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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of ethnic restaurants in the area with new places moving nearer to campus as the school grows. Cannery Row is very close by with tons of restaurants and bars to choose from.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: While there are actually a lot of places to eat off-campus, you have to drive a little ways to find them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Trying to find a place is challenging because everything is advertised for tourists so finding decent priced food is hard.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's Chinese, the Noodle bar, fast food, denny's... go into Monterey or PG and it's super expensive. Oh! And Japanese.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Anywhere you want to go off campus for dinning would either be in Monterey or Marina (campus is located IN Seaside). It'll be a 30-60 minute bus ride or 10~ minute car drive; unless you want to go to Subway up the road.


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When one isn’t feasting on a burrito at the DC or a burger at the OE, the off-campus dining options at CSUMB are satisfactory to anyone’s taste buds. Seaside and Marina offer a wide variety of eateries, from fast food and chain restaurants to local specialties and dives. The options widen in Monterey, as the touristy Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row are home to some of the best restaurants on the central coast. Regardless of your preference or palate, you are guaranteed to discover your new favorite restaurant within a 10-minute drive of CSUMB. As the home place of several different ethnicities, the Monterey Peninsula boasts a diverse assortment of cultural cuisines, especially authentic Mexican food. Papa Chevos, a campus favorite, is one of such restaurants, as it is best known for its “forearm sized” burritos. The different taqueria’s scattered throughout Seaside are also worth checking out, especially for those with adventurous tastes. Those seafood lovers will also find contentment in the Monterey Bay, where fresh fish and other marine delicacies are fished out of the ocean on a daily basis.

For the most part, most of the Monterey’s top restaurants are very convenient and easily accessible. The only real student complaint about dining convenience is the city’s limited number of late night options, as students are often limited to fast food choices past a certain time. Another complaints is a general lack of student food discounts, but most restaurant prices are decent and reasonable (except in the more touristy areas). Whether you are craving Italian or Comfort food, CSUMB’s off-campus dining options are always a nice escape from the everyday campus cuisine.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Sarita's
Best Asian
  • Benihana
  • Jim's Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
First Awakenings
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Coldstone Creamery
  • Denny's
  • Ghirardelli
Best Healthy
  • Trader Joe's
  • Whole Foods
Best Late-Night
  • Denny's
  • Fast food drive-thrus
Best Mexican
  • El Torito
  • Papa Chano's
  • Sarita's Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Mountain Mike's Pizza
Best Wings
Sly McFly's
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Anywhere on Cannery Row or Fisherman's Wharf
  • Benihana
  • Bubba Gump's
  • Chart House
  • The Fish Hopper
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Anywhere on Cannery Row
  • Anywhere on Fisherman's Wharf
  • Benihana
  • Bubba Gump's
  • Chart House
Other Places to Check Out
  • Grotto Fish Market
  • Harumi Sushi
  • Monterey Fish House
  • Montrio Bistro
  • Old Monterey CafĂ©
  • Sardine Factory
  • Stokes Restaurant and Bar
Did You Know?
  • Students are advised to check out the Monterey Peninsula yearly Entertainment Book. The book is full of local deals and coupons. The book can be purchased at
  • If you like clam chowder, be sure to walk up and down Fisherman's Wharf sampling chowder from the different vendors. It is definitely a tasty (and free) snack!

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

801 Tioga Ave., Seaside
(831) 899-1256
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
2040 California Ave., Seaside
(831) 392-1990
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
133 General Stilwell Dr., Marina
(831) 883-5720
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Trader Joe's
570 Munras Ave.
(831) 372-2010
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
800 Del Monte Center
(831) 333-1600
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Asian
136 Olivier St., Monterey
(831) 644-9007
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: The servers cook the food in front of the customers.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Food: Seafood
720 Cannery Row, Monterey
(831) 373-1884
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: This was the first restaurant of the Bubba Gump chain, which opened in 1996. Check out the costumed shrimp mascot, usually seen outside the restaurant. Great views of the Monterey Bay!
California Pizza Kitchen
Food: Pizza, pasta, salads
1100 Del Monte Center, Monterey
(831) 375-4975
Price: $5-$10
Chart House Restaurant
Food: Seafood
444 Cannery Row, Monterey
(831) 372-3362
Price: $30-$50
Cool Features: Great place to bring a date, awesome view of the Monterey Bay!
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
1470 Del Monte Center, Monterey
(831) 649-1346
Price: $5-$10
Food: American diner
300 Freemont St., Monterey
(831) 372-0160
Price: $8-$15
El Mariachi Restaurante Y Cantina
Food: Mexican
711 Cannery Row, Monterey
(831) 324-4953
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Located in one of Monterey's old canneries!
El Torito Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
600 Cannery Row, Monterey
(831) 373-0611
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Awesome view of the Monterey Bay. $1 Taco Tuesdays. Plenty of new deals and discounts.
Erik's Delicafe
Food: Sandwiches
570 Munras Ave., Monterey
(831) 646-1515
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sourdough bread bowls
Food: European
223 17th St., Pacific Grove
(831) 372-3456
Price: $20-$40
First Awakenings
Food: Breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches
125 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove
(831) 372-1125
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: One of the best breakfast spots in Monterey
The Fish Hopper
Food: Seafood, steak, pasta
700 Cannery Row, Monterey
(831) 372-8543
Price: $20-$50
Ghriardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop
Food: Ice cream, confections
660 Cannery Row, Monterey
(831) 373-0997
Price: $5-$10
Jim's Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1584 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside
(831) 394-5117
Price: $8-$15
Mountain Mike's Pizza
Food: Pizza
266 Reservation Rd., Marina
(831) 883-2242
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Salad bar, delivery
Papa Chano's
Food: Mexican, fast food
462 Alvarado St., Monterey
(831) 646-9587
Price: $5-$10
Papa Chevo's Taco Shop #1
Food: Mexican
1760 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
(831) 393-1610
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Gigantic burritos
Papa Chevo's Taco Shop #2
Food: Mexican
3038 Del Monte Blvd., Marina
(831) 884-9545
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Gigantic burritos
Plume's Coffee House
Food: Coffee, cafe fare
400 Alvarado St., Monterey
(831) 373-4526
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Located in Downtown Monterey.
Sarita's Mexican Food
Food: Meixcan
1936 Freemont Blvd., Seaside
(831) 394-4407
Price: $5-$10
Sly McFly's Lunch & Dinner House
Food: Burgers, sandwiches
700 Cannery Row, Monterey
(831) 649-8050
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: A popular place. Full bar. Live music.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 118 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 134 responses

  • 28% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 11% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 13% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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