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Favaloro's Big Night Bistro

4.3
406 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
What 406 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
service
4.3
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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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NVolosin (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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BobK (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food and great selection. Service was exceptional also.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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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linguines (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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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vipfoodebrat2 (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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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Gustavo (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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Banana (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Halibut special in pineapple reduction sauce was incredible,

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

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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Fish (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

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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LeslieKnight (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

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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yummyinyourtummy (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent Italian in small setting, staff very accommodating

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Lynsey (London)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

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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