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“A great meal with excellent service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cracked Pepper Bistro

Cracked Pepper Bistro
389 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710
(559) 222-9119
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Ranked #4 of 1,007 restaurants in Fresno
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Clovis, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A great meal with excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Celebrated our daughter's and grandson's birthdays here and all of us had a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding and the service couldn't have been better. My wife and I had Halibut, one of their specials for the evening. Halibut can get dried out but this was perfect and even better than my previous best when visiting in Alaska. We had a reservation and were seated right on time. Recommend you make a reservation, otherwise you may not get in or the wait may be excessive.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fresno, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Fresno”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Love this place. Always go there for any special occasion. The Mala-Insana Napoleon appetizer is world class as is the bread pudding for dessert. Small place allows them to focus on exceptional quality.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“One of our favorite restaurants in Fresno”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

It is located at the southwest corner of Shaw & Fresno St. just east of Fwy 41, don't let the appearance of the Mission Village strip mall deceive you because Cracked Pepper is truly a gem of a restaurant. We have been going to this restaurant ever since it opened a few years ago and the quality of the food has been consistently good.

If you would like to try this place out, make sure you have a reservation especially on a Friday or Saturday night. They are closed on Sundays & Mondays.

The servers are always friendly and knowledgeable.

Some personal favorite dishes on the menu are:

Appetizers: Mala-Insana Napoleon (it has eggplant & goat cheese, this dish is very rich and I suggest you share it with someone otherwise you will not have room for your main course) Eggplant fries (not on the menu and availability is seasonal), Escargot, Cracked Pepper Bistro Caesar's Salad and the Duck Salad.

Main Course: They are all good and worth trying depending on what your personal preference is but I like their Filet Mignon whenever it is available (it melts in your mouth and is cooked to perfection).

You should save room for dessert, their famous Bread Pudding is a must have!

Chef/Owner Vatche is always gracious enough to come out and meet the clientele which adds a human & personal touch to this dining experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hampton, Virginia
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87 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“A very special treat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Service , food and ambiance were outstanding. Excellent wine selections. Small menu but totally fresh. Outstanding service.
Costco in Fresno sells discounted vouchers . Prices abit high but quality wonderful. Restaurant is located off 41 in small shopping center.Do not miss this gem.

Visited December 2012
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“Can't believe this is #4 in Fresno.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Made reservations and was then seated by a noisy party. Served "wild" salmon, which it was not. Shame on you. Food was served warm, not hot. Not worth the money.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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