We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Pacific Grove

Taste Cafe & Bistro


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017, 2019 Winner


$30 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about

Location and contact

Improve this listing


Grilled Eggplant Napoleon
Grilled eggplant topped with roasted red pepper, warmed fresh mozzarella cheese on a large brioche crouton, caramelized red onion, pesto, balsamic vinaigrette
Grilled Shrimp Skewer
Served on a white beans salad, fresh cilantro and roasted sweet red peppers
Crispy Calamari
Lightly floured, served with lemon-basil aioli
Mediterranean Crabcake
Roasted red pepper aioli, frisee and caramelized onions
Classic Escargots Bourguignonne
Baked in garlic herb butter
Mushroom Bourguignonne
Baked in garlic herb butter and pine nut
Soup of the Day
Valley Greens
Champagne vinaigrette, and assorted vegetable garnishes
Warm roasted chicken11.25
Grilled shrimp12.50
Grilled salmon14.95
Caesar Salad
Classic dressing, brioche croutons, grana cheese
Crispy calamari11.25
Grilled chicken11.95
Organic Red Oak Leaf Salad
With crumbled blue cheese, balsamic dressing, sliced pears and glazed pecans
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
With honey mustard, smoked gouda cheese, roasted red pepper, caramelized onion, crispy au gratin on toasted focaccia.
Grilled Eggplant Sandwich
Smoked gouda cheese, roasted pepper and kalamata aioli, caramelized onion on toasted focaccia
Grilled Half Lb. Lean Burger
dijon, mayonnaise, butter lettuce, tomato on toasted focaccia French fries.
Grilled Pork Loin Sandwich
Butter lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, au gratin potatoes, roasted pepper, basil aioli on toasted focaccia.
Capellini Pasta
With​ housemade marinara sauce and grana cheese.
Penne Pasta
With tomatoes, pine nuts, basil pesto cream sauce and grana cheese.
Bistro Vegetable Torta
Layers of assorted vegetables and fresh mozzarella cheese, surrounded by housemade marinara sauce
Chicken Dijionaise
Grilled herb marinated chicken breast, served with sautéed mushroom, dijon cream sauce and au gratin potato.
Chicken Apple Sausages
Grilled, braised red cabbage, au gratin potatoes and red onion marmalade
Reviews (161)
Filter reviews
160 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews rabbit butternut squash agnolotti pacific salmon chicken apple sausage new york steak tuna special sand dabs caesar salad filet soups fresh fish burger red oak birthday event restaurant is family owned dining experience dinner with friends
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 160 reviews
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...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank RickandJan
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
Thank philipmarris
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...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Kalvin S
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...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank DrFriedman
Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

Taste was recommended by local we met st the USOpen. It was great. Food and ambience were excellent. My wife had the salmon and I had a tuna special. Both were cooked perfectly. We recommend this restaurant. .

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank rbgolfer
Reviewed June 14, 2019

Warm and beautiful interior atmosphere. Family owned and operated. Fresh food made to order. Prices reasonable. I had an eggplant appetizer as my entree and my husband had a roasted half chicken with vegetables. They were happy to change out the type of vegetables to...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Clancoats
Reviewed May 23, 2019

This restaurant is a gem. The waitstaff service is outstanding and can only be surpassed by the food. The presentation is well thought out and on the artistic side. This is a family owned restaurant that shows great pride in the preparation of the offerings....More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Peter S
Reviewed April 28, 2019

We visited this restaurant while on vacation in California. This restaurant is by far the best food experience not only while on this vacation but reaching far beyond that. The food was exceptional. I ordered the sea bass and my husband ordered the salmon and...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank sazzycat27
Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

We had a wonderful time in this friendly bistro! The food is good & presented beautifully by this gracious family. All of us had yummy desserts too. The decor is inviting & reminds us of European bistros. We will be back soon😊.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Flowerful
Reviewed March 16, 2019

This amazing family owned and operated gem in Pacific Grove never disappoints. Taste Bistro is a fun and relaxed environment suitable for our date nights out as well as time together with friends and family. My wife surprised me last night with a 55th birthday...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Neil M
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 17 nearby hotels
Pacific Grove Plaza
24 reviews
1.17 miles away
Best Western Plus Victorian Inn
2,093 reviews
1.26 miles away
Best Western The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove
731 reviews
1.26 miles away
Deer Haven Inn
375 reviews
1.27 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 86 nearby restaurants
Compagno's Market & Deli
376 reviews
.32 miles away
Julia's Vegetarian Restaurant
88 reviews
.05 miles away
Michael's Grill & Taqueria
102 reviews
.30 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 70 nearby attractions
Jameson Classic Motorcycle Museum
16 reviews
1.00 miles away
Butterfly House
6 reviews
.97 miles away
Pacific Grove Art Center
7 reviews
1.12 miles away
Nancy's Attic
6 reviews
1.11 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Taste Cafe & Bistro staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing