Is this your restaurant?Claim this listing.

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.24mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.35mi
  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.24mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.35mi
Get Notified
We'll send you an email if this restaurant joins OpenTable.
Notify Me

Restaurants you may also like

FandangoFandango
(1953)
$$$$
European | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 32 times today
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(365)
$$$$
Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 4 times today
Favaloro's Big Night BistroFavaloro's Big Night Bistro
(387)
$$$$
Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 2 times today
PassionfishPassionfish
(3250)
$$$$
Seafood | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 38 times today
Chart House Restaurant - MontereyChart House Restaurant - Monterey
(3480)
$$$$
Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 42 times today
Montrio BistroMontrio Bistro
(2272)
$$$$
Californian | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 31 times today
Sardine FactorySardine Factory
(2419)
$$$$
Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 21 times today
Fish HopperFish Hopper
(1571)
$$$$
Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 40 times today
Beach House Restaurant at Lovers PointBeach House Restaurant at Lovers Point
(1644)
$$$$
Californian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 9 times today
Schooners Coastal Kitchen & BarSchooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
(979)
$$$$
Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 32 times today
The Whaling Station SteakhouseThe Whaling Station Steakhouse
(692)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 7 times today
18331833
(1783)
$$$$
Californian | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 19 times today
the C restaurant + barthe C restaurant + bar
(584)
$$$$
Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 7 times today
Old Fisherman's GrottoOld Fisherman's Grotto
(738)
$$$$
Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 1 time today
Domenico's on the WharfDomenico's on the Wharf
(447)
$$$$
Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Booked 5 times today

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.24mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.35mi
  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.24mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.35mi

About Taste Cafe & Bistro

Welcome to Taste Cafe & Bistro a cozy European style restaurant where guests can view chef/owner Bill Karaki prepare each dish from scratch. Our European influence menu features items such as herb-roasted chicken, grilled rabbit, escargots, pastas, organic salads, exceptional soups and Au gratin potatoes. The marvelous fresh made brioche bread pudding,apple galette and hazelnut chocolate torte should not be missed. Come join us, for a great meal in a slice of Europe, in the heart of lovely Pacific Grove and enjoy our fabulous cuisine in a wonderful atmosphere!

1199 Forest Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
European

Hours of Operation:




Dinner: Sun, Tues-Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm
Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
Prescott Lane

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 655-0324

Website:
http://www.tastecafebistro.com/

Parking Details:
Private lot / street parking

Executive Chef:
Bill Karaki

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Taste Cafe & Bistro Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (289)
Fit for Foodies (210)
Special Occasion (167)
See All
Romantic (115)
Great for Lunch (82)
Good for Groups (78)
Notable Wine List (42)
Kid-friendly (39)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (16)
Authentic (16)
Great for Brunch (14)
Casual (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Healthy (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Outstanding Value (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Hot Spot (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Fun (7)
Business Meals (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Sort by
S
231 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Food was great, people pleasant but couldn't understand why there was no heat and space heaters were placed around. Had to wear coat to warm up. Otherwise, a wonderful experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This neighborhood gem consistently delivers good value. The menu has a wide range, and the wine list is modestly priced. We have become regulars.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We had a fantastic experience. The food was exceptional, the best we've had for a long time, and the service was first-rate. Very creative items on the menu, executed perfectly.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Visited Taste Cafe for Valentine's Day. Food was great, nice bottle of wine, overall a very good experience. It was crowded, but that's to be expected dining out on Feb. 14!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food and able to provide pretty much anything gluten free. Very, very pleasant experience. Even though it was packed, noise level was great and conversations could be easily heard!! Love this place!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Amazing food and service

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Disabled Access, Healthy, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food! Wish there was more choice on wines. Friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Taste has become a favorite destination for my wife and me whenever we visit the Monterey Peninsula. It is a family run restaurant and the owners take special care of all their customers, remembering what they enjoyed from prior visits, and making any adjustments to the entrees to accommodate food allergies or preferences. Nice wine list and excellent French Bistro-style menu featuring local fresh ingredients. Always a pleasure and a great value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Casual, Healthy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 5, 2017

As always the food is delicious and the service warm and friendly!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We always feel so welcome at this restaurant, and we always enjoy a meal we talk about for days afterwards. Everything is really good, and the Chicken Dijonaise is amazing! Although they are a bit out of the mainstream above Pacific Grove's village, they are worth finding and making returning to many times to try their many delicious offerings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

AN EXCELLEN MENU AND GRET SERVICE. WE HVE NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL HERE. I WOULD RECOMMEND TASTE TO ANYONE.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food and wonderful ambiance!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Excellent dinner. The paper-wrapped Salmon was exceptional. Simple grilled Shrimp as appetizer/entree just right. Desert (apple galette) was also exceptional. (light flaky crust).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Western NC)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We have been going to The Taste Cafe on our trips to the coast for over 20 years. The food has always been exceptional, the service outstanding, and the friendly, comfortable atmosphere perfect for a relaxing night out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We were a family of 4 and had 4 different entrees. Everyone was very pleased with their selections. Friendly service and comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2017

One of our favorites when we are in Pebble Beach from January til may!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on January 4, 2017

A great little place that we went to on a lark... and glad we did.

The house cured salmon carpaccio was very good, as were the "Red Oak Leaf" salads we ordered.

Then, there were the marinated lamb filets... absolutely sublime! We are still talking about that dish, and will definitely have to return to Taste Cafe (from North Carolina) for it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tapas
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 3, 2017

My local relatives recommended this restaurant to us. We went to dinner on a weeknight. It was outstanding. The food was superior - it would get a thumbs up from any foodie. The service was casually impeccable - relaxed but very attentive. Super nice. I cannot over emphasize the value: Foodie quality at a very, very good price. If this restaurant was located in a prime downtown Monterey spot, it would be the preeminent restaurant and probably clean your wallet. But it is a neighborhood restaurant located on Forest Hill in PG, so it is more relaxed with good prices.

Parking in front is barely adequate, but you can park across the street in the Safeway lot (shsh) and safely cross the street with the light.

I really liked the ambiance. Excellent decorating taste. I liked how they snazzed up the lights.

My wife had the salmon in parchment paper. I had the roasted half chicken. Both were great. My chicken came with mashed potatoes and small portions of three different veggies - grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini and sautéed spinach.

BTW, the bread was great, too.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 3, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. He had lamb and I had pork medallions. Food was delicious, and service was outstanding. We will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was good , some breakdown in service...We ordered multiple small plates which the waitress wanted ordered all at once & some came at once ...Waitress seemed annoyed with us taking our time....More than once we did not receive new plates and/or utensils ...Shrimp skewers with some bean ....Shrimp was very good,beans under cooked(hard)

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Delicious fresh food with a fabulous wine list!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We were horribly disappointed in this place! We were seated right in front of the door & we were freezing. Even though the food was great, we were way too cold to enjoy it. It was also so loud we couldn't really talk, so we pretty much just sitting there shivering waiting to get our food. It was a miserable way to spend Christmas Eve!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience1
service3
value2

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 22, 2016

We love this place! We come here any time we are in the Pacific Grove area. The food is consistently delicious and the owner and wait staff go out of their way to make your dining experience wonderful. I had mentioned it was my husband's 64th birthday on Open Table, and Taste surprised us with a special Happy Birthday ! Loved it!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Taste is a hidden gem in Pacific Grove, a town known for a lot of great restaurants. This is one of the very best: warm, inviting, family-owned with terrific food and attentive service.

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The last time I ate her (many years ago) was when a previous owner ran the place. Since then, it has been expanded in a good way. There is now a full-bar and more room to move. I drive by here every day, and why I've skipped eating here is something I need to remedy. We were warmly greeted. The Red Oak Salad with fresh pears and candied pecans with a balsamic vinaigrette got us off to a great start! I had the Fillet mignon, cooked to perfection. My husband got the Salmon in Papillote, that he loved. For dessert we split the brioche bread pudding with a vanilla sauce and apricot coulis sauce. It was exquisite! The prices here are less than eating in Carmel, but certainly are as good as any place in Carmel. We will be back very soon. Excellent place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Our new favorite in the Monterey area, Taste Cafe and Bistro!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 2016

The meals are always delightfully served and delicious. This restaurant is one of my absolute favorites.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2016

We were traveling in the Monterey/Pacific Grove area and decided to dine here. It was like walking into a different country when we entered the restaurant, which sits in a modern smallish strip mall. We were immediately greeted and asked where we wanted to sit. It was early, so we were the first to arrive, but it didn't take long for many parties to follow. I liked that the proprietors seemed to know everyone that entered. It told me that the locals know a good place when they find one. After a perfect Lemon Drop Martini, I enjoyed the Red Leaf Lettuce salad followed by a Carrot-Ginger soup and the Crab Cake appetizer. Boyfriend enjoyed the wonderful bread, a mixed greens salad, and the daily pasta special: angel hair pasta with chicken and artichokes in a light tomato sauce. Everything was very tasty and well done. My only comment is that I didn't detect much ginger in the soup, and it seemed to need some acid to brighten it up. The lemon that came with the crab cake came in handy. We will visit here again the next time we are in Pacific Grove.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2016

This was my second trip to Taste in 8 days! Yes, it's that good and the owners, Bill and Sue, make you feel like family.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

We ate at this restaurant for the first time and found it to be a good find. The Italian food was good, and they were flexible about creating a vegetarian meal to our satisfaction. The service was impeccable, and generally we had a lovely meal and will certainly return.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Bill and Sue and daughters do a fantastic job of preparing and serving to create a great dining experience...

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 8, 2016

We always enjoy dining at Taste Cafe & Bistro. The food is excellent and the owners always make us feel like we are valued customers. We think that the food is always prepared to order and with creativity. We highly recommend this restaurant to our friends and family and they have never been disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2016

We loved the food! Creative and yet not too daring. We each found something we could enjoy and the chef made special modifications for our friend's special diet requirements. Only slight hindrance was that the noice level was a little energetic. It helped when particularly loud birthday celebrants finished and left - then we could again enjoy conversation across the table.
We would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Taste Bistro is our go-to restaurant in Pacific Grove. The owners are delightful & remember you. Sand Dabs and salmon are our favorites.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We were disappointed. Service was lovely but food was mediocre. I had the filet mignon. The meat was not very good. The Caesar salad was nothing special. My husband had the roast chicke, which he liked. It just wasn't worth $80 all in all. Waitress was extremely nice.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2016

We had a large (11) group and were treated exceptionally well. The service was excellent, the neighborhood ambience attractive, and mom and pop feel permeated a happy crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 19, 2016

This wonderful restaurant never disappoints. There are always a number of delicious menu choices. The food is beautifully prepared and elegantly served. The owners, Bill and Sue Karaki, make all the guests feel welcomed, giving personalized service. From appetizers to delicious house made desserts, this restaurant is a jewel.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 18, 2016

From Entry to Departure, every guest is treated as SPECIAL. The atmosphere is inviting, the hosts are exceptional & the food ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. The owners, Bill & Sue, are amazingly gracious. We manage to travel to Pacific Grove at least three times a year to relax and dine at Taste Bistro.

Tags: Romantic, Outstanding Value, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Yummy escargot!
Great dinner with my folks.
I had rabbit as well.
Definitely for foodies.

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Love every visit to this local family owned and run Bistro. The food is always prepared perfectly, specials are well explained and the service attentive without being overbearing. All soups are made without cream or chicken broth so the flavor of the ingredients are pure. The menu is varied from is varied from organic salads and Grilled Eggplant Napoleon starters to fresh fish, chicken, steak, and rabbit. But don't forget to save room for one of the delicious deserts.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.