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|Guest •||July 23, 2020|
Birthday Celebration at Esteban
We chose Esteban for their beautiful outdoor dining area. We were very pleased with the service. CJ, was our server and gave us wonderful recommendations on a couple of the vegetarian dishes, and answered any questions we had on the menu. Anna was the bartender on duty that evening and made my husband the best boss Anna Margarita he has ever had. I highly recommend Esteban. My family and I felt very safe there. Everybody was practicing social distancing and wearing their face coverings. I love the disposable menus. We are a local family and have always had a wonderful experience at Esteban. Anna, Always makes our visit extra special.
|Guest •||March 26, 2020|
An authentic Spanish night for mom's birthday
My mother is from Chile, but her parents are Spanish and Basque. I've read up on Esteban's restaurant, and felt this would be a taste of the homeland. I took mom for the Tapas Happy Hour, and it was a delight! The entire menu is tailored to the authentic Spanish palate. But there's more. They even had a few dishes from other Spanish speaking places, like a Peruvian empanada. We sat mom and I in a nice corner. The ambiance is like rustic Granada or south coast of Spain. Comfortable areas inside, and a large patio outside with a glass/gas fireplace. I think it's really nice. Mom had ordered the anchovy tapas, and I had serrano ham and melted cheese. Tapas are served like extremely nice antipasti. Bread, and wine. They were excellent. The bread was home made, and the anchovies were fresh, and not overwhelming at all. With layers of tomatoes and ají underneath, my mom was absolutely delighted. I almost didn't get a bite. I had the sangria red, and later a flavorful margarita. We were talking for at least an hour. When we thought about leaving we were visited by the chef himself! He took the time to come see people at the tables. That's classy in a small setting. He got to our table, and was so kind. He gave us some of his story, and we shared ours back. He grew up in Spain, and everything he made was like a taste of the coast and country. He's even got a special day for paella and another for wine. It was very nice to get to know him and appreciate the care behind the meal. After we had paid and I was gathering up my churros and manjar for dessert, the chef came back to the table and gave us a huge piece of the home made bread with a special orange and rosemary marmalade. It was just so thoughtful. My mom coveted the bread. I loved seeing her so happy. I didn't ask for more than a slice. She says it tastes like her childhood. We are absolutely going to this wonderful place EVERY time to come to Monterey. That's a promise. I hope you have a magical time in the little Spanish corner like we did. There's nothing like it unless you go all the way to Spain yourself a lot. Definitely a new favorite.