(Copyright Alex Vertikoff)
ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY fine dining experiences to be had at Pebble Beach, the restaurant that inevitably gets the buzz, especially during big events, is the Tap Room — considered one of the prime places for celebrity watching.

Whether it's the AT&T, the U.S. Open or the Concours D'Elegance, the stars often choose the Tap Room as a place to unwind — and it's also a favorite of those of us who aren't famous.

"It's the place to see celebrities," said Aven Wright-McIntosh, former public relations manager for the Pebble Beach Co. "It's also more casual — you can go inthere in your golf clothes."

The Tap Room was originally envisioned as a museum of Western golf, according to Pebble Beach Co. historian Neal Hotelling.

Club XIX at the Lodge
Club XIX at the Lodge (Copyright Scott Campbell)
It has retained a historical bent, with a fascinating collection of golf memorabilia and photos from Pebble Beach's past — showing golfing greats like Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Bobby Jones — and entertainment icons Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and Jack Lemmon and others who made the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach Pro-Am a household name.

The Tap Room has been part of The Lodge at Pebble Beach since 1949, when it replaced a previous bar called Monkeyshines. Stepping into the Tap Room, with its classic oak paneling and green felt walls, can remind you of stepping back in time to a local tavern.

In addition to appetizers and an extensive selection of draft and bottled beers, chef Moises Robles oversees a sizeable menu for lunch, dinner and late-night supper.


The prime rib is renowned, but there's also everything from cheeseburgers and Caesar salad to fresh Maine lobster and baby back ribs. And, of course, its famous five-scoop sundae.

There are 10 other places to eat within the Pebble Beach gates, from elegant and contemporary restaurants to grab-and-go. Just remember that the sit-down places will want you to be neatly attired, and reservations are always a smart idea.

Club XIX at the Lodge
Club XIX at the Lodge (Copyright Scott Campbell)

Here's a little on the other eateries of Pebble Beach:

The Beach & Tennis Club at Pebble Beach

Although this is a private club, guests at the Pebble Beach resorts can reserve a table for lunch here, a short stroll from The Lodge. Beyond the glass wall of the dining room are vistas of Stillwater Cove, Carmel Bay and the 17th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links; inside, you'll find dishes with a gourmet twist, including such entrees as Dungeness crab-encrusted Chilean sea bass and duck confit and pear salad. Starters and sandwiches are also on the menu. Information: 625-8507.

Spyglass Hill Grill

One mile west of The Lodge next to the ninth green at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, this casual spot is perfect for golfers and observers looking for breakfast or lunch.

STICKS food (Copyright Alex Vertikoff)
Breakfast sandwiches and burritos as well as specialty burgers and sandwiches can be found here, as well as a large selection of beer, cocktails and other beverages. Information: 624-3811 ext. 5445.

Gallery Cafe at The Lodge

Conveniently located near the putting green and adjacent to the first tee of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Gallery serves up home-style breakfasts and lunches as well as espresso drinks. Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads are available, as well as milkshakes and malts. Information: 625-8577.

Pebble Beach Market

If you need something to eat in a hurry, the Market will have it. A selection of fine gourmet items are always in stock, from gelato to asparagus pesto to fresh pastries, and there's a fabulous selection of wines there as well.

STICKS at the Inn at Spanish Bay
STICKS at the Inn at Spanish Bay (Copyright Alex Vertikoff)
A sandwich and espresso bar also stand ready to serve. You can get your goodies to go, or eat at the handful of tables outside the front door. Information:625-8528.

Stillwater Bar & Grill at The Lodge

You can gaze at the ocean while you sample its bounty at this contemporary restaurant. The seafood bar, which offers fresh oysters, littleneck clams, poached lobsters and prawns, is popular with visitors, but there are many other selections, including vegetarian options. Enjoy views of Carmel Bay and the 18th green of Pebble Beach Golf Links while having breakfast, lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Information: 625-8524.

Club XIX at The Lodge

For sophisticated and elegant dinners, chef Ressul Rassallat has created a menu that borrows from traditions around the world.

The Tap Room
The Tap Room (Copyright Alex Vertikoff)
 Entrees like Australian lamb and Nebraska ribeye, as well as wine and cheese pairings and special seasonal tastings are all part of the Club XIX experience, in addition to rare and vintage wines, cognacs and ports. Here, too, are beautiful views of the links and the bay, both from the restaurant and the outdoor patio. Information: 625-8519.

STICKS at The Inn at Spanish Bay

This "19th hole" establishment offers the opportunity to relax and sample a bounty of beverages and pub-style food while watching sports on TV. Sliders, nachos, firecracker prawns and buffalo wings are a few of the appetizers available, in addition to salads, soups, specialty sandwiches, and entrees. Visitors can enjoy looking at Pebble Beach sports memorabilia and views of The Links at Spanish Bay while eating breakfast, lunch or dinner there. Information: 647-7470.

Traps at The Inn at Spanish Bay

This cozy fireside lounge isn't strictly a restaurant, but does offer a bar menu for dinner and late-night supper that includes shrimp, prosciutto with melon, fried calamari and artichokes, carpaccio, cheeses and grilled steak. It's a great place to watch the sun set over the ocean while enjoying a drink and a little nosh. Information: 647-7500.

Roy's at The Inn at Spanish Bay

Internationally known Chef Roy Yamaguchi brings a master's touch to the specialties here, with a Hawaiian-fusion cuisine that is singularly sensational. In addition to sushi and sashimi, appetizers include ginger-onion crab cakes and lobster-shrimp dumplings, topped off with entrees like tosaka-wasabi Hawaiian swordfish, truffle-apple crusted pork loin and garlic honey-mustard beef short ribs. Wines from around the world and the famous hot chocolate raspberry cake add the finishing touches. Roy's also serves breakfast and lunch. Information: 647-7423.

Péppoli at The Inn at Spanish Bay

If Italian food is more your flavor, check out Péppoli, named for the renowned wine estate of vintner Piero Antinori. The Tuscan villa ambiance pairs well with house specialties like pappardelle Bolognese (wild boar ragu),spaghetti alla carbonara and osso bucco. Antinori wine as well as other world-class vintages enhance the meal, prepared under the direction of chef Arturo Moscoso. As with so many of Pebble Beach's restaurants, you'll find lovely views to complete the evening. Péppoli is open for dinner only. Information: 647-7433.

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