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Pavel's Backerei

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219 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
Tue - Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Livermore, California
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went her both mornings of our most recent trip to Pacific Grove. Definitely exceeded my expectations. The Chocolate Croissants were the best I have ever had. Wishing I took a box with me back home. Price was reasonable. First day I had an apple fritter and my husband had a chocolate eclair. We were expecting a bill close to... More 

Thank love2snorkel17
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After you devour one of their incredible mixed berry pastries or feast your eyes on their mega size donuts, you will be possessed by a subconscious desire to get in your car first thing every morning to drive to Pavel's for something delish. Feel lucky if there are less then 12 people in front of you and I'd wait if... More 

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Washington State
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Where to start! Apple Fritters that are almost as big as a frisbee, but light as a feather. Chocolate croissants with lovely dark chocolate inside. Cheese danish with just the right amount of sweetness. Sold out of pastries? Go for the Cubano and have them warm it. Bring cash and come early. The line starts early and when they're out,... More 

Thank mcksh
Opole, Poland
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped here on the way to drop off my mom's dog at daycare just after Pavel's opened. Beautiful display case filled with various breads, rolls and pastries. I had had their bread before and decided to try something else. I chose the farmer's bagel, almond bearclaw and a roll called an epi. All were excellent and just out of... More 

Thank Jeff H
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This local bakery closes once it sells out for the day, which is often by 2pm or earlier. Go there for cafe and croissant or other delicious pastry for breakfast or mid-morning break, or take home some of their "eat it plain out of the bag" farmer's seed bread. Local owner and staff put their heart and soul into their... More 

Thank Liz C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really good pastries and sandwiches, very nice staff. Make sure you have cash because they don't accept credit cards.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Pacific Grove, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Always busy, never a bad pastry or sandwich. Outdoor seating, great coffee and BIG portions. LOVE the berry cheese pastry.

Thank swimtrish
Monterey, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Paul makes the best breakfast pastries on the Peninsula. He uses only high quality ingredients and his pastries are HUGE!!! Better value for your money than other bakeries in the area. The only down side is that he often sells out of the most popular items early in the day especially on the weekend. The chocolate croissants are to die... More 

Thank blueslvrfoodie
Monterey, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Simply amazing.....year after year after year .....everything in the case, pastry and breads are amazingly delicious and always consistent. Chocolate lovers, well, the chocolate croissant with belgian chocolate...I heard one lady, after taking a bite..."Omg, omg,omg" Cash only, get there early Tues-Sat for best selection. You will probably see a line out the door....it moves fast and its fun swapping... More 

Thank Indymirage
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Each day and season bring different offerings but the pastries are consistently good and huge. For instance, one cinnamon roll easily feeds two or more, but just try to stand in line with a friend and leave with only one pastry to share. If you are there right at opening, not everything is out. By 07:30 the case is full... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-643-2636

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?