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“Monday special dinner needs some work” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of il vecchio

il vecchio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Award winning authentic Italian food on the Monterey Peninsula. We serve dinner every night from 5 pm, Lunch Monday - Friday noon til 1:30 pm and Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 10 am - 1 pm. You will enjoy our wine list with very reasonably priced wonderful wines. We also serve beer. We have a catering menu and host rehearsal dinners and other special occasion large parties. Our food is loved by the locals for being consistently fresh and delicious. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Monday special dinner needs some work”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

Il Vecchio is one our favorite restaurants. Last week, we tried the new Monday evening $20 special - basically you get whatever the chef decides to serve. This sounded like fun, and as always the food was great. The problem was that we felt very rushed. We ordered and the first course came within 2 minutes. As we finished each course, the next serving was being presented, actually a couple of times the next course came before we had actually finished our dish. All four of us at the table commented how rushed we felt. I hope that they get this issue fixed soon. Otherwise, the place is still great. We will go back to see how they are dealing this problem soon. As I said, this is one of our favorite restaurants!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“OK, average italian food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

I ordered the pasta that was home made. I liked the texture. The sauce was standard, nothing flavorable or memorable. The appetizer salads are presented poorly in that it's just some vegetables in plate thrown together. It literally looks thrown, not tossed together if you can envision that. The food is home style which is fine and I wasn't expecting fancy but it's really basic. Service was not awesome. We had sporadic waiters which generally is fine but it was the way the orders were taken that was odd. We ordered our salads then the waiter said ok, I'll come back for your main. Then while I was eating my salad and with food in our mouths, the waiter came back and said I can take your order for your mains. So we put down our forks, picked up our menu and finished chewing to order. Never seen that before in a restaurant. We say by the dessert station. They did not look appetizing. It was also very basic looking, like something I could make and I'm not an awesome baker. The decor was nice and rustic and that's probably the best thing about the restaurant. We walked around Pacific Grove before dinner and there are many, many restaurants you can find on a Sunday night and easily walk into with little wait. Many were in cute Victorian style homes as well.

Visited July 2012
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monterey
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Tremendous Value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

The owners are hands on, and it shows. Very welcoming, fun atmosphere, fair pricing and excellent Italian food. If you try the Monday dinner, they will just start bringing the dishes, all of which we have loved. Such a step up from most of the Italian places on the Peninsula. Go early to get in.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank charley m
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Italian the fun way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is such a fun place to go. Atmosphere is casual, food is great and they are always cooking up something new. The new shrimp salad on the menu is wonderful, tastes like lobster. I always go for the fresh house made pasta. l Now on Mondays, for $20.00 you go and sit down and they just start bringing out the courses. It is the house choice and so much fun to enjoy food that is not on their menu. Now for those who are more conventional, go ahead and make your reservations and go on any other night when you can order off the menu.

Visited July 2012
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Thank DonnaNPG
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Carmel, California
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Noisey, trendy Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

Reasonable, good Italian food. A bit noisey, but that's Italian.
Get the steak. Great price and cook to order. Desserts are delicious, so save some room.
The owners are locals who greet and cook. Give it a try for yourself.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kittyrascal
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