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About Fandango

the-ownersLife at Fandango—like the dance it was named for—continues to be sometimes fast and often furious. But most important, it’s always fun.

In 1983, Walter Georis converted a charming old house in Pacific Grove into the restaurant Fandango. Among his first patrons were Pierre and Marietta Bain. Pierre was then manager of Club XIX at The Lodge at Pebble Beach working with Executive Chef Pedro De La Cruz. Although Fandango’s homey European atmosphere contrasted with the elegance of Club XIX, it struck a chord with him. His family has operated the Grand Hôtel Bain at Comp-sur-Artuby in the south of France since 1737!

In 1986 Walter sold Fandango to the Bains who reopened the restaurant at the end of the year with Pedro De La Cruz their head chef.

Since then Fandango’s ambience has remained constant, although there have been a few major physical changes. A few years back the Bains added an upstairs dining room, complete with its own kitchen. In the summer of 2001 they converted the outdoor patio into a new private dining room. Today, along with its two main dining rooms, Fandango has five private dining rooms, the smallest seating eight people and the largest seating fifty.

Book CoverThe year 1993 saw publication of Fandango, The Story of Two Guys Who Wanted to Own a Restaurant (Fortunately One Knew What He Was Doing).

 

Awards

From the beginning, the Bains have provided excellent food, wine, service, and atmosphere. They’re as proud of their loyal clientele as they are of the numerous honors they’ve received along the way.

Wine Spectator, Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator, Award of Excellence

Zagat, Rated

Zagat, Rated

DiRoNA, Award since 2001

DiRoNA, Award since 2001

Nation's Restaurant News, Hall of Fame

Nation’s Restaurant News, Hall of Fame

Monterey County Weekly, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove

Monterey County Weekly, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove

 

Carmel Pine Cone, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove

Carmel Pine Cone, Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove