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Taste Cafe & Bistro

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1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100 (Prescott Lane)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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San Mateo, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Missed lunch and were famished by 5:00 P.M. Went back to Taste Bistro, for second time. Food was outstanding as well as being welcomed by Sue, chef's wife server, hostess......Food was absolutely delicious!!! Well prepared. subtle seasonings, very nice wine list. We took almost two hours anf did not feel that we were rushed. Welcoming atrmosohere.. (Rather unique in this... More 

Thank John M
Carmel, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Business is owned by a family , the daughters service, the wife is hostess, and the husband is the creator of the wonderful, tasteful recipes. The meats, such as the beef and lamb and extremely tasteful. The staff are super courteous and helpful. The wine selections are well paired. They have a full bar. My wife and I have made... More 

Thank coeurdolives
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Loved the owners' warm hospitality and loved their delicious meals. We had escargot, chicken dejion, grilled rabbit and bread pudding. Класс!

Thank Yuri K
Salem, Indiana
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Spent a wonderful dinner here after a day at Big Sur visiting my daughter and son in law. It had been over a month since last there, and the owner came right up, knew them by name, and was very welcoming to this tourist. She suggested a delicious Zinfindel to have with our dinner, and the crab cake appitizer was... More 

Thank mrsraybird
Seaside, California
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Good dining experience in Pacific Grove. I have lived here since 1992 and remember the quality was higher in the past.

Thank Martin C
Sunnyvale, CA
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365 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

After reading so many glowing reviews from so many others, we decided to try Taste and we were simply blown away with the quality and pleasant dining experience. My wife and I started with a shared Mediterranean crab cake and red oak green salad with pears and candied walnuts. Both were quite good, especially the crab cake which had very... More 

Thank ECL
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

enjoyned another dinner with friends in this nicely located resturant here in Pacific Grove. This family owned and run resturant has been in business for a long time. Their choice in menu are extensive but their daily specials are the ones to chose. Parking is easy - if crowded then street sites are plentiful ... Choice if dessert is good... More 

Thank Edward Y
San Mateo, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Not superior food, but well prepare, flavorful and reasonable food. Good seating. Family friendly., and wheel chair accessible.

Thank John M
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

My wife and I spent a few days in Carmel getting away from the end of the season snow in Denver. Carmel is great, and the restaurant scene is good, but we were looking for something a little more "real" to eat last night. We found Taste Cafe and Bistro through an online recommendation and it was by far the... More 

Thank rrrast
Portola Valley, California
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

What a find! The parking is easy, the food delectable, the ambiance comfortable for both families and couples, the service friendly, attentive, and non-intrusive, and the prices reasonable and a great value. We had the Roasted Half Chicken, which came with a generous portion of roasted vegetables, all cooked perfectly and served hot. The menu has a French flair, with... More 

Thank Carl C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100
    (Prescott Lane)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-655-0324
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!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?