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110 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
+1 831-324-4282
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Traditional, affordable, award winning, family owned Italian restaurant...
Traditional, affordable, award winning, family owned Italian restaurant! Il vecchio presents traditional recipes mainly from the regions of Central Italy: Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany. Everything is made on the premises, from scratch. All our fresh pasta is made by us, or we use imported DeCecco. We don't take shortcuts. Many of our dishes are gluten free, and most of the pasta recipes are vegetarian. You will enjoy our unique and fun wine bar. The interior of il vecchio was built from salvaged materials and antiques. All our tables are hand-made and every chair is unique. We serve WORKER'S LUNCH Monday through Friday 12 to 1:30 -- $9.50 Fixed price with a rotating menu. PIATTI! Small plates on Monday evenings. Bon Appetito
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Good for:
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 185
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great value!

We were lucky to find this lovely little restaurant a few blocks inland from our bay-front hotel. The food was excellent and a real value compared to the more well-known restaurants in area. I enjoyed a filet Mignon that rivaled any I've ever eaten, and a delicious braised pork dish. Couldn't have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Gayle H
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Glen Allen, VA
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Glen Allen, VA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We were lucky to find this lovely little restaurant a few blocks inland from our bay-front hotel. The food was excellent and a real value compared to the more well-known restaurants in area. I enjoyed a filet Mignon that rivaled any I've ever eaten, and a delicious braised pork dish. Couldn't have done better!

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Irvine, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Perhaps a new favorite in the Monterrey area! Party of six, every meal a winner. Not your standard Italian fare but well made, seasoned, and beautifully presented. The urban neo-rustic setting is a plus - wood paneling, bar and tables all custom designed and built by the owner's daughter. Make a reservation; after four years in business, the night-time waits... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Very authentic and nice fusion type of dishes. House wine is awesome and they will help pair you with many great bottles. The homemade pasta melts in your mouth and you feel very welcomed to be there.

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Hickman, CA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We stumbled in here for lunch on the recommendation of the gal next door at the tourist info building. They call it the Workers Lunch. For $9.50 you get salad and two pastas. You don't get to choose, as each day M-F they list what they are serving. They don't really make this clear as it appears that they assume... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have now been to Il Vecchio four times. On three occasions, we so wanted to love it but each time something happens that was disturbing, frustrating and a total disappointment. The food is good and the prices are great but the service and overall attitude was lacking. On a busy night we were rushed through our meal and hovered... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

One of the newer restaurants in Pacific Grove. Decor is wonderful - warm , inviting, lots of wood and antiques. Our waitress was outstanding. Very nice, attentive, personable. Most of the food was good (but I wouldn't say great) but not so special that I would go back there frequently. One of the people in our party had a steak... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This popular restaurant in Pacific Grove has creative food, well executed. But our visit was badly marred by chaotic customer service. Patrons who made reservations were in open rebellion at long waits. And the kitchen had run out of just about everything when we sat down about 7 p.m.

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Modesto Ca
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My gf and I celebrated our 1 yr anniversary here and I'm sure glad we did. She was in the mood for Italian and after asking around, Il Vecchio came highly recommended from everyone we asked. It was pretty busy for a Sunday night and we did have to wait awhile, not an issue. The place looked lively and had... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 25 minutes for a table, along with lots of others with reservations. Once we were seated, our server informed us that they were out of a number of menu items. I asked for bread. It was served cold with no olive oil or butter. On Monday nights, they only serve... More 

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CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding ragu in an clever Roman trattoria atmosphere. First visited in 2012 and have returned several times. It just gets better and better!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 110 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-324-4282

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Traditional, affordable, award winning, family owned Italian restaurant! Il vecchio presents traditional recipes mainly from the regions of Central Italy: Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany. Everything is made on the premises, from scratch. All our fresh pasta is made by us, or we use imported DeCecco. We don't take shortcuts. Many of our dishes are gluten free, and most of the pasta recipes are vegetarian. You will enjoy our unique and fun wine bar. The interior of il vecchio was built from salvaged materials and antiques. All our tables are hand-made and every chair is unique. We serve WORKER'S LUNCH Monday through Friday 12 to 1:30 -- $9.50 Fixed price with a rotating menu. PIATTI! Small plates on Monday evenings. Bon Appetito
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?