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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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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 16
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
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  • 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
Hands-on Chef Takes Pride in Excellence

Our party of seven ordered a variety of dishes and each one was superb. The butternut squash ravioli, sand dabs, vegetable tower, and artichoke heart soup were of special note. And the chocolate mousse dessert was the perfect finisher. The well-priced wine list also impressed. My favorite touch of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
John G
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Amman, Jordan
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Carmel, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We really wanted to like "Taste" given all the positive reviews and its 25 years in business but have been disappointed every time we've eaten there. The portions are large but only average in taste and originality. Some dishes had odd combinations and everything needed seasoning, even if only salt and pepper. The family/staff are pleasant but the restaurant itself... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Our party of seven ordered a variety of dishes and each one was superb. The butternut squash ravioli, sand dabs, vegetable tower, and artichoke heart soup were of special note. And the chocolate mousse dessert was the perfect finisher. The well-priced wine list also impressed. My favorite touch of the whole experience was the chef taking our orders and serving... More 

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Tappan, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We visited Monterrey as a side trip to San Francisco and Taste was highly recommended by a good friend. We trusted her opinion and were not disappointed at all. The food, presentation and proportions were excellent as was the friendly service. The chef uses a variety of different ingredients to complement the course (i.e. entree, dessert) that blend superbly. I... More 

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Monterey, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We are locals and had been to this restaurant several times over the years, and have always liked their food. For some reason, probably because it isn't in the downtown, we forgot about it. Big mistake. Not only were they warm and inviting when we arrived, they also went out of their way to accommodate us when we said we... More 

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Mountainair, New Mexico
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I was last at Taste Café and Bistro was in October 2013. Ate there again last night and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The bistro is operated by a husband and wife team. My wife is lactose intolerant so they made the necessary modifications to the meals we ordered without hesitation. We enjoy the charm of the location, the personalized service... More 

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sacramento
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

While prices seemed a bit high ( it is Pacific Grove) I was expecting higher quality taste, service, and presentation. It's an obvious favorite for locals but we found the food uninspiring. First portion of calamari was too small to share and not well cooked. Main portions were spilling off the plate and lathered in sauce. Wine list was very... More 

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Manassas, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The ambiance and presentation were outstanding. However, for the price of my meal, it should have been melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It wasn't. It was very good, but not for the price. I had the pork medallions, which seemed a little bland at first. However, once I destroyed the beautiful presentation to be able to enjoy the variety of flavors presented on... More 

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Fresno, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We dine here every time we come to Pacific Grove.....if you are looking for fine food with a warm and welcoming atmosphere this is the place. Across from a gas station and a Safeway store......this is not what you expect. One thing I look for in an eating establishment is consistency . It can be the finest of restaurants but... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Had a brilliant lunch special and soup. Excellent Service value and we will be back for more. Owner operation with family style attention

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CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We have been going to Taste since is opened in the 1990's. We love it. The food is consistently delicious, the service is great and we plan to go there for many many years to come. We highly recommend it and always bring our out of town guests there. Once they go, they always want to go back. It's the... 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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, 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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?