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Favaloro's Big Night Bistro
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Ranked #17 of 80 Restaurants in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Fountain Avenue
Transit: Monterey Salinas Transit about 12 steps away.
San Luis Obispo, California
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“What Was That Reviewer Thinking?”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

So, we cruised reviews to see if we should make reservations for Favaloro. And we got to the person who gave it only one star BECAUSE IT WASN'T OPEN! Then the reviewer mentioned that they'd recently had a FIRE and were working on the restaurant. So unfair to review somewhere you haven't eaten.

Favarolo was great. A small, intimate restaurant with wonderful waiters, a diverse menus, fabulous daily specials, and a fair wine list.

I ordered the special and it was fresh sea bass wrapped in parchment paper which was stuffed with artichoke hearts, fava beans, and a few more things. The bass sat on a bed of so-so pilaf and was surrounded by so-so not quite al dente fresh veggies.

My husband ordered spaghetti bolognese. He is half Italian and pronounced it "perfect."

We don't usually order dessert, but we tried the creme brulee and it was good, not the best, but good, and topped with sliced strawberry and a blueberry.

Service was good, but the busboy was quite noisy and would pile plates onto his arms and keep grabbing things off the table. A few trips would've made it more quiet and not so frenetic.

The restaurant is charming. We would go back next time we're in Pacific Grove.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank SLL009
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San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Molto bene!”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Friends of ours had recommended this restaurant to us and we weren't disappointed. This is not your typical Italian restaurant. The ambiance inside is like being in a lovely dinning room in someone's home. I ordered the special (short ribs braised in a wine reduction served over polenta con funghi) and my husband had cioppiono. Both were wonderfully prepared and presented. The wait staff was knowledgeable and engaging making the experience that much more fun. This is a place that we will return to. I would recommend reservations as it seems the restaurant fills up fast. We also found out that the can accomodate gluten free diners also. This is a plus for us.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Marie A
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Monterey, California
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“What a gem!”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Four of us had a wonderful dinner last night. The place was very busy but so enjoyable. The wine, the salad and the main courses were all exellant. I don't say tis often but l'm going back!

  • Visited July 2014
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Penryn, California
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wow! Great meal”
Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Our family arrived and was warmly greeted. The food was wonderful. The cioppino was full of delicious seafood, the chicken parmesan was tasty, the gnocchi bolognese wonderfully flavorful, and the sea bass special was so good. We will be back next time we are on the Monterey peninsula. The service was outstanding!

Visited July 2014
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Awesome food. Best Tiramisu!!!”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Favaloro's was one of several restaurants recommended by Seven Gables Inn during our visit to Monterey/Pacific Grove last month. We picked Favaloro's simply because it was the closest to the coin laundry. We just needed a place for dinner while we waited for our laundry to be done. Little did we know this would turn out to be one of the best meals we had in our 9-day California trip.

Food was amazing here. We had the Calamari Fritti (very tender), Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Seafood Linguine in white wine sauce (so delicious that we "drank" up the sauce), Big Night Bistro Steak Frites, and Halibut Sicilana. All of them were very delicious. And we had the best Tiramisu in many years (we could actually taste the rum)!

This is a small restaurant, probably family run. Service was unpretentious. Simple and comfortable decor. Dinner for four of us was $170 with tips (no alcoholic beverages).

Will definitely return if we are in the area again. Strongly recommended.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank JobeeMom
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