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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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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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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    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
The Food would have been Excellent for a Lower Priced Establishment

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
TravelerTP
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Manassas, VA
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
sacramento
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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193 reviews 193 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
22 helpful votes 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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Big Sur, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

WOW! Best service, chef, hostess, waitress, family owned and operated & one of my favorite restaurants in Pacific Grove, CA. Love, love, love everything about it.

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I love everything about this restaurant. A special, family-run atmosphere, friendly neighborly patrons, excellent food prepared fresh and piping hot, attentive service. There's not much more to say!

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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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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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?