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Alvarado On Main - Salinas, Salinas, CA

Alvarado On Main - Salinas

4.7
4.7
69 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Alvarado on Main is an art deco styled restaurant will revitalize the elegant feel of the 1930s in the center of beautiful Oldtown Salinas. Within its walls, a modern sense of craft beer will be combined with a concentration on fresh and local cuisine that speaks to the Salinas Valley.

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2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 356-0219
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 69 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Good for groups

  • California Central Coast

    Hot spot

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for business meals

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for groups

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Hot spot

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Lively

69 Reviews
  1. Turtley

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent as was the food. Always a great experience!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was super nice and service was responsive. It was a great place for a chill family meal and a perfect place for me to spend my Mother’s Day !

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good ambiance at this restaurant, service and beer were great and everything came out quick after ordering.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place has come down a lot since it first began. Super understaffed. Our waiter was juggling so many tables on his own. The bar staff is SLOW. Our food arrived before our drinks, and we practically finished eating by the time they arrived. If this is a restaurant there is no reason groups of people and bar chairs should be blocking the walkway around the restaurant. It's slowly turning into another dump due to poor management. Owners should take a hospitality and restaurant management course.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was such a cool place! The ambiance is incredible and the food/drinks were great! 10/10 would recommend and look forward to our next visit!

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  6. AnneB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The vege tacos were so delicious! Service was nice. Location and building amazing!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I went for my birthday, they had a cute unique cocktail menu for February! I definitely come back again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant/bar in an Art Deco former bank. Deep fried cauliflower was a surprising treat. Their Paloma cocktails garnished with dehydrated grapefruit slice is delightful. Happy friendly staff. I ❤️ this place!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to Alvarado on Main. The food is great and very one is so nice!

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  10. LeahB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, service was amazing, and happy hour prices were outstanding.

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  11. MichelleH

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had by far the nicest server we have ever had there, on Saturday night. We love to get the smash burger it is so simple and delicious. It was totally packed but a manager or someone overseeing the restaurant was nice enough to come over and check in and ask how our meal was. Glad to see it so busy, we love coming in here!

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  12. MoniG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Was excited to have dinner here for the first time, I was on a date & he has a speech impediment, we wanted a drink each & the server did not want to give us any because she assumed my date was already drunk when he wasn’t it was the way he communicated with his speech impediment that came off wrong she assumed he was a few drinks in and it was only about to be our first. spoke to the manager as well & she was a little more harsh than the server. She said they were signs of already having some drink & it made me very uncomfortable to have been put in that position & makes me feel bad for my date. food was not good & they didn’t take our order for about 20 minutes after they told us they were not serving us any drinks.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was really nice! The food was delicious! The hostess even gave us a heads up about how it was busy so food was taking a little bit longer. It was really appreciated. 

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fine, but service was extremely slow. Our server would only stop by our table every 30 minutes consistently throughout our visit, while it was not busy enough to justify the slow service. Would not visit again solely based on service.

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  15. Mattie

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service staff handled a special release event well.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I’ve been visiting this establishment since they opened and been advocating their beers for a long time. Today was a total disappointment as our appetizers arrived late along with our drinks. To make things worse, we were embarrassed as we walked out of this establishment with a surprise tab which should have been included in the original tab. We complained to the manager and his response so scripted that it seemed like we were talking to a robot.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to hang out and grab a bite and enjoy a drink while catching up with friends.

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  18. AimeeL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Your pretzels are the best I’ve ever tasted in my life! Your El Pastor tacos are amazing and your sticky toffee pudding really no words other than OMG!! The BEST EVER in my life!! Thank you My son who goes here a lot recommended it to us for my husbands bday and wow we will be back!!

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  19. JeffinSalinas

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was exceptional and the drinks weren't bad either. All was a bit spicy which we liked, and portions were larger than expected. Server was attentive and friendly. A satisfying experience overall.

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  20. Philthefoodie

    Minneapolis

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we regretted by a friendly hostess to the smiling, helpful waitress and the helpful manager. It was a great dining experience with wonderful food.

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  21. JoeM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Cauliflower and Pastor tacos highly recommended

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  22. HeatherN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Satisfied my burger craving! Cooked perfectly and full of flavor. One day I may try something else on the menu...

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  23. DawnL

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    After sitting for a good 15 mins waiting for out waitress our hostess took our order. Our waitress brought the wine and appetizer, the hostess again took our order after flagging her down asking for the waitress. Waitress brought the food and again had to flag down the hostess for refills of drinks. Looking around it appeared that the waitress spent most of her time in the kitchen. Don't think we will be returning to the Salinas location.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks are always amazing! High end bar food!!!

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  25. JanetL

    Las Vegas

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks and food was great. The waiter was terrific. Fun experience

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  26. NickiH

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    A little disappointed, service was not great, had to ask 4 times for water, and my husband waited a long time for his drink (they were not very busy at the time) we went there went they had just opened and it was such a better experience. But will try again and see Thank you~

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service beer as always. The food was just okay.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay and over priced. One of the appetizers was too crispy almost burned. Fríes portion way too small for price. Overall okay

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was ok. The staff were nice, but the food and stunk quality was just ok.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent atmosphere. Service was a little slow. Were not sure if they were short staffed or busier Sunday than expected.

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  31. franks

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters so fresh they must have been swimming this morning

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The artichoke tacos that I had during this visit were amazing!

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  33. DarrellT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the pepperoni pizza and Caesar salad with grilled chicken. Both were good but I felt it was a little pricey for what we got. Overall 4 stars. Nice restaurant in Salinas.

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  34. MaryanneM

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant is beautiful and bar is cool. Service is fabulous. Food / menu is a work in progress. Limited bar type menu which I expect they will expand . I had a Moroccan chicken sandwich that was not good. Hamburger looked great, pizza was nice. BLT was a three rating. Fries are not good. There is a good base to grow / change this menu. Would like to see meals as are offered on their Monterey location menu. Also I would like half sandwich/ soups or salad . Lighter or smaller portions to be offered

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  35. Diana

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Great vibe, but not for a couple's night out. Place is very loud and unable to hear each other or our server. Our server was very sweet, but forgot some requests and the extremely slow service. Seemed like this place is short staffed, but a nice place if you want to hang out to drink.

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  36. sgarcia2

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The beer is what I go for, lots to choose from. All excellent choices

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  37. Luis

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an amazing experience and the employees were great!

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  38. Turtley

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! The menu is fabulous with plenty of savory choices to go with a wide selection of craft beers and wonderfully creative cocktails. Isaac has been our waiter a few times and everything he has recommended has been amazing. The restaurant is the latest addition to Downtown and is another wonderful place breathing life into a beautiful area.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nice place! The food was amazing, the service was amazing, and obviously the drinks were too.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. MarivelA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time thier and the food was amazing, the beer was very good Just not the paloma was not very pleasing

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Alvarado On Main - Salinas is rated 4.7 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Alvarado On Main - Salinas

301 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-2700

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Monterey
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
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