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Taste Cafe & Bistro

1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Ranked #31 of 76 Restaurants in Pacific Grove
Price range: $30 - $30
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Prescott Lane
Description: Welcome to Taste Cafe & Bistro a cozy European style restaurant where guests can view chef/owner Bill Karaki prepare each dish from scratch. Our European influence menu features items such as herb-roasted chicken, grilled rabbit, escargots, pastas, organic salads, exceptional soups and Au gratin potatoes. The marvelous fresh made brioche bread pudding,apple galette and hazelnut chocolate torte should not be missed. Come join us, for a great meal in a slice of Europe, in the heart of lovely Pacific Grove and enjoy our fabulous cuisine in a wonderful atmosphere!
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Los Altos, Ca
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

We had a group of four for dinner - all the dinners were excellent. The owner / waitress was very attentive and helpful with ordering. The bread kept being refilled - it was good. We had lamb, veal and sausages - presentation was great, taste likewise. Will be back next time we come to Pacific Grove!

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Napa, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch because they had a parking lot and we noticed it as we gassed up at the shell station. There was nobody else here for lunch, except a couple who came in just as we were finishing. You can tell this is a locally and family owned place. The burger was good, fries were crunchy and... More 

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Carmel, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We're locals who have been eating here for years. There are a lot of restaurants in a tourist area like ours, but few that are worth returning to again and again. This is a pleasant, relaxing restaurant with the most personable service you're likely to find. The menu has widely varied choices all freshly and carefully prepared. My favorites are... More 

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Pebble Beach, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

My wife and I stopped for lunch yesterday for the first time in years and enjoyed our meals and the service very much. We took a look at the dinner menu while we were there and found great variety and excellent offerings. Taste Cafe is now on our list of favorites.

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Santa Rosa, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

What a great restaurant! The food is delicious and reasonably priced for the quality. The service is personal and friendly as well as efficient. We absolutely will return to dine here when in the area.

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Indian Wells, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We have been going to Taste for at least 15 years and love to take houseguests there. The food is excellent and the owners and their daughters are delightful and very helpful. It is our go to restaurant while in Carmel/Monterey area.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

When in Monterey you need to come to Taste Cafe and Bistro in Pacific Grove. This was only our second time here but not our last. Bill and Sue the owners and very attentive to your needs. The decor of the European style restaurant is very warm and inviting. We had the Organic Red Leaf Salad with a wonderful balsamic... More 

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fremont, ca
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162 reviews 162 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have returned. This time for our anniversary. Started off with a French 75 cocktail, then we had; I had the lamb filets; outstanding, and my wife had the Special...Sand Dabs.very good also. We keep coming back because the owners take special care to provide an outstanding dining experience. Very good menu, attentive service, and great food. Will we return...Yes!

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oshawa, ontario
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My wife and I recently had a superb lunch at Taste Cafe. The ambiance was relaxed, quiet, and evoked a Mediterranean setting. Our server (and owner of the restaurant) was extremely friendly, gracious and efficient. The restaurant was filled with "regulars" but we tourists felt totally relaxed and comfortable. Our food was great! Portions large, well presented and extremely flavourful.... More 

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Monterey, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

You will not be disappointed. This is a family run restaurant you will see from grandpa to the grandchild working here. No matter what dish you choose, you will need to order extra bread so you can lick the plate clean. The wonderful wife and husband team will take good care of you, Your meal is prepared when you order... More 

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Additional Information about Taste Cafe & Bistro

Address: 1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 831-655-0324
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
Open Hours:
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: European

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