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"Massaro and Santos (Coast Guard Wharf) - New Mry" Top 5 Page for this destination Monterey Restaurant Tip by Ewingjr98

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The only sit down restaurant on Monterey's Coast Guard Wharf is Massaro and Santos. The restaurant is between Cannery Row and downtown, which seems like a prime location, but I have never even met a person who had eaten there. We finally stopped in one Tuesday evening after the Old Monterey Farmers Market, just to grab a few small appetizers and a beer. We were a little under dressed in our blue jeans and T-shirts, so we grabbed a seat at the tiny 5-stool bar where they had a small waiting area and a TV with baseball.

We started with a couple of big English Ale's Monterey Wheat beers for only $4.50. We then moved on to the free Italian bread with a unique oil and vinegar containing chunks of cheese and garlic. Our first course was clam chowder, not the best around, but well-priced at $3.50. For our main course of our light dinner we had the Sicilian squid appetizer ($10), which consisted of calamari in a slightly spicy marinara rather than the typical fried calamari.

The food was pretty good, but nothing spectacular. The service was friendly but a little slow at first (it turns out they were doing some renovations in the kitchen that required some of our bartender's time, so it's excusable this time). This looks like a pretty nice place for a nice dinner over the water that's not as expensive as many of the more touristy places nearby.

Price Comparison: about average
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2009
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