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Fandango in Pacific Grove, CA

by TerriAnn
Fandango French family restaurant in Pacific Grove, CA near Monterey #travel


223 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Good for: Families, couples
Price Range: Expensive
Features: Good variety

Fandango is a vintage French restaurant that feels like a distant relative’s house. The decor is simple and somewhat traditional. The food? Tasty, nicely plated, but a tad on the expensive side. Families will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere and rustic feel. On a cool coastal evening, sitting next to the fireplace is so cozy.

Fandango French family restaurant in Pacific Grove, CA near Monterey #travel

Fandango French Family Restaurant

Food was good but portions were on the small side. The French Onion soup was delicious and we appreciated the fact that the chef was willing to omit the bread (wheat/gluten) so my husband could eat it. Filet Minion was cooked just right and the sauces complimented it nicely.

Service at Fandango is a bit . . . different. The staff is helpful but not necessarily friendly and over-jovial. Remember, this is a French restaurant. Waiters are a bit ‘matter of fact’ but they are helpful.

Overall, we had a good experience at Fandango. The check was much higher than we’d typically pay so I’m not sure if it’s one that would be a regular stop during trips to the coast. However, it’s definitely a good place to go if you’re tired of the typical fast food fare.

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Marcie W. January 13, 2014 - 4:42 pm

I love the realness and honesty in all of your reviews! I have been wanting to explore French cuisine a bit more in depth and hope to travel there someday as well.

LyndaS January 14, 2014 - 7:37 am

It looks cozy. I imagine that is why French women don’t get fat – their portions are smaller than what we are accustomed to. Thanks for the review.

Jenn January 14, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Being from the South I’d probably think the waiters down right rude. Cultural differences and all that. 😉 Love the decor!

vanessa: thequeenofswag January 15, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Way to be very honest in your reviews. Thanks for sharing!

Lolo January 17, 2014 - 9:43 pm

I think most french restaurants are a tad or more on the expensive side. Looks amazing!

Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins January 17, 2014 - 10:20 pm

We ate there several months ago and the service was phenomenal. I thought everyone was friendly and the owner was extremely sweet, I agree that it’s very expensive and the portions are a bit small, but we enjoyed our meals and would definitely go back again, when we have the budget for it.

Toni January 18, 2014 - 4:39 pm

This looks and sounds like a wonderful restaurant. I would love to try it out if I ever am visiting the area.

Rachel @ following in my shoes January 18, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Mmmm — I haven’t had French Onion Soup since going grain -free. LOVE that the chef accommodated your husband.

Kathleen January 19, 2014 - 7:31 pm

The food looks amazing. I love that it is family friendly, it is so hard to find nicer places that are welcoming to children.

Mickey January 19, 2014 - 7:48 pm

I would love to try this once to taste the authentic food. But would then probably go back to friendlier, more affordable places. 🙂

STEFANIE January 19, 2014 - 8:43 pm

I love a good French Onion soup.

Robin Gagnon February 2, 2014 - 6:42 pm

I prefer a pleasant, but matter of fact wait person. Some are simple a bit much.

Mellisa February 2, 2014 - 8:13 pm

This sounds like a great place to grab a bite to eat. If I’m ever in the area I will definitely have to check it out.

Colleen February 3, 2014 - 10:40 am

It looks good but I would have to balance price with quality. I love the looks of what appears to be sherbet and I love French Onion soup.

Lucero @We Are Earthformed February 10, 2014 - 8:26 am

I appreciate the honesty of your reviews. It is very unlikely I’ll ever have the chance to visit this restaurant so thank you for sharing such nice photography of the location.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work February 10, 2014 - 9:43 am

Sounds like a great place to try! I like to splurge once in a while.,

Becca @ Mama B February 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

That food sure does look delicious!

Raijean March 23, 2014 - 8:30 pm

That food looks amazing!!

Sheri April 19, 2014 - 5:54 am

It all looks delicious but I’m sure it’s out of my budget!

Paula @ Frosted Fingers April 20, 2014 - 7:47 pm

The food looks really good! I hate when you pay more for smaller portions!

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