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223 17th St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3326
831-372-3456
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in the heart of Pacific...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 213
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dinner was Wonderful

We had the Paiia Fandango. It was filled with seafood and sausage. Comes in a huge skillet. My husband and I shared. No idea how one person could eat it all. Bread was delicious. Spinach salad was a little plain - wouldn't get that again. We were too stuffed to have dessert. Room was very small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
VickiLea
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Baton Rouge
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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360 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Baton Rouge
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had the Paiia Fandango. It was filled with seafood and sausage. Comes in a huge skillet. My husband and I shared. No idea how one person could eat it all. Bread was delicious. Spinach salad was a little plain - wouldn't get that again. We were too stuffed to have dessert. Room was very small, but nice. Would definitely... More 

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Monterey, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My wife and I came here for lunch on a whim. For over 20 yrs we have visited Fan dango's and it is truly a landmark here in Pacific Grove. We have our favorites, but one special sounded so good we each had to have the pasta with seasonal mushrooms, tomato in Madeira.....we had to mop up our plates withe... More 

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so happy you have been dining with us for the past 20 years - it is so great to hear that you have enjoyed years of dining with us and that you continue to enjoy our delicious specials. We sincerely thank you for your review and for being such a great customer! More 

San Jose, Ca
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

They are very busy and seemed somewhat unorganized. My scallops were delicious and my husband enjoyed his lamb. Since it was my husbands birthday they did decorate the table and gave him a birthday dessert.

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you enjoyed the scallops and the lamb, both great choices! We appreciate our customers choosing Fandango to celebrate and are happy to help with festive decor and a special birthday dessert! Thank you for the review and we hope to see you again! More 

Roseville, California
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We got ushered into a small room for our four-person dinner Wednesday last. We should have been worried when we saw the long table they'd set up in there. But we got started with our meals, ... then the big party arrived! We can't say one of their group didn't warn us about the coming noise barrage. Oh, the food?... More 

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you you enjoyed the food and are so sorry about the noise level from the nearby table, we understand this can be frustrating. Occasionally on busy nights the restaurant can get very loud and we do our best to accommodate seating preferences whenever possible. Thank you for the review and we sincerely hope you will... More 

Clayton, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

One of our favorite places, Fandango's. The menu gives much to chose from and there are always wonderful specials. My wife had sand dabs and I had surf and turf. All was prepared to perfection. The setting is casual to elegant casual. They have several rooms it you have a group. Plenty of parking and the service is flawless.

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely 5 star review, we are pleased to be one of your favorite places! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed meals cooked to perfection as well as flawless service! Thank you again for the review and we hope to see you again soon! More 

California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I stopped into a real estate office and asked one of the agents, if they had a relative visiting, what restaurant would you recommend. Being diplomatic, she said there are so many. I asked which one would top her list. She said Fandango. Bingo! Can't imagine there's a better restaurant in Pacific Grove or in the entire Monterey Bay, for... More 

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you chose Fandango for your dining pleasure! We truly want all of our customers to have a wonderful experience with us and are glad you enjoyed delicious sand dabs and accommodating staff during your visit! Thank you for the 5 star review and we look forward to seeing you again! More 

Lake Geneva, WI
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We arrived at Fandango without reservations and were treated beautifully! The 3 of us were shown a couple of tables when the bartender opened a special room and we dined in private. It was just what we wanted as we had not seen each other in months. We all had the fresh sand dabs sautéed to perfection. The service was... More 

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere and your private dining experience! We strive for excellence and are so happy you had impeccable, friendly service! We like to use the freshest ingredients available and are so pleased you found the sand dabs to be perfection! Thank you for the 5 star review and we hope you'll visit us... More 

Watsonville, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We had been to Fandango for lunch about a year ago and it was fantastic. I wanted to go back for my birthday dinner, but I have to say that the experience was inconsistent this time. Some of our dishes were quite good (short ribs, filet mignon, African style lamb, New England style clam chowder), while others were just OK... More 

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you enjoyed the filet mignon and lamb dishes, and are so sorry to hear about the other entree and desserts being disappointing. We can understand how frustrating this would be especially while celebrating a birthday. We appreciate your comments and look into all the reviews we receive, as we want all of our customers to... More 

Santa Barbara, Afghanistan
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is the second time we have eaten here. You need to make reservations, they close at 9:00 PM so you need to make sure you make them the first day you get in the area, if you do not live there. The food is excellent and they are famous for a number of specialties. They have specials, but one... More 

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed excellent food on your visit with us! Yes reservations are a good idea as we can get pretty busy in the evenings! Thank you for the 5 star review and we hope you'll choose us again next time you're in the area! More 

Healdsburg, California
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Pacific Grove has a lot of good restaurants to choose from. For this visit, we decided to try Fandango's (in part due to TripAdvisor revues). Fandango's is a largish restaurant, but doesn't feel that way because of the many smaller dining areas. The decor was delightful, with bright colors and beautiful flower arrangements. We were both somewhat disappointed with our... More 

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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the delightful decor and wine list! We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your entrees. We hope you were able to inform your server so they could correct any issues for you. Thank you for the review and we truly hope you will visit us again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 223 17th St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3326
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-372-3456

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, Steakhouse, Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?