Top 10 restaurants in Pacific Grove, United States

April 14, 2018 Deane Carmody

Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2013 population at 15,504. Pacific Grove is located between Point Pinos and Monterey.
Things to do in Pacific Grove

1. Red House Cafe

662 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2616 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Soups, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 +1 831-643-1060
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Red House Cafe

Reviewed By Kathryn M - Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

We were looking for a place to enjoy a light meal. They have small plates of a nice variety of fresh foods. They also have a full menu. The food was very good, service was terrific. Just perfect for a light meal, walking distance to The Seven Gales Inn where we staid. Tables are bit close together, but it seems to add charm to this local restaurant.

2. Compagno's Market & Deli

2000 Prescott Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-2031 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +1 831-375-5987
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Compagno's Market & Deli

Reviewed By Bubuflu - Mission Viejo, California

Campagno's is simply the best place to get a great sandwich anywhere on the Peninsula. The bread is always fresh and delicious and the meats are quality with nobody looking at a diagram to figure out how much to give you. Whenever I'm back in Monterey I'll check in, get some sandwiches to go so I can eat them while I'm taking in the spectacular views of the area. I would recommend to tell them light on the mayo or no mayo in my case, because they tend to slather it on otherwise. OH, and this place can get busy during weekday lunch time, when DLI students flood the place.

3. Roy's at Pebble Beach

2700 17 Mile Dr, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, CA 93953-2668 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Sushi, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 46 - SGD 105 +1 831-647-7423
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 517 reviews

Roy's at Pebble Beach

It's all about big flavors at Roy's at Pebble Beach. The Hawaiian-fusion theme places fresh seafood front and center. Sushi, sashimi and blackened rare ahi tuna are prepared to perfection. Lobster Bisque, Tosaka-Wasabi Swordfish and Mango-Jalapeno Encrusted Ono are to die for. But meat lovers never take a back seat at Roy's. Ginger-Scallion Crusted New York Steak and Roy's Charred Garlic Honey-Mustard Beef Short Ribs are only two of the many meaty menu choices. Combine that with a dynamic wine list and exceptional desserts and you have one impressive dining experience. Roy's trendy, casual and energetic setting at The Inn at Spanish Bay features views of the Pacific Ocean and The Links at Spanish Bay as a panoramic backdrop.

Reviewed By iowaguy - Des Moines, Iowa

Roy's is an attractive and very good restaurant in an absolutely spectacular setting. While the food and service were very good, what I most remember is the overall experience....cocktails on the gorgeous outdoor terrace, the bagpiper playing, an amazing sunset, a beautiful table by the window, coffee and Baileys by the outdoor fire pit after dinner. What a great night! The macadamia crusted mahi was excellent, but the setting and experience are truly memorable.

4. Pavel's Backerei

219 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 831-643-2636
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 277 reviews

Pavel's Backerei

Reviewed By Maurice D - Palo Alto, California

The best baked goods EVER!
,Love the multigrain bread, Cinnamon bread amazing, Cheese bread so tasty. All breads delicious,Danish always outstanding.
If you want fresh out of the oven, be there by 7am, as the line starts and they close when they run out, usually afternoon by 2pm, sometimes earlier

5. Book Works Bookstore Coffeehouse

667 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2665 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 831-372-2242
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Book Works Bookstore Coffeehouse

Reviewed By Bruce M - Carlsbad, California

A terrific local's coffeehouse. Do NOT miss browsing the bookstore in the back. The collection is eclectic and thoughtful. There is special attention to the children's section with a huge collection of Folkmanis Puppets to spoil that special child. Best of all are the fabric collages of Joy Colangelo...call her up to see a larger collection, meet a tremendous person, and own an amazing piece of art.

6. Passionfish

701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2501 Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 831-655-3311
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Passionfish

Doing what we know, to save what we love! A sustainable seafood restaurant focused on saving our oceans. Awards: - Zagat rated #2 Best Seafood in Bay Area-Repeatedly named "Best Restaurant in Monterey County" and “Best restaurant in Pacific Grove” by Monterey County Weekly readers. Passionfish is a participant in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. - Selected in April 2012 to be on the Ameriorganic list. - Certified green by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. As the first officially green restaurant in Monterey County, Passionfish sets an example with a strict policy of sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing.Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife, Cindy Walter. With an ever changing menu that features the freshest sustainable seafood, slow cooked meats, farm fresh organic greens and delectable house-made desserts, your experience is guaranteed to be unique EVERY time you dine with us.

Reviewed By doritg888 - Singapore, Singapore

Wonderful place and what I love they only serve sustainable seafood and wine is priced at retail price, so that's a great place for a lovely dinner which is not killing your wallet. very nice service, great quality, unfortunately the mussels were already sold out at 7:50pm, which as a bit of a let down for me, but we still had a lovely dinner

7. Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

660 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1055 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Drinks +1 831-373-0997
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 431 reviews

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

Reviewed By RiaAdams - Erlensee, Germany

The shakes at Ghirardelli are what I dream of at night. They were my highlight, but everything else is just as delicious. Plus you get a free piece of chocolate every time you enter the shop!

8. First Awakenings

125 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3046 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 831-372-1125
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 817 reviews

First Awakenings

Reviewed By Matt H - San Jose, California

You wrote a review for First Awakenings 3 days ago
2.0 star rating 2/22/2018
Pretty OK. Long line of people to get seating, inside primarily, we opted for outside in the cold for faster service. Server was spot on with hot coffee and tea so that was appreciated.

Food!
1. Twig omelette - it's the small version of a full sized omelette with the same price tag. Why is that? It's half the food, shouldn't it be at least cheaper? Tasted fine, but nothing to write home about
2. French Toast - Both the cinnamon bread and texas toast options were just OK. Not a lot a flavor, not the best.
3. Raspberry/Peach Pancake - was GIGANTIC! Was very good and came highly recommended from the server and the eater.

Just one question, whats the deal with the super cheap maple syrup? Yes, syrup gets liquidy when warmed but this was brown water consistency.

9. il vecchio

110 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3016 Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 831-324-4282
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 637 reviews

il vecchio

Award winning authentic Italian food on the Monterey Peninsula. We serve dinner every night from 5 pm, Lunch Monday - Friday noon til 1:30 pm and Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 2 pm. You will enjoy our wine list with very reasonably priced wonderful wines. We now have a full bar. We have a catering menu and host rehearsal dinners and other special occasion large parties. Our food is loved by the locals for being consistently fresh and delicious. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Reviewed By avodoc - Monterey, California

First off, we made reservations for 7:15 and weren't seated until 7:45. There is no place to sit while waiting to be seated, you just have to stand there in a cramped hallway, cheek to jowl, with a crowd of other waiting patrons. This restaurant is really, really noisy. Not a spot for a romantic dinner. It reminded me of restaurants in Manhattan, where real estate dictates that they pack them in like sardines. The saving grace, and the reason it is so popular, is the food. It really is very good. I had the gnocchi and it was as good as I've ever had. So the equation comes down to, are you willing to put up with a noisy, brightly-lit place where you will have to wait even with a reservation, for really good food. I don't think I will again. There are plenty of restaurants in Monterey that have great food that have much better atmospheres and actually honor your reservation.

10. Fandango Restaurant

223 17th St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3326 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 831-372-3456
Excellent
63%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 702 reviews

Fandango Restaurant

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.

Reviewed By Bob R - Pacific Grove, California

Good food and service. Nice ambiance. Try it out for dinner. You will enjoy it. We live here and will usually take out of town visitors at least one time and always get good comments. The downstairs dining area is more secluded.We're happy to hear you always have good food and service on your visits with us! We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again, thank you for the review!

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