A favorite among Fandango regulars is the succulent Rack of Lamb; other menu items include Fresh Seafood, a variety of pastas, delicious and exotic Mediterranean dishes such as paella and Couscous, and a tempting selection of excellent steaks. Several daily specialties are also available.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
$30 and under
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Next to the restaurant is a public lot with 100 spaces.
Pedro De La Oruz
Private Party Facilities:
Fandango Restaurant, located in the heart of Pacific Grove, stands for a heritage of good taste,craftsmanship of award winning cuisine and 25 years of tradition. We have a number of unique private dining rooms that seat from 8-60 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Jenn Adams: 8313339798x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
If you are looking for a unique venue with a warm and inviting European atmosphere, fabulous food and excellent service Fandango Restaurant will be your best choice. We have 5 unique private dining rooms that seat from 8-60 guests with full bar and extensive wine list. All banquet menus have at least 5 entree choices. We welcome rehearsal dinners, business meetings and private parties.
Fandango Ratings and Reviews
We had an enjoyable dinner. I am glad we ...
We had an enjoyable dinner. I am glad we asked what the nightly specials cost, as several were priced at a significant premium. The wine list, though, had some good selections that were moderately priced. Taken as a whole, I will return.
Trip to Monterey
A highlight of our getaway to Monterey Peninsula. Wonderful meal and service.
I loved the ambiance, quaint room we wer ...
I loved the ambiance, quaint room we were seated in.
Fandango was recommended by a friend who ...
Fandango was recommended by a friend who frequents the Monterey, Carmel area so we gave it a try. We were very pleased with the entire experience. Our server was very professional, with just the right amount of attention. The food was very good and we will definitely be returning. The ambiance is very relaxing/ European and welcoming. Highly recommend this restaurant.
I hadn't been back to Fandango's for at ...
I hadn't been back to Fandango's for at least 10 years. Came back for just alight supper. It didn't disappoint. Best sand dabs and believe me it is hard to find well prepared sand dabs. Incomparable wine list and very helpful waiter. Delicious salads - my Caprese salad was perfectly dressed and the heirloom tomatoes were genuinely flavorful - no hot house bland. When I am in Monterey Bay, Fandango's is a "go to" for me.
Dinner for two
Seating by the fireplace was cozy and romantic. Waiter was friendly, attentive and helpful with the menu. We were not rushed even though it was a Saturday evening. Many Mediterranean traditional items but also great seafood entrees. Food was well prepared and excellent. Wine list is extensive but pricey because the vintages are older with more foreign choices.
A touch of Europe in decor with charming ...
A touch of Europe in decor with charming small dining rooms to larger ones, excellent service, great varied menu and wine list, perfect for that special occasion, weekly lunch, or group.
It was just very tight/small in certain eating areas. If you're closterfobic let them know in advance.
You can't go wrong with this restaurant. The food and service are outstanding. We will definately be back!
This was our second time here. We had th ...
This was our second time here. We had the the Sand dabs which were excellent. I had the French Onion Soup as an appetizer, and it was wonderful, and not salty. My wife however had the Asparagus soup that was one of the evenings specials, and she said it was "bland" and "lacking seasoning". We had the conolli for dessert, very good. We'll be back.
Consistently excellent. We do not get to ...
Consistently excellent. We do not get to Pacific Grove very often any more. We always schedule at least one meal here when we are traveling through or staying for awhile. Food and service are always good. Predictable excellence even with long intervals between visits.
The sand dabs were perfect. Canneloni w ...
The sand dabs were perfect. Canneloni was enjoyed by another guest. The salads and soups were fantastic. The steak and frites were wonderful. The only complaint is that upstairs dining room was very hot
Always awesome pasta and seafood-they do ...
Always awesome pasta and seafood-they do every dish to perfection. Portions are large; staff is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Small cozy rooms, large open spaces-something for every diner. Have been eating there for literally decades and always a pleasure.
Six of us went to dinner at Fandango whi ...
Six of us went to dinner at Fandango while visiting the Monterey area. Everyone was very pleased with their meals. We all would recommend Fandango to a friend and plan to return next time we are in the area.
Delightful "old world" restaurant with very well executed classic cuisine. Service is excellent. Beautiful atmosphere. Also has a large parking lot.
The lettuce in the Caesar salad was not cold and crispy. The salmon was overcooked. The filet was overcooked. The shrimp was flavorless. The desert had Whipped cream that was already melting on to the plate when it was served.
Friendly, delish, and fun place to be.
The food speaks for itself, but the ambience of the place is outstanding. The locals love this place and as a visitor, I love it as well. I have been coming here for the last 8 years and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay in Orinda). The staff is so friendly and the food is so delicious. I would recommend to anyone and have brought everyone to Fandango's. Love it so visit it and you will as well.
Used to be great
We have spent many Mother's Days in Carmel and have always gone to Fandango. This year the food quality was pretty poor. I guess I should have known when I booked a reservation 1 day in advance for 5 people and could get any time I wanted. Pretty dissapointing to see the quality drop so much over the years.
Fantastic! As always!!
Fantastic! As always!!
Just go to this place
Food and service are excellent. This is not a tourist spot but someplace locals thrive . Easy to miss with all the restaurants in the area but if you go you will be pleased.
Disappointed with quality of food preparation
The menu description for the duck was extremely promising, enough to give one the patience to wait the 25 minutes. The menu should have described the duck I was served as "3 rather tough dense little balls surrounded by a layer of fat." I've had duck many times, but what I attempted to eat did not resemble any body part of a duck. I spent a lot of time trying to imagine how they produced such a weird little main dish - perhaps it was frozen and then cooked in a rush before proper thawing? It needed thin slicing with a sharp steak knife, unfortunately missing. The flavor, texture, and appearance did not remind me of duck and was an unpleasant dining experience. My sophisticated dining partner, celebrating a special occasion, had the special, rack of lamb. It is a dish he's had in many many restaurants. When asked, he said it was "ok - nothing special, did not deserve to have the "special" designation it had that night." This expensive dinner was my treat, and it was an embarrassing experience, except for the ambience. Many years ago when it was rather new, Fandango was my very favorite place to drive to from Palo Alto. Now maybe they have a captive audience of more recent well-heeled locals who don't want to drive further, or maybe this establishment has changed ownership. They seem to be just getting by.
Always Consistently Excellent
Fandango has been my favorite restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula for years. The menu is varied and the food always excellent. Service is top notch.
Just go! You won't be disappointed.
Just go! You won't be disappointed.
We kicked off our Anniversary weekend here after some light shopping in town and were not disappointed. We were greeted with a big smile and cheerful service. The decor is charming and cozy. I can't remember what my husband ordered but he couldn't stop raving about how good it was. We both opted for the brunch menu. Service was consistent and quick! Definitely returning here on our next visit, such a friendly staff.
My wife and I really enjoyed the service and the our seating in front of the fireplace was very romantic and fun. The food was excellent, Sandy had the veal picatta and I had the scallops. Service was timely but not rushed. Very good wine list as well. Overall a really great place for an evening of dining and relaxing.
Great food, service, and atmosphere. Alt ...
Great food, service, and atmosphere. Although the dress is listed as "casual", our party looked to be the only group of people dining after an active day outdoors. There was a large party of prom royalty, all decked out, and most everyone else was cleaned up and dressed for dinner. We looked comparatively wind-blown and dressed down. We were still given excellent service, so thanks for that, Fandango!
Having a Special Dinner with Special Friends
We have been coming to Fandango for over 15 years - usually once or twice a year because we don't live in the area. They are gracious, with a keen sense of humor, and everyone works to make our time there special - and they always succeed! See you soon.
Clear specials. Everything gelreat. Star ...
Clear specials. Everything gelreat. Start to finish with birthday souffle
Kay S. - Fresno, CA
I had dinner reservations at Fandango's for a group of four & we had a wonderful time. The service, meal, cocktails, wine & dessert were exceptional. The ambiance is lovely and our waiter was helpful and attentive throughout our stay. We all had a wonderful experience and would highly recommended this great restaurant to others. Fandango's is a gem for a special occasion or a place to dine with friends.
We love Fandango!!
We go to Fandango every time we are in the area and have recommended Fandango to many friends. Everything we have ever eaten there has been wonderful!
Lovely setting, small intimate settings ...
Lovely setting, small intimate settings for a romantic lunch or dinner. Classic, traditional servers with both traditional food choices covering a wide range of proteins eg sand dabs, trout, pastas, veal, beef but with a modern spin.Great experience.
Food is bland and uninspiring
Food was very bland, waiter was slow and forgot to bring us couple items we requested. Food service was very slow. For the meal that has very bland and uninspiring taste, price was outrageously high. Scallop pappardale, and Rack of Lamb was uninspiring. Our lamb meal was burnt despite we requested medium. French fries was also bland, no salt, no taste, only freezer taste, does not feel fresh. 1 out of 4 stars. Not recommended. I don't know where all the hype/good reviews.
Wine list was extensive. They had our fa ...
Wine list was extensive. They had our favorite Italian bottle. My wife had the lamb shank stew and loved it! We will be back.
The best restaurant in Pacific Grove!
Whether a special occasion or just dining out, Fandango's never disappoints! Pierre and Marietta Bain are welcoming hosts and professional restaurateurs in every way. This recent occasion was a business dinner with key clients. The service was superb and the food was expertly prepared and quite delicious. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the experience as did we. Fandango's is a true Pacific Grove gem!
Our Birthday/Anniversary Celebration
We were there for a special evening and first time visit at the recommendation of friends. It was a great evening with fine food, friendly service and set in a very nice atmosphere. There is no doubt that we will be back our next time in Pacific Grove.
Great restaurant - Very disappointed today
I love this restaurant for lunch (exceptional) and dinner (excellent). Very disappointed today, late sitting for Easter Sunday lunch and felt we got the leftovers, had no ham left on the menu, service poor to fair and they could not wait to clear the premises of the late eaters (IMO). I'll still go back for lunch and dinner but won't go back on a busy holiday again.
Romantic and charming
We loved Fandango. It is truly so romantic and beautifully charming. Food is delicious and service is exactly right.
Great kitchen and selection of dishes and wine. All food that we'd ordered was very tasty. A bit pricy though (and we had just a half-bottle wine)
A great family evening
Our second dinner in recent months to Fandango. Excellent food with great choices. Our waiter was a little overly enthusiastic pushing certain desserts. Excellent quick service overall. A little pricey for the casual night out but wonderful for a special evening.
We loved Fandango
We were right on time for our reservation and we didn't have to wait to be seated. They were prompt with their service and very pleasant. It was hard to chose and entree as the menu had some great options. The food was served in a timely fashion and portion sizes were perfect! We weren't rushed from one course to the other; which was a nice change. We shared the Grand Marneir soufle for dessert and it was delectable!! We will definitely be back again!
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