Do you have your favorite neighborhood restaurant that you like to go to every week? You know the kind of the place where the staff welcomes you by name and even on occasion gives you complimentary wine, or your favorite dessert on your birthday or maybe even an entire meal.
One of my favorite things to do when I moved neighborhoods a lot in college was to find that perfect place – the restaurant or café that had staff who cared about the food they put out as much as they cared about their clientele. I became a faithful customer to places like this wherever I lived and it always made my neighborhood a little richer.
Fandango Restaurant is a beautiful and charming restaurant in Pacific Grove, on the popular Monterey Peninsula, that marries fine dining with a warm and homey European atmosphere. This wonderful spot near downtown hasn’t changed much since they first opened their doors in 1983 and continues to have a faithful following of customers. And part of the restaurant’s charm is its unique history of how it got started in Pacific Grove.
The story goes that among the first to dine at the new restaurant in 1983 were Pierre and Marietta Bain. Pierre was at that time the long time manager of Club XIX at The Lodge at Pebble Beach working with Executive Chef Pedro De La Cruz. Club XIX is a classic French restaurant within The Lodge in Del Monte Forest. In 1986 Fandango was sold to the Bains who then reopened the restaurant at the end of the year with Pedro as their head chef.
At Fandango you will enjoy classic Mediterranean and European style cuisine along with attentive service. My favorites are their fresh seafood and rack of lamb from their wood burning grill. I had the sand dabs the last time we went with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio wine and was in heaven.
The restaurant has two main dining rooms and five private dining rooms – you will definitely find a table that suits your mood. We usually enjoy a table in one of the smaller rooms but I do love sitting in the main dining room near the fireplace.
When you go be sure and check out a copy of the book Alan Shugart and Pierre put together in 1993 called Fandango, The Story of Two Guys Who Wanted to Own a Restaurant (Fortunately One Knew What He Was Doing).
223 17th Street
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Monday – Saturday
Dinner 5 to closing
Sunday Brunch 11:30am–2:30pm
Dinner 5 to closing