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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: 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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  • 7
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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
the name does it justice

For some reason hadn't tried Taste on any of our trips to Pacific Grove...maybe the location being on the edge of town. Anyway, we finally tried it and were extremely happy with our choice. Very pleasant interior, fabulous service crew...all one family I believe. And a very nice menu with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
jerry w
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Sacramento, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Sacramento, California
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

For some reason hadn't tried Taste on any of our trips to Pacific Grove...maybe the location being on the edge of town. Anyway, we finally tried it and were extremely happy with our choice. Very pleasant interior, fabulous service crew...all one family I believe. And a very nice menu with selections for everyone. I went with the lamb special and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Arrived for an early dinner, was warmly welcomed and given a choice of tables. The Calamari starter was one the best I have ever had! Seemingly very difficult for many restaurants to do, the New York Steak was cooked perfectly to Medium Rare. The bread was wonderful, and kept coming! A GREAT MEAL.

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Taste Café & Bistro has been one of our favorite restaurants for a number of years now and I must say, we are never disappointed. The food is excellent and the environment this wonderful family creates makes Taste the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two or a casual lunch with friends. Last weekend we held a 50th Birthday... More 

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Carmel, California
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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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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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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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 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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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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