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Fandango Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fandangorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (831) 372-3456
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European
  • Executive Chef: Pedro De La Oruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Fandango Restaurant, located in the heart of Pacific Grove, stands for a heritage of good taste,craftsmanship of award winning cuisine and 25 years of tradition. We have a number of unique private dining rooms that seat from 8-60 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jenn Adams (831) 333-9798
  • Special Events & Promotions: If you are looking for a unique venue with a warm and inviting European atmosphere, fabulous food and excellent service Fandango Restaurant will be your best choice. We have 5 unique private dining rooms that seat from 8-60 guests with full bar and extensive wine list. All banquet menus have at least 5 entree choices. We welcome rehearsal dinners, business meetings and private parties.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Next to the restaurant is a public lot with 100 spaces.
A word from Fandango
A favorite among Fandango regulars is the succulent Rack of Lamb; other menu items include Fresh Seafood, a variety of pastas, delicious and exotic Mediterranean dishes such as paella and Couscous, and a tempting selection of excellent steaks. Several daily specialties are also available.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was okay overall. The house cured salmon starter was good. I had the rack of lamb and my wife had halibut. The Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert was outstanding and would go back anytime for that."
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "Shared a wonderful dinner and very romantic evening with my wife. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "Have dined at Fandango for over 18 years. This time found food very disappointing and too expensive for the level of food. Good service and charming décor."
    Dined on 11/12/2014
  • "I received a recommendation from a friend in Sacramento, "Go to Fandano for dinner!" He said it was his favorite restaurant in the Carmel area and now I see why! We arrived to find a large building that has been staged with a variety of smaller rooms (for smaller parties) and a large room with fireplace for large groups. Our room was right off the hostess station, and yet I felt as if I was eating dinner at a friend's house. We never heard conversation from the hostess as guests arrived or departed. We had the calamari steak sauteed with garlic and butter, salad and french onion soup... perfect! We choose the paella and it was generous enough for two! The second entree was the spaghetti with Italian sausage and was authentic!"
    Dined on 11/9/2014
  • "In addition to the extensive menu with many delectable items, the specials were worth listening to. The clam chowder was the best I've eve had, probably due to secret ingredients."
    Dined on 11/9/2014
  • "Our party of 3 had a delightful lunch. Excellent service and delicious meals beautifully presented. The charming atmosphere is especially welcoming."
    Dined on 11/5/2014
  • "Everything we ordered, from salad to desert, was just wonderful. Good service.great food. Who could ask for anything more?"
    Dined on 11/4/2014
  • "The restaurant offers a warm, inviting atmosphere that is paired with an extravagant wine list, and food that would please even the most discerning customer. The service is professional, without being pretentious. We actually drove 3+ hours just to eat at Fandango, including booking a hotel so we could stay the night. That's how wonderful this restaurant is."
    Dined on 11/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have loved dining at Fandango ever since we got engaged there almost 20 years ago. We make it an annual visit but in the past few years the service and attention to detail seemed to be slipping. The food is still very good but for the prices, they are going to be losing customers to more focused service and competitive pricing from Passion-fish, Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar and the newly opened Beach House. We sent 2 bottles of wine back after the waiter brought the wrong vintages. Pierre Bain the owner is almost always there but we just don't seem to get the added personal touches that make for a memorable dining experience from years past."
    Dined on 11/1/2014
  • "This is an excellent restaurant with outstanding service in a very pleasant atmosphere."
    Dined on 11/1/2014
  • "Whenever I've visited Monterey I've gone to Fandango because of the ambience (French country) and the food. This visit was a mother-daughter outing, and we were disappointed. Food was good but overall service was terrible. I asked if we could sit in the room with the fireplace and the waiter said it was only for large parties; when we left we looked in the window and the room was almost empty and there were several tables with two people. Our waiter was nice but did not appear at our table for 15 mins. While we waited, no water was brought to the table although waiters, and the owner, walked by ignoring us. My daughter's spare ribs were good but the duck entree used a bitter orange which gave the meat a bitter taste. Won't return."
    Dined on 10/29/2014
  • "Found this restaurant in Wine Spectator. High rating. A very nice gentleman escorted us to our table, told us we could sit at any open table we saw. Turned out he was the owner. This place did everything right. Very friendly, great menu, extensive wine list with reasonable prices. Food was outstanding. If I lived in this area this would be my regular restaurant, eat here every week. Do yourself a favor, check it out."
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "We were amazed how the restaurant has kept it's beauty thru the years and the last time I was here, I was courting my wife to be and now 20 years later married and bringing my daughter and mom here was a wonderful way to introduce them to Fandango. We came for lunch and wasn't disappointed. My wife shared her paella with mom and they enjoyed every spoonful full of intense flavors. My daughter and I ordered fish, she had the tilapia and I had the filet of sandabs and they were both excellent. The specials include salad and dessert a great bargain so make room for a sweet tooth. I definitely would recommend Fandango to all my family and friends if they are in Pacific Grove and will not wait quite as long for my next visit."
    Dined on 10/25/2014
  • "My wife and i had reservations for 7:30pm on a Friday evening and were "welcomed" as we entered by the maître de. We arrived at the restaurant at 7:15pm and gave him our last name and our 7:30pm reservation time. He responded by saying he would take us to the bar to wait. I asked if we could be seated early and his response was "I will seat you when I can, we have over 200 guests a night and can't seat everyone at their reservation time". I asked when he thought we would be seated, and he responded by saying "not before 7:30pm" and just smirked. This guy has a very poor attitude that didn't sit well with me. My wife and I decided to go elsewhere and certainly received outstanding service at Schnooners."
    Dined on 10/24/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal. The service was great, just enough, not the hovering intrusive kind. We were put downstairs in the cellar room, which was a little intimate with the other tables. I asked for a special table due to it being a special anniversary. I would have preferred an upstairs table. Great place though."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "Felt rushed at dinner despite the high prices. In and out in about 30 minutes including salad dinner and wine"
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for our first anniversary dinner on a Saturday night, based on OpenTable reviews and the type of cuisine. We could not have made a better choice. I mentioned in the reservation notes that it was our anniversary, and when we arrived they congratulated us and said they had a special table for us. They seated us in the front window and decorated the table with a ribbon. We were very well taken care of throughout the meal, and for dessert they gave us their delicious profiteroles. I ordered the osso buco, which was flavorful and tender and went well with the saffron rice. My wife had the scallops, which were large, cooked excellently, flavored well but not too heavily and served over wonderful fresh pasta."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "We had a party of 8 which they accommodated even though I only made the reservation for 6. The food was good but not amazing. We had a mix of seafood and steaks. I can't rave about the service enough! They made a great wine selection based on my price point, they were timely in refilling waters. They refilled the bread basket. In my opinion the service was much above most restaurants in a tourist town."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "I am very particular when it comes to seafood because I catch much of my own. I can honestly say these were the best scallops I have ever had in a restaurant! Cooked to perfection. The wine list at this place is off the hook. I also subscribe to Wine Spectator magazine. They have all of the wines you hear about but never can find. Just a matter if you have the money! Some bottles are in the thousands of dollars but , they have a pretty large list in the $100.00 range as well. Great food, great experience."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "Although the decor was cute and the service was attentive, I found the food tasteless and not worth the $32 per entree. My husband had the short ribs. It was chewy and swimming in a brown gravy with 1 baby carrot and a couple fingerling potatoes. I had the osso bucco. The meat was cooked well but lacked flavor. We were disappointed given how popular this restaurant seemed to be. We have had better and less expensive meals elsewhere."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to Fandango and it was every bit as good as we recalled. It was our 50th Wedding Anniversary and we got special treatment and a great table near the fireplace. The food and wine selection is terrific and we had a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 10/1/2014
  • "Everyone in our group of five enjoyed their dinner and we're all ready to go back ! Fabulous Surf and Turf , yummy Halibut and a very tasty Grand Marnier Soufflé for dessert ! Nice ambiance and attentive service ,too !"
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "Just recently celebrated my hubby's birthday and we had a great time. The food, service and ambiance we wonderful!"
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "We love Fandangos, the owners and the staff. They always do their best to make us feel welcome and the food and atmosphere is consistently enjoyable. Our favorite place to eat in PG."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "huge menu, bigger wine list, experienced servers. Special dinners or quick lunch, Fandango has always been a favorite."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is an ideal place for anyone seeking delicious food served graciously in a quiet and intimate atmosphere in the Monterey Peninsula area. The menu is varied, the food is fresh, flavorful and very well prepared, and best of all, you can talk to your dining companion(s) without shouting. What a treat!"
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "We loved Fandango! The food and the service were flawless. The atmosphere is inviting and cozy. The wine list is superior. This place is a gem!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Cassoulet was excellent, more saffron/flavor needed in the paella rice, great wine service, nice dessert that could be ordered in advance to save time. Our favorite in the area! Many tiny rooms, so the noise level was very low."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Not our first visit and once again we had a fantastic dinning experience. Great and extensive food and wine menus. The rack of lamb is a signature dish and a must have if you love lamb. Another great family special event dinning experience."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Experience can be very different depending on which part of restaurant. We had great view of Bay this time, Other parts quieter and more romantic."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Very romantic. Small, quiet room, very attentive service. Very good food."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We were seated in a private dining room that looked like somewhere in Europe. It was charming, the service. ..very attentive, the food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "WE have always enjoyed Fandango. The atmosphere is charming with the small, cozy rooms, subtle lighting, and French charm. The halibut was delicious as was the pasta with shrimp. We had excellent service as well - we were seated promptly and enjoyed ourselves tremendously."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We liked it a lot. Lucky to be seated by the fireplace which made for great ambiance. Love the cottage feel of the place. We love wine and the wine list is extensive. If you can't find something to suit your taste it would be surprising. The food was delicious. The portions are not big. At first I was afraid to order salad and a meal because that it being a pricy menu I didn't want to waste anything but they are all sized well so you can eat and not be left hungry but don't have a bunch left over. Meal was prepared and seasoned well, not too salty. We had four in our party and we even shared 2 desserts. Service was good, seated at reservation time and the wait staff kept glasses full and we had a great time."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This place has it down. I have been going every time I'm in Monterey for at least 10 years, and never disappointed. The maître d' went out of his way to get my favorite table! So appreciated."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I stepped into a small French bistro located in the heart of Pacific Grove. We felt that we were being welcomed into a family home with all its warmth. Don't laugh but my husband and son ordered hamburger and fries. It was the best burger they had ever had. I had the sand dabs. Excellent. Dipped in an egg batter and sautéed to perfection. At the waiter's suggestion, I had the house Cabernet. A perfect selection. We all shared the Profiteroles and coffee ice cream. A memorable last night in this little town, a memorable meal."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "This restaurant has always been my favorite. It reminds me of Grandpa and Grandma, warm and inviting and family friendly. The food is still great and the service very attentive. But like Grandma and Grandpa the restaurant itself is showing its age. The table cloth on our window table had stains. The window curtains were either very stained or had mildew. The walls had scuff marks. The decor was getting dated. Little things that could be corrected with minimal effort. Freshening the inside and the decor would return this gem to its rightful place as the premier restaurant in Pacific Grove!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Nice place. Enjoyed the dinner. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.$270 for a dinner for 4 was more than we can afford. But, once the menus are placed in front of you, you can't just get up and walk out. I thought $48 for sanddabs was too much. By the way, the menu on the web site says $22.95 for sanddabs. Otherwise, a very nice place. I tried to enter a private note, but was I entered too many characters. Probably should fix that."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The service was excellent! My reservation was a large group of 10, but at the last minute I needed to add 1 person (now a group of 11). The host was very accommodating, even though adding 1 person made the table very crowded. I greatly appreciate his flexibility and friendliness. Then the service was incredibly fast, in light of a very busy night (PB Concours weekend) and very full. Most of our group were from out of state and were very impressed with the ambiance, service, and delicious food. A big hit all the way around. Thank you!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Wonderful cannelloni and the best calamari steak ever!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
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