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Taste Cafe & Bistro

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1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100 (Prescott Lane)
+1 831-655-0324
17:00 - 21:00
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Fair Oaks CA
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our second time here, and will likely become our tradition when dining in PG. Family owned, with the children helping too. Food is great, and the restaurant is frequented by locals. We have enjoyed the conversations with locals in addition to innovative menu items. Don't overlook this great place.

Thank FairOaksDreamer
Sherman Oaks
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food. I especially like the Mushrooms Bourguignon and the Cabbage and Sausage. Service was very good. Nice family restaurant.

Thank John_BShermanOaks_CA
Sacramento, California
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230 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoy visiting Taste whenever I'm in the Pacific Grove/Monterey area. It's wonderful local restaurant and you feel the family vibe of the folks that run it. Not an overly complicated menu, good wine list, and excellent, friendly service. I'd recommend the Grilled Rabbit.

Thank jun_r
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love lamb, you must visit Taste Cafe and Bistro. We've enjoyed lamb prepared many different ways throughout the U.S. and in Australia and New Zealand. Taste's is the best so far. Sweet, flavorful and cooked perfectly (medium rare in this case). Just the way you hope lamb will be but so rarely is (lamb is much less forgiving... More 

Thank FoodieFisher
San Jose
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The owners greeted us warmly on this midweek evening and took care of us nicely. They were attentive to our needs and helpful with the menu. It was apparent that many other guests in the restaurant were locals, and several spoke to the owners on a first-name basis. This made for a warm and charming dinner. The bad news is... More 

Thank CalAlum
Monterey, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem . It might be small but the atomphere, service and food is very eloquent. The food selections are numerous . They offer pasta, seafood, meat ,vegetarian dishes. All are prepared well and with fresh ingredients. There is a nice wine and spirits selections. There is also fresh made desserts. The restaurant has a bistro... More 

Thank Yvonne H
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Taste is a small, intimate restaurant with a lovely French bistro ambiance. The service is wonderful-I was fortunate enough to be served by the owners, one of whom is the chef. Food was absolutely wonderful-tastefully presented, intense flavor, great texture contrasts. Service, as well, was impeccable.

Thank foodnut003
Sonoma Country, CA
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We went on a rainy Wednesday evening so only a few people in the restaurant, which made the space seem a bit cold. The service was very good and the menu varied with lots of good options. The wine list was also reasonable with wines from the Central Coast. We has a red blend and a Monterey County Pinot. Both... More 

Thank Savannah2010
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We came here on a friend's recommendation. This restaurant is in a non-touristy part of Pacific Grove, so it might be a little hard to find for a visitor to the area. The food was amazing. We had a really good butternut squash soup. I had Ana amazing salmon fish that was baked and served in foil with really good... More 

Thank travelguy21776
Sacramento, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula. Our high opinion of it was re-confirmed this past weekend, when we had a superb dinner at Taste. This family-owned and operated restaurant makes you feel welcome from the moment you step in the door. The food is superb: the best Caesar salad in the region; melt-in-your mouth veal... More 

Thank Richard F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100
    (Prescott Lane)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-655-0324
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!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?