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Favaloro's Big Night Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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545 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2708 (Fountain Avenue)
+1 831-373-8523
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Wed - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Favaloro's is a great neighborhood restaurant! My husband and I enjoyed the thin sliced eggplant appetizer which was easily shareable. We also shared a salad and then I was pleasantly surprised when they accommodated my request to have no breading chicken Parmesan. With the accompanying linguine, I was able to enjoy a leftover lunch. My husband relished his pasta and... More 

Thank Robin A
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87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant for dinner because a couple in our BnB recommended it. The food was good, but not great. What was disturbing was that the waiter came to our table when we sat down, bringing two bottles of local Monterey wine with him. He recommended both. My husband assumed that the wine would not be expensive, did... More 

Thank FnuLnu
ariant, Owner at Favaloro's Big Night Bistro, responded to this review

We have one or two wine specials per night that I the owner and chef taste and love. I like to share this with my guest. The specials are always 42 or 49 dollars per bottle. My waiters always let our customers know the price. You chose one and enjoyed it. You added a nasty review also on Open Table.... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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347 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am thankful for the local who suggested we try Favaloro's. Located on the main drag in Pacific Grove, this gem is easy to miss. The owner is hands on, serving up wonderful Italian cuisine with warm, genuine service and hospitality. They have an excellent wine selection. I had the Arugula salad for my appetizer and the Sea Bass special.... More 

Thank MacAtlantaGa_
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We were lucky we never found the cafe our friends referred us to because we strolled past the front patio of Favaloro's and the welcoming light inside enticed us to enter. It was almost 9:00 pm but the kitchen was still open. The ambiance glowed warm peachy hues that illuminated the art on the walls. The aromas coming from the... More 

1 Thank MsMouseCalifornia
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187 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Favaloro's in downtown Pacific Grove is an unobtrusive little place from the street but don't let the appearance fool you. Inside is an intimate restaurant with an impressive selection of wines, a diverse Italian menu and superb service. The owner, Maria, is also the chef. The meals are carefully prepared and the freshness of the ingredients comes through. The wait... More 

2 Thank DiverDaveMinneapolis
San Mateo, CA
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197 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

A very enjoyable dinner. Large portions of well prepared food. Great value and excellent service. The restaurant was busy but not noisy. One of our favorites in the area.

1 Thank DavenCarol
Napa, California
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We always like new places to try when we visit PG .. and this time it was Favaloro's ! We were pleasantly surprised at the attention we received from the warm welcome upon arrival , decanting a special wine we had brought for the occasion (New Years ) and the recommendation to pairing with dinner ! Very Friendly and Polite... More 

1 Thank RickHawton
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211 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I would go to Favaloro's Bistro anytime. Don't let the simple exterior fool you. The ambience inside is very warm. We had a very good experience - from the friendly greeting when we arrived, to the excellent appetizers (these folks know how to do clams and calamari) to the entrees (my daughter in law commented that this was the first... More 

1 Thank Domrcpl
Phoenix, Arizona
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The host who welcomed us, and gave us the daily specials was such a pleasant way to start our dinner. The waitress who took our order, was somewhat attentive when we arrived but shortly after that a couple of large groups came in and the waitress became absent and less than pleasant. The food was hot, and average. The wine... More 

1 Thank Peggyjneely
Valley Springs, CA
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97 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Visited for dinner the night before Thanksgiving. Reserved ahead of time because I thought the restaurants in PG might be very busy, but there was only one other table occupied during the prime dinner hours we were there. No cause for concern though - the food was good, service was great and the atmosphere very pleasant. I had a pasta... More 

2 Thank Kristin C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$26
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 545 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2708
    (Fountain Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Monterey Salinas Transit about 12 steps away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-373-8523

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