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Vivolo's Chowder House

127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
831-372-5414
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Ranked #15 of 74 Restaurants in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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La Mesa, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We had lunch here because of other reviews and were not disappointed. A little, unpretentious place with a good menu and excellent chowder. I'm a chowder fan and this is near the top of my list.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We came in late on a Monday night and were soon the only people in the place. Usually this would mean being ignored by staff working on closing down for the night but it wasn't the case. Our waiter and the other staff member were very personable and attentive. I had the clam chowder and hubby had the Boston pan... More

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Ashland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Freshest of fish, delicious vegetables, good wine list, great local cafe. So come hungry and enjoy the great service and friendly staff. We will be back.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We're New Englanders stranded in California and we look for Eastern comfort wherever we can find it out here. We'd heard the clam chowder in Vivolo's was very good so we sought the place out. Vivolo's is located in a small retail area on Central Avenue in Pacific Grove. The restaurant is not very large but thee is comfortable space... More

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Randolph, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

First, I have to agree with every one else that the clam chowder is fantastic. I just got a cup, but my husband and my mother got the chowder in the bread bowl which was delicious. The bread was fresh with a nice crispy crust. We had the calamari as an appetizer and it was plenty for four of us.... More

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Turku, Finland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The lunch special was good, soup/salad/half-sandwich for a decent price. It has a nice atmosphere and a nice view of a canine social club across the street.

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Santa Clara, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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