candlelit patio. Locals rave about Laílí’s homemade naan served warm from the oven with a selection of Mediterranean dips. There is a wide variety of deliciously spiced vegetable dishes, organic whenever possible, and all meats are hormone free and free range. Open daily for lunch 11:30am–2:30pm, dinner 5–9:30pm.

 la-posta-italian-cuisine-logo  La Posta

538 Seabright Avenue • 831.457.2782


A cozy neighborhood bistro not far from the Santa Cruz yacht harbor, La Posta chef Katherine Stern prepares northern Italian cuisine using local ingredients—some foraged and some grown on nearby organic farms. Charcuterie is house cured, and the rest of the menu reflects whatever produce is freshest right now. Visit the chickens in the restaurant’s backyard and enjoy the eclectic atmosphere. Open Tu–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–9:30pm, Su 5–8pm, M closed.

NewLeaf-for-website  New Leaf Community Market

1134 Pacific Avenue • 831.425.1793 • www.newleaf.com

New Leaf’s headquarters in an old bank building on Pacific Avenue is a worthwhile stop for all foodies. Crowded with gourmet natural foods, it also has a deli with sandwiches, salads and hot entrées. A dining area out front is great for people watching and listening to street musicians. Open daily 9am–9pm. 

New Leaf Community Market

1101 Fair Avenue • 831.426.1306 • www.newleaf.com

The Westside New Leaf has a large deli counter and coffee bar, with a big selection of sandwiches, salads, bakery items, soups and other hot foods. You can eat at an in-store counter or at tables outside. There is a community classroom here for frequent cooking classes. Open daily 8am–10pm.

 images The Penny Ice Creamery

913 Cedar Street • 831.204.2523


Lines out the front door of its converted Spanish bungalow are evidence of Penny’s popularity. All ice cream, including bases, is made from scratch on the premises using local organic ingredients when possible. Dozens of exotic flavors rotate seasonally, but two favorites are bourbon bacon chocolate and strawberry pink peppercorn. Open Su–W noon–9pm, Th–Sa noon–11pm.

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125 Beach Street • 831.427.9946


Across the street from the main beach, owners of The Penny Ice Creamery have opened an alternative to boardwalk fast food. Sandwiches, organic salads, coffee and beer, all from local food artisans, and of course Penny’s popular ice cream, are all on offer to eat in or outside with your feet in the sand. Open daily 7am–9pm.


Ristorante Avanti

1917 Mission Street • 831.427.0135


This popular, Mediterranean-style bistro recently moved into a lush, more upscale location with a larger bar and expanded seating to better accommodate its loyal fans. Avanti’s menu remains true to its long-time commitment to supporting local organic farms as well as local ranchers, foragers and fishermen. The menu changes with the seasons, and specials are offered every day using local organic produce and meats, wholesome oils and imported Italian cheeses. Open for lunch M–F 11:30am–2pm, dinner Su–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–9:30pm.

 soif-restaurant-logo-2 Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar

105 Walnut Avenue • 831.423.2020 • www.soifwine.com

This wine-centric downtown restaurant is housed in a hip, loft-style building and includes a wine shop next door, also offering snacks and wines by the glass. Food reflects chef Mark Denham’s love for Mediterranean flavors and each dish is paired with a wine suggestion from the vast wine list. Monday evenings there is a raw oyster bar with live jazz. Tuesday is tapas night. Restaurant open Su–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–10pm. Wine bar opens at noon.

 logo Uncie Ro’s Pizza

Santa Cruz Area Farmers’ Markets • 831.419.8191


New York-inspired pizzas with fresh, organic California produce and meats make Uncie Ro’s a favorite at five farmers’ markets in the Santa Cruz area, where they are served bubbling hot from a unique mobile Mugnaini pizza oven. Follow the wood-fire scent Tuesdays at the Felton Farmers’ Market and Companion Bakeshop, Wednesdays at the Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market, Saturdays at the Westside and Scotts Valley Farmers’ Markets and Sundays at the Live Oak Farmers’ Market. 

vivas  Vivas Organic Mexican Restaurant

1201 Soquel Avenue • 831.425.8482


A splashing fountain suggests an old Mexican patio, but the food is a modern, organic and delicious take on south-of-the-border classics like tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and burritos. All meats and vegetables are organic. Local juices, organic white and brown rice are available, as well as vegan options. Open M–F 10am–10pm, Sa–Su 9am–10pm.