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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 - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 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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46 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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English first
oshawa, ontario
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
16 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Palos Verdes, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Tired and hungry from a long day, we just happened to notice Taste on the way to our hotel. Fantastic Food . . their Eggplant Tomato Soup was amazing, the pasta perfect and the service attentive. Will definitely visit again when less tired and more hungry. A jewel of a find!

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Arlington, Virginia USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Six of us, including two youngsters, came here for dinner recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was first-rate, the service was efficient and friendly, and the decor is quite attractive. My post-dinner espresso was also top-notch and not the thimble-full one gets at some restaurants. It's only about five minutes uphill from the main street in Pacific Grove--Lighthouse Avenue--so... More

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aiken, sc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

First we went for lunch then two days later for dinner.....both times food was wonderful as was the service....wonderful couple who owns The Taste.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is a restaurant worth stopping at whenever in the Monterey area. It is a bit out of the way but worth the drive. The atmosphere is very relaxed and inviting and portrays a Mediteranean feel. The meal was excellent and the servers very friendly. It is a family operation and they appear to enjoy the food and service they... More

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