Pacific Grove Restaurant Fails – 2013 Yelp Comments

Pacific Thai Cuisine
approached a different employee about the order and was promptly taken to the food that had been sitting there and told that this was my order. Informing her that I had noticed the food earlier and had been waiting, she touched and responded, “ehh, its still warm, that will be $31.”

How can you be out of Cilantro at 4:30 pm? (maybe all the red zones were occupied and the produce truck didn’t stop there that day)

too sweet. It’s almost like they are trying to hide something with all the sugar.

check water closets and make sure drains are working.

Awful food. All dishes are super sweet and Americanized

All the chicken was super dry, like it had been cooked previously and then re-cooked again.

tasted okay…until I was chewing egg and it was super crunchy. I was eating eggshells!!

Michael’s Grill & Taqueria
Very dissatisfied, the beer was good

can’t get any more gringo than this. Bland and boring white-people food.

If they can leave the tables out here dirty, what about their kitchen?!

have you been there lately? We went in last week and found that someone had replaced the great staff and food with crap. What happened?

If anyone asks though, I get their takeout for the sturdy paper bags.

AND – if you have to go to the restroom, I’d recommend a port-o-potty over the nasty little restroom they have in the restaurant.

the dish looked like something from the movie Cool Hand Luke

Just take us for what it is: gorgeous scenery, laid-back ‘tude, expensive food . . .no view; so, just eat and be done with it.

she huffed and puffed, ‘we close at 9 she said’ and then proceeded to tell me ‘she’s got kids at home’ and stormed off.

so bad, I know why the waiter didn’t ask us “how our meal was” guy.

To finish the night, the bus boy flicked some mash on my daughter as he cleared the table.

Also, the tables are packed in.. We had to hear all the intimate details of someone’s sex life. Yuck!

Old school! no buzzers no text just wait hours and maybe we will give you a spot while you wait in our small entrance area with no bar or chairs..

“Sausage and Shrimp” didn’t have any sausage. I was done eating by the time her replacement came.

The way she acted, I thought we must look frightful after our day of strolling the quaint streets; maybe we should have gone back to the hotel for our finery. As she took us to a table way in the back past many empty tables, I noticed she was wearing jeans

working hard apparently on serving agriculture and proteins of sustainability. I personally find it unacceptable to have to throw away a plate of food and an animal due to poor food preparation

The wine and bread were really the only good things about this restaurant.

RUDE! From the second the older woman at the front saw us walk in with 3 young kids, she immediately asked if we had reservations, No, she sies & just stairs at us like how dare we. Mind you this was at 5 on a Sunday night,

But afterward, all six of us agreed — glad we got to try it, but we won’t go back.

How bout just some nice, fresh, local fish prepared simply? Why do we have to have fish with scent of oxtail? We also brought our own wine. When we asked if they wave the corkage if we buy a bottle our waitress literally said “no, because we’re saving the tuna”. WTF.

when I tried to send you an email with feedback on these issues I was kicked back on your site with a spam notice!

On January 21, the only fish on the menu was caught east of the Mississippi. With the most incredible fishery in the world (Monterey Bay), catfish is your special?

if I make a reservation and am told on the phone not to show up to late , I don’t expect to arrive on time and hear ” I’ll try to seat you when I can ” I’m not saying I need free dessert again… But am Saying I dont want to be greeted that way before I sit down for a pretty pricey meal.

Iil vecchio
the owner wants each seat to be occupied”, and we would need 4 people to get a booth. Ok, fine…. If that’s your policy… But I noticed later that 2 booths only had 3 people

We ordered an appetizer platter that he brought out himself. All was well and we said ‘thank you,’ expecting him to be on his way but he proceeded to stand at the table for a considerable amount of time, interrupting our conversation and pointing out each item on the plate with a trembling finger and I swear to you he touched each item as he spoke! I

I may never date again but at least I know where to go to be in food ecstasy.

I didn’t want to look like a pig and be like “excuse me, a little more please” so I took it and left hungry as I felt under served on both portions

What is up with all these great reviews???? Oh, I get it, they haven’t met the owner! this random man with a wine glass walks over to our table and asks us if he can try our wine. Who was this guy? No introduction or anything. I actually thought he was a guest of the restaurant and thought to myself this is weird but sure, why not, I’ll give you a taste. HE then pours HIMSELF some wine and stands there swirling the wine around in his mouth and then tells us there was nothing wrong with the bottle of wine WE sent back

Then as we left, another gentleman at the door also challenged my assessment. Really??? A bad mussel can happen. Bad attitudes will keep me from returning.

a tall older gentleman, that I assume is the owner, came to our table and rushed us out which put a bad note on the entire evening because he was very obvious and it felt like….well, I’ve got your money now go so I can get money from someone else

I might try this place again but not until I put a stick up my ass so I fit in with the rest of the crowd

asked if we could have a regular menu. They said that they only had the family menu which was a 5 course meal, no drinks, dessert or bread included for $15. Five minutes later they were seating people on the other side and gave them menus.

Some of the assorted menu items were sitting out in exposed areas which attracts insects and lets things settle on them.

The owner guy came over and inquired about our lamb. My friend explained sheepishly what we thought. He said, well, our lamb is cooked for six hours, like it was an honor. We said, we cook lamb all the time and it doesn’t taste like that. He asked why we didn’t turn it back. We said our waiter was never around.

we were told it would be an hour. Then we tried to sit at the bar and were told it was only for reservations. I have never sat at a bar that required reservations.

The host asked if he could clear the table – sure. Then, before my family gets back, he brings another party back into the room so he and they can hover over our table. We were not slow, and it was really awkward and ruined the experience. Plus the other party was older, affluent, and obnoxious

Petra Restaurant
And the location of the bathroom is terrible. I could hear a little girl throwing up in the bathroom across from where I was sitting down

First Awakenings
Nothing good ole A-1 couldn’t fix.

shrimp tasted like frozen shrimp and the benedict was bland. We also ordered blueberry pancake, it was dry and not enough blueberries……. the worst part was it did gave me an upset stomach=(

I ordered the eggs benedict, not that hard to mess up, but they succeeded. I got a bowl of hollandaise sauce & oily eggs,

served in a bowl that was half full of water/grease with blobs of melted chese on top.

I poked the middle of them, expecting the delicious yolk to spill out, as good poached eggs do, but instead was met with what was basically a differently shaped hard-boiled egg.

Whoa this place was like 50% children patrons, with a surprising ratio of cranky, hungry children to permissive parents.

This place should be called Long A-wait-kenings.

There are tons of flies and a bird stuck inside to walk and poop on the tables when customers are not around.

hidden inside what looked like a run down outlet mall. We asked them about the spray bottles on the tables. A server said it was to spray other guests, but it’s really for the birds

The Once A Year Passionfish Green Hoax

Lather, rinse, repeat. As long as this poof piece is reported every year, remember it’s about green in their wallets.

You should see the mountains of landfill-destined garbage and rubbish that this restaurant generates. Look at the grease encroaching the sidewalk leaking from their overflowing dumpster. See the other trash cans blocking the sidewalk. This “green” business practices is a farce.

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Passionfish also holds the designation of being Monterey County’s first green certified restaurant. Cindy, the daughter of a fisherman, serves on the advisory council for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and is a member of the Seafood Choices Alliance. During the past few years, she has been inducted into the California Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame, been named a “California Woman of the Year” by state Assemblyman John Laird, and been among 10 finalists for the International Seafood Champion’s Award.

The Once A Year Passionfish Green Hoax

Annual Passionfish “Green Business” Report

It is there sustainable approach to serving delicious seafood, which protect our oceans and satisfies our appetites.We are serving fish that are harvested in a manner that is not impacting the environment or another species. We purchase a lot of alchoculture products that are in contained ponds on the land that are not impacting the environment, no pesticides no herbicides,” says co-owner Cindy Walter.

The same not-news article about this restaurant’s “green” pitch ran one year ago in the Hear-Old..

You should see the mountains of landfill-destined garbage and rubbish that this restaurant generates. Look at the grease encroaching the sidewalk leaking from their overflowing dumpster. See the other trash cans blocking the sidewalk. This “green” business practices is a farce.
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Annual Passionfish “Green Business” Report

Fool Others That You Are Going Green: Get Help From PG Restaurant

Passionfish owner Cindy Walter and the California Restaurant Association, Monterey County Health Department, Environmental Health Division Stormwater & Education Alliance will present a free “Green Business and Storm Water Education Workshop,”

Walter’s Pacific Grove restaurant is Monterey County’s first certified green restaurant, with a strict purchase policy that includes sustainable, organic, reusable, and recyclable products. The business has also instituted a number of economical and environmentally-friendly business practices that include creative reuse of business supplies and the use of natural, chemical-free cleaning supplies.

I call B.S. You should see the mountains of landfill-destined garbage and rubbish that this restaurant generates. Look at the grease encroaching the sidewalk leaking from their overflowing dumpster. See the other trash cans blocking the sidewalk. This “green” business practices is a farce.

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Passionfish Sustains The Rats

Politics, sheesh

Assembly member John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, today named “green” restaurateur Cindy Walter of Pacific Grove as Woman of the Year for the 27th Assembly District.

Walter and her husband own Passionfish restaurant, the first officially “green” restaurant in Monterey County.

As the first officially “green” restaurant in Monterey County, Passionfish sets an example with a strict policy of sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing. The staff is knowledgeable about this issue and how it affects what the restaurant uses and serves. Bon Appetit Magazine recognized the Walters as ‘sustainable seafood experts,’ in the “Best of 2006” cover focus published in January 2007.

Yah, save the dolphins, wash the spinach, sustain the raccoons. But what about the poor humans that live near the restaurant? They get blight and blocked sidewalks in the form of way too much trash generated by the first officially “green” restaurant that sends this much trash to the landfill.

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Passionfish Sustains The Rats

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At the very least, have a snack before you leave home. The crowd seemed sort of old-money, country club, tennis snobbish.


The Boston clam chowder wasn’t piping hot, however it was thick, the way I like it, but I didn’t get much ‘clam’.


great before. These were, alas, bad. Tasteless goo. I’m sure the tourists will LOVE it, like they love Fisherman’s Wharf and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Like morons do. Ga-hilk.


Lovers Point deserves sparkly windows. The floor in the restaurant was also filthy and the air inside was not as fresh as it could be-

Tillie Gorts

I’d never had a bad tuna sandwich…til I ate here. C’mon, crack open the can, throw in some mayo, how hard can it be?

Favaloro’s Big Night Bistro:

This place has all the ambiance and romance you want, with a nice fat side of pretentious, mostly the clientèle of course. I came here with my boyfriend to celebrate our one year anniversary and left unimpressed with the service and accommodations. We felt discriminated and really, the food wasn’t that great for me. I’ve had better clams! Anyhow, the experience left me disappointed and hurt, so I wrote a letter to the owners. I explained my experience in detail and got a call a few days later. Maria, one of the owners understandably defended her family business and yet was very accommodating and offered me a gift certificate. If only in response to my uncomfortable experience did I in turn offend her. So 3 stars on the account of Maria’s efforts and the fact that they are a family business. I don’t intend on returning with the gift certificate. What am I supposed to say “Hey I’m the girl who totally dissed your business with a big fatty letter and now I’m back, so feed me for free?” nah, I don’t think so


WHACK!!! lots of old people. Overpriced breakfast with bad coffee. $8 for two pieces of “french toast”, are you serious?
The waitress hurries and let’s the hostess know she does not want us in her section because she already has one table…..Well……I’m tall and dark, and came in with a beanie on. It was blatant racism by one person

Red House:

Sometimes you get somebody sweet and helpful, but thrice I have dealt with this snotty, rude college-age girl with blond hair. had the crab cakes and almost gagged upon the first bite–fishy in that BAD fishy way, bits of crunchy i-don’t-know-what.

The waiter suggested a basket of fries for the table and assured us that they were worth the price of $3.50 a basket. Shoestrings with a smidge of garlic. Wow! Cutting edge. A girlfriend ordered extra cheese on her sandwich and was charged an additional $3.50 for that as well. I guess that is there way of telling you You’re in PG now.

Lighthouse Cafe:

made a big mistake in ordering the salmon benedict though. I paid dearly for ordering that–it was too salty and I had extra servings… errrr, shavings of pubes. Not the way to start your day!

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TripAdvisor Rates PG’s Top 25 Restaurants

TripAdvisor’s restaurant popularity ranks restaurants based on evaluations in guide books, articles and user opinions. The things people write are often amazing.

First Awakenings
Restaurant popularity: #1
entertaining bird population on the outside patio (unless you choose to use the squirt bottles)

Red House Cafe
Restaurant popularity: #2
Been here a few times… wait’s always long

Peppers Mexicali Cafe
Restaurant popularity: #3
that’s how they modify Mexican food for the gringos? And I never found the host particularly friendly.

Joe Rombi’s La MIA Cucina
Restaurant popularity: #4
We especially like the rice ball appetizers

Thai Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #5
The ambiance could be more authentic but we go there for the food.

Restaurant popularity: #6
Well, I guess the chef just loved it and so he figured we all must love it as well?

Tillie Gort’s
Restaurant popularity: #7
customers seem to be locals. There isn’t anything fancy about their food

Petra Restaurant
Restaurant popularity: #8
They bill themselves as serving mediterranean dishes, but I think of them as Greek.

Fifi’s Cafe & Bakery
Restaurant popularity: #9
Given the wealth of excellent restaurants in the area, I hope that the evening staff finds a way to make its patrons feel more welcome.

Taste Cafe & Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #10
parking can be tight, but there’s plenty of space across the street in the Safeway parking lot.

Fishwife at Asilomar Beach
Restaurant popularity: #11
served our entrees before we received our appetizer and our daughter received her entree 5-8 minutes after we did.

Fandango Restaurant
Restaurant popularity: #12
We immediately sensed a snootiness about them: They did not acknowledge our presence for quite awhile and then they finally gave us the worst seat in the house!

Restaurant popularity: #13

Restaurant popularity: #14
Wonderful staff – all related

Aliotti’s Victorian Corner
Restaurant popularity: #15
We were walking through charming downtown Pacific Grove, and entered one restaurant, where we were promptly ignored for 10 minutes–while other tables were greeted with cheers!

Restaurant popularity: #16
much more authentic than the silly, over-rated poseur place, Peppers

Central Avenue Bakery
Restaurant popularity: #17
vegan chocolate, pastries, cheese made from coconut milk.

Archie’s American Diner
Restaurant popularity: #18
my fish-n-chips were overcooked. But that didn’t bother me as much as the flies.

Toasties Cafe
Restaurant popularity: #19
after I “got rid of” the crab cakes I started to recover.. I told her that I wasn’t trying to accuse her of anything but I just didn’t want anybody else to get hurt- especially a child. She was extremely defensive and didn’t listen.

Grove Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #20
If you don’t like alcohol, you might still like the food.

Cellar Door Chop Shoppe
Restaurant popularity: #21
Hand embroidered flavors, really.

Restaurant popularity: #22
beet & goat cheese salad,

Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant
Restaurant popularity: #23
They serve huge burritos with the best tasting beans I’ve had in a long time

Favaloro’s Big Night Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #24
owner came running out of the kitchen shouting that the certificates were fake. I heard the owner say to his wife as I was leaving that “he might have made a mistake”… still, no apology, and I would never recommend the place to anyone.

Lattitudes at Lover’s Point
Restaurant popularity: #25
The food is just ordinary but carries extraordinary prices. You’d be better off going to KFC and carrying a bucket of chicken to the park across the street (Lover’s Point) to take in the view.

TripAdvisor Rates PG’s Top 25 Restaurants