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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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (72)
Good for a Date (61)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
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Cozy (48)
Romantic (48)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Quiet Conversation (40)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Notable Wine List (32)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Authentic (30)
Local Ingredients (27)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Great for Lunch (25)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Fun (19)
Great for Brunch (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Business Meals (12)
Casual (12)
Tapas (9)
Tasting Menu (7)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant, great food as always.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

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 !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Our favorite go-to spot in Pacific Grove. We've been here a few times and everything has been top-notch!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Celebrating Valentine’s day and decided to try this restaurant. Great choice. Food and service was exceptional. I will be back. Great wine selection!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Delicious onion soup and pate! Excellent service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Melt in your mouth lamb chops. Excellent paella. Friendly and attentive service. Great experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Yosemite)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Been a few years since last at Fandango. Will not wait that long before I return. Outstanding all around.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food selection--Mediterranian and Sea food. Attentive and experience food servers. A comfortable setting good for couples and groups. A very satisfying experience.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Love this place! Good food and many excellent wines. Very romantic. Pricey but worth it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

This food is very good the service was okay. But the tables are crammed so close together you privy to your neighboring tables conversations.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 2018

First time to Fandango and had an excellent brunch. Service was wonderful and the food was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and great service with one exception. Didn’t acknowledge the birthday note from the reservation.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.
Nice job.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent , always great service and food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Wonderful meal and service seated at our favorite table by the fireplace

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fandango is one of my favorite restaurants for special occasions. However this time I was highly disappointed as overall the food came out lukewarm to almost cold. Will I come back again, yes will give it one more chance. Then will have to find a new favorite if disappointed again.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Lovely restaurant but not super accommodating of children.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

A bit slow on service, but that’s not usually the case. Delicious soups and gnocchi.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 22, 2018

First time patrons at Fandango, but we will be back. Service was outstanding, even providing a glass of wine, after I spilled a half full glass, at no extra charge. The food was delicious. We had the rack of lamb and the filet/lobster. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

One of the best restaurants ever. Everything 5-star. Wait staff and chef all excellent. Food superb. Anyone who has not been here, owes it to themselves to dine here at least once.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great service, the food was outstanding. Been here many times over the years and have not been disappointed

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We have been to Fandango several times and the food, service and ambience are all always very good. This time was no exception and created great memories while celebrating my father's 80th birthday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fandango also provides good, Basque and French Provincial food. Lots of lamb dishes, palella Good, but pricey wine list with very strong European wines. Very special ambiance, lots of small rooms. with nice, warm lighting.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had an amazing meal with equally amazing service from Tony! Pleasantly surprised by the excellent wine list that we took complete advantage of. I will always go to Fandango when visiting this area. Don't miss the opportunity!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Cozy little room. Yummy chocolate mousse!

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