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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!
$30 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, Lunch
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed May 2, 2021

We discovered Taste Cafe & Bistro when our kids were babies, and we were received graciously without reservation on a major holiday. It's tucked away in a mall setting, away from the tourist area, and seems to be a locals' favorite, for good reasons. We...have been going back each time we stay in Monterey, and every time we have loved the food and been impressed by the friendliness of the staff. My favorite appetizer is the eggplant Napoleon, but everything is good. An excellent quality at reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 17, 2021

Years ago, we ate here a couple times for lunch--and loved it. Now, on a post-covid-vaccinaaion getaway, we were able to enjoy dinner here. This is clearly a favorite for many locals, but we received such a warm welcome, even though we were out-of-towners. We...knew we had come to the right spot. Dinner started with freshly baked bread, warm from the oven--yum!. Our appetizer was shared Dungeness crab cakes (2) with some salad greens--plenty for two. Our entrees were the grilled rabbit and the lamb tenderloin. Both were perfect, served with different vegetables, and (TDF) potatoes au gratin. The entrees were so generous that we took home plenty for our next night's dinner. Throughout the meal, the staff was so pleasant and helpful. By the time we left, we felt like locals. What a special place.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed November 11, 2020

This restaurant is family run, with Sue(Mom) up front and Dad doing the cooking. The children are the waitresses, and the restaurant is a warm and friendly place. Everything is tasty.Cesar salad is delicious, with the dressing not overwhelming, but subtle and tasty. Grilled eggplant...Napoleon is another favorite appetizer,with mozarella on a brioche crouton and pesto and balsamic vinaigrette The grilled shrimp skewer is also delicious, and i love the mussels, plump and in a tasty broth All the grilled meat dishes are excellent, perfect tenderness, and taste. Pasta is always al dente,and sauces perfectly matched I love the salmon in parchment, and fish specials always great.Scalloped potatoes another favorite The bread pudding is to die for! This is a gem of a place, consistently good food, impeccable service with a smile,should be on your list!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 17, 2020 via mobile

We dined at Taste as a group of 7. We made reservations and they were ready for immediate seating. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable. My favorite there is butternut squash ravioli in cream sauce. All orders were exceptional.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed February 20, 2020 via mobile

WOW. We feel like FAMILY here. Sue welcomed us AND treated us like better than family, more like old friends. The presentation by Chef Bill was perfect from appetizer to dessert (see photos). Delicious menu and special items and a very nice wine list to...match. We will come back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 26, 2019 via mobile

Absolutely loved our dinner. The atmosphere was welcoming, and it was not noisy— YAY! We could actually talk to each other without shouting. The food was excellent. The lamb was very tender and the flavor wonderful. I would definitely return next time I am in...the area.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed September 11, 2019

If you are willing to give up a view of the ocean then hurry to this off the beaten track restaurant for delicious food. It is located on a busy street coming into town with limited parking in a front lot. Across the street is...a large Safeway with lots of parking. This is a family run place with cute decorations and excellent service from Mom, daughters and brothers. Dad is in the kitchen making magic. It was very European. I had the lamb dish that was perhaps the best lamb I have ever had. My husband had rabbit and it came in a delicious sauce. We also had calamari and a mushroom appetizer as well as yummy desserts. We will definitely be going back the next time we are vacationing in Monterey.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

The food was exceptional. The staff was very professional. A relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 12, 2019

Terrific dinner! The food was excellent. Glad to see so many people streaming into this wonderful restaurant. Everything that we had was delicious. I would probably only give the service 3 stars because there were stretches of period when it was hard to flag down...the waitress, and our water glasses were emptied without having someone come by and refill it until the end. For some reason the couple next to us received a lot more attention from their waitress than we received, but I don't want to read anything into that. Other than that small thing it was a wonderful experience.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

I’ve had chicken at far too many restaurants to count. The roast chicken here was by far the best—and arrived piping hot. Every mouthful was chock full of flavor and moistness. The service here is stellar as well. I look forward to returning again and...again.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5