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About Favaloro's Big Night Bistro

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.

545 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Fountain Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 373-8523

Website:
http://www.favalorosbignightbistro.com/

Catering:
Please call for planning your menu.

Parking Details:
Mostly street parking and there is also public parking behind movie theater on Lighthouse Avenue

Public Transit:
Monterey Salinas Transit about 12 steps away.

Executive Chef:
Nino and Marie Favaloro

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Favaloro's Big Night Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (10)
Romantic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
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Good for a Date (8)
Special Occasion (8)
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Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Authentic (6)
Casual (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Halibut special in pineapple reduction sauce was incredible,

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Quick Bite
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service5
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·Dined on October 29, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 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.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 20, 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!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 12, 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 8, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent Italian in small setting, staff very accommodating

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on August 20, 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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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 20, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 17, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent. Everything was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 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!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 2, 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Fabulous, as always.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food and setting.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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

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·Dined on July 22, 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Nick was a great waiter enjoyed the whole experience

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was great. Period. Service was slow, to be polite. Third time there recently with a total of two servers. Not near enough for 16 tables.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The food was very good, but the waiter seemed to be in a hurry for us to leave and it was not even close to closing time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We love Nick. The food is amazing and wonderful. Specials are always amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Our favorite restaurant when visiting Monterey Bay.
Memorable and authentic Italian food cooked perfectly,
along with outstanding dessert selections. A cozy and
friendly atmosphere, coupled with excellent service,
adds to an overall delightful dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The food was well prepared and I especially noted the food was not over salty. Flavors were delightful.
Wonderful ambiance, small and exceptionally attentive staff.
We will return when we are in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We dined here in March and was very happy to invite four more friends who enjoyed everything about this place. The waiter was very attentive and their daily specials were enjoyed by three of our diners.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was wonderful, and the service was excellent. I will definitely return to enjoy this dining experience again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very good Italian restaurant. Outstanding service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Mother's Day Dinner! Arrived early and was seated right away.
Excellent as always!! Chicken Parm was fantastic!
My girlfriend ordered the steak and was so satisfied !
Should have ordered 2! Lol.
Be back ASAP!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We were extremely pleased with the service and menu selections, presentations and preparation execution. We had oysters on the half shell, eggplant parmesan and the local organic kale salad with avocado as well as the local sea bass special and everything was outstanding, fresh and yummy. We are locals and this was our first time. We have definitely added this to our list of "go to" places...we will be returning often!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Excellent start to finish. Will go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 29, 2017

There are a number of excellent restaurants in Pacific Grove. This was very authentic experience. The service was provided by adults with a professional touch of good humor and being attentive, without being intrusive. We each chose different special and were delighted with the presentation and the taste. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Italian food. Good job!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

the BEST carpacio I have ever had...and that is one of my favorites! Service was great. Very cozy and authentic. I took my husband there for his birthday. His favorite dish is Veal Picatta and even though it was not on the menu they made it for him. I was also in the mood for just a side of pasta and they custom made me a dish with the vodka cream sauce...delicious and just the right amount. Dessert was OK...wish we had ordered the lemon sorbet - I heard that is excellent - they had a good variety of desserts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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