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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
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Sonoma Country, CA
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Monterey, California
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Why have I not eaten here is so many years? I used to eat here, often, when it was owned by other folks.-- and I drive by here every single day (I work in PG). I wanted a special date night, since we had theater tickets in Carmel. I grew up in Carmel, but have to say that the few... More 

Thank Foodiewife
Redmond, Washington
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We had been told this was a great, unpretentious cafe with good food at reasonable prices. We were not disappointed! It is relatively small and out of the way in Pacific Grove/Monterey, but worth the search. In an area of great restuarants, Taste is a great value and worth the search.

Thank Dave C
Incline Village, Nevada
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Had dinner here. Great food. Good portions. Good wine. We ate a nightly special-- a Chicken Pasta dish. Since I am gluten intolerant they substituted brown rice noodles.

Thank 1952LAB
Santa Margarita, California
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85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

On a recent visit to see a friend living in this area, I spotted this restaurant one day, and went inside to ask details. I was warmly greeted by the Chef/Owner, given a menu to review, and he recommended a reservation for Friday and Saturday evenings. So, my friend and I went at 7pm on a Saturday, and we were... More 

Thank Kaye T
San Mateo, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Missed lunch and were famished by 5:00 P.M. Went back to Taste Bistro, for second time. Food was outstanding as well as being welcomed by Sue, chef's wife server, hostess......Food was absolutely delicious!!! Well prepared. subtle seasonings, very nice wine list. We took almost two hours anf did not feel that we were rushed. Welcoming atrmosohere.. (Rather unique in this... More 

Thank John M
Carmel, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Business is owned by a family , the daughters service, the wife is hostess, and the husband is the creator of the wonderful, tasteful recipes. The meats, such as the beef and lamb and extremely tasteful. The staff are super courteous and helpful. The wine selections are well paired. They have a full bar. My wife and I have made... More 

Thank coeurdolives
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Loved the owners' warm hospitality and loved their delicious meals. We had escargot, chicken dejion, grilled rabbit and bread pudding. Класс!

Thank Yuri K

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?