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Fandango, Pacific Grove, CA
Fandango, Pacific Grove, CA
Fandango, Pacific Grove, CA
Salmon Salad - Fandango, Pacific Grove, CA
Fandango, Pacific Grove, CA

Fandango

4.7
4.7
3671 Reviews
$31 to $50
European
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.

Desserts we offer, Souffle, Profiteroles, Chocolate Mousse

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    European, French, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:45 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:45 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 372-3456
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Pierre Bain
  • 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 are back in business. We are open for dinner ( only ) seven days a week
  • Private party contact
    Jenn Adams: (831) 333-9798
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Cross street
    Lighthouse Avenue
  • Parking details
    Next to the restaurant is a public lot with 100 spaces.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop is half block away
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,671 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Good for special occasions

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Ambiance

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for fine wines

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for special occasions

3,671 Reviews
  1. RebeccaC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great wait staff, excellent unique menu, perfectly prepared. Loved it.

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  2. Rusty

    Central Coast

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fandango has maintained its well-deserved reputation for many years. Our recent visit only reinforced our impression. This is a fine establishment that offers excellent food and service!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place to go in Pacific Grove. We go there every time we stay in the Monterey area.

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  4. Loganmeister

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow.... seafood was excellent and the goat cheese salad fantastic. Italian homestyle type place with great service. We will go back.

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  5. SKEIN1

    Central Coast

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife & I went to Fandango for our Valentine's Dinner, WAS AMAZING, they had a Valentine's dinner special menu which we both did, we ordered filet mignon & Lobster, which also came with a wonderful spinach salad & after were desserts, we ordered the Raspberry Souffle & Chocolate Mouse. Was an amazing dinner.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very romantic spot. Thank you for a wonderful lazy evening by the fireplace. ❤️

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  7. Leweyg

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and food were excellent. A wide choice of entrees, appetizers, salads, and desserts. Very good wine menu but modest choices if buying by glass. The area that we sat in was immediately off the front entrance to the left. It was a lovely room. A good choice for any special occasion or regular fine dining. From check-in to leaving the restaurant it was a very welcoming and enjoyable experience.

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  8. JDfoodie

    Central Coast

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Best staff with friendly caring service! Every food dish was prepared perfectly. Wine list is to die for!

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  9. RexV

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was awesome as always. Not a cost effective place to eat but for special occasions they are sure to please.

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  10. CarlaC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous as always. Excellent service and a surprise treat at the end.

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  11. CherylW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came to Monterey to celebrate my son and grandson’s birthdays and Fandango was the only restaurant we wanted to celebrate. We are NEVER DISAPPOINTED and last night was no exception. Our quiet table, Carlos, our waiter and our meals perfect and amazing. The complimentary port after dinner for our birthdays was unexpected and delicious. We look forward to our next visit to Monterey and Fandango!

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  12. KRNRDP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We try to go here whenever we are in the area. A wonderful classic. Room was a little cold but excellent food

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  13. BigG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best abalone I've ever had! Service was great and the food was absolutely delicious.

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  14. Zenqueen

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant! Miguel and Pedro took excellent care of us as usual. They made sure to make our son’s birthday dinner an over-the-top experience.

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  15. Scooter

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a 75th birthday. There were 6 of us and we had a private room. The service was outstanding and we all lived our dinners and of course the Grand Manier soufflé. Fandango is consistently good! Been there many times.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have never had a bad meal here. Service attentive. Quiet and easy to have table conversations without shouting. Entrees $30-60. Ala carte menu.

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  17. AlbertB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, service and atmosphere! Definitely highly recommended

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  18. GretchenB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, recognized our anniversary and staff were great. Will definitely go again.

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  19. LynnC

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fandango is our favorite PG restaurant. Last night they went out of their way to treat our daughter and her date to an amazing experience. We had to make a last minute change and they treated us with kindness and respect!

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  20. Danyale

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was okay, the steaks lacked seasoning/salt. Lamb rack was raw in the middle and not edible, they didn’t seem to care. Seafood was overcooked, shrimp and escargot. Very cute inside, food needs some attention.

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  21. AnnT

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and services. Took a couple of execs here and they loved it. I can see why it’s rated so well. We had the soufflé which was outstanding. The lamb was also fabulous although I’ve had better Osso Buco.

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  22. ReneeP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This Restaurant had me at, welcome - come right in, and the service continued without a single hiccup. It was a very special night celebrating a birthday for the closest person to me on the planet, including friends I hold dear. The food was some of the best I have ever had and the service and accommodations needed were performed seamlessly. I will be back and would make a two hour trip again to stay in Pacific Grove to experience this food and the kindness once again. The place was beautiful and the persons running it even more so.

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  23. Allie

    New Jersey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Angelo gave valuable insights into the menu. I enjoyed the paella (enough for 2) and the wonderful soufflé grand marnier

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  24. MANNYL

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we decided to come to Monterey it was a no-brainer on where to have our 50th wedding anniversary dinner. We then decided to come twice as we knew the food there is always fantastic. Rack of lamb twice, sand dabs, and dover sole and everything was just perfect. They had our favorite wine which we got both times. For dessert the grand Manier soufflé twice and my favorite vanilla with chocolate syrup. One of the biggest thing was that they saved us our favorite table when we made the reservations. As far as we are concerned it is the best place to eat and driving 80+ miles to get there is well worth it. Thank you Miguel and your staff for the great service. Manny & Ardeth

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  25. GHfoodie

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. Great appetizers especially the sand dabs and calamari

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  26. LindaS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Angel, Miguel, and others were wonderful servers and so nice!

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  27. KarenS

    San Joaquin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Rack of Lamb ever. And the French Onion soup was wonderful, as was the Dover Sole. Large portions, so we had some to take home, roo. The service was impeccable and all the staff was super friendly. We will be back.

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  28. Lucilight

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful time at Fandango. From the beginning we felt welcomed and allowed to choose our table since it was 5:45 pm and not crowded yet. My husband is from France and I’m from Spain, he ordered the cassoulet and I the oso bucco. For my son, the canelons. For dessert, the three of us had soufflé. We were very pleased with the whole experience. The setting is very European too. Very Provençal. Love this place.

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  29. PaulM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great birthday dinner at our favorite local restaurant in Pacific Grove. Great to see our old friends, our favorite meals were absolutely delicious and we were treated like royalty ! Can’t wait until the next time we have dinner at Fandango! 5 Stars!

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  30. DoreenF

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyable Mediterranean cuisine with attention to presentation. Atmosphere is friendly & inviting. The Staff is welcoming & attentive to your needs. Indulge yourself & order the Profiteroles for dessert!

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  31. Ilee

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Started with a bottle Rombauer Chardonnay and had the French Onion soup. Was ok-I've had better-could be hotter. Entree was the Sand Dabs - my favorite fish. Nice dish and fairly good portion with lots of sauce. Only disappointment was the Grand Marnier Souffle-it was awful and would not order it again. I tasted like warm egg -very lumpy and NO taste of Grand Marnier. Would not order that again. Overall, ambiance is wonderful and lots of local diners. Nice place to go to get that European feel of dining.

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  32. AlexU

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit of an iconic restaurant in Pacific Grove. Nice dining experience every time. Thoughtful Mediterranean fare with high quality ingredients. Great wine menu. The aesthetic is on point with roaring fireplaces and viewable grilling from tasteful dining area. We prefer the main dining area as it has the most ambiance. Old world feel with waiters that seem to have been there forever. They know their stuff. Visit with confidence and plan on a memorable experience.

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  33. LisaF

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place, a bit off the beaten track. Food was top notch, service was excellent. I liked the ambience. We went there for my birthday and they made just the right amount of fuss.

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  34. TatyanaN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Fandango and it never fails! We go there for the birthdays, get together nights and saying good bye to our best friends, and the experience is always memorable and amazing.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best dinner at Fandango! The most delicious food and best service on the peninsula!

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  36. Frathy

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another wonderful experience and meal at Fandango. The maitre d' asked if we wanted to be in the large dining area or a quieter, smaller room. We chose the quiet room and were very happy. Service is excellent and the staff is very knowledgeable. We ordered the mushroom soup and the caprese salad as starters. For entrees, we had the double cut lamb chops and the sand dabs. Both were very tasty and very generous servings. Two of our friends dropped by our table and the maitre d' offered to pull another table toward ours so we could order dessert and have a visit. It was a very accommodating offer that we greatly appreciated. We recommend Fandango to everyone who will listen!!

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  37. Bruce

    Central Coast

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, fabulous food Amazing service Unique dining experience

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  38. MarkK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere as always! Staff were great and got us our preferred table and an earlier time.

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  39. StaceyC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Fandangos! Always our choice of fine dinning when we are in Carmel. Great atmosphere, Food and service are excellent !

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  40. DianeG

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not good quality filet, everything too salty!!! Service good and ambience good

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Fandango offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 372-3456.

Fandango is rated 4.7 stars by 3671 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fandango

223 17th St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lighthouse Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:45 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:45 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    European, French, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Next to the restaurant is a public lot with 100 spaces.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop is half block away
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Pierre Bain
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 372-3456
  • 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 are back in business. We are open for dinner ( only ) seven days a week
  • Private party contact
    Jenn Adams: (831) 333-9798
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