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Old but new in Monterey: Restaurant 1833

July 28, 2011 |  4:00 pm

Exterior-9528-13 The historic Stokes Adobe in Monterey, built in 1833 and later expanded, now houses the new Restaurant 1833. Though the name is humdrum, everyone on the team behind the restaurant is a real pro. Dave Bernahl and Rob Weakley, founders and directors of the Pebble Beach Food & Wine event, scoured the country for a staff charged with turning the old adobe, which has done time as a kiln and oven, makeshift pharmacy and at least two restaurants, into an eating establishment for the 21st century. 

After a year and a half of construction, Restaurant 1833 opened this month in downtown Monterey with Levi Mezick as chef. His resumé includes Per Se, Daniel and Café Boulud, all in New York. Not bad at all.

The early menu reveals “small bites” — Monterey squid salad, bacon-cheddar biscuits, and watermelon gazpacho shooters from $3.50 to $6.50. Appetizers are reasonably priced, too: roasted corn soup, charred baby octopus, warm goat cheese custard and more coming in at $9 to $15, with the exception of a foie gras terrine at $25. There’s pizza and a handful of pasta dishes, with entrees mostly under $30. 

A family-style category lists a whole salt-crusted dorade at $46, a 32-ounce grilled bone-in ribeye at $70, and a whole roasted chicken at $38. And if you can find a family that wants to indulge in a whole roasted lobe of foie gras, that will set you back some $200.

If you’re headed up the coast this summer and spending the night on the Monterey Peninsula, you might want to check out this new entry. Whether it will live up to the hype or the team’s resumés remains to be seen.  

Restaurant 1833, 500 Hartnell Street, Monterey; (831) 643-1833; www.1833monterey.com.  Dinner only daily.

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-- S. Irene Virbila

Photo credit: Restaurant 1833, Monterey

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