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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: 10:30am - 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
  • "Very good cocktails set the mood. Menu selections were varied; something for everyone. Our meals were well presented and delicious. Minor downer: single glass wine selections could have been more interesting, considering the beautiful wine list that was presented to us. Half-bottle selections offered were fine but still un-interesting and more wine than required. Corkage fee was staggering - check with the restaurant before bringing your own."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food and service are outstanding. There are many wonderful menu options to suit every taste. Very quaint location and quiet and peaceful ambiance, I highly recommend Fandango!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Fandango is a consistent favorite among our friends and family, and our choice for special occasions. Their Caesar salad is the best I have had, made different by a topping of shaved cheese and anchovies, upon request. Our party's favorite entree is always the Sweetbreads Piccatta. Few restaurants know how to prepare this meat, and friends who have tried it on my recommendation go back for me."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Tony was an outstanding waiter from his service to his suggestions. Varied menu, delicious food and quiet atmosphere"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Located in a quaint old home with some smaller rooms as well as a grand room with a wall of windows and fireplace this restaurant is a must see. I had the calamari steak - it was large, well seasoned and cooked perfect, My friend had the scampi and noticed that the vein was left in most of them - yuck. We were greeted pleasantly at the front door and seated immediately in a very small room that is off the first dining area. We found it claustrophobic and were reseated nearby in the more open dining room. The rest of the evening was wonderful though - especially the Crème Brule. The staff was attentive. Overall it was a very nice dining experience but next time I'm asking to be seated in the back, away from the front door."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I came here for my birthday dinner. It was outstanding!!! The food was superb. Top notch service. Would definitely go there again if I was in the area. HIghly recommended to anyone."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We were 3 couples that just wanted to catch up with each other. Fandango fit the bill. We were downstairs in the small room. All had great food and good time. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I had high hopes for this place after reading all of the positive reviews. My girlfriend ordered a pesto tortellini that was pretty good. I had their steak & "frittes" that were diner quality at best. I also ordered my steak medium well and it came out half medium and half rare. This leads me to think the steak was frozen at some point. The steak itself was not very well seasoned but with the addition of about two tablespoons of garlic butter it was made almost passable. The "frittes" were also clearly a frozen brand. Not worth the $70."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Simple, fresh, excellently prepared food. Impressive wine list. Outstanding professional service. Very good value for the high quality."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Fandango was recommended by our B&B and we loved it. The food was excellent with great presentation. Service was excellent We will definitely come back on our next trip to Pacific Grove."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant, delicious food. We really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Mostly we make it here for many of our special occasions every year. Though we've tried to find another restaurant to try out for our anniversary (New Years Eve) we've ended up here three years in a row. Been coming for many years and have never had a bad meal. The food is consistently wonderful, as is the service. And it says a lot that all three of my kids love to come here. Seating can be a little tight sometimes depending on where you sit, but I only mention this as a very slight issue we've had once or twice. (And my daughter is in a wheel chair)"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were disappointed in our dinner. For $32 we had a decent size steak, but only three small fingerling potatoes and one piece of broccoli. Two years ago, we had the same dinner when we were visiting Pacific Grove and the portion was much larger and better."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Our standby eatery, full of old world charm. Servers are pleasant and knowledgeable, altho service is sometimes slow. Sometimes food is less than hot, but always tasty. Noise level usually moderate unless one encounters a large party nearby. Quite recommendable, overall."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "A friend in amorid of this restaurant brought me here as we were in town for a girls weekend away. Treatment is like royalty! The escargot were superb except for the unpleasant grains if sand encountered in 2 of them. It happens but is unpleasant! If you are lioking for comfort food the onion soup is the way to go! Especially on a chilly coastal evening! Top your dinner iff with the creme brulee and a cignac and you have ecperienced an evening to remember! Wonderful atmoshere, service and food!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was fair - and it is loud so it is hard to have a conversation. Wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "When we arrived, our reservation was ready, and we were seated immediately. Specials were shared, drink order was taken, and we were on our way to a fantastic meal. Service was excellent as was the food. Great experience and will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I splurged on the Abalone, which was a whopping $95 and they didn't do it justice. I was extremely disappointed. Also, had noted that it was my Mother's birthday when I made the reservation, yet didn't get any special service for her occassion. All in all, we had a nice time, but not the best experience I have had."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Service: slow, unprepared, confused. Wine arrived 45m after seating. Waiter had six tables all seated at the same time - could not keep up. Assistant server struggled to figure out which table dishes went to, nevermind which seat. Arrival of main courses (well into 2nd hr) led to mass confusion between the staff. While quite slow to bring food, insultingly quick to provide us our bill after delivering dessert. Food: salty, overdone, uninspired. The cassoule was a bowl of thick, gloppy, gelatinous salt. The steak for steak frites was 1/2 thick diner quality meat. Ordered medium rare, delivered medium well. The lamb was flavorful but over seasoned - I order lamb to taste the lamb, not the herb crust. Wine was good - kitchen not involved."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the server was very nice. We loved being in a smaller room with only 4 other tables. The service was a little slow, but it was Valentine's Day so I think that may change on a less busy evening. We will definitely return when we're back in town."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The European atmosphere and food are wonderful - we do not have any other restaurants like this in the Monterey Bay area. Fresh flowers on each table are really nice and the attention of the wait staff is appreciated."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We enjoy being able to select the number and types of dishes we want and have small enough servings to sample many items from the menu. It's always all good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food and service were wonderful. Relaxing experience on a very busy night. Pierre is a marvelous host."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "As always, excellent preparation and presentation of the menu items. Warm and professional servers."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Lovely spot that resembles a country road house in Europe. Eclectic, high end menu enhanced by friendly service and delicious fare."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We so enjoyed our visit to Fandangos. A traditional menu and atmosphere with excellent food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. We have visited it at both busy and slack times and the service is the best. A great place to take "that very special person"."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been to Fandango's several times. The food is always good. The service is good too. They do a great job. It is one of our favorite spots. We love it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great, as usual this restaurant lives up to its reputation. The wait staff and food are always superb!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "frankly...disappointing. Service was good but menu was very ordinary (dumb me for not looking at menu online), food was so-so, and prices pretty high. cannot recommend"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great food. Great service and just an adorable place. It can get a little noisy depending on which room you are seated in but this last time my boyfriend and I ended up in one of the larger room but right next to the fire place and it still felt like it was just up. We make sure to stop by every time we are down in the Monterey area."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been coming for many years. Fandango always delivers a wonderful meal in a very pleasant environment."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My wife and I were a bit disappointed on this visit - we have always left the restaurant with the feeling that we will dine there next time we are in the Monterey area. This time we did not have that feeling. Perhaps it was partly that we were not seated in one of the intimate smaller rooms, but mainly it was the service was "ordinary" and the Paella dish that I chose was bland - I can cook that dish better at home."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Food good; service poor. Filet mignons not cooked as ordered. Poor beer selection. Bread uninteresting. Cramped seating. Cold drafts from door. No action for birthday, despite being promised in advance."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went for my wife's birthday and wasn't disappointed. Located right next door to one of the last remaining true "neighborhood" grocery stores Grove Market. Had dinner early, so the restaurant was not crowded and the service was perfect. We both had the seafood paella and it was delicious. The seafood was obviously very fresh and the flavor was perfect with just the right amount of spice. We get down to Carmel several times a year and visiting Fandango will be on our list of place to eat in the future."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Service and food are very good. They have a very good selection on the menu."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed their three course Monday night January special. Good options and just the right amount of food. It would be nice if they continued to offer it year round for local to enjoy Fandango on a regular basis. The service was not on par with prior visits, maybe our server was having an off day. Fortunately the food made up for it."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Had a very pleasant experience .paella was excellent"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We had their Anniversary January Monday night three course dinner. Had a choice of soup or salad, one of three entrees, dessert and a glass of wine. Both the beef and the scampi were excellent as were the other courses. Great deal, great food and service. They made sure we had the table we requested which was another plus. Well worth dining there even when there isn't a special. Enjoy."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We had a small gathering in a private room, closed off from the rest of the diners by a curtain. We hoped for privacy, but the waiters kept coming in & leaving the curtain open when they left. Attention is fine, but they were almost too attentive. The food was delicious & all were pleased with their choices. A good time was had by all!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014