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“Only place to eat dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fandango Restaurant

Fandango Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in the heart of Pacific Grove, California. Featuring Mediterranean & European Style cuisine. Enjoy our fresh seafood, giant sea scallops, and Fandango’s famous rack of lamb... all on our wood burning grill. In addition to our hearty pastas, paella, lamb shank, and osso bucco.
Davis, CA
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362 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Only place to eat dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

There are not many places to eat in the Monterey area that Fe any good. In fact most places are horrible and expensive for what you get. Fandango's is the best for the price and quality. Recommend salads and entrees. The pastas are ok but not great.

The staff is very friendly and remember you even after a year.

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
Thank Chiili
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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review, 7 April 2012
Thank you for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoy dining with us when you are in town. We hope you visit our restaurant again soon.
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New Delhi, India
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

We went to the Fandango restaurant on the recommendation of some new friends we made at our B&B, and we didn't regret our decision. Starting from the reservations, to the service and finally the food, everything was exceptional. The dimly lit dinner, next to scores of wine bottles and quaint decorations set the mood.
We were seated and served by a gentleman, with an Italian accent, (unfortunately I didnt catch his name) who helped me with the wine list. The nice touch was asking what budget, type of wine and wine region and then giving a solid recommendation- this alone probably made our dinner. He also helped us with the vegetarian menu choices, without any snobbery, and infact with a helpful mien.
Overall, if I had to go back to Pacific Grove, this would be a place I d go back to for a romantic dinner, or with friends.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank execinxs
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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review, 7 April 2012
We are happy to hear we were recommended to you and that you decided to join us! We look forward to you visiting us again.
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San Diego, California
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153 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“NEIGHBORHOOD GEM IN PACIFIC GROVE”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

Although it has been at least six years since I last went to Fandango, it is still a jewel on 17th Street in Pacific Grove. Only minutes away from Cannery Row and the touristy areas of Monterey and Carmel, Fandango has both the feel and flavor all of us wish we had in our favorite home town eateries.. From their signature salads to the extensive list of entrees and specials, if you cannot find something on the menu that makes your mouth water, you are not serious about food and flavors. Warm ambiance in the smaller rooms just adds to the warmth of Fandango. My Sand-dabs were perfectly sauteed, and sauced in a way not to over-power their delicacy. Awesome, and the best I have had on the Monterey Peninsula! An extensive wine list with great local favorites, fairly priced, adds to enjoyment of any evening at Fandango. Try it!

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank SOCALGourmet
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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 March 2012
Thank you for the fantastic review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meals with us and we hope you visit us again next time you are in town!
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Sacramento, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing fresh fish, wonderful service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

We made reservations for two and they sat us as we came in immediately. The people are friendly and it's definitely "white glove" service, but still charming, not stuffy. The server brought us bread and ice water immediately and took our orders for drinks. The tempo of the evening was perfect and I didn't have to ask for anything - everything was initiated by the waiter and staff. the food was the best. I had the Petrale Soe which was really great (the best I've had anywhere, so far) and my sweetie has the Day boat scallops, which were devine! The suggested wine was fabulous, as were the fresh baby veggies. The bread was even great. I usually am disappointed when I order fish because so many overcook it, but this place was exceptional in that respect. Overall Fandango's is probably one of the finest dinner houses I've been to in a very long time. I found the prices to be very reasonable and the parking is plentiful. I will go again anytime I'm in the area.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Susan95831
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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 March 2012
Thank you for the great review! We are happy you had a great time and enjoyed the Fresh Fish and bread! We hope you visit us again soon.
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Glendale, California
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234 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Warm and friendly with an extensive menu and wine list.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

We made a reservation to celebrate our anniversary at Fandango. When we arrived, the restaurant seemed completely full, but the host had actually saved us a romantic table in front of the fireplace. From the moment we sat down, we felt welcome and special. We both felt like having red meat and there were many choices. We began with a mixed green salad. And even though we had not asked to split it, the waiter brought two extra plates so we would have the option. We also ordered a petite filet which we were able to order by the ounce and asked to share it. The waiter didn't bat an eye, and when the order arrived, it was served individually and cooked perfectly. The green beans and golden potatoes were also delicious. The bottle of local red wine, Marinus 2005, was a wonderful accompaniment to the meal. The staff at Fandango makes you feel very much at home.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Lorraine M
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FandangoRestaurant, Manager at Fandango Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 March 2012
We are glad you enjoyed our extensive wine list and the warm atmosphere! We hope to see you again soon.
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