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Best Place to See and Be Seen (2012)
500 Hartnell St., Monterey
If you want to play voyeur-exhibitionist, Restaurant 1833 is your game board. The rambling old mansion has multiple rooms and environments where the traffic flows and ebbs, with crosscurrents that keep the human parade interesting. And you’ll look better when surrounded by 1833. In the thick of the Paris flea market decor, you are yet another object of intrigue. The music ranges from Rat Pack to lounge-house, and the entire mise en scène feels like an exclusive private party. You might be backlit by the onyx bar, in the golden-red light of the lounge, reflecting the glow of the outdoor fireplaces on the front patio, or softly illuminated in one of the three dining rooms. Let them wonder who you are, what you’re up to—as you ponder them.