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Giant Artichoke Restaurant

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11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
+1 831-633-3501
07:00 - 21:00
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140 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's right off the freeway surrounded by artichoke fields. They make artichoke things. Fried, stuffed, soup,etc., etc. Remember artichoke season is March, April, and May. If there is a late frost the leaves get burned, frost kissed is marketing. Real good artichokes are not brown. Big artichokes are more fun than little ones but both are good. The restaurant could... More 

Thank oldjgw
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45 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is lovely pace with artichokes of all sizes. The farms are nearby, where you will find artichokes and strawberries.

Thank Gul K
Modesto, California
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223 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were quickly seated. The menu was basic but the food was good.The deep fried artichokes are always good especially with ranch dressing.The roast beef was hot,flavorful and tender. My son had the chili burger and he said it was very good. We were checked on and given drink refills. Not bad and it hit the spot before heading to... More 

Thank Yosemitesteve
San Jose, California
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We stop here every time we come home from camping.They have some very good fried artichokes and even better fresh ones. We get a couple of bags of the hearts and at least 4-6 large fresh ones every time.

Thank TheBigRavioli
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I absolutely enjoy the Giant Artichoke restaurant in Castroville California. I always have the giant steamed artichoke because it is always delicious. Their chicken grilled chicken salad is absolutely delicious as well. It also comes with grilled garlic bread that is so tasty. They have an excellent salad bar that includes Jello and fruits.

Thank Jacqueline S
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

We love to pick up the French fried artichokes here along with the fresh ones. This is a must for people visiting the area

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117 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went to have a taste of great artichokes, but ended up getting the fried artichokes. It was a disappointment because the hearts were not as large as I had expected and the flavor wasn't there. I took the batter off, and got better flavor. But, having said that, if you go, just order straight artichokes with mayonnaise! Also got chicken... More 

Thank Anne N
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98 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Order the artichoke platter with 10fried artichoke hearts, a GIANT steamed artichoke, and some fresh baked artichoke bread - you won't regret it! Nice menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And get some fried chokes to GO.

Thank Dave T
Ankeny IA
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

My first introduction to artichokes 'in the wild'. Fresh grown right in Castroville. Deliciously prepared any number of ways and the market adjacent has all sizes of artichokes and other fruit and vegetables and other items for sale. It's just a classic for me and a must visit when in the area.

Thank drdeputy
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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135 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Kind of a hole in the wall. One guy running the entire place seemingly alone, rather taciturn I felt like an interloper daring to ask for service. It was technically okay, but the bad vibes kind of surrounded the place. Several tables had not been cleaned and just kind of sat there dirty. I was glad to get out of... More 

Thank Michael S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Healthy
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Castroville
  • Phone Number: +1 831-633-3501

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