About Turn 12 Bar And Grill
Turn 12 Bar and Grill waved the green flag on October 1, 2013. The modern and sporty decor surround a spectacular 50 foot custom zinc bar top with tire tread inlay. Vintage motorcycles, historic racing artwork, and multiple televisions capture your attention upon entering. With a menu that serves a little of everything, from steaks and pasta, to pizza, burgers and salads Turn 12 is a casual American Bar and Grill with something for everyone.
The name Turn 12 is related to the famous Laguna Seca Raceway that has 11 turns and meant to invite guests to visit us at the corner of Tyler and Franklin as the last turn of the day.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday Lunches 11:30-4:00 p.m. Dinner 4:00-10:00 p.m.
Late night menu 10:00-12:00 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday Brunch 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch 11:30-4:00 p.m. Dinner 4:00-10:00p.m. Late night menu 10:00-12:00 a.m.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music every Saturday night and select Fridays.
There are two parking garages across the street.
Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch
Turn 12 Bar And Grill Ratings and Reviews
Loved the decor and the food was amazing! Super friendly and quick service on a Monday afternoon. Had the grilled cheese and tomato bisque, outstanding! Will definitely be going back, great hangout spot!
Good food. Great service.
Been here three times and the Alvarado Oysters are my favorite! Yum!
Great place and friendly atmosphere
We went here as a group to celebrate and relax. Our server was superb! Though we were a group eight, he had no problem keeping our orders straight. Our drink orders were filled quickly, food arrived hot and promptly. Server was very attentive but did not hover. Food and beverages were quite delicious. Would definitely go again with the group or by myself to watch a game on the television!
Booked office meeting for six, great service/food
Great spot lunch or dinner, good service, food and were very accommodating. We will be back again for our next office luncheon.
Great restaurant and bar
Excellent draft beer assortment. Great food. Try the shi tower appetizer...you will not be disappointed.
Get the ribs!
I'm a part time local and needed an alternative to a fine dining restaurant to take guests to during ATT Pro Am golf weekend on short notice. Most of our party of six had the BBQ ribs and they were fall off the bone delicious! Saturday night at 7:30 was busy, but not crowded. The waiter was friendly, helpful and very attentive. We were even able to park on the street very close by. A winner. We will be back.
Great Food, Awesome Service, and a good time out!!
I have been to Turn 12 on at least 5 occasions, experiencing lunch, happy hour, and dinner and I can truly say that in my humble opinion it represents one of the top ten dining experiences on the Monterey Peninsula. The food has been consistently very good, service is top notch, and the cocktails are generally good as well - they have gone through a few bartenders so I've had GREAT drinks and so-so depending on who is behind the bar.
A Delightful Find....
We were in Monterey for the AT& T Pro-Am, a super busy time for the area, and found Turn 12 on Open Table. We enjoyed a couple of appetizers and three different entrees. Two of us had dessert. All were quite good - not outstanding, but nice presentation, patient but timely service, all dishes tasty. Would return again when at the Pro-Am next year!
Friendly, lively place with a racing theme. Good food, and a chef willing to tweak the menu to accommodate our needs. Had a great pizza and my companions both declared their dishes good. If the waitress had been more on the ball I'd have ordered another drink, but the place was surprisingly busy for a January weeknight. Planning to go back!
My husband and I went here for a night out on New Years Eve. Probably would not have picked this restaurant, if we had just walked by. But based on reviews, we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The tomato soup was delicious and the main course was very good. I would go again.
I had a very pleasant experience at Turn 12, my daye and i were given wonderful service and fantastic food, with attentive staff and a great atmosphere.
Great restaurant, but doesn't value its customers
We were a party of 8 and had reservations. About a half hour after we arrived, approaching 9p on Halloween, we were told the kitchen would be closing due to it being slow. We felt rushed and somewhat insignificant as the staff moved chairs and tables all around us in preparation for a late-night party crowd. Lights were brightened and then dimmed repeatedly, staff was shuffling about and the music volume was raised and lowered as well. Not a great environment. All of us in our party had been to Turn 21 before and really enjoyed the food, but this time wasn't so pleasant. At a time when most businesses are trying to get customers through the door, our patronage didn't seem nearly as important as the potential customers they were hoping to see later in the evening. Assuming this isn't a normal act, the food is generally quite good and the automotive decor is always appealing. If you're a Concourse d'Elegance or Laguna Seca aficionado, it's worth checking out.
I shall return
We always order the same thing, soup (my husband), salad (me), pizza (me), burger (my husband) Every time we went it was fantastic. The service is amazing. Our waiter thought that the pizza that I had ordered did not come out just right so he ordered another one for me. After I had the second pizza, he brought me a box to take home with the not so pretty pizza. The by the glass zin is awesome
Great bar & grille for race fans (and others)
After waiting for a table at the always over-subscribed, rushed, and loud Fishhouse down the road the previous evening, Turn 12 was a great find. Well-appointed, spacious, and quiet. Our waitress was attentive but not over-bearing, the wines were fairly priced, and the draft beer selection was great! Our eggplant appetizer was smothered in mozzarella & tomato sauce,, my wedge was fresh, crisp, and topped well with bleu cheese & bacon bits, and the linguini was el dente great with a flavorful Alfredo. We dropped into the bar for an after-dinner drink and were again treated to great service and smiles. We will go again when we are in the area.
Good food and nice atmosphere
Nice place to be. Very friendly and cariing service. Clean Restaurant. Good food and very good quality of the food. I had the burger with avocado, my husband had the baby rips. We both were drinking 805. They have one of a kind Maserati motorcycles.
Thank you hostesses
I called to tell the reservation desk that I had run into major trouble and was going to be very late. They took care of us when they didn't have to (it was a busy Saturday night). I really appreciate that kind of effort. I'll go back to Turn 12 mainly because they care about their customers.
Labor Day Lunch At Turn 12
Lunch for 8 was spoiled by the very slow staff, had to ask several times for refills on drinks on a very warm Monterey day. For the most part everyone enjoyed the food that was served.
Diners, Start Your Engines!
A race fan's delight (road racing, not NASCAR). Great artwork of iconic race scenes through the entire venue. We had dinner there before a show right around the corner at the Golden State Theater. We had an appetizer platter including the FABULOUS Oysters Alvarado, calamari, and a grilled artichoke. I had their INCREDIBLE Tomato Basil soup (words won't do it justice) and a Prosciutto Arugula Flatbread which was very good and very satisfying for a small plate. My wife had a steak salad which she enjoyed very very much. Our server was right on top of things and very personable. Good find!
Linguini & Clams
If you're not a sports fan, you may want to shy away from this restaurant, particularly when sports are are on. There are several TV's, and the noise level can get quite loud. Our party of six was seated in the dining room through which one must traverse a poorly-lit bar area. The only complaint is the linguini and clams. This dish was unsatisfactory. While the pasta was well-cooked, the dish was quite sandy as the clams were not washed thoroughly. There was a crunch in every bite. Everything else was satisfactory, but not noteworthy. We would recommend this restaurant to sports fans but not so much for non-sport fans. The place is packed, so it obviously caters to the former.
Nice - Good- Exceptional-Wonderful
Having been here 3 or more times, I find this place consistently a nice family friendly and even trending to hip. The food is very good and trending to foodie, The Service is exceptional and trending toward downright conversational. The free driving video game with a Laguna Seca track is just wonderful and trending toward awesome, but there is only one....
Turn 12 Grad occasion
We were pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere at Turn 12. It is a place that appeals to both men and women. The food was delicious! The service was excellent and it is an easy waling distance to downtown. parking was easy.
Took our 98 year old dad to lunch for mother's day and asked for a quiet table. got a great one and had a very good lunch. lot's on the menu and everyone was happy. Well drinks good and my daughter who goes there for happy hours says it great. have had good dinners and one of our local favorites to go back too.
Food was severely blah...
I went here with a group and was left wanting. It could be more (cool enough decor, room for groups, good bar area, great location) but it's clear that the food is not a priority. I wasn't expecting a gastronomic feast given that this is really a bar but the "bar food" was just super bland and poorly executed. Would like to try again but the food side needs to be stepped up for sure.
We've been here several times. My wife ...
We've been here several times. My wife likes it but I'm not a fan. After last nights experience, we will not be returning, and she told me she understood why I'd feel this way and why she agreed. The service is disorganized. Our area had 4-5 bussers but no wait staff. We sat for a full 15 minutes, closer to 20, before one of the bussers who had passed our table at least 3-4 times and who was our waiter on a previous visit, asked if we wanted something to drink. We ordered a glass of wine and waters. Ten minutes later another busser who had also passed us by numerous times, asked if we had been served. Every table in our section was empty at this time. We explained we ordered something to drink but apparently we had been forgotten. She took our order. The staff seems not able to get along with one another and they don't seem to work in a happy environment. And the food isn't so good that we need to return.
We brought a group of 10 teenage boys. They did a great job of taking care of us. Good pizza!
Needs a gluten free menu
We were visiting Monterey for the weekend and tried a "new" place. The service was good. Salad seemed to be the only gluten free option. Not enough on the menu or in the decor to inspire us to return.
I am happy to see that Turn 12 has survived. Many restaurants start up and then quickly fade, like the Bay Pines restaurant right near Turn 12. I like this place, but the food could be upped a notch in quality, and the service needs some work. But overall, I'm still coming back, and would love to see Turn 12 keep on keepin' on....
Great Valentine's Day
Me and my girlfriend went there this weekend. It was a great experience. I had grilled salmon and she had a steak (which was slightly under cooked, but delicious). We also got a perfect calamari and were impressed by the staff friendliness.
Cool themed spot in Monterey
This was a great spot to have a casual dinner with family. The food and cocktails were delicious and they were reasonably priced. We ordered several appetizers, a few dishes for the kids (Note: Kid's pizza is HUGE! It's like a small adult size), a few entrees and dessert. All were nicely plated and served promptly. The vintage car-racing and motorcycle-theme was cool and the kids loved it. There was even a racecar simulator for all ages to enjoy. We arrived earlier than our reservation and the staff was very accomodating. Overall, no complaints and we will definitely recommend to friends and return when visiting the area again.
A nice place to go.
A nice place to go. Attractively done with good food, including some classics. Competent service.
Great for our large family.
We have a family of 8, including 6 children ages 6-16. There were excellent menu options for all the kids picky tastes. They food was "fancy" in our opinion...in a good way. The prices were competitive to comprable restaurants. We enjoyed the Racing Theme Decor especially as we were camping at the Laguna Seca Raceway. The kids each loved taking a turn on the 'race car' video game which was free of charge.
Tried it on a recommendation and glad we did!! Everything was just as we were expecting based on the recommendation. The food was excellent, service was fast, friendly and attentive. Another great restaurant on the peninsula. Welcome!!!
Great raced themed restaurant
I had a great time here with my sons. They both loved the art and race car game. My 10 year old was a bit grumpy until he walked into Turn 12, he brightened immediately and enjoyed every moment in the restaurant.
Not so Great
I was expecting great things after enjoying their other restaurant Baja Cantina on numerous occasions. This was a disappointment from the decor (very cold feeling) to the food. Think chewy raw ahi in a salad that is so overdressed it is like drinking fruit juice. I had heard it was good from more than one person. Maybe it was lunch, maybe it was the chef. I might give it another try if someone twisted my arm.
A little overpriced for what we got. Sca ...
A little overpriced for what we got. Scallop special didn't have much flavor. My friend pizza looked delicious however, the one with the eggs on top.
One of the best burgers I have had!
Very nicely done. Fresh brioche bun, good quality lean meat, fantastic flavor, and cooked perfectly. Add bacon and WHAT'S UP??!!! Great job Turn 12!!! We will be back for sure. It is nice to see someone in that spot finally knocking it out of the park.
We will not likely return after our most recent experience. We stopped in for breakfast on Sunday after making our reservations. We arrived about 10 minutes early and the doors were locked. When they did open, we were ushered to a table (lights were still off). Our drink orders were taken pretty quickly, but were brought after others around us (who ordered after we did), and then it was only one at a time... my coffee... pause... then his coffee... pause... then our waters (without the lemon we asked for). When our meals arrived they were covered in parsley..?? Fruit, sausage, bacon, eggs... all with parsley..? Our waitress was odd and didn't talk much when she came to the table as if we were to read her mind. Not likely to go back, sorry.
good food bad service
Made reservations but still has to wait. Hostess ended up seating us at the bar which had awful service. She didn't even put me down as showing up on opentable, so I got a no show. The turn 12 chicken sandwich was very good though.
We'll be back!
My husband and I stopped in for a brunch/lunch after months of driving by and we're glad we did! The menu had just enough variety to be interesting and not so much that we were overwhelmed. I had the "Breakfast Volcano" and my husband had some kind of super meaty omelette. We also ordered the calamari as we're always on the hunt for good calamari and theirs did not disappoint. We saw some items on the lunch and dinner menus that sounded good enough to make us want to come back. The only drawback was the service. Our server was very pleasant and helpful, but she didn't check back in with us and she didn't stay on top of our drinks. At one point someone else took our coffee cups to refill and we didn't get them back for at least 15 minutes.
Perfect Lunch Place
My two friends and I had great salads and spent over 90 minutes chatting! We'll go again.
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