25 years and counting....I discovered Fandango a quarter of a century ago and have enjoyed dinner there any time I am in the Monterey/Carmel area. It has been consistently outstanding on every occasion. They have several small rooms that are perfect for two and a larger more lively Bistro type scene in a large room at the back. There is also a private diningroom for large parties. The food is very creative and masterfully prepared and served. One can have a conversation in this restaurant, something that is becoming more and more rare. I have been recommending it for 25 years!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWent here for my birthdayWent here for my birthday lunch. My sister mentioned something about my birthday, more to me than the staff, but they heard and I was treated royally.
Food was fantastic and service was extremely attentive. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the Carmel/Monterey/Pacific Grove area. Easy to get to and plenty of parking (unlike Carmel and Monterey). My best meal all weekend, hands down!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food for our son'sVery good food for our son's birthday celebration.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMspecial dayIt was special evening out for my husband and me....my birthday!!!!
We had a great time and was a very romantic dinner.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreatGreat experience; but very pricey. Definitely for a special occasion only. Our dinner for two, including a glass of house wine each, was $150.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat eveningWe were at Fandango's on Saturday, May 25, and it was a fantastic evening. The service was great, the food outstanding and the ambiance was lovely. We loved it!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very averageThe food was very average and really, not very good. My boyfriend ordered the tapas and we are still laughing about it: Shredded celery root, a stuffed pepper with bad tasting chesse, duck liver on bread and some ham. It was horrible. I had the short ribs because they are very forgiving and, they were okay. All in all, very disappointed with the food. However, the maitre'd was extremely nice and gave us a romantic table next to the fireplace. Service was good! (Not a place for foodies)5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMEach meal was prepared toEach meal was prepared to perfection and the selections were incredible. The restaurant is a bit on the pricey side so we reserve it for special occasions, of which we manage to find many so we can justify going back. It is clearly one of our favorite restaurants in all of our travels.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat eating!Food was great. Service was slow and the waiters were hard to understand.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFandangoFour of us had a nice dinner at Fandango. Food was good not spectacular. Wine list is impressive. Price is appropriate for the dinner and venue. Only drawback is the seating which was a bit tight.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMCharming and uniqueOverall, this was a charming place however the tiny rooms can feel slightly crowded and noisy. The food was good, the calamari appetizer was very delicious. I also had the short ribs which was a tiny portion but full of flavor. The lemon raspberry cheesecake was scrumptious. The servers very very friendly and attentive to our needs.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMCharming"Charming" is the most fitting word. Rustic european interior that tricks the eye at the entry. This is a large-sized restaurant with a cozy and intimate feel and a view of the water. Food portions are suitable for all appetite sizes and the service is personable while thoroughly professional.
See for yourself, it's worth a small adventure.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM1st visitWe'd long heard great things about Fandango - but for one reason or another had not been able to visit. Until now that is. And it surpassed all the raves others had shared with us. We arrived nearluy an hour early, and they could't have been more welcoming and understanding. The host was more than gracious as was the server and the runner. We shared an exceptionally large Beet salad and then craving a burger, we ordered Two (2). Everything was delicious and very well priced. We will definitely be returning to Fandango.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely place to dineIt was my first visit to Fandango at the recommendation from a friend who has dined there many times. The ambiance is cozy and the decor is varied and beautiful, especially the flowers. The menu is very inviting, the food is delicious and the presentation lovely.
I will recommend Fandango and hope to go there again when visiting Pacific Grove.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experience.A great dining experience especially when you take in the fact that it was Mother's Day. Both the food and service were above average and my wife and I commented to each other at the restaurant how quiet it was as the restaurant was packed.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMmother's day brunchThis was one of my more memorable mother's day outings I've had in awhile. I'd highly recommend doing it again!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's DayAs usual the initial greeting and seating was prompt and courteous. We were seated in the back "greenhouse" area which was great in the beginning but grew to be VERY warm. We wondered why they didn't lower the shades, that we could see, over the glass. The men in our foursome got very uncomfortable.
Our server seemed rushed and curt and never came back to check on us after our meal was served. There were entirely too many people jammed into that area, people could barely move their chairs to get in or out.
Although the food was excellent, we have learned that Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are best spent at home!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFandango with friendsAlways very special and friendly. Great food and service5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I went there forMy wife and I went there for lunch and both ordered the Rack of lamb. I tell you if you could get it cooked to perfection that was it!Desert was Creme boulete and it was very smooth... The service we go was well above any average restaurant!
Would I go back? There is only a 1 word reply: YES!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat findWhat a great find. I was especially impressed on how they made the croque Monsieur. If you like cheese this is a great sandwich. The sautéed carrots were also very tasty. My husband and I were very satisfied with this restaurant.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe celebrated our WeddingWe celebrated our Wedding Anniversary with Fandango, everything was absolutely perfect! Thank You!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place was cool and theThe place was cool and the food was great , but 15$ for TWO scallops ... Really?4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were in the front room,We were in the front room, very charming, darker, perfect for us. Great food - luscious sand dabs, rack of lamb, scallops. Will go again.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first time hereThis was our first time here and we had a wonderful time. We will be back soon!.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFandango's is regular placeFandango's is regular place to go or for special occasions, they never know a stranger and bend over backwards for the locals. Always a wonderful dining experience. The menu has changes to keep you wanting to come back, but always has the special items like their Steaks and rack of Lamb! Just to mention a couple4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were in Pacific Grove forWe were in Pacific Grove for some much-needed R&R. We had planned to go to an old favorite restaurant for dinner, but it was closed for remodeling. We were looking for a nice, somewhat upscale meal, and turned to our OpenTable app. Five minutes later, we had booked our reservation at Fandango. Not only were our expectations met, but our daughters (aged 12 and 16) had the opportunity to try some things they hadn't eaten before. And we're a pretty well-traveled family. Well done!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMService friendly and helpful.Service friendly and helpful. Did a nice dessert for my husbands birthday. We have been here many times and will return.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food ;unique atmosphereExcellent food ;unique atmosphere ;professionally run. They were a little shy with the veggies, but otherwise loved it!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMM.whiteGreat Easter Brunch. We haven't been to Fandango's in years. Loved it!
m3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is our favorite brunchThis is our favorite brunch restaurant and we were very pleased to share it with good friends who had not been there before.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMBest paella I ever ate. FandangoBest paella I ever ate. Fandango soup was amazing. Restaurant was a real treat. Not too pricy, but not cheap. Worth every penny3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFandango is grestWonderful restaurant. We loved our meal - veal piccata for me and paella for my husband. Very interesting menu. Extensive wine list to select from. Asked about the house wine and was told it was Trinity Oaks. Seems to us that given the number of california wineries that they could have selected a little better house wine. Having said that, we chose an inexpensive ($38) pinot noir and it was very good.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe figured a birthday dinnerWe figured a birthday dinner would be the perfect occasion to visit Fandango for the first time. We were seated in a small room with 3 other small tables, so the noise level was kept to a minimum, although being a part of the other guests' conversations was quite tempting. Our server was helpful and friendly, but could've confirmed our order. We had changed one of the entrees, but the change did not get made. Our appetizer was the calamari steak; never in my life have I experienced calamari as tender and flavorful as this. We had a 16 oz. lobster tail, which was fantastic, and couscous with a most delicious lamb shank stew. We will return.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, delicious food!Great service and delicious food. Fair prices for a late lunch. The lamb was delicious and the seafood dish was full of great fresh tasting seafood.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial AnniversaryCelebrated our anniversary at Fandango's. Everything was perfect, the food , the atmosphere, the service!1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM