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Taste Cafe & Bistro

1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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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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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

We have always enjoyed coming to the restaurant in the several years visiting Pacific Grove. However, in our last visit in early October, during the butterfly festival, we stopped by for lunch and basically were ignored once seated. When we finally ordered and got our lunch, we asked the server for a re-fill on our water. We NEVER saw the... More

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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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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
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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fremont, ca
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155 reviews 155 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We had dinner tonight at Taste Bistro. Family owned and operated. Outstanding menu, service, and preparations. We had lamb filets and sand dabs. Both were great! The French flavor owned our appetites.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The staff, all family, the setting , adorable, quaint and off the beaten path. Not a tourist trap and a locals favorite. We dine here every time we are in town. The parchment wrapped Salmon is a melt in your mouth experience! Desserts are supreme! Wine list is fabulous! 5 stars all the way around!

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Mountainair, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This Bistro is operated by a husband and wife team. He, the chef, is often the one to take an order and to answer questions. He is very dedicated to his cooking and offers an eclectic menu. The marinated Rabbit was excellent. Tasty appetizers, delicious homemade soups, and a great array of entrees. The dessert menu will make your mouth... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

First visit here and completely satisfied, a restaurant where they know how to cook fish. We had halibut cooked with a light crust and salmon with vegetables cooked in parchment. Husband and wife team who work hard to take care of their customers. We will return.

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