Monterey County was made with romance in mind and what better way to gaze into the eyes of your sweetheart then over a delicious meal. Whether you are looking to splurge or save, there is restaurant with romance in mind for any budget size.

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Think beautiful ocean views are always served up with a hefty price tag? Think again! The Beach House at Lover's Point not only overlooks the entire Monterey Bay but has an incredible Sunset Special menu. Lovebirds that dine in before 6pm can choose from an array of mouthwatering entrees for just $9.90 and enjoy a glass of wine or local brew for $3.90, talk about a bargain!

Nothing screams romance quite like Clint Eastwood's psychological thriller "Play Misty for Me," well maybe not, but one of the film's locations sure does! The iconic Sardine Factory on Cannery Row offers an Early Dinner menu with 3-courses for just $29. Diners can choose from entrées like Pacific Coast Sand Dabs, Capellini Pomodoro and Filet & Prawns. Ask to be seated in the conservatory room for a whimsical "Tavern on the Green" atmosphere.

Bask in the glow of outdoor fire pits and kick-back atmosphere at The Ranch in Marina. Hang loose during their nightly Happy Hour from 4pm-6:30pm and mix and match appetizers for just $2 each, saving plenty of cash for roses. Afterwards, head to the beach just outside and walk along the sandy beach during sunset.

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Named as one of Travel + Leisure's "Best Cities in the World for Romance" Carmel-by-the-Sea is naturally a hotspot when scouting out a table for two. Aubergine inside the swanky L'Auberge Carmel is not only located in the heart of Carmel but is a premiere dining destination with a Food & Wine magazine "Best New Chef" and an ever-changing menu all set in an intimate and candlelit dining room.

Channel your inner celebrity couple and reserve a table cliff side at Sierra Mar Restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn. Infinite views of the Big Sur coastline and exceptional fine dining experience make this property a favorite amongst celebrity couples; Anne Hathaway and Andy Samburg even said their "I dos" on the property.

Take your sweetie on a trip to Tuscany within the lovely gates of Pebble Beach. Pèppoli at Pebble Beach is as authentic as you can get when it comes to Italian fare; the views of The Links at Spanish Bay are just the icing on the cake, or tiramisu. Be sure to indulge in a glass (or two) of an Antinori wine to really set the mood!

Romantic Hotels & Adventures

Extend your stay in magical Monterey and book a stay at one of these romantic rooms fit for a honeymoon!

Find a full list of amorous adventures with these Ideas for Romance including a sunset sail and spa day.

On a budget? Sweep your sweetheart off their feet without spending a bundle with these Romance on a Shoestring activities including a beach bonfire and wine tasting.