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“Birthday MAGIC! Go. Period.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Favaloro's Big Night Bistro

Favaloro's Big Night Bistro
545 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2708
831-373-8523
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Price range: $14 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Fountain Avenue
Transit: Monterey Salinas Transit about 12 steps away.
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Birthday MAGIC! Go. Period.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

There is a good reason this place is so highly rated on trip advisor! Our inn mentioned it was mom's birthday in the reservation and right away the son of the owner made it his mission to make sure it was a night to remember!

The panko-crusted deep fried avocado was to die for and the salad with mango dressing was very refreshing. The butternut squash ravioli was incredible and the Cioppino was wonderful. Two appetizers, two mains and two desserts were perfect for the four of us. We then ordered the passion fruit sorbet and fruit with marscapone cream and then brought the tiramisu with a candle to top it all off (they say it's the best, and they're not kidding).

The cozy, friendly atmosphere wrapped it all into a wonderful experience!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Martinez, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

Recommended by the inn we were staying at. It was within walking distance and the food was fabulous. We were waited on by John, one of the Favaloro family members. We couldn't have been more pleased with the service. We started with crab topped fried avocado. Sounds strange, taste great. I had the pork steak, my wife had the lamb shank. Both were perfect. We ended with the canoli and fresh berries. I probably spelled that wrong but it tasted so right. We will be back.

Visited January 2014
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Wife and I ate here tonite food is very good. We spent a month in Italy in April and this is food that reminds of the great food we had there. Had cannelloni and fish both delicious and mascarpone dessert was as good if not better than Italy. Went early at 5 place empty by 6 the place was busy.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Terrible value!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

They do not have a clue what Italian cuisine is. Very expensive poor quality food. Bread was very dry and not really edible. I had cioppino, and it was awful. Just a tomato chicken broth so loaded with pepper you could not taste the seafood. Must stay in business due to first time tourist traffic.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 89 cities Reviews in 89 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Great food, friendly service, family feel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This is definitely a higher end restaurant and a great spot for a date night. The food is excellent, the service attentive without being overbearing, and the space is really comfortable. The thing that sets this spot apart, however, is that it all feels like a family affair. Mom is cooking, dad is making desserts ... And everyone obviously is proud and cares. We were struck that many people eating the night we were there seemed to be local, always a good sign. Highly recommend.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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