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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

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (57)
Good for a Date (53)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
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Romantic (45)
Cozy (44)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Authentic (29)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
Notable Wine List (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Business Meals (13)
Fun (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Casual (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tapas (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Seasonal (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined a day ago

Thanksgiving dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We were recommended this restaurant by the manager of another restaurant that had to unexpectedly close this week. He recommended it very highly, so we had no compunctions about giving Fandango a try. We were not disappointed! It was fantastic. Wonderful food in a casual fine dining setting with very hospitable and attentive staff including the manager who really made us feel at home. We must come back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

First impression was odd. The manager/host ignored us for a few minutes as did a couple of servers-mind you the restaurant wasn’t busy. Our server was delightful and they had a nice wine list but the food was bland and all had a grey hue and mushy. It was all overpriced, especially for what you were getting.

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·Dined 6 days ago

very enjoyable dinning experience!!! Dino is great!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service was exceptional. Best Caesar salad as dressing was phenomenal. I will always dine here when in pacific grove😀👍

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fandango is consistent with good food, good service and a warm comforting environment.
It can also be considered romantic with it's various rooms to dine in and the warm glow of the interior. A great local restaurant known for it's great food and local following.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 15, 2017

JUST A GREAT PLACE TO GO FOR GREAT FOOD AND LOVING MEMORIES FOR THAT SPECIAL OCCASION!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 15, 2017

An absolute favorite in Monterey area. Food, service and atmosphere is always stellar. Plenty of choices for every palate and a superb wine list.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

we all had pasta - a glass of wine - shared a dessert + each a coffee
service was excellent
our salads and pasta flavors were very pleasant - we all commented at once!
will for sure visit there again - ambiance is wonderful

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 14, 2017

THIS PLACE IS GREAT FOR SPECIAL OR ANY OCCASION! THIS DAY WAS FOR MY WIFE'S BIRTHDAY. WE DROVE 80+ MILES TO SPEND A FEW DAYS IN MONTEREY AND FANDANGO'S MAKES THOSE FEW DAYS VERY SPECIAL!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We truly loved this place! The food was delicious. The service incredible and the atmosphere very romantic and quiet. Perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Cant wait to go back!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fabulous restaurant for many years. You won’t be disappointed!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always wanted to go, spent the night in Monterey.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This restaurant is wonderful. The food is Spanish and French Basque in character. The quality of the food and it’s preparation are excellent. The service is attentive, unobtrusive and professional. The ambience is inviting and the decor has a rustic but understated elegant quality that reminds me of a high-end Country French restaurant. This is a place you will want to linger during dinner. You never feel rushed here. This is my favorite restaurant for all of these reasons.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our first return to Fandango after staying away for more than ten years due to Overpriced food and Insanely Exaggerated wine prices. NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Fandango is simply a restaurant to be avoided. We were subjected to the worse Romaine Lettuce Salad that could possibly have been put on a salad plate. It consisted of two mini-pieces of stale Romaine Lettuce laid side by side on a salad plate with a mini-sprinkling of very finally chopped tomatoes, cheese of some sort and almost none of the promised bacon bits. Truly, we should have sent immediately it back!

The Paella (which was ordered by two of us) was UNFIT to carry the name Paella! Fandango has no clue, no idea how to prepare or serve anything approaching fine food. We can NEVER recommend such an OVERPRICED and UNDER-QUALITIED restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our second time at Fandango. We were celebrating a birthday, with 8 people in our party. Although our previous visit to the restaurant was good (4 stars), this experience wasn't so inspiring. The food is good, but for the price ($30-36 for an entree), not as good as I'd expect. Ambiance is nice, with lots of small rooms and brick walls, but they crammed all 8 of us into a very tight space. Service was fine, but they charged us for a salad we didn't order, and when we mentioned it to the waiter, we got a hasty "oh, I'll take it off", rather than an apology - almost as if he put it there thinking we wouldn't notice since there were so many of us there.

All in all, the experience was such that I don't think I'll be back.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was Excellent. I can usually leave the bread alone, but the bread at Fandango is wonderful! French onion soup was exceptional. Rich delicious broth, with the traditional presentation. The paella was absolutely delicious and generously portioned. We had the Hot Grand Marnier souffle for dessert and it did not disappoint. Our server was attentive but not overbearing, service was impeccably timed. Would absolutely go here again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best scallops I’ve ever had!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fandango is an amazing place to eat. Great service, great food, great ambience. The perfect date night

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A favorite "go-to" for fine dining, great ambience, great service. One of many great restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Ordered the Abalone dish - which at $95 one would expect to be a superbly crafted entree - but instead, it was coated thickly with breaded crust and drowned in an olive oil and garlic concoction that completely obscured e taste of the abalone.

Between this and an extremely overpriced wine selection - Very disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fandango is fantastic! My husband and I have been driving to the Monterey peninsula once or twice a year for decades specifically to have lunch or dinner at this delightful Italian restaurant. The entrees are hearty and delicious, the service is attentive and friendly, the experience is always a treat. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Too much “service “. We had a hard time enjoying our dinner with so many interruptions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This restaurant provides excellent food and service, a notable wine list and a lovely, cozy ambiance despite its large seating capacity. We have enjoyed meals there twice for special occasions and consider it well worth the cost.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We enjoyed dinner at Fandango for my wife's birthday and were seated at the table by the fireplace. Service was spotless; pre-dinner Chardonnay was excellent; our waiter knew the menu, how the dishes were prepared, what the ingredients were, and made valuable recommendations. My wife ordered scallops, which melted in her mouth; I enjoyed the authentic paella; we each had small salads before our entrees, and we splurged on desserts - Grand Marnier soufflé and profiteroles, with coffee as a chaser. Portions were much more than "adequate". Fandango is not a place to wolf down a quick meal but a place to savor the confluence of convivial conversation, excellent drinks, a leisurely meal of superb food, delicious desserts, and a wonderful ambience and European charm. Our favorite restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fandango's is one of our go to places when we want good food, good service and quiet ambience in order to be able to have a good conversation with family, friends or business.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Nice choices for lunch. Our waiter was very good, and described dishes well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The star levels are hard to set for this restaurant because we had one good meal and one bad meal. The escargot and sand dabs were excellent, as was the first serving of bread. The house tomato soup and the Caesar salad with tiny cold-water shrimp were not worth eating. And the second serving of bread was some kind of supermarket baguette, barely better than wonder bread. There was a good selection of French wine. So escargot, sand dabs, and pouilly-fuisse were very good. The other meal was fair to poor.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I was very disappointed in the food. I ordered the cassoulet. It was like getting a can of beans in tomato sauce (top many beans). I found one 2-inch sausage, 2 oz. Of ham (?) and a piece of fatty duck (?) meat. Because it had been cooked and then frozen, all the flavors were washed out and it was all bland. That is why I put question marks after the meats. I have had freshly cooked cassoulet in France but this was NOT GOOD. Plus, it cost $30. Not a good evening. Others around me seemed to enjoy their overpriced meals.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of my favorite places in California! Been going for 30 years and highly recommend it

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants but the service could be better. And not because of our party size (12)....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent food and wonderful service in a beautiful setting. This can be a dress up or casual dress setting. The food is fresh, hot, delicious and with the daily special you get salad and dessert!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 23, 2017

birthday celebration

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always an outstanding meal with great service & beautiful ambiance!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fantastic food! The filet and scampi were delicious. We will definitely return next time we are in PG!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We live in central Washington. We traveled to the South Bay Area for an event. That near, we feel we MUST go to Fandango's for their Sand Dabs (there are no in WA). Absolutely worth the effort!!! We've been doing this when we can for over 20 years. LOVE the place... G 'n' J

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fandango is a great restaurant!! We all loved what we ate. The duck was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Not impressed with the food No salt or pepper on a rack of lamb! I could have had a better meal anywhere.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We have celebrated all of the milestones in our relationship at Fandangos for several reasons, chief among them; the wonderful ambience. However, the service and food are top notch. We shared our first out of town dinner together there, first discussion of marriage, celebrated our engagement there, and had our Honeymoon dinner there. We are treated so well at Fandangos and have LOVED every dish we have tired here that we keep coming back when we are in this area.
While the food is fabulous, it's really the whole experience that has us yearning to celebrate the important occasions of our lives at this place. They are in the hospitality industry for good reason, it is what they do beautifully - they provide a warm, welcoming, hospitable environment to enjoy great food in a really unique space, as well as a terrific spot to celebrate special occasions. We felt welcomed by all staff and were delighted to meet the owner and share our story with her. Her attention to detail and the fact that she remembered us was impressive, much appreciated, and a testimony to what it looks like when someone finds the right way to celebrate their gifts; grace and hospitality are certainly two of hers and they are reflected in the vibrancy of Fandangos.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was outstanding and the service was great. My wife and I was celibrating her birthday and our Anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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