I realize that this may not be a widely-shared opinion on this board, but Stokes Adobe was one of my favorite restaurants, period. We live in New York and visit Monterey every year or so, and something about the romantic setting, the service, the fantastic drinks and the food together added up to exactly what we wanted every year we came out.
Last week I tried to make reservations for this January, and lo and behold, Stokes is gone! I know there are other great places in Monterey, and honestly have never bothered trying them for various reasons, so I suppose now is the time to correct that - though I have concerns about a few for the romantic-night-out that I'm looking for. I've heard great things about Passionfish, and probably am leaning towards it right now, but wonder if it's too modern and New Yorky in atmosphere; Red House looks a bit more casual than I was hoping for; Sardine Factory, on the other hand, seems like it may be _too_ formal.
So, am I missing anything? Should I stick with Passionfish, or is there something else nearby (or in Carmel, or otherwise within a reasonable drive) that would hit what I'm looking for square on the nose?
Sorry for being so specific; I would say that I'll try not to compare whatever we end up doing to Stokes, but I can guaranty that my wife will be making the same comparison even if I'm not...
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Red House Cafe
662 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950