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Best Seafood Market (2012)
Sea Harvest Fish Market and Restaurant
598 Foam St., Monterey, 646-0547
100 The Crossroads, Carmel, 626-3626
2420 Highway 1, Moss Landing, 633-8300
Fresh seafood served in-house or for take-home, Sea Harvest is the best of both watery worlds: a restaurant and a fish market all in one. Or three: Monterey, Carmel and Moss Landing. While the Moss Landing location has arguably the best views—it sits on the slough, so otters and pelicans provide free dining entertainment—all three deliver a veritable boatload of seafood options and helpful staff happy to clean and gut, or even just skin, the fish for you, and offer cooking and marinade suggestions. Add local wines at reasonable prices, and make a sea change in your kitchen tonight.