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About 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.

223 17th St
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European, French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 372-3456

Website:
http://www.fandangorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Next to the restaurant is a public lot with 100 spaces.

Executive Chef:
Pedro De La Oruz

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

Additional:
Banquet, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Fandango Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (63)
Good for a Date (57)
Cozy (50)
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Good for Anniversaries (50)
Romantic (50)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Authentic (29)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Notable Wine List (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Local Ingredients (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Groups (17)
Fun (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Business Meals (12)
Casual (10)
Seasonal (6)
Tapas (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a favorite spot when visiting the Monterey/Pacific Grove area. There are a number of small dining rooms in addition to the main area - if you get a chance to stop in ahead of time, you might want to request a certain location when making your reservation. Our waiter this time was Paul who is from Oaxaca, and he was both professional and friendly. It was a fairly quiet evening in our dining area, so we were able to have a nice conversation with him. We hope he will be there next time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Our meal was an absolute delight. We had sand dabs as an appetizer and they were excellent, so flavorful. My husband had lamb and I had the surf and turf, two lobster tails and a filet mignon. It was to die for. Every bite was so full of delicious flavor. The service was excellent. And the ambiance was wonderful. We were seated in a small room with two other tables, so the noise level was low and conversation was easy. We would not hesitate to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

We live in Washington State but when we have the opportunity to visit the Monterey peninsula, we always dine at Fandangos and have done so for many years. We find the food, service, and atmosphere to be so inviting, so pleasant, and so enjoyable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I took my brother to brunch and it did not disappoint! The filet mignon Fandango was a delicious twist on eggs Benedict, two petite filets topped with poached eggs and bernaise. There is a quaint charm about this rustic gem. We can’t wait to go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated in the "wine cellar" which was nice and cozy until another party came and the room became very loud and conversation difficult. The lamb shank with couscous was tasty but not served hot. The paella mediocre. Service was friendly and efficient. I would ask for a quiet table next time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food3
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our top choices in the Pacific Grove/Carmel/Monterey area! Once again, another great meal. This time we were seated in one of the smaller dining rooms and that was fun. Our server was great and took excellent care of us. The food was outstanding. I had rabbit and my husband had the surf & turf. Wonderful evening. Great wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fun, Disabled Access, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 7 days ago

Lamb chops were excellent....one of the best restaurants on the Monterey peninsula!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We have had many special occasions celebrated at Fandango.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Simply wonderful meal...terrific service

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove, California. Love the Sand Dabs - a local delicacy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Tapas, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 2018

By far one of the MOST AMAZING restaurants in town and in California. It's the perfect combination of great atmosphere, amazing food & the perfect amount of service all of the time, day or night and all in one spot. Truly hard to find places like this these days..Don't miss it!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

I went to lunch with my sister which is a rare occasion so we were very happy to be seated by the fireplace and have such great service and really tasty food. Overall our experience was exceptional. I recommend starting with their simple but tasty bloody Mary's on a Sunday afternoon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I am always wary of restaurants that advertise in tourist towns. This place was fantastic. Old world stone walls ambiance, excellent sand dabs and chicken salad entree. The grand marnier souffle was as good as it gets. Great service and a charming place for a date. Don't let the ads discourage you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good restaurant that my family has been going to for a long time. Good wine menu and staff.
If there was one thing that could have improved was the fact that the phone rang extremely loud at the host station. Was very disturbing.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This restaurant is highly recommended locally. It was relatively high priced and the meals that we ordered did not match our expectations base on the menu description.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We are so lucky to have a first rate restaurant within walking distance. This is a great place for a special occasion or just to enjoy a good lunch or dinner. The owners and staff always make us feel so welcome and the service is spot on.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were so looking forward to going back to Fandango...it had been several years. The wonderful atmosphere hasn’t changed, but the food....oh my.

The meal started with two cold, unbelievably hard rolls delivered to our table. We should have sent them back...or left. The rest of the meal was just so ordinary. What a disappointment, for what was to have been a special occasion dinner..

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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As always there is not one thing I could fault without the the food,service or setting at Fandangos. Somehow over all this time the have managed to maintain consistency in all these areas. Perfect for a special evening or a rainy day lunch.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fandango was pretty good overall, but my meal left lots to be desired. We were there for brunch. Ambience was great. Staff were very accommodating with the seating requirements of our party. Coffee was great. Bloody Mary's were great. Everyone's food came out timely and was presented well....except mine. For some reason my Eggs Benedict came out 10 minutes after everybody else's meal even another Eggs Benedict. Despite the tardiness, everything tasted great except for the English muffin. It could easily have passed for a hockey puck. It wasn't burnt, it was just hard as a rock. Completely inedible. I would have alerted the staff, but they seemed to disappear after my food was finally served and I was just trying to finish the meal within a reasonable amount of time as my friends. When we asked for the check, I told the server. He physically checked the hardness himself, as if I wasn't telling the truth. He acknowledged my observation and could only exclaim "the poached eggs looked good to me, so I served it," which is fair, but this was a complete failure of the kitchen. This should never have been served and I would have expected an apology from management or a discount on the meal for the experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic food, exceptional service

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Typically when the waiter spills a bottle of red wine all over someone's white shirt, I'd expect the bottle to be comped. Not the case. Yikes.

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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good food, service, ambience. Fit for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We come to fandango once a year and always make it a point to eat at this restaurant. Service is great, food is great, and a very cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend you eat there!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent wait staff complemented the extensive menu selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Outstanding!!! One of the best restaurants . The setting is quaint, the service is outstanding, and the food is so scrumptious! Great wine list too. A hidden gem. We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food great, service good. I like this place a lot
The restaurant has an unusual “wine by the glass” policy. They do not publish a list with prices. They simply state that they have certain varietal types available.
There is no multiple brand choice nor price list. I do not like the fact that I can’t see what Wine I’m drinking nor what it costs, in advance. This is less than satisfactory for me and is my only dissatisfaction.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We have always enjoyed meals at Fandango since our daughter’s Prep School days at Stevenson. She had her rehearsal dinner here and we always return when we are in the area. We especially enjoy the Lunchron specials!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had a lovely Christmas dinner in a cozy room with two other couples. A perfect occasion!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We traveled for Christmas and went to Fandango on a suggestion of a friend. The calamari steak and sandals were wonderful. We will go back if we are in the area again.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We met our daughter and her boyfriend for a Christmas Eve dinner at Fandango's. She lives in Monterey, but had never been there. We have been there several times and have always enjoyed the ambiance and the food. This time, we were a little disappointed in the food...it didn't seem to be up to the normal quality. The prices were high, and this slip in quality made us rethink going there again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We love Fandango. Fabulous ambiance, food and especially the service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food and service! You can’t go wrong at this restaurant! The prime rib was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Perfect in every way.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

It was a special reunion made perfect by amazing service and fabulous food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Fandango offers a comforting dining experience. Combined with warm and inviting ambience, I enjoyed my chicken capri very much with its flavorful profile and appealing presentation. Highly recommend the chocolate as well as Grand Marier souffles.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 12, 2017

excellent overall exceptatmosphere was spoiled by highly overperfumed females at next table

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had a group of 8 and got a private room and superb service; the waiter was fabulous !

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 11, 2017

For many years,Fandango has been one of my favorite local restaurants.Nice choices in menu, fine wines and the food is superb!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Fun
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The service was great, the setting was cozy and quiet. The food presentation and flavors were incredible. We had a great quiet anniversary. We didn't tell them we were celebrating, but we didn't need to.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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