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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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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent, Quality Meal

Everything was fresh, delicious and beautiful. Enjoyed a great lunch with a friend. We shared the whole meal. Started with an eggplant Napoleon, Pear and greens salad with blue cheese, glazed pecans and then a Pork tenderloin sandwich. Yummy. Only one waitress, so service was a little slow. Don't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Linda R
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Bakersfield, California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Bakersfield, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Everything was fresh, delicious and beautiful. Enjoyed a great lunch with a friend. We shared the whole meal. Started with an eggplant Napoleon, Pear and greens salad with blue cheese, glazed pecans and then a Pork tenderloin sandwich. Yummy. Only one waitress, so service was a little slow. Don't be in a hurry. Linda Rangel

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Falls Church, VA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

As occasional visitors from the East Coast, this was our third visit over some 15 years, and the experience just keeps getting better (if that's possible!). The food is excellent and creative, the staff is warm, friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere is very relaxed and comfortable. The owners' babies of 15+ years ago are now lovely, charming young women... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is our favorite in Pacific Grove. Our wonderful hosts, Bill, Sue, treat everyone as tho' they are guests in their home. A must stop for all visitors while in our town. John & Lynne P.S. Try the lamb fillets...

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Sonoma County
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Taste Cafe and Bistro is easy to find on the main route from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. It's just not downtown Pacific Grove with so many other fine dining establishments. The Salmon Carpaccio, Organic Oakleaf Salad with pecans and pears were outstanding as was the huge bowl of Mussels in a tomato sauce. Absolutely delicious. As you drive out... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This was our first visit to Taste Café & Bistro, we’ve passed by it several times but didn’t really think about it for dinner until we saw it on Open Table and decided to give it a try. “Taste” has been in business for 17 years, run by a husband/wife team and is very quaint and inviting. We received a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Our family enjoyed an excellent dinner at Taste! We were warmly greeted, provided with gracious and informative assistance in selecting our dishes, and were delighted by the meal -- the veal medallions in particular were divine. We look forward to returning to Taste in the future and encourage others to embrace this excellent family restaurant in Pacific Grove.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Taste is a beautiful restaurant, very European in atmosphere, food delightful, service excellent, menu choices are varied and always delicious. We always visit Taste for dinner when in Pacific Grove and enjoy a long, leisurely, romantic evening with wonderful wine, food, attentive staff. Taste is not to be missed when in Pacific Grove .

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Los Altos, Ca
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

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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104 reviews 104 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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