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Taste Cafe & Bistro

1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100
+1 831-655-0324
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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American, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1199 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5100
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to eat. The food is delicious, reasonabably priced and it's an owner run family business. You will feel welcomed warmly and receive great service I live I. This area and my husband and I often have date night dinner here....More

Thank BlessedInherently
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Every now and then, you discover a restaurant by accident. My husband and I were actually looking for a different place, but we decided to stop at this bistro. What a smart decision. The food and service were excellent. This is a family run business...More

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We decided to take my mom here for her birthday. I am so glad that we did. She absolutely loved it. We started with the calamari appetizer. Delicious. Then she ordered the grilled veal. It was amazing. I've never had veal grilled and now realize...More

Thank stephp
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Several of our local culinary friends have been recommending Taste – and since they have taste we decided to give “Taste” a try. Put it on your list of places to try. Taste provides an excellent offering for different ‘tastes’ (excuse the pun, again). Our...More

Thank mightytraveler
Reviewed 27 April 2017

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...More

Thank FairOaksDreamer
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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
Reviewed 30 March 2017

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
Reviewed 28 March 2017

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...More

Thank FoodieFisher
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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...More

Thank CalAlum
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank Yvonne H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
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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