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Taste Cafe & Bistro

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1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100
+1 831-655-0324
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“rabbit” (9 reviews)
“bourguignonne” (4 reviews)
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American, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100
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Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem . It might be small but the atomphere, service and food is very eloquent. The food selections are numerous . They offer pasta, seafood, meat ,vegetarian dishes. All are prepared well and with fresh ingredients. There is a nice...More

Thank Yvonne H
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Taste is a small, intimate restaurant with a lovely French bistro ambiance. The service is wonderful-I was fortunate enough to be served by the owners, one of whom is the chef. Food was absolutely wonderful-tastefully presented, intense flavor, great texture contrasts. Service, as well, was...More

Thank foodnut003
Reviewed February 2, 2017

We went on a rainy Wednesday evening so only a few people in the restaurant, which made the space seem a bit cold. The service was very good and the menu varied with lots of good options. The wine list was also reasonable with wines...More

Thank Savannah2010
Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

We came here on a friend's recommendation. This restaurant is in a non-touristy part of Pacific Grove, so it might be a little hard to find for a visitor to the area. The food was amazing. We had a really good butternut squash soup. I...More

Thank travelguy21776
Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula. Our high opinion of it was re-confirmed this past weekend, when we had a superb dinner at Taste. This family-owned and operated restaurant makes you feel welcome from the moment you step in the...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed December 19, 2016

Why have I not eaten here is so many years? I used to eat here, often, when it was owned by other folks.-- and I drive by here every single day (I work in PG). I wanted a special date night, since we had theater...More

Thank Foodiewife
Reviewed November 2, 2016

We had been told this was a great, unpretentious cafe with good food at reasonable prices. We were not disappointed! It is relatively small and out of the way in Pacific Grove/Monterey, but worth the search. In an area of great restuarants, Taste is a...More

Thank Dave C
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Had dinner here. Great food. Good portions. Good wine. We ate a nightly special-- a Chicken Pasta dish. Since I am gluten intolerant they substituted brown rice noodles.

Thank 1952LAB
Reviewed October 10, 2016

On a recent visit to see a friend living in this area, I spotted this restaurant one day, and went inside to ask details. I was warmly greeted by the Chef/Owner, given a menu to review, and he recommended a reservation for Friday and Saturday...More

Thank Kaye T
Reviewed August 18, 2016

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...More

Thank John M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
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 County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-655-0324
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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