A Memorable Meal at Cafe Fina
This weekend finds Monterey hosting two of the area’s biggest events: Whalefest Monterey and the Half Marathon at Pebble Beach. If you’re headed here for the chance to see marine life up close and personal, or a chance to beat your personal best along a spectacular coastline, make sure to cap off your visit with a memorable meal.
Dining on fresh seafood in a restaurant with incredible seaside views is probably the quintessential California experience. And the best spot to enjoy that is an easy call. Just head down to Cafe Fina right on Fisherman’s Wharf.
Beautiful Food in a Beautiful Setting
Since 1989, this icon on the bay has been making food that’s as delicious as it is beautifully presented. It’s a place where you get fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere that lets you sit and enjoy an unforgettable meal with unforgettable views.
You’ll feast on fresh-caught fish and homemade pasta combined in recipes that have stood the test of time and that keep bringing customers back week after week and year after year.
Watch the sunset on the bay as you sample some of the best Italian-style fresh seafood in California. You’ll find all your favorite classics here, plus some items that have a fresh twist on tradition.
Something for Everyone
Whether you’re craving fresh seafood or Italian specialties, you’ll find something you’ve got to try here. The extensive menu makes Cafe Fina the right spot for families or groups. The lovely setting is also just right for couples who want a romantic, elegant night out.
Come in for lunch and enjoy a seafood cioppino, lightly breaded and grilled sand dabs, four different varieties of paella or the best fish and chips you ever had. At dinner, feast on Dungeness crab prepared five different ways, wild abalone with a champagne cream sauce or steak and lobster tail. Try our mesquite-grilled wild salmon, blackened or served with a basil cream sauce, oven-roasted lobster tails, shrimp and crab ravioli or prawn scampi.
Our appetizers include fried calamari, homemade clam chowder, fresh oysters and mussels, and a variety of farm-fresh salads.
Love the sea but not seafood? No worries. Try a steak or a burger cooked on a wood-fired grill, as well as pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas. There are vegetarian items and a children’s menu.
This is fine dining that everyone can enjoy.
Dominic Mercurio, Cafe Fina’s owner, also owns a 25-acre farm in Los Banos, California, which produces all of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are on your plate during harvest season. It’s a farm-to-table flavor that no other restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf can match.
Fish and seafood also come from sustainable, ecologically sound sources. Only the highest quality ingredients make it into the kitchen and onto your plate.
No Italian restaurant worthy of the name would skimp on the wine. The extensive list includes wines from around the world, from Italian proseccos and French roses to the finest Napa Valley, Carmel Valley, and Paso Robles selections.
Round out your meal with a cocktail from our full bar. Sit a spell and let the magic of the bay wash over you.
Watching or Running?
Whalefest Monterey and the First Half Marathon at Pebble Beach give the Monterey Bay area a chance to show itself off at its best. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, this is a chance to enjoy the stunning natural beauty that surrounds us.
Join the celebration as Monterey Bay welcomes thousands of gray whales passing through the bay on their migration to warmer waters down south. Through classes and interactive events, you’ll learn all about this gentle giant and, with any luck, get a chance to spot some gray whales.
The restaurant is right next to the Whalefest Monterey events on Fisherman’s Wharf, making it the perfect place to take a break or to end your day.
If you’re here for the Half Marathon at Pebble Beach, get ready to run along a beautiful coastline that includes cliffs, white sand beaches, and the famous Lone Cypress. The race starts and ends in Spanish Bay and takes you all through the legendary Pebble Beach resort. Afterward, reward yourself for all that effort with some well-earned fuel at Fisherman’s Wharf, a short 15 minute drive to the heart of the bay.
Gifts of Nature
These events let you experience Monterey’s natural beauty in a new way. They’re a great way to kick off the new year and shake off the winter blues, so head on over for a day of whaling or running.
Whatever floats your fancy this weekend, make sure to make Cafe Fina part of your Monterey getaway. Great food, great views, and a warm welcome will make your meal a special part of your experience, one that we guarantee will make a lasting impression. To make a reservation, call 1-800-the-Fina or book online.