Rosine’s Restaurant in Historic Downtown Monterey to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary with Unique Specials

Founded by the Culcasi Family in 1980, the award-winning Rosine’s Restaurant has reached a milestone of 40 years in business. To celebrate this grand achievement, Rosine’s is cooking up some unique specials and other new items throughout the year.

Located in the heart of historic Downtown Monterey at 434 Alvarado Street, only steps away from convenient parking. Rosine’s is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Sunday through Thursday from 8am – 9pm and until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They also feature fabulous Weekend Brunches, beer, wine and select cocktails.

Rosine’s Anniversary Specials to begin…more later throughout the year!

Starting March 1st…For 4 hours a day, 4 days a week for $4 ~ celebrating 40 years!

When Rosine’s opened its doors at the Del Monte Shopping Center, it was known for offering great food at a great price, including their ‘Del Monte Special.’ 40 years later, the family is turning back time and offering that special again – now called the ‘Downtown’ in reference to their current location. Four pancakes, your choice of bacon or sausage and one egg cooked any style for just $4.00! It will be offered Mondays through Thursdays from 8am – 12pm for a limited time.

Starting April 1st…To celebrate the year they opened ~ 1980!

Beginning on April 1st, Rosine’s will offer a 4-course special dinner menu for just $19.80, tax not included. Guests can enjoy a special appetizer, cup of soup or salad, a throwback entrée and one of Rosine’s famous desserts. It will be available for dine-in and take-out. This special will be available 7 nights a week from 5 pm – 8 pm for a limited time.  

About Rosine’s Restaurant

Since its founding in 1980, the family has happily shared in the work, from cooking and baking to serving and greeting. An instant success, Rosine's established a reputation with satisfied customers who enjoyed their delicious homemade soups, hearty meals, homemade fresh pies and sumptuous array of delicious homemade, award-winning cakes. After five years at the Del Monte Shopping Center, they relocated to the current location in historic downtown Monterey where they are now a third-generation family-run restaurant celebrating 40 successful years.

According to Rosine, “When we first opened in 1980, I felt like my customers were coming as guests in my home,” she says. “That’s never changed. They tell me they get a good feeling when they come in. It’s so inspiring and fulfilling to us to see our returning customers, both locals and visitors, now that includes their children and grandchildren. And we truly appreciate the many awards we have received but most of all we enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of our happy customers. We’re truly blessed.”

It’s a Family Affair!

In 1980, Jim Sr. and Rosine Culcasi along with their children founded Rosine’s Restaurant on the basis of serving delicious, homemade food in generous portions with friendly customer service. When Jim Sr. retired in 1994, Jim Jr. took the helm and now reigns as CEO. You can still find Jim Sr. mingling with customers, and you never know when Rosine will be in the kitchen making her scrumptious meat loaf and fruit pies. Daughter Renee left in 1986, and authored a cookbook featuring some of the restaurant’s most beloved recipes. The book is currently out of stock, but the family hopes to re-print the book later this year. Daughter Annette helped run the restaurant for many years, and in 2017 left to pursue her own ventures.

The third generation of the Culcasi family – Chris, John and Michael – have all worked in the restaurant and John and Michael are still working there. John rose to the position of general manager and works closely with his father Jim Jr. to run the restaurant. Jim’s wife Susan is instrumental in building Rosine’s presence, online through its website and social media, networking and customer relations.

Check them out on the Food Network!

In 2014, Rosine’s was featured on the popular Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri. The celebrity chef joined Jim Jr. in the kitchen as he prepared his renowned Minestrone soup and delicious Lasagna. According to Jim, “It was a great experience filming with Guy Fieri, our episode ‘Stuffed and Twisted’ introduced Rosine’s to a global audience and frequently airs in syndication.” The segment can also be found on the homepage of Rosine’s website,

Dozens of Awards!

For 40 years, Rosine’s Restaurant has been a consistent favorite among the populace, winning dozens of awards in local and national publications. Readers of the Monterey Herald have named Rosine’s #1 Best in Monterey County in categories including 'Best Family-Friendly, Best Dessert Selection, Best Comfort Food, Best Place to satisfy your sweet tooth, Best Restaurant in Monterey, Best Service, Best Local-Family Owned and more!' Monterey County Weekly readers have voted Rosine’s either 'Best Family Restaurant,' 'Best Desserts' or both since 1992. Carmel Pine Cone readers have voted Rosine’s as the best since 2009! In 2016, Rosine’s California Club Sandwich earned the #3 spot for ‘Best Avocado Sandwich in California’ in a USA Today Readers’ Choice poll. In early 2019, Jim Sr. and Rosine were honored to be given the Italian Heritage Award, and in Dec 2019 the restaurant was presented with the ‘Downtown Anchor Award’ by the OMBA. And Rosine herself was presented with the John “Spud” Spadaro Hospitality Award in 2013.   

Worth the Wait! 

On weekends and holidays, Rosine’s may have a wait for a table, so they are offering a convenient new solution with their exciting new “Table’s Ready” program. Check in with the host and give them your cell number – then you’re free to take a stroll along historic Alvarado Street. Rosine’s will text you when your table is ready. It’s that simple!

Contact information:

For more information email Susan at [email protected] or contact the restaurant ask for Jim Jr or John. To view their menus and where you can also purchase Gift Cards visit their website

Rosine’s Restaurant. 434 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 375-1400 [email protected]