I've got some tips on where to eat and not eat in Pebble Beach. I'm not sure if it should be here or the general CA board?
Avoid Cafe XIX at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Enormously expensive and bland, Frenchy-ish food. For those prices I'd at least expect food as good as Absinthe, or Alamo Square. Not so. A restaurant only to impress expense-accounters.
The Tap Room at The Lodge at Pebble Beach: More worth your while. Passable steaks, salads, chicken. Not too too expensive and you can be sure your dinner will be at least good, sometimes quite delicious. I'd recommend the Tap Room sundae for dessert: sauteed bananas, honeyed almonds, homemade hot fudge on vanilla ice cream. Shhhh -- this place actually had fraises des boises in season (May/June of the past two years, at least). One of the few places I have ever found the real thing. Yum. I wish it were springtime now.
Roy's at The Inn at Spanish Bay: Your typical Roy's, but never as good at it is in Hawaii.
The Patio at The Inn at Spanish Bay: Pricey drinks, but great ambiance (bagpiper+fog) and good appetizers. Yummy almonds come gratis, so the price on the drinks stings less.
The in-room service at The Inn at Spanish Bay: Surprisingly good, if pricey. Better than your average room service, and I especially recommend it for breakfast, since the breakfast at Roy's (which is the house restaurant at the Inn) is a little strange for some breakfaster/golfers.
I didn't eat at Peppoli's (the Italian place) at the Inn. I've heard it's good-- any opinions our there?
Sticks at The Inn at Spanish Bay: Slightly less expensive than the rest of this resort area, and quite good, very generous, medium-casual food. Some interesting presentations, and you won't go hungry. Don't expect miracles, but very good and convenient when you're desparate. Try the chicken-fried steak -- it has (heresy!) a sausage gravy, but it's very well executed and tasty. The portion is so huge it can be easily shared by two normal appetites :)
I'll re-post elsewhere if this is not the right spot.
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