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“Cream of Artichoke soup and fresh bread”
Review of Duarte's Tavern

Duarte's Tavern
Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Pescadero
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Chico, California, United States
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3 reviews
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“Cream of Artichoke soup and fresh bread”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Duarte's is a hidden gem. At least it feels that way when you get there. A lot of people know about this place but it is far enough out of the way that it isn't absurdly busy. Presentation is not overly fancy and some parts of the dishes are very average. The cream of artichoke soup is an absolute must, and all of the seafood is fresh. It would be great if this spot would focus on their specialty items rather than trying to cover so many bases. For example, the artichoke soup and fresh bread is awesome, but the bland mashed potatoes and sauteed veggies that come with entrees are not really impressive. This restaurant is a great way to end a day at the beach. The catfish sandwich was also excellent. Service could use a little help.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Owen B
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Reno, Nevada
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“strike three”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

My girlfriend and I stopped here this past weekend for some dessert and coffee. The waiter was slow and unattentive. The restaurant was not busy. My slice of pie was average with the soggy texture of the crust exacerbated by it being microwaved. My girlfriend's cheesecake was also equally uninspiring. When the check was presented to us we went to the cashier/hostess to pay, she informed us the waiter needed to get our change for us. that would have been fine but he never came back to our table. I left the check ( and a twenty dollar bill) with the cashier/hostess and left. By the way, the tab for a piece of pie, cheesecake and one coffee was $17.
I really want to like this place, I really do! But, this is the third time we have been there, and what I described above has been the norm here for us. So, this is the third strike for us and we will not be back.

  • Visited January 2013
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5 Thank cc1492
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San Francisco, California
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111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A must stop if you are driving on the coast.”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This place has a history back to 1890. . .their artichoke soup and green chile soup are legendary. The locals mix the two together and you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Artist26
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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101 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Ho Hum”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We wanted to stop for lunch while driving the coastal road from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay. Based on the strong reviews in TripAdvisor and elsewhere, we took the slight detour to Pescadero and ate at Duarte's. The rustic old-fashioned ambiance was very appealing. Staff was friendly. However, we thought the menu to be rather limited, uninspiring and grossly overpriced. Portions were small and the food was nothing special. A better meal could be had at a typical chain restaurant for much less. I suppose it is the location and the "heritage" that attracts people like us.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank wodart
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Pleasant Hill, California, United States
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47 reviews
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“Good pit stop in Pescadero”
Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We stopped here after a family hike at Ano Neuvo to see the elephant seals. The food was adequate, certainly not anything to write home about. There was something on the menu for everyone and my family gives it three stars. Kids ordered burgers which were average at @$7 each. Fries were not included and a small side was $4.50 if I recall correctly. A bit pricey for a small, local joint. I ordered the artichoke soup which was creamy and delicious on a cold day. Husband ordered the seafood chowder which he enjoyed. The fried scallops were average. Overall, not an exceptional meal but kinda cool to go once and check it out since its been a local institution for over 100 years (and there are not many options in the area).

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Thank CWT05
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