We have waited for the reopening after the fire and were not disappointed at all. The food was just as we remembered great Italian food and great service. We will be back!!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A romantic bistro setting with consistently, fabulous food. This family run restaurant has a beautiful Sicilian decor and a quality selection of wines, to match your dinner selection.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A quiet family run restaurant
A quiet family run restaurant with consistency in the food. Once you have ordered a dish, you know it will be the same the next time. Always the best.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian/Seafood in this Area
The "Bistro" reopened this week and much to our joy everything was just as it was the day it closed. A host of delicious and creative appetizers and substantial and very fresh salads are available. Our favorite entrees Chilean seabass scampi and Nino's Best (squid and eggplant baked pasta casserole) were done to perfection and truly delicious! The chef and wait staff have family ties and treat the business that way and did not hesitate to welcome and greet familiar customers from many prior years. The wife also assured me that there was a quite substantial wine selection! The menu is extensive and includes all the Italian favorites not just sea food. Do yourself a favor...get a reservation and stop in.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
After 18 months, Favaloro's has reopened. This family owned Italian restaurant in Pacific Grove is a treasure. The pasta is fresh, the service is friendly and the specials are outstanding. This is a perfect place for wine lovers and couples. Make reservations as Favaloro's is quite small.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad to have my favorites back.
This group of people and the food they prepare and serve have been a family favorite for many years. It is so nice to have them back. I love the gnocchi, sand dabs, cannoli, and the special is always delicious. Save a little room for dessert. The marscapone with berries is delightful.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
what a pleasant surprise
restaurant was near pebble beach concours. picked it because of proximity and nothing else. what a pleasant surprise. Great neighborhood restaurant. Food was great, service was great and the waiter was a character. had a great time. wine list could use a little expanding especially with some better Italians, but it is California and they are stuck in the California rut.
If you are in the area, definitely worth a visit.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
John Favaloro waited on us...
I could have written a more detailed review of the 4-courses of food we had at Favaloro's than the OpenTable word limit allows...the short version: Wine by the glass is slightly lacking but their bottle listing is at least navigatable. All specials for the evening including the unique panko crusted deep fried avocado with crab salad stuffing to the freshly prepared and house made dough for the artichoke ravioli were wonderful. Some moscato and spumoni for dessert and we left Favaloro's happy, satiated and wanting for our next visit!
We'll be back soon!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
couldn't have had a better night
I will admit I was skeptical because of the name. Every review was 4 stars which also made me hesitant, but now I know why!
In my reservation I had asked for a corner table, we were seated away from the crowd in what felt like our own little paradise. The restaurant is so warm you feel like you're at grandma's for Sunday dinner.
And the food just might make grandma a little intimated! Everything was prepared beautifully and the flavors came together perfectly! I had the ravioli in a sage and butter sauce with cremini mushrooms and my boyfriend had the gnocchi in a light butternut squash sauce. Both pastas are prepared in house.
The service (Al I believe) was the best; friendly and unobtrusive.
What a beautiful night!
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Extremely friendly staff!
My wife and I visited in early September and had a great meal. We also really enjoyed talking with the staff. This is a family owned place and the staff seems to feel like part of the family.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Visit Since Fire
What a pleasant surprise Favaloro's has become (again)! We arrived with a reservation and were led to a table right adjacent to the service runway between kitchen and outer dining area. We requested a quiter and more intimante dining spot. Our host quided us to a quiet spot (a table for two) next to a fireplace which added ambiance. The service was remarkable, the menu extensive and the meal superb. We can't wait to go back!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in the Monterey Area
Italian Seafood restaurant - One of the very best in the Monterey area
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful dining experience
Recently we went back to Favaloro's, which had been closed for extensive remodeling after a bad fire 2 years ago. This restaurant had alwasy been one of my favorites and it was better than ever. Favaloro's is a small, family-run Italian restaurant. The decor is classy and pleasant. Our server was excellent, well-informed, and never pushy or in a rush. He recommmended a very good Pinot Noir that went perfeclty with our meal. We shared 2 appetizers - first some mussels in a tangy and tasty sauce and then some gnooci in a creamy sauce. Our main courses were excellent and perfectly prepared. Sitting by the window, we lingered over coffee and dessert. The entire meal was a delightful experience. Welocme back, Favaloro's!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really researched the area looking for a good Italian restaurant with a good full menu selection. Favaloro's fit the bill. Unexpected though was the quality of the food combined with the attentive wait staff along with the charming atmosphere. Away from the tourists, ( even though we were tourists ourselves) , we had an unbelievable evening. Niño and Marie should hear high praises!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Felt like family
This place is awesome! We wanted a quaint table in the window, so we were told to go next door, to their cafe, to wait for our table. Our waiter's little brother works there, and we got a glass of wine to split while we waited. It was probably 10 min. Appetizers, entrees, dessert, wine, it was all tasty and well prepared and presented. Even though we were on vacation, we figured most people inside were residents. We will definitely be back to Favaloro's, and we will definitely be back to Pacific Grove. What a beautiful, laid back, proud community.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing dinner at a great restaunt
It so nice to see this great family restaurant reopen even nicer than it was before.
We began Carpaccio di Manzo thinly sliced prime beef in a lemon caper sauce, and specialty of the house Oysters on the Half Shell both were great.
My wife had the Flat Steak with a blue cheese butter that was cooked to perfection. Absolutely delicious. I had the Spaghetti Bolognese (not on the menu but they are happy to make it upon request) The pasta's sauce was perfect and of course the heaping spoonfuls of cheese the server added (John) certainly helped. Our server helped us select a nice half bottle of wine and we were in heaven. Don't miss out on this restaurant truly a neighborhood gem.
Can't wait to come back and try their many seafood dishes.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great little place. The food and service are always first rate.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I cannot wait to go back here!
I cannot wait to go back here! It is a small restaurant located on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. We were seated promptly at a nice window table. Our waiter was most attentive and explained all the specials. I chose the lamb shank with polenta, only to discover that it wasn't available. The waiter was quick to mention some other items, and I chose the duck confit with rice pilaf. The duck was very, very flavorful and no knife was needed. Portions were generous. We split a heirloom tomato with burrata salad, and the pumpkin mousse for dessert. My husband had the veal saltimbocca; very nice size and again, no knife needed. There were many other items on the menu we really want to try. Definitely will be returning!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food, atmosphere and service are all five star here.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very enjoyable meal!
We had a great meal at Favaloro's and its easy to see why it is so popular. It was busy on a Saturday night but we got right in, seated and greeted. The service was great - knowledgeable and helpful. Everyone was very friendly, and professional. I had veal, which was delicious and a big portion. Spouse had a pork shank special, which was truly 'fall off the bone' yummy. We also enjoyed a tasty lemon sorbet, light and refreshing. It was a very enjoyable evening; we will definitely be back to try more!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous!! Our favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was perfecto
Dinner was excellent! The steak was a nice cut and cooked to order. The seafood was really good. Service was very good. Everything was really really nice. They don't have a full service bar.....that's a bummer but they do have some good local beers and a pretty good wine list. If ur in PG and looking for a nice cozy place to eat this is it. Check it out.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, service
The service was friendly and well-paced, and the food was excellent, from appetizers to desserts. The environment was cozy, but it was very cold in the restaurant; I almost put my coat back on. Other than that, we had a great experience and look forward to returning!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM