Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
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Curbside Paellas for Two $38
A regional dish from Valencia, Spain. Chef Gus shares his love for this traditional dish by using daily harvest of vegetables to enhance the Paella experience. Choose from three different varieties, Del Mar, Rancho or Harvest Paella.
I had the butternut squash ravioli, delicata squash, brussels sprouts, prawn bisque, pea shoots and it was great!!!
Thank you Terry! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
My wife and I went to Esteban twice in the same week. The first time we went was for her birthday and it was the very first time we had been to the restaurant. The service was excellent with Steve as our server. The food was great, but we only tried two dishes; the bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese and the Harvest paella with chicken and sausage.
Since there were a lot of things we wanted to try on the menu, we went back two days later to try out the various tapas with a couple of new friends we made while wine tasting in Carmel Valley. One of the new friends is an extensive traveler who had spent lots of time in Madrid, so he knew exactly what kinds of dishes we should try. We decided to go entirely with tapas; we ordered the Boquerónes (Spanish white anchovies, roasted peppers, onions, toasted country bread), the Cataplana (Portuguese stew of clams, whole prawns, mussels, white fish), and the Grilled Octopus (Marquita farm herbs, baby carrots, red sorrel). Every dish was exceptional; the Boquerónes tasted fresh and clean, with the roasted peppers and onions complimenting the fish very nicely (but order one for each couple as the amount is just right for two people); the Cataplana was quite tasty, and a good size for sharing; the grilled Octopus was perfectly cooked and very tender but with a slight char on the edges that gave additional character to the taste (also a nice size for sharing among two couples).
Overall, the dining experience at Esteban was very enjoyable and we will return again to try other things!
Thank you so much for sharing your recent feedback with us Mike! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
It was awesome as soon as we walked through to be seated. Little disappointed that girl host placed us by the exit doors & fire alarm instead of sitting by the fireplace since we where there for a special occasion, my wife’s Birthday, and we placed this information about wife’s bday in our reservation so the restaurant knew ahead of time. Our dinner time was 8pm and there was only about 5 other tables dinning already so not sure why we received a not so good location when a whole lot of other tables where available. Our waiter Aiden was awesome, very attentive and professional, service from Aiden made up for the bad table location, good job Aiden. Food and service is 5 star and food was so delicious.
Thank you for sharing with us! We hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
I always like the food here. It is interesting, fresh and well thought out. The chef is very personable as is the staff. One issue I have is the noise. I wish they would put in some sound dampening to help with all the hard surfaces. The other being the wine list. I do like that all the bottles offered are available by the glass. It is strange that they are not sorted on the menu in any logical fashion. Neither by price, body or region. They did, however, bring 3 tastes to the table to figure out which one we liked best.
Thank you so much for your feedback! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
I had reserved for Saturday night for a party of 2 about 5 days in advance. Upon arrival, greeting and seating process was quick and cordial. Unfortunately that was the only positive part of this experience. After getting seated my boyfriend and I waited for over 20 minutes and not once were we offered water or asked if we were ready to order. Strange considering that we saw a total of five waiters walking in and out replating and restocking napkins. Under busier circumstances this would seem more acceptable, but the restaurant was half empty and fully staffed. My boyfriend had also mentioned she had made eye contact multiple times with one of the waiters and yet no attempt was made to come over to at least ask if we would like some water or get an order started. In that window of waiting, two other tables got serviced before we did despite coming in after us. I personally observed one of the other waiters come out lean on / hug one of the customers while talking to them about how busy her day was. Doesn't seem really professional to me. Again I can't say this is how it always operates but this is based on what we saw on our first visit. We decided to get up and leave after frustration of waiting for over 30 minutes with no acknowledgment of our existence. We definitely won't be coming back.
We appreciate your comments shared and want to apologize for the experience you had with us on your recent visit. This is certainly contrary to our service standard and rest assured your feedback has been shared with our team in an effort to improve. We strive to provide personal and attentive service and clearly missed the mark. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon and demonstrate just how committed we are to providing each guest with a wonderful experience from start to finish.
My sweetie and I went here for 2020 Valentines fixed menu with wine pairing. The food was excellent! The wine was perfect for each course as well. The ambience is a little lacking, but it is in a small hotel, after all. The wait staff was attentive. Kudos to the Chef for doing such a great job on each course. Highly recommend this place for their tapas menu on the really nicely done outdoor patio as well - nice outdoor fire pit for cool evenings.
We appreciate your feedback and want to thank you for sharing with us! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
We came to Esteban’s to celebrate my mom's birthday and overall our experience was great. My only complain was that the paella is not very good. We tried both the seafood and chicken and they both lacked flavor, but all the Tapas we tried were amazing! Next time we will stick to only ordering Tapas and Sangria! The Staff was Great....definitely will be coming back.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Elizabeth! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Fantastic restaurant!! The food was outstanding. The staff was friendly and fast. We sat outside, as the weather was nice, and the atmosphere was perfect for catching up and chatting. The black rice paella was wonderful, and the empanadas were dangerously delicious! I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I will definitely be returning!
We are so glad to hear your feedback and that you had such a wonderful time on your recent visit! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Very good service, also good food and nice ambiance. Maybe the floor tile needs to be reconsidered - it makes this almost upscale restaurant feel like a diner.
We appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass along to our team. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Our server was Steve and he was awesome! Food was timely and delicious!!!
Thank you for sharing with us! We appreciate your comments and hope to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
The Tapas are always delightful albeit a little expensive.
Thank you for sharing with us! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
There was a nearby power outage and systems were down for reservations. Our menu selection was unavailable after order. They were short on people in kitchen I think do the female Maury d gave us free entrees. Great experience
We appreciate your review and are happy to hear that we could amend your visit. We hope to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
On this particular night, Esteban was short staff. This created for a stressful environment due to the fact that the waiter was running around, and not attentive to his tables. We never were offered or given water. The check was given before dessert was ever offered, and we were rushed to order. Food was good, but definitely overpriced and few vegetarian options. There was a kind lady who brought out a treat box to entertain our children while we patiently waited, so that was helpful. I payed for convenience reasons being that it is located on the hotel grounds. The breakfast staff was much more attentive and kind.
Thank you for your review and for sharing your experience with us! We regret that we did not leave you with the fond memories that so many of our guests speak of and that we could not amend prior to your departure. We appreciate your comments shared as this is certainly contrary to our service standard and will be passing along your feedback to our team in an effort to improve as we move forward. We hope to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
The food was delicious! The drinks were a little too sweet (they were happy hour drinks), but again, the food was delicious! Our server didn’t stop by our table too often, which we saw he did with others. We think it was because of how young we looked (keep in mind we are in our late 20s, and others being assisted more often were 50s+). Overall, relaxing restaurant with great cuisine.
We appreciate your comments and will certainly pass along to our team. We hope to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Went there for our anniversary. Everything was perfect. !! Definately coming back.
Thank you Henry! We can't wait to welcome you soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
My companion does not eat seafood or pork. Nevertheless, there was plenty on the menu that we could select from. We split the 14 oz steak and with the vegetables that came with the steak there was more than enough for the two of us. The cappucchino I had was delicious and the ice cream my friend had was delightful. I'd go back to Esteban in a heartbeat. BTW, the tapas look wonderful.....maybe next time I'll have an opportunity to try them.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Rick! We can't wait to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Food and Service were outstanding at Esteban's. We especially liked the Lamb Chops, Pear Salad, Paella and Chicken. Our waiter Steve gave us great service as well as all the staff were friendly and helpful. Overall a great dining experience that I would recommend and go back to when I'm in Monterey.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Melanie! We hope to have you with us again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
1/8/2020 Had a reservation for four on this Wednesday night while visiting Monterey, CA. It was not necessary to have a reservation as our party was one of three (3) tables on this night. We enjoyed fabulous Spanish and Portuguese influenced tapas during a three (3) hours dining experience. We ordered all but 3 items on the tapas menu along with 2 dishes off the dinner menu. The grilled octopus is a must have while the white anchovies were delectable. Our server, Miguel, was very pleasant and more than competent when describing the food (with the history behind the dish) and wine recommendations. This is not an inexpensive restaurant but nice for a splurge.
Thank you so much for sharing with us!! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Tuesday nights there is a special 4-course paella menu. It represents great value and allows one to experience a variety of typical Spanish dishes.
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad we could welcome you on Paella Tuesday and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Wonderful food that reflects a really talented chef. He is one of the rare ones that is influenced by upscale Portuguese food. We love the tapas, shared plates, and pilafs.
Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
We went for the food and at best, it was OK. Since this is a restaurant within a hotel/motel, parking was scarce. Snagged one of the last available parking spots in front of a room.
We appreciate your comments shared Mel and hope to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Had the fixed NYE menu and it was fantastic. The wait staff was awesome and had a jazz band playing at the beginning of our meal. We ate indoors but also had an outdoor patio with a beautiful fire pit. Would definitely return.
Thank you so much for sharing with us! We can't wait to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
I would recommend Esteban, but not on New Years Eve! We arrived on time to find many tables open. The hostess took us to a table which was right by the door where everyone walks in and out. I asked politely if we could move to a table slightly further away. Her answer was no, due to it already being reserved. That table was never reserved, it was taken a little later by two women who didn't like the table they'd already been sitting at, due to the band playing too close to them. By the way, the band was excellent!
Then we waited and waited for our food. We ordered tapas. Our server was most apologetic, and I don't blame him. I think it was due to the fact that paella was on the prix fixe menu and that takes time to cook. After an hour of waiting, we ordered bread, this was 8:30 p.m. Finally our tapas was served. By this stage the band had stopped and gone home.
Hello Janet, We appreciate your feedback and want to thank you for sharing your visit with us! While we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the band, we regret that your Tapas took awhile and that we did not have the opportunity to fully amend prior to your departure. This is certainly contrary to our service standard and we will share you feedback with our team in an effort to improve as we move forward. We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
WONDERFUL FOOD, FRESH AND VERY TASTY! PAELLA WAS AWESOME!! BACK ROOM WAS TOO COLD AT FIRST.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Kimberly! We appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass along to our team. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Loved this pick for our holiday get together with friends. We enjoyed delicious tapas and a beautiful Sauvignon blanc. Service was awesome as well as the food. We will definitely use this place again to gather!
Fun and great happy hour!! New chef offerings are great.
Thank you so much for sharing with us! We are so glad that you joined us for Tapas hour and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Excellent foods ,good services
The biggest rip-off of a Thanksgiving meal we have experienced in a very long time!
We apologize for your recent visit and that you did not leave with the fond memories that so many of our guests speak of. We would invite you to share more about your experience with us in an effort to improve as we move forward. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Lots of good choices on happy hour tapas menu. Sat outside. They have a dog menu. Maggie had the marrow bone. Everyone one happy
Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to have you and Maggie back again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Dinner was delicious. The tapas were great. Loved the seafood paella. Our server, Miguel, was wonderful.
Thank you so much for sharing your recent experience with us! We are so glad that you had such a memorable time and hope to have you with us again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Fantastic evening in the garden-patio, great food and very nice service.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Wesley! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Nice tapas place in Monterey, with a bit more than "just tapas" on the menu. Chef Gus came out and shared some of his thinking on food and sourcing. Waiter Miguel was helpful and friendly at pointing out unique things on the menu. The Spiced Lamb chops and Boquerones were excellent. Avocado-Lime pie for dessert was a real surprise! A good one. Check this spot out next time you're in Monterey.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your selections and hope to have you with us again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Great food. The chef was very hospitable and we all had a great time. Would recommend for a special treat night out. It was a little costly but worth it.
Hello Michael, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Our favorite restaurant in Monterey where we can bring our dogs and they are treated as well as us!
The staff and the Chef are such wonderful hosts. We were excited to return and were not disappointed. The fig flatbread was outstanding - so nice to see figs used in a different way that sprinkled with blue cheese and walnuts! We always get a paella - super yummy. Our dogs love the new ancient grain dog biscuits and getting them each a bone marrow, means a relaxed dinner for us! Definitely our go-to place in Monterey.
Hello Brenda, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We are so glad that we could welcome you on your recent visits and that you enjoyed all of your selections. We hope to have you back again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
We four friends went to happy hour and enjoyed a wide variety of tapas along with sangria and beer. Service was outstanding and the food very good. We'll be back soon.
We are so glad that we could welcome you to Tapas hour and that you had such a memorable time! We can't wait to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Esteban is nice. Lovely food and a really nice outdoor dining area. Usually the service is quite good and quite friendly, but we had a odd server lately who made the evening much less pleasant that usual. Hopefully, that was a fluke because this is a wonderful gathering place.
Unimaginative and uninteresting food, sorry we chose this place.
Through Open Table, I made reservations for 6 at 5 pm. I tried to make reservations with other times, but the only time given was 5. So they must be busy right? I called to verify reservation but the person on the phone could not find my reservation, so I made another. Showed up at 5 with 7 instead of 6 and they could not find my reservation. But they got us a table for 6 and put a chair for the extra person on the corner of the table and asked if it was okay. NO. The person helping us get seated could not figure out how to turn two tables for 4 into one table for 7. Finally someone figured it out and we got seated. All this time they are upset that I showed up with 7 instead of 6 and made me feel it was an inconvenience to them. I thought maybe they would be busy and were concerned with loosing an extra table. When we left, most of the tables as were when arrived, empty. Now the food. We came for the paella. Highly recommended. Started with a few appetizers and they were very good. I would highly recommend the cevice and the grilled octopus. Yummy. It takes 30 - 45 minutes to prepThe Del Mar looked great but tasted more like a sopa de arroz which is a tomato based rice dish. It could probably have used a few more minutes in the oven and a bit less tomatoes. And it lost it's "paella" flavor in the final presentation. It was okay and granted I should accept the fact that there are many different types of paellas but this one was not great and I was disappointed as well as others in my group who have been to Spain and unfortunately had mine. Paella Negra Mixto is basically the use of the black ink from a squid to turn the dish black but did not ad to the flavor of the dish. Made you question to reasoning except to make the impression that the dish was unique and an artistic rendition of what could have been a great dish. The paella was very bland and we only actually ate half and boxed the rest. It was funny to watch everyone trying to get the others to take it home.
We appreciate your comments and want to thank you for sharing with us! We are sorry for the issues and shortcomings with when trying to make a reservation as this is certainly contrary to our service standard. In addition, we want to thank you for your feedback on the paella as we will certainly pass along to our team. We hope to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
Gustavo Trejo's influence equals consistently delicious food. The service is outstanding. The Tuesday Paellas is a true value, tapas, paellas and desert. Yes, I like it.
We came for tapas at 5:00 pm on a Thursday. The restaurant has live music on its patio on Thursdays in the summer. So the ambience was exceptional. The tapas ranged from good to outstanding. We particularly liked the lamb chops, the ham and Manchego cheese plate, and the Medjool dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon.
We are so glad to hear that we could welcome you for Tapas during our Jazz Dinner Series on the patio. We are also glad to hear that you enjoyed your tapas selections - those are all great choices! We hope to welcome you again soon. Sincerely, Management of the Inns of Monterey
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