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Vivolo's Chowder House

127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
831-372-5414
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Ranked #16 of 73 restaurants in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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83% Recommend
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English first
Kapolei, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I'm not saying the rest of the menu items are bad. It's just that they have the best clam chowder there is in the San Francisco Bay Area, in my opinion. So needless to say, every time I'm in the area, I go there. Well, on my last visit they had a crab bisque on special and it was great.... More

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Clovis, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Overall my family enjoyed the chowder house. The restaurant is small but cozy. The staff were friendly. Our service was a little slow but they were very busy. The prices are reasonable. We were there just for clam chowder. The bowl is pretty large and freshly made. It was a little thin but had a good flavor. The bread was... More

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Perhaps my expectations were too much, but I've been to many better seafood establishments. The food and service were fine and I felt we were charged too much in comparison with the quality of food. This is definitely a family restaurant and it was nice seeing all the happy families here. just don't "get" all the rave reviews.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Some wonderful flavours from a small establishment! Generous portions of great tasting food. Well worth a visit.

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West Coast USA
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Lunch with five other people we all had some version of the chowder, some in bread bowls, some with garlic lid, some just a bowl. Some Boston pan roast Chowder, other's classic. Lunch was loved by all. Very cute restaurant, excellent attentive service. Definitely will go back. Easy parking on a weekday. When you want a step up from chowder... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We tried this place and were very happy. We highly recommend this location to anyone who wants delicious seafood or pasta.

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São Paulo,SP
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Vivolo's Chowder House was a delicious surprise. The clam chowder was good, but the Boston Pan Roast, a creamy bisque, was superb. The seafood linguine was also perfect. We coundn't wish for more. The place is clean and simple. Service is fast and good. Prices are fair. All and all we were more than happy.

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Dyersburg, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We were in Pacific Grove for one day/night while on our way down the CA coast. While we did plan ahead for dinner, we did not have lunch plans. We stopped in Vivolo's after a quick Google search. We really did not know what to expect, but were quickly blown away by how good it was! My husband had the... More

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We went here after a long morning at the aquarium, and it was just perfect. We had delicious food, great sourdough bread and amazing tiramisu. Our daughter slept in her stroller through the whole meal, but we thought it would have been okay for her, too. My husband had the chowder in the breadbowl and loved it, and I had... More

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San Diego
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We have been coming to Vivilo's on every visit to Pacific Grove since 1989. The seafood selection is varied....and very tasty. Great casual environment. We'll be back here again in a couple of months.

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