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Fandango Restaurant

223 17th St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3326
831-372-3456
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in the heart of Pacific Grove, California. Featuring Mediterranean & European Style cuisine. Enjoy our fresh seafood, giant sea scallops, and Fandango’s famous rack of lamb... all on our wood burning grill. In addition to our hearty pastas, paella, lamb shank, and osso bucco.
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English first
Stuttgart, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had our wedding reception for 30+ people at Fandango. My new husband and I and all the guests all enjoyed the dinner there. For the starter, we had a selection of tapas and some greens. All was very fresh and delicious. For the main course, we had a choice of ravioli, duck, steak or sanddabs. My husband and I... More

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and the wonderful recommendation. We are so happy you decided to join us for your special event and we sincerely hope you visit us again soon. More

Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went to this restaurant on the last night of our trip to the Monterey peninsula. Our reservation was for 6:15 PM. However after a long day at the Wharf followed by the Aquarium, we were all tired. We had no problem pushing it back to 7:30. The restaurant is located in a very lovely neighborhood. It's in a rustic... More

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review! We are so happy that you had a wonderful visit with us and enjoyed everything from the ambiance to your dinner. We hope you visit us again so you can enjoy the delicious paella and hope to see you soon. More

San Jose, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Have not been here in a few years but a friend was visiting and so we went. Rooms in the front were very warm so we were seated by a window that we could open. Bread was warm , service was attentive without being in your face and the food was good. I had the tortellini and it was very... More

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so happy that you enjoyed a wonderful lunch with us! We sincerely hope to see you again soon. More

Modesto, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Food was good, but the service was horribly rude and uncalled for!! Even the parking was limited and the wait (with a reservation) was long.

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so sorry about your experience! Service is so important to us and we will absolutely be looking into this issue. We appreciate your feedback and sincerely hope you will join us again for a much better experience. More

Black Mountain, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Out of four of us, we all really enjoyed our lunch at Fandango. My only complaint would be the limited beer and wine (no menus to choose from) and the only dressing available on the salad was the house dressing. The pasta sauces were wonderful and bread delicious. Service was efficient.

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy that your party enjoyed a wonderful lunch with us. We have an extensive wine list and we would be happy to assist you with it on your next visit. We sincerely hope you visit us again and thank you for the wonderful review. More

Davis, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Fandango has great food and an even better wine list. The service is first rate and it feels a little like being in an established San Francisco restaurant rather than in Monterey even though they have worked hard to retain the rustic feel and details. I particularly recommend their onion soup and calamari steak as these are traditionally prepared. In... More

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed the delicious food and the fantastic wine list! We are so happy you enjoyed everything and we hope you visit us again soon. More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Arrived in Monterey on business. A friend had reserved Fandango. Beautiful setting with a great wine list and great food. The rack of lamb, fish dishes (halibut, salmon) ....done to perfection..The service .....was excellent. This restaurant is a "must go to" when you are in Pacific Grove, CA.

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us...from the Salmon to the delicious Rack of Lamb. We sincerely hope you visit us again soon and appreciate you taking the time to review. More

Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This is an excellent choice for a special dinner.The food is well prepared and tasty and the service is great.

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5-star review! We are happy you enjoyed a special dinner with us from the food to the service. We look forward to your next visit. More

Ben Lomond, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

At our dinner, the food was uninspired. Appetizers were almost non-existent- cheese cubes! Service was acceptable, as was the wine, furnished by an unrelated winery.

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit with us. We will look into your comments and we sincerely hope you will visit us again. Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. More

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was my fourth time to Fandango over the years and it did not disappoint. Service was spot-on, very attentive and VERY funny (ask for Jorge). Wait staff has been there for years and for good reason (Management seems to treat them well and they believe in what they are serving). The food was excellent - not the best meal... More

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and the wonderful recommendations. We look forward to your next visit and thank you for the kind words. More

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