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Lopez Restaurant & Cantina

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635 Cass St, Monterey, CA 93940-3113 (Webster)
+1 831-324-4260
11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Palo Alto, California
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284 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Okay, so our Uber driver had lived in Monterey her whole life and hadn't heard of the place. Then we see the storefront and there aren't any windows and it seems closed. Then we walk in and are the only customers.... But it all ended up being a pretty nice meal. Our server was pleasant and not too clingy for... More 

Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

I picked this place b/c of the TripAdvisor reviews and I was sorely disappointed. Truly tasteless beans, sad yellow rice, gluey tamales, sub-par corn chips, tired flat-tasting salsa. But hey - the waiters are friendly and they serve real agave tequila here. And the TV works.

Thank tiramisu2
Monterey, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Just one of those days, when you don't want to cook at home. We've eaten here many times, and always had good food at a reasonable price. The décor is nothing to brag about, but the food is good...(service also)

Thank frraggs
Reno, Nevada
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

It doesn't look inviting for the outside and the decor could use a little work but that not why you visit an authentic Mexican restaurant. Both the carnitas plate and manchamantel were fine dishes. Tortillas were defiantly not homemade (as menu stated). Like many Mexican restaurants, it was a very good value and plenty to eat.

Thank McBubby
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

This local Mexican cantina has friendly staff, a range of Mexican and other beers and home made mole sauce and tamales. I recommend the pork with mole and tamales with green tomatillo salsa.

Thank Penelope B
Salinas, California, United States
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234 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

I hadn't eaten here before but a Groupon offer for 2 meals with margaritas made me want to check it out. Authentic looking on the inside - definitely not fancy but comfortable. They only had one person who was hostess and waitress and they were pretty busy but she not only took great care of us but seemed happy we... More 

Thank 556danaa
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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169 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Our party of six was very pleased with the food at Lopez. Not too spicy, but sufficiently picante, and very flavorful. The little kids were happy, the seniors were pleased as were the regular grownups. The frozen Margaritas could have been a bit stronger, but we're still quite good. Very friendly servers!!

Thank lfiebert
Gilroy, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

I came to this restaurant based on the good reviews and I know now why it is rated this high, It is AMAZING. This place is HUGE, there were about 30 people and it still look a bit empty, most restaurants in Monterey are tiny. So I don't understand why people saying it looks empty, may be because they are... More 

Thank tecomichmex
Los Angeles, California, United States
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

We thought that the place was closed. There was a repairman fixing the front door when we walked up. We had purchased a groupon deal for a meal, and I knew that they were open, but it just looked closed. It's a huge restaurant. It could easily seat over 100 people including a full bar area perfect for a futbol... More 

Thank Leah Y
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55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

We stopped in with a Groupon (2 entrees/2 drinks) during a mini vacation to Monterey. We readily found street parking. Lopez Restaurant & Cantina is nondescript from the outside, but it is only a block off one of the touristy main streets. Not being a tourist trap meant the prices were much more reasonable. Interior was unexpectedly large, had Mexican... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 635 Cass St, Monterey, CA 93940-3113
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-324-4260

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?