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Taste Cafe & Bistro

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1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (Prescott Lane)
831-655-0324
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Description: Welcome to Taste Cafe & Bistro a cozy European style restaurant where...
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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  • 19
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  • 7
    Average
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful restaurant!

5 of us dined here tonight. We were welcomed by the super friendly staff. The food was just so perfectly prepared and delicious. Every bite was incepredible! We all agreed !

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

5 of us dined here tonight. We were welcomed by the super friendly staff. The food was just so perfectly prepared and delicious. Every bite was incepredible! We all agreed !

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Thank lindycalifornia
Pleasant Hill, California
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a great dinner on a Wednesday night in Pacific Grove. We usually like to find restaurants we can walk to for dinner but with the rain we needed to drive so decided to venture out to Taste Cade and Bistro. So glad we did, really enjoyed dinner. We had a smoked salmon appetizer, winter pear salad, chicken breast... More 

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Thank 2Freckles
Pacific Grove, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

As local Pacific Grove residents, we rate Taste Cafe and Bistro our favorite restaurant for just the two of us or when we have visitors. The Karaki Family operates this warm, pleasant establishment with care and friendship. The entire family participates, and all of the children are professional and capable. The food is always superb. Try the daily special, have... More 

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1 Thank Stephany L
Pacific Grove, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Very creative menu, dishes are carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Even when busy - which is often the case for a fine restaurant - one never feels rushed. Staff are attentive and aren't rushing around disrupting the quiet ambiance.

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1 Thank Craig N
Jacksonville, Oregon
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My husband and I dined here during Christmas week on a tip from a friend. We had no reservations and although the restaurant was almost full, we given seats right away. Both the husband and wife visited our table during the evening and were very personable and helpful with our selections. I had the butternut squash ravioli dish which was... More 

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Thank Ron1935
Monterey Peninsula, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I'm a Pacific Grove local and eat here about once a month. I don't think there's any place in the area I eat more frequently. When I'm here for lunch, I tend to have one of the salads with salmon. The fresh fish is always outstanding as are the soups. For dinner, I vary what I have, but it's always... More 

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Thank Linnet H
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

We find Taste to be wonderful place to dine. The food is wonderful, always prepared perfectly. This evening I tried the beef. It was prepared perfectly. The food is consistently delicious. Bill & Sue work so very hard to make everyone feel welcome. It has been fun watching the young daughters come into the restaurant and learn the business from... More 

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Thank DoUBalloon
Central New York
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Family run with genuine personal touch. Fantastic food, quick service, tried Lebanese wine which was outstanding. Good value.

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Thank silasabby
Sand City, California
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113 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Had dinner for my friends birthday last night and it was excellent. We started with a bottle of Scheid Pinot and the house cured salmon carpaccio and mushroom bourguignonne, both appetizers were delicious. They really let us take our time as we were chatting away and never pressured us to order, it was a nice relaxing environment. For my main... More 

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Thank Britpaige
Carmel, California
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270 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Family owned and run, very friendly and courteous. The food was well prepared, well plated, and served promptly. Will be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    (Prescott Lane)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-655-0324

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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