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“Best restaurant in Fresno”
Review of Cracked Pepper Bistro - MOVED

Cracked Pepper Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Fresno, California
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Fresno”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Love this place. Always go there for any special occasion. The Mala-Insana Napoleon appetizer is world class as is the bread pudding for dessert. Small place allows them to focus on exceptional quality.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank JerryDuncan
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“One of our favorite restaurants in Fresno”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

It is located at the southwest corner of Shaw & Fresno St. just east of Fwy 41, don't let the appearance of the Mission Village strip mall deceive you because Cracked Pepper is truly a gem of a restaurant. We have been going to this restaurant ever since it opened a few years ago and the quality of the food has been consistently good.

If you would like to try this place out, make sure you have a reservation especially on a Friday or Saturday night. They are closed on Sundays & Mondays.

The servers are always friendly and knowledgeable.

Some personal favorite dishes on the menu are:

Appetizers: Mala-Insana Napoleon (it has eggplant & goat cheese, this dish is very rich and I suggest you share it with someone otherwise you will not have room for your main course) Eggplant fries (not on the menu and availability is seasonal), Escargot, Cracked Pepper Bistro Caesar's Salad and the Duck Salad.

Main Course: They are all good and worth trying depending on what your personal preference is but I like their Filet Mignon whenever it is available (it melts in your mouth and is cooked to perfection).

You should save room for dessert, their famous Bread Pudding is a must have!

Chef/Owner Vatche is always gracious enough to come out and meet the clientele which adds a human & personal touch to this dining experience.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank tagliacozzimd
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Hampton, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
431 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“A very special treat!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Service , food and ambiance were outstanding. Excellent wine selections. Small menu but totally fresh. Outstanding service.
Costco in Fresno sells discounted vouchers . Prices abit high but quality wonderful. Restaurant is located off 41 in small shopping center.Do not miss this gem.

Visited December 2012
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Thank 2muchfun4us
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Can't believe this is #4 in Fresno.”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Made reservations and was then seated by a noisy party. Served "wild" salmon, which it was not. Shame on you. Food was served warm, not hot. Not worth the money.

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2 Thank Fresnoax
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Fresno, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Suprised again”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Good food with a great attemp at professional presentation. Good value for the money. Staff were great.

Visited June 2012
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Thank Kevin H
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