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Mando's Restaurant

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162 Fountain Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 373-7911
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent value and good service and food

We were looking for Mexican food and nothing too touristy. We entered Pacific Grove from Monterey, not seeing the quaint downtown area of Pacific Grove first. And are we glad we did! We had a quick, delicious meal - tacos all around, some with rice and beans - and appreciated the service and value.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
AmyHoo
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were looking for Mexican food and nothing too touristy. We entered Pacific Grove from Monterey, not seeing the quaint downtown area of Pacific Grove first. And are we glad we did! We had a quick, delicious meal - tacos all around, some with rice and beans - and appreciated the service and value.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We did a late-afternoon take-out from this Mexican place which is on a side-street alongside the Holman Building, just off Lighthouse Avenue. Mando’s sits on a hillside but there is no step into the restaurant, and there is usually some street-parking available nearby. This is a simple, unpretentious, informal local Mexican eatery with Mariachi music playing in the background. They... More 

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Sacramento
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The food was very good and service was fast and friendly. The chicken tacos were large for $2.75 -- I should have ordered only one!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Eat here all the time when we want authentic Mexican food in Monterey or Pacific Grove. Not too spicy for those who don't like hot food and very good. Large portions and good service. I really like the carnitas.

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Carmel, California
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I really want Mando's to be good, to be authentic, to find some flavor, but after two visits here each has been disappointing. It's just plain bland. Friendly service helps offset the boring, flavorless food, but the cook needs to find the spice rack and some imagination.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We loved Mando's. The guacamole is very fresh and the food is good, fast, and cheap. The wait staff was super friendly. Highly recommend the tacos!

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Friendly service, great food for the price. The breakfasts (Mexican or American) are an awesome deal. I love the caldo de pollo (chicken soup), and the fish tacos (grilled) are really good, too.

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San Francisco bay area, California
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Discovered this spot near the many antique and gift and quilt shops in pacific grove. Great place Loved the tamale and the quesadillas. Will be back for sure

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Fresno, California
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Canvassing the usual popular restaurants on Lighthouse and then went off the beaten path and came upon Mandos! Y stand in line w tourists and pay a premium; prices are outstanding; food equal and w quite pleasant simple decor. I tried Chili Verde eggs Benedict... Wow delicious! And probably $4-5 less than what you would normally pay in town. Great... More 

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Marina, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Love Mando's for the no-frills, comfy atmosphere and food like it's been home-cooked for me. I had the veggie enchilada and the Mexican rice, both really good! I also enjoyed a generous glass of Chardonnay for 6.50. We left full and happy!

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Additional Information about Mando's Restaurant

Address: 162 Fountain Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: (831) 373-7911
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 162 Fountain Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: (831) 373-7911

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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