What better way to spend your day in Monterey than to kick back and embrace the views from a sunny rooftop or outdoor patio? Here are the top 10 rooftop bars and outdoor patios to enjoy. 


1. Abalonetti Bar & Grill (Monterey)

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Located on Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Abalonetti Bar & Grill serves a variety of salads, sandwiches, pasta and seafood that can be enjoyed on their outdoor patio. This is the perfect spot to take a break from walking and shopping around the wharf. You may even spot some wildlife! 

2. Altura Lounge & Bistro (Salinas)

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This Italian kitchen has a cozy outdoor patio to enjoy delicious pasta, pizza and unique crafted cocktails. 

3. Big Sur River Inn (Big Sur)

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The Big Sur River Inn Restaurant has an outdoor patio that overlooks the Big Sur River. They have a full service bar and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. After your meal, have dessert from the Ice Cream Bus and relax in one of the chairs in the river!

4. Dust Bowl Brewing Company (Monterey)

This is an image of the exterior of Dust Bowl Brewing Co. in Monterey at sunset. Various groups of friends sit at wooden bench style seating in the breweries outdoor area, laughing and drinking beer together.This Tap Depot is on the Monterey Recreation Trail only a few steps from the beach and Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Dust Bowl serves 24 taps and has an outdoor patio equipped with fire pits, heaters, an onsite food truck, Corn Hole and can’t forget, they are dog-friendly! 

5. Hotel 1110 (Monterey)

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LindaRose Bar & Grill is located on the rooftop of Hotel 1110. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine with scenic views of Monterey Bay and choose from a variety of craft cocktails, spirits along with locally sourced wine and beer. This is a great place for date night, a quick bite, or a night out with friends. This rooftop bar is adults only (18+).  

6. Nepenthe (Big Sur)

This is an image of a couple sharing a meal at Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur overlooking the dramatic Big Sur coastNepenthe is an iconic restaurant that overlooks the beautiful Big Sur coastline. It has stunning panoramic views, a unique ambiance and rich history as it has been serving guests since 1949. Take some time to not only embrace the views but indulge in a glass of wine or their Famous Ambrosiaburger.  

7. Pebble Beach Resorts (Pebble Beach)

 This is an image of the outdoor patio tables at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California at dawn. Part of the restaurant can be seen on the right side of the image, with the left side of the image showing several scattered outdoor seating and tables with people at them. The ocean can be seen in the background Photo Credit: Pebble Beach Resorts

Pebble Beach Resorts offers a plethora of dining options, each providing local and sustainable ingredients, great service and breathtaking views. The Bench, located at The Lodge at Pebble Beach overlooks the 18th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Their outdoor patio has fire pits and fire tables to enjoy one of their handcrafted cocktails and panoramic views. Another great place to enjoy the views is at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Their Lobby Lounge is a relaxing environment surrounded by fire pits, a unique cocktail menu and even serves dishes from their neighbor, Roy’s at Pebble Beach. Not only are the views amazing, but there is the daily bagpiper that performs every night. 

8. Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette (Marina)

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There are three dining environments to choose from when visiting Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette. The full-service dining room, bar and lounge and the al fresco dining patio. The patio is a great place to unwind, enjoy a drink of choice and take in all the views of the Marina dunes. 

9. The Brass Tap (Marina)

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Marina’s newest craft beer bar offers over 140+ craft beers and highlights local beers from Alvarado Street Brewery, Dust Bowl, Other Brother and English Ales. Enjoy a beer and shareable bar food on their heated patio  

10. Vesuvio (Carmel-by-the-Sea)

The Star Bar at Vesuvio is a great place to unwind and enjoy the views of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This rooftop bar has fire pits, comfortable seating and twinkling lights, the perfect combination to indulge in delicious Italian Cuisine.