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For 2
Thu, 2/22
7:30 PM
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Booked 6 times today

Favaloro's Big Night Bistro

406 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date (11)
  • Neighborhood Gem (10)
  • Special Occasion (9)
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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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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Please call for planning your menu.
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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.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 406 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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.

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.

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.

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!

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 needed something. The sand dabs and short rib ravioli entrees were great though, as was the Mascarpone Custard with Fruit dessert!

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.

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

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

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

Excellent Italian in small setting, staff very accommodating

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.

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).

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

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.

viperic (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

Great food, service and wine (as usual!). Best restaurant in PG. Period.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

Excellent. Everything was great.

vipArtemis (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

Very enjoyable Italian. Great service. The restaurant is nicely decorated and comfortable to be in...good food, had the Calamari steak with lobster sauce. Spouse had Pollo Parmigiana, he mentioned the good sauce. Had a starter of crab and shrimp salad in a breaded and fried avocado, very good. We will be returning to this little Italian spot!

vipJudie1170 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove. We've been going to Favaloro's since 1995 (when the restaurant was located in another part of town -- when we were "locals.") Whenever we return to Monterey/Pacific Grove, Favaloro's is a "must" for us. The food is absolutely wonderful as is the friendly, engaging wait staff. We'll be back!

Ladybug (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Favaloro's was very noisy but the food was amazing - my calamari steak with lobster sauce was one of the best versions I've ever had and the pear and almond tart with icecream and strawberries was worth going off anybody's diet!! We were there during the lantern festival so that was probably the main reason for the noisy crowd.

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Fabulous, as always.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Great food and setting.

vipJDfoodie (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

Friendly & excellent service combined with amazing French wine and gourmet food. Wonderful evening.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

It was our first, but definitely not our last, visit. The atmosphere was authentic Italian and the food was fantastic. Our server Nick was very friendly and helpful with suggestions on both the wine and the food. We will be back for more.