Favaloro's Big Night Bistro

4.4
415 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

This inviting and exciting bistro serves the best Italian and seafood fare in the area. Participants of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program serving all sustainable foods. All is prepared when ordered and desserts and bread are made daily. A real mom and pop restaurant! Family run and operated where a husband and wife team do all the cooking and baking daily. Nino was also a commercial fisherman and has knowledge on fresh fish and shellfish. You have to try the Monterey Bay Spot Prawns and the Cioppino. Menu items include an array of appetizers, salads along with a fresh soup of the day and many pasta selections. Our Meats selections include milk fed veal and steaks. We also serve a large selection of fresh fish and shellfish and raw oysters. Nice evening specials nightly. Whether out for a romantic dinner for two or family and friends...we will make it a special night here at the Big Night.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(831) 373-8523
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nino and Marie Favaloro
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Catering
Please call for planning your menu.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fountain Avenue
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Parking details
Mostly street parking and there is also public parking behind movie theater on Lighthouse Avenue
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Public transit
Monterey Salinas Transit about 12 steps away.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Great food. I come here when I come to Pacific Grove!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner. The food was delicious. We cleaned our plates with no leftover.

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EW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was an exceptional dining experience at a neighborhood restaurant in Pacific Grove. My wife and I do not drink but their wine category seemed top notch.

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MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening the wait staff were outstanding and the food excellent; it is so sad that the Favaloros are retiring but it comes to us all. we wish them the best in retirement.

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food made mixed with a beautiful atmosphere.

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BA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We’ve been here a few times and the poor customer service is consistent (too bad because we were hoping that would improve) - there are one or two older servers who lack professionalism and can barely tolerate questions from the customer. Too bad because the food is quite good but not worth it to us to return!

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DL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Soup and salad arrived 75 minutes after reservations. Entrees arrived an hour and a half after being seated. Food was good, but good grief. Server was good natured but never offered an excuses. We were all disappointed.

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KF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were here on Valentine’s Day, so perhaps it wasn’t the best night to try a new place. The service was great. They limited the menu that night, understandable in a night when they need to serve quickly and turn the tables. The food was good, not great. Maybe because they were preparing for high volume they weren’t at their usual level that I anticipated based on reviews. We may try it again some time and a regular day when they can bring their A game.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food here is wonderful! There were six of us and everyone raved about their meal.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding. We had a late reservation and felt a bit rushed, but it was great and would definitely go again. Had their special short rib ravioli and it did not disappoint. Others in our party had Nino's Special and Flat Iron Steak, both were delicious. A Must-Try!

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NV
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience!! Best calamari I’ve ever had!!

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San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for 4. Saltimboca excellent. Arugula salad with pear 👍 all very satisfied

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BK
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great selection. Service was exceptional also.

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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a wonderful, warm ambiance and we had excellent service on New Year's eve. The meals were wonderful, interpretive italian dishes. The service was wonderful and our waiter made an extra effort to meet a special request.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Favorite restaurant when we visit Monterey! That authentic Italian food and the great service made this a special evening to celebrate my husbands retirement!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

best fried calamari i have had and we order it everywhere
and chicken sltimbaca quite good

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant when visiting Pacific Grove. Quality, freshness, taste
of dishes; excellent service; overall comfortable ambience--all make for a
superb dining experience.

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l
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Favaloro's! The dinner was more than what words can express. We had linguine with clams and mussels & petrale sole--Mmm~. We ordered one more to take home! It was also so nice to see the Favaloros. It was surely Favaloro's Big Night for us! So memorable. 'Wish we could go there everyday!

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Tahoe
65 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Favolaro's is a really great find if you like authentic Italian food. The pasta is wonderful! The night we were there they were very busy and had only 2 waiters! But they took care of business and the service was very good and the food delicious!

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Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We were appreciative of the ambiance and that they could accomodate a oarty of 8 on Christmas Eve. However we had to flag down a few different waiters and re-request waters 3 different times. Their vegetarian, non animal product items are non existent. Overall, there are better places for both food and service with more options in the area. Time to update!

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G
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Grabbed an 8:00 reservation at the last minute. Place was empty except for a party of 6-8. No sand dabs, so replaced with sole. Halibut that was clearly not halibut, and cognac cheesecake that was actually pumpkin spice. Two things became clear, we interrupted the staff having their dinner, but boy can they cook! Both main dishes melted in your mouth, the sole was nicely seasoned, the loin of halibut was quite large(reminded me of half of a ling cod). The cheesecake was light, tasty, yet overwhelmingly pumpkin. It was a pleasurable meal. Next time I'd go back not at staff's meal time!

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j
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice neighborhood restaurant
good food, pleasant atmosphere
good service
creative dishes for specials

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant in the Monterey area off the beaten path. Authentic food, wine, and service. We'll be back!

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B
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Halibut special in pineapple reduction sauce was incredible,

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Pretty sub par experience all around. I ordered the chicken parm, it came out raw (not undercooked, it was raw-pink-inedible). My sisters scallops were also raw/bitter to the taste she also sent the dish back. They wouldn’t omit the charge for the scallops but did omit for the chicken. We had a pretty large party so I get it if mistakes happen, but two dishes undercooked and one charge was kept, it’s a pretty basic move. Anyway, all around apps and other dishes weren’t anything special, would never go back.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great!..Food was decent but maybe got a little carried with the fish preparation. Fish was good, but coated in bread crumbs, too much sweet sauce that masked fish flavor and made it soggy. Ravioli was good and had great flavor. Dessert..apple strudel with vanilla gelato...let’s just say that it looked nothing like the picture unfortunately. Overall, we would go back for some basic “safe” dishes like pasta, share a bottle of wine and enjoy the coziness of the restaurant.

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LK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, excellent service, and a romantic quiet atmosphere. Great for special occasions or just a nice date night. This is my all time favorite spot to dine on the Monterey Peninsula.

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y
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favaloro's has been a favorite dining spot for many years and it never disappoints. The food is excellent and the servers and owners are so attentive and helpful.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and good atmosphere. Service was a little lacking this visit. They were a little busier this trip.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Reservations are a must because of limited seating that is guaranteed to fill up. This restaurant is for dinner only but well worth it. My friend and I enjoyed our visit and plan on returning soon.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful local restaurant! I ordered the porcini mushroom ravioli and it was, hands down, the best Italian meal I've ever eaten! I could have it every night!! The ambiance is appealing too. It wasn't extremely busy on a Thursday evening, so it was quiet, but its a lovely family-owned restaurant with exceptional food. Our service was great also! Can't wait to visit again!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our reservation at 7pm on a Wed. night seemed unnecessary, as when we first arrived there was only two other tables taken. However, as the evening wore on it became very busy. The avocado/ crab appetizer was interesting, but not great...it needed something. The sand dabs and short rib ravioli entrees were great though, as was the Mascarpone Custard with Fruit dessert!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server was very busy handling a lot of customer's that evening. We had to wait a bit for our drinks to be refilled, but he was very friendly. I would recommend installing something on the front door to help close the door automatically when customers leave the restaurant and can't seem to close the door on their way out. We were seated next to the door and had to get up and close the door about eight times. Not handy when trying to enjoy a nice meal.

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Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious, friendly, cozy place,would go again if ever in the area

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LC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian in small setting, staff very accommodating

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been better!! Really, really enjoyed it! The ambiance is lovely and the decor is so cute. Perfect place for a date or family dinner. The menu is great with lots of variety. We had the gnocchi for a starter and shared a bottle of Malbec over dinner. Make sure to order dessert!! We had the tiramisu and Creme brûlée cheesecake. It was phenomenal. Worth the drive and can't wait to go back.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Large group of 10. Poor service by Waiter (who I suppose figured he had already earned his tip since 18% was added to the bill).

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DH
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We live about a mile away from this place. It's in downtown Pacific Grove, which is quite small. PG is far enough away from Monterey & Carmel that we don't have nearly the amount of tourists and it's quiet. This restaurant has maybe about 15 tables, so it's intimate. It's not a "red & white checkered tablecloth" trattoria. It's a restaurant that is cozy, but not formal. The food is Italian and it's excellent. The prosecco is good & I always order the Barolo wine, which one doesn't see on wine lists very often. The service has always been great. Several of the waiters have been there for many years, which is unusual.

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