My Monterey Tour
Today, I went here for the first time in years. This was also my first time going as a member. It's they have a separate entrance for members, which was empty when I went, but the people at that entrance seemed unapproachable and all looked busy. I handed the guy my membership card and he handed it back. Ummm okay, shouldn't I get a ticket? (Everywhere else I have gone you get a ticket even if you have a membership card) But instead of getting a ticket, your membership card IS your ticket.
This place has really changed since I went here last. They have renovated it and taken out the shark tank (but that was my favorite part!!!!) These renovations make it seem a lot smaller than I remember it. The have put in more touch tanks, hands on exhibits, a focus of environmental conservation, and more gift shops than I have seen since Disneyland.
But nonetheless, this is still a great place. The hands on stuff makes it great for kids and they have a variety of species.
I went to the self serve cafe for lunch. The food was great, better than any other cafe or restaurant at a museum, zoo, etc. However, the food was also pretty overpriced.
Generally, a pretty good place!
This is probably one of the most beautiful state/national parks that I have been to. It is the epitome of Monterey and Carmel's beauty. And to accentuate the beauty of this place, I went here with my digital photography class to take pictures.
I would strongly recommend this place if you are into photography. It is fun to photograph!
My only complaint is that everything is spread out, so you have to drive from one place to another.
I rented cruiser bikes with my parents from this place. This place has a great location--right next to a bike trail that goes behind Cannery Row and through Monterey. They also have a good selection of things to rent and good prices. The also supply helmets and locks, which is great if you're not a bike person and are traveling, since most if not all tourists don't bring their own bike helmet when they travel.
My only complaint was the selection they had of bikes. All the cruiser bikes they had available for rent were around the same size and color. The little packs on the front were a bit too small and some of the bikes didn't have kickstands.
This is a cute little piece of Monterey culture, and a little less touristy than Cannery Row. This place really doesn't have much--some tourist trap gift shops, a candy store, a LOT of expensive seafood restaurants, and other miscellaneous stores. This is cute, expect the people handing out samples of clam chowder can get kind of annoying. And the last time I was there, there was a guy selling parrots. Poor birds!
One of the restaurants at the end has a deck that is open for the public, so you do get a pretty view of the bay!
I went here with some friends for dinner last night. This place serves German and Italian food as well as pizza. So, points for uniqueness since I don't think I have ever seen another place that serves German food.
The food here is GREAT! I had the blue cheese schnitzel and it tasted amazing and I would highly recommend it. Their portions are of decent size and I was able to finish both my entree and dessert (a banana split heaven).
However, the service here isn't great. They don't do well with custom orders. When my friend doesn't like fizzy drinks and ordered an apple juice (she had previously asked what non-sparkling drinks were available). They brought her a sparkling apple juice. She also wanted her banana split with a different ice cream and no whipped cream and they brought her the regular banana split--with whipped cream and not the ice cream she wanted.
This place would be so much better if the service improved. I would highly recommend it if you can stand the service!
This place looked great as soon as I walked in. Sure, it's a bit of a walk to get to the entrance, but it's more secluded that way, which really makes the experience better. This place has like half outdoor, half indoor seating. It was a nice day, so we sat outdoors. When we got to our table, I had to switch chairs with an empty table because my chair had very visible gum on it. Yuck.
The lunch menu was pretty good--salads, sandwiches, burgers. Although, I didn't notice a lot of vegetarian options. I had the "Dirty Harry Burger," which was quite good, although it did taste a bit undercooked. The food is moderately priced--not cheap, but not too expensive
The service here is horrible. We had to wait a little while to get menus (this shouldn't happen) and then about 20 minutes for the check to come (during this time, waiters were asking us if we wanted refills on our drinks...heh).
I might come back here, i might not. The food was good, but the service definitely did not make the food worth its price.
I came here to do a gallery report for my jewelry and metal arts class and I instantly fell in love with her stuff! Her creations have a beach and nature like theme and are displayed beautifully. Robin herself was there too, and on Easter Sunday! The prices also aren't that bad, for stuff that is handmade and one of a kind.
It is so nice to have a self serve frozen yogurt place in Monterey. I am absolutely in love with self serve frozen yogurt. This place has great flavors (e.g. cookies and cream, pumpkin pie, and cake batter) and a LOT of great toppings.
On top of that, it is FAST. The staff are also friendly and locals get a discount.
Why to say yes to RG Burgers:
-The many options of delicious milkshakes and malts. I rarely ever see places that sell many flavors other than the regular vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. I strongly sugget you take this rare opportunity and get a unique flavor.
-The totally customizable burgers. I have never seen burgers as customizable as this. There are both healthy and vegetarian options.
-The attentive and fast service. This is the most attentive service I have ever had at a restaurant
-To-die-for onion rings
What to watch out for:
-Too much salad dressing on your salad.
-Not enough lettuce around a bunless burger. If you get your burger bunless, don't expect it to be like In-N-Out's "Protein Style" burger. I ordered a bunless cheese burger (healthy!) and there was only lettuce on top of it!
Another fare increase. Yippie. It's a bit much for a bus that has irregular schedules and crowded busses that are often late. Yelp describes two stars as "Meh. I've experienced better," which I find to be completely true.
The busses are often 10 minutes late and the later they are, the more crowded they are. In fact, it's actually quite rare that they're on time. Like many public transit systems, the clientele can forget their manners. Almost daily, I see someone on a fairly crowded bus putting a bag on a seat that could very well go in their lap (this can be do to the lack of legroom on some of the busses. I often put the backpack I take for school on the ground at my feet and on certain busses, the seating layout prevents me from doing that). The busses are okay, though in need of a redesigning, but some of the bus drivers aren't trained very well. The rides can be very jerky, making it somewhat difficult to stand up without sliding everywhere (you have to have a good sense of balance in order to be comfortable standing). If you are sitting in an aisle seat, HOLD ON! The back doors, even though they sometimes open automatically with the front doors, close by themselves, even when there are still people exiting!
*sigh* Darn budget cuts!
If you take the bus occasionally, this is a minor inconvenience. However since I don't have a car and have to rely on the bust to get places, this can be quite burdensome. However, there are a few very nice bus drivers and the seats are very comfortable.
However, MST gets major brownie points for their website. It is quite easy to navigate. The bus schedules are available in PDF form, so you can download them to your computer and look at them when you don't have internet access. The website also works just as well on a smartphone (I was able to navigate it with ease and download the bus schedules to iBooks on my iPhone). This is great in an age where most people have smartphones. Ordering bus passes is fairly easy and they come in a few days if you live in the Monterey area.
I saw The Avengers here last night with some friends. It was not bad and totally worth the $15 I spent on the ticket. It's a pretty small since it only has the one IMAX theater. The screen was large and the picture was great. Definitely a great quality IMAX theater!
I'd like to add that if you print out your tickets online, they have to scan them and print them out again at the box office. I had to go to the box office to get the 3D glasses that were required for the movie I was seeing (they didn't seem to have them anywhere else. meh. it's a small theater) and they ended up having to reprint my ticket--kind of annoying since the hole point of printing out my ticket was to skip the box office.
Getting to the theater early may help if you're seeing a popular movie (you get your tickets if you didn't buy them in advance and you get to be closer to the front of the line for the movie), but it won't help you get a good choice of seats. We were waiting until less than 30 minutes till showtime until we were let into the theater!
In general, it was a great experience and this is a great quality IMAX. I'm not a big fan of the whole IMAX craze, but I will definitely be back if I want to see another movie in IMAX.
Despite the loud atmosphere, it always being crowded, and the pricey food, I love Bubba Gump's! It's cute though it's a bit of a tourist trap, and the service is always friendly. The food is great though and I love that you can take home the light up cups that come with some of the drinks. It's always fun and one of my favorite restaurants in Monterey.
You can read a more detailed review of MST here: yelp.com/biz/monterey-sa…. The Yelp profile for MST that the linked review is on came first and I don't know how to get Yelp to take duplicate business pages down.
Enough technical talk. Let's get down to business. So, here's a less detailed review of MST:
MST's service has really declined. Service has been largely cut while fares have increase. On top of that, buses are almost always late, drivers can have an attitude, and bus rides are very rocky. But, MST does go to all the major places and it is quite easy to get to said major places, at least for me. When I'm in Monterey for school, I have to rely on the bus to get where I need to go and MST gets me pretty much everywhere despite the annoyances.
I should also mention in this less detailed review that the website is AMAZING. It's very easy to navigate and you can download PDF versions of the schedules onto your iPhone, iPod touch, etc and print them out from your computer. You can also order bus passes online and they usually come in 2 days if you're in the Monterey area.
MST also has a great deal less weirdos and creepy people riding the bus than BART, the subway system in my hometown. I guess this is a product of the high fares...
A decent independent theater. The theaters are small, but it's got cheap matinees. Plus, they have movies that pretty much no other theater in Monterey has. Plus, the refreshments are considerably less expensive than at the multiplex. (I got nachos, a drink, and candy for about $10! At a multiplex, it would've cost more) My only complaint is the refreshment stand is before where they take the tickets, so if your hands are full with refreshments, it's gonna be hard to present your ticket to the usher. Also, the straws they had were a bit too smal for the large drinks and were dirty.
Would I come back here again? Probably.
It's a pretty good restaurant to take the pooch. The food's your standard American food and they have a variety of things to choose from. There's even a menu for the dog! I mainly go here for the food and for the dog menu, so he doesn't have to be tortured by watching us eat. The food is really good and worth the price (it's NOT cheap, I can tell you that). The service is a hit or miss. The food comes out pretty fast, but the servers are either too involved (just let us eat! please!) or not involved enough (can my doggy PLEASE get some water? he's getting parched over here!)
In general, Forge in the Forest is a great restaurant and definitely worth checking out.
Being a bit secluded from the rest of downtown Monterey this place is feels exclusive and peaceful.
I went here last weekend for a belated birthday dinner and loved it! The service was great and the food was delicious. You definitely get your money's worth. We had a reservation, so we were seated right away. So, if you're worried about having to wait a while for a table, definitely make a reservation.
The building and the interior are so beautiful, so it definitely feels more upscale than other restaurants in Monterey. However, it did get almost unbearably loud when I was there. As I mentioned before, the food is worth the high price tag. They change their menus almost every day, so it will most likely vary from time to time. I had the mushroom (I think) pizza, which was pretty good, and the Kentucky Waffle, which was delicious and not too strong (I haven't full acquired the taste for alcohol yet and found the Kentucky Waffle to be perfect.) My party split an order of deviled eggs, which were delicious.
The bottom line: I would totally come back. The food is definitely worth the money.
I have ben living here to go to school for almost 3 years and I a love-hate relationship
with this place. On one hand, it has a lot of natural beauty and has great stores and restaurants, but on the other hand many of the people here seem rather rude and inconsiderate, especially drivers.
Other than the lovely bike trail that goes along the ocean, this place really isn't very bike friendly. Many roads don't have bike lanes and drivers really aren't expecting bikes. This causes bikers to switch to riding bikes on the sidewalk. This is NOT fun when you're a pedestrian. Granted, some of these bike riders are courteous and ride into the street to pass a pedestrian, but I have encountered some pretty obnoxious bike riders. So, if you have to ride a bike, please be considerate of pedestrians and either ride you bike on the street or move off the sidewalk when you pass them (of course the exception here is if you have kids). And don't forget to check out the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail! It goes down Cannery Row, to Fisherman's Wharf, past the aquarium, and into Pacific Grove.
I've also seen some pretty obnoxious drivers while here as well. This could be due to some poorly timed stoplights in the city (there are a LOT of those). Once again, not fun when you're a pedestrian. Cars will come out of driveways fast, not yield to pedestrians, and use their horns a LOT. It doesn't help that most of the city is not pedestrian friendly (i.e. you have to walk through a hazardous parking lot to get to a store). Also, some roads are not well designed, which could also explain the drivers. But, I'd much rather drive through the city than be a pedestrian and take public transportation.
Homelessness is another big problem here. A big chunk of them are found in downtown Monterey, though they do spread out. Most of them are harmless and will leave you alone, but some give me the creeps. Thank goodness they're finally doing something about it!
There are also some annoying tourists, though they're easy to ignore since most of Monterey's economy comes from tourism and they kind of make this place thrive. Plus, Monterey in general is a tourist area and I definitely see the appeal. It's not too crowded, so good for a hectic-free trip, yet has a lot of things to do.
A few must sees:
-The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, as mentioned above
-The Aquarium (duh)
-Carmel (not in Monterey, but just something to do while you're here)
-The Del Monte Beach. However, the area closer to the municipal wharf isn't as pretty as the rest of the beach. The prettiest parts of the beach seem to be near more residential areas.
-17 Mile Drive! (Not really in Monterey, but another thing to do while you're here)
-Fisherman's Wharf has some good (yet pricy) seafood dining options.
-Point Lobos (SO PRETTY! Again, not in Monterey, but something to do while you're here)
-MYO Frozen Yogurt. They have 2 locations in Monterey: one on Cannery Row and one downtown on Alvarado. They have the bet frozen yogurt I've ever had.
-Monterey Museum of Art. It's a fairly small art museum and they have two locations: one on Pacific kind of near downtown Monterey and another on Via Mirada, near Monterey Peninsula College. Admission is fairly inexpensive ($10 for adults) and one ticket covers both locations.
Perhaps Monterey is better experienced as a tourist than as a resident.
Delicious food, great service, and dog friendly! Tarpy's is located in a beautiful little area that is separate from the rest of the Monterey/Del Rey Oaks/Seaside area. They are dog friendly and have a dog menu, though the options on that menu are a bit fancier than what you might expect. My party got the kale chips to share and they were DELICIOUS (no, really. I know they're kale, but they tasted so good). I got the Kobe Burger, which was also delicious.
Service was great, but if you come here, come here for the food.26/09/2014 Thank you for the 5 star review and for sharing your pics! You can't go wrong with the Kobe Burger-… En savoir plus
I came here for a Lindsey Stirling concert (which was AMAZING). This little theater is so beautiful. The seating numbering is a bit confusing (100s in the middle, odd numbers on the left side facing the theater and even numbers on the right side facing the theater, at least in orchestra), but a friendly security guard helped us find our seats. The seats aren't too uncomfortable for an old theater and have plenty of legroom. They actually have a few good acts here, for Monterey: Lindsey Stirling, Lewis Black ("Anger" in the new Pixar movie Inside Out), Jerry Seinfeld, and a film festival hosted by Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt on NBC's Parks and Recreation) to name a few.
Parking is decent. If you cant find street parking, there are two public garages on near the theater (going down Alvarado, pass the theater and turn right on Franklin).