Paprika Café first opened in 1994 as Tabouli Café and has been a go-to spot for great Mediterranean flavoured dishes and sandwiches. Family owned by Christophe Hamade, it has slowly grown in popularity to become a local favourite and liked by many visitors to Monterey. It is conveniently located close to the aquarium, which makes it a perfect stop for anyone wanting to grab lunch or dinner while on their way to the wharf.
Mon, Wed–Sat: 11am–7pm
Sun: 12pm–6pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Our Response to COVID-19: Window Service
We are currently offering to-go orders taken through our main window only. Our customers should kindly stay outside and not enter the cafe as the main door is permanently locked. Internal seatings are not available.
Face masks are required to order.
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"This tiny spot is the perfect sojourn before or after a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, thanks to its delectable and affordable Mediterranean food and friendly service. A diminutive and humble place, it has only six tables, but the chef/owner provides a warm welcome, recommending favorite items before he goes to work in the tiny back kitchen. Vegans and vegetarians will delight in the ample menu featuring flaky spanakopita, smoky baba ghanoush and vibrant tabbouleh with a perfect zip from fresh lemon. The tahini that accompanies the crisp, golden falafel is luscious, and a classic Greek salad is refreshingly satisfying." (CA, 2019)
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2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Trip Advisor: Certificate of Excellence
2014, 2015