One of the best restaurants I have ever been to! I have traveled all over the country and much of the world and there are few any better than Fandango. The food, choices, presentation and service are something that every restaurant should aspire to emulate. I had a caprese salad that was so good I could have stopped without anything else! The tomatoes are locally grown and harvested at the peak of ripeness - the flavor was exceptional! Definitely this restaurant is one you should seek out.
The food was superbly prepared. The service was excellent, especially considering that we dined on a busy Saturday night.
A word about the wine list. The vast majority of the wines on the extensive wine list are expensive. The good news – the wines we drank (half-bottle of white, full bottle of red, both French) from among the lower priced wines on the list were exceptional values for restaurants these days. Some of Fandango’s competition on the Monterey Peninsula price wine at three times retail, which we regard as an undue subsidy of non-wine drinkers. At Fandango the white wine was charged at about twice retail, the red somewhat below twice retail. And, by the way, both were excellent wines. We have not compared other wines on the list against retail.
This was our third or fourth visit to Fandango. We definitely plan to return.
Fantastic dinner. The experience was great from the second we sat down. Carlos was one of the best waiters I've had in a while. Very excited about the food options, knowledgeable, attentive and so proud of his kids! Scallops were amazing! Lamb was cooked to perfection. Salmon was well prepared and everything seasoned perfectly.
My colleagues had the LEGIT FRENCH ONION SOUP - best anywhere. I had the tomato soup and it was delicious - not too creamy. The rack of lamb was perfectly prepared too! This place is a MUST if you are in the area!
Great restaurant, great food as always.
Reliable and always a good choice in Pacific Grove . The ambiance , attentive staff and kind hosts are a real plus here .
The food is pretty satisfying .... large selection on menu which would appeal to the general public ... would not categorize their food as “gourmet quality” , but more satisfiable in portions and pleasing to the palate. I had the Paella and enjoyed the dish but it was a bit wet and should have been continued to be cooked to have the lower layer of paella rice a bit more crunchy as done in southern SpAin. However the paella had sufficient seafood, chicken and spicy sausage to make it a good choice . My husband had the veal piccata which he enjoyed !
All in all , Fandango is a stable pick anytime in Pacific Grove !
Our favorite go-to spot in Pacific Grove. We've been here a few times and everything has been top-notch!
Celebrating Valentine’s day and decided to try this restaurant. Great choice. Food and service was exceptional. I will be back. Great wine selection!
we always try to get to fandango's at least 2-4 times a year when we are in the area. this time we were joined by another couple to celebrate valentine's day. although they were SUPER BUSY, we had a wonderful meal,, we were not rushed, and a it was a fairly cozy dinner. can't wait for the next dinner.
We reserved a table for Valentines Day. We were crowded into a small space, had to raise our hand to get bread, they forgot to bring our salads, after a long wait, brought my salmon out raw, had to be returned to kitchen, then waiter brought us a dessert of his choice to make up for the bad service. Will really have to have no where else to go before we decide to go back!
Valentine’s Day early 5pm dinner and had reservations. Once seated, had to wait over an hour for our entrees while others seated after us ate and finished their dinners.
We had to get our own water refills from the bussing station as no one came to the table to offer us any. When our entrees finally came, the food though beautifully prepared, was cold but we were starving and didn’t want to send it back and wait even longer to eat. The bread rolls were served cold and did not seem fresh. A pitiful offering of one dessert they seemed to want to get rid of was offered in exchange for our inconvenience. We are locals and have eaten here many times over the years. This was the worst service we’ve ever experienced. We will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone and won’t be back.
Delicious onion soup and pate! Excellent service.
Melt in your mouth lamb chops. Excellent paella. Friendly and attentive service. Great experience.
Great food and service. Our guests said the lamb was the best they ever had! Only down side of the evening was having 5 of us seated at a table for 4. I was constantly bumped the entire dinner by folks walking past me to go to the restroom.
Fantastic as usual! One of only a few places now serving Grand Marnier Souffle every night. Osso buco is 'over the top'. Caesar salad is mild re anchovies but delicious. Drinks are generous! Owners present and always friendly and hospitable. Chef roams to greet guests. Just a fabulous atmosphere. (Been going there since 1983).
Fandango has long been a favorite. They serve old world French Provincial specialties, truly a classic doing the old school correctly! From the Caesar salad, to the rack of lamb, simply perfect.
Been a few years since last at Fandango. Will not wait that long before I return. Outstanding all around.
Fandangos is a must stop every year when we are in town for ATT. Learned a few years back to make reservations well in advance. Meal and service wonderful. See you next February.
Great food selection--Mediterranian and Sea food. Attentive and experience food servers. A comfortable setting good for couples and groups. A very satisfying experience.
Love this place! Good food and many excellent wines. Very romantic. Pricey but worth it.
This food is very good the service was okay. But the tables are crammed so close together you privy to your neighboring tables conversations.
All was good until the waiter spilled almost a full glass of wine on my shirt. Barely apologized and made no adjustment on the bill. Disappointing for sure.
First time to Fandango and had an excellent brunch. Service was wonderful and the food was great!
We had not been to Fandango's for several years, but had an opportunity to go for Sunday brunch, which was excellent. From the extensive menu, we selected Fandango steak Benedict and the cheese blintz, which we shared.. The staff was happy to let us split the Benedict first, and then brought us the blintz as dessert. The place is quaint and cozy, the wait staff was attentive, and we loved our meal. The only drawbacks----there was a very loud woman in the same room we were in who was distracting-----not sure what the waitpeople could have done about it. And somehow our credit card was charged with someone else's meal three times what ours cost----but the waiter corrected it. We look forward to returning!
Great food and great service with one exception. Didn’t acknowledge the birthday note from the reservation.
Our dinner was wonderful. We had scallops, paella, and steak frites--Each was delicious. Our salads were wonderful--beautiful red tomatoes in a caprese salad in February. The service was, warm, friendly, perfect really, even the chef came out from the kitchen to talk with us.. the desserts, especially the grand marnier soufflé, were heavenly. It was a magical evening.
Great Dinner. The food was very good. Our only comment would be on the abalone. It is very heavily breaded and then fried so it was difficult to tell if we were even eating abalone. For the $$ we were hoping for more flavor. Other than that the food and service were very good. It is a very loud place, so if you are dining with 60 somethings like we were, tell them to turn up their hearing aids.
First of all, kudos to the host and the server. We had a very nice table in a private room. The restaurant is beautiful and gives everyone a sense of privacy. It has a nice European flair to it. The meal itself was very good and our server was quite solicitous, coming in often to check on us and see if we needed anything. I had the surf and turf. The steak was overdone, but other than that the dinner was well presented and delicious. My husband had the scallops over pasta, which he enjoyed. Lots of fresh vegetables accompanied our meal. We had coffee (delicious) and desert afterwards. If I lived in the area, I'd definitely go back.
Excellent , always great service and food.
The food was fantastic! I'm not good at remembering names of restaurants that I've visited, but this one stuck in my mind since I was last in Pacific Grove 4 years ago. It was great then and it's still great now. It was a lovely evening out.