Poppy Hall

589 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove CA 93950
$ California

Founded by Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant chef Philip Wojtowicz and Big Sur Roadhouse chef Brendan Esons; Poppy Hall is a lively community gathering place, serving uniquly rustic California comfort food.

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Business Info

  • Address: 589 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove CA 93950
  • Cross Street: Forest Ave
  • Cuisine: American | California | Seafood | Steak | Sunday Brunch |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: 17.77 | Two bottles maximum
  • Phone: (831) 204-9990
  • Features: Sunday Brunch, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Wheelchair Access, Healthy Options, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Business Dining, People Watching, Special Occasion, Dog Friendly, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Dinner-Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner-Patio 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday
Closed - Restaurant
Wednesday
Thursday
Dinner - Patio 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - Patio 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Patio 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Brunch - Inside 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brunch - Patio 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.88 out of 5 stars based on 403 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2021
Lucie C.
The food and waitstaff was amazing!!! You need to fire up more then just the two firepits in the evening. You had two large heaters that never got turned on and to be honest it was absolutely a nightmare to eat and be so darn cold.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2021
Jacquie K.
Everything was great but it was cold inside

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2021
SHARON H.
Surrounded by cozy fire tables, we dined outdoors with gentle jazzy music in the background. The service and food were amazing. We loved everything about our meal and our evening. Local salmon over risotto was incredibly delicious Can’t wait to go back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 22, 2021
Gene C.
Excellent service and atmosphere. Food equally good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 21, 2021
Alison P.
Delicious and innovative food. Monday “snack” nights are fabulous. Best restaurant in Pacific Grove.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2021
Danielle C.
Excellent Food and Service !

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 09, 2021
Cindy L.
Thank you for our requested table reservation. We all appreciated the friendly & knowledgeable service. Our dinners were delicious!! Cindy and Arlen Lackey

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2021
Stefanie D.
Good and service were amazing!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2021
Mark S.
Love this place! Love oyster Monday. The best!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Aug 17, 2021
Joann W.
Enjoyed our brunch! Was wonderful to return to a favorite spot.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 16, 2021
Kristie S.
Delicious food, nice waiters

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 13, 2021
David L.
All the above were excellent. A bit disappointed in the limited selections on the menu and having three items featured "out of..."

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 07, 2021
Vicki P.
All good — easy reservations, relaxed, delicious food as always, friendly. Please keep outside area. Not only feels safer but also it’s easier to hear.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 27, 2021
Peter L.
Outstanding dinner and service. Food is always well thought out and flavorful. The deserts!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2021
Gina T.
Excellent food and excellent service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 08, 2021
Camille H.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 29, 2021
Ruth W.
Great food, excellent service.It was a chilly day with front door open was hoping for a heater.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 25, 2021
Noel H.
The western risotto was phenomenal! We also had the cassoulet was a little bland. The service was fantastic though and the coffee was supreme. I always love visiting poppy hall! Oh and let’s not forget the donuts. To. Die. For!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 22, 2021
Celeste W.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Poppy Hall. The menu offers a good variety of choices. We were pleasantly surprised to be served a green salad before our main course---wow, that dressing was so good! The Cuban sandwich was perfect!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 14, 2021
Peggy D.
So happy during forced closure, that poppy hall has managed to keep up the quality of their food and warm service. Look forward to future meals, and will recommend to others!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 13, 2021
Kathyrn M.
Fun to discover new places! Service was outstanding as was the food. CDC COVID recommended procedures followed by servers. Only concern was having to go through the kitchen to get to the bathroom; that seemed a little unsafe. We’ll be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 12, 2021
Amber S.
Very pleasant dining experience at Poppy Hall, thank you for having us as guests.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 05, 2021
Scott B.
Fabulous food, super friendly and attentive staff. We sat outside for brunch so I cannot speak to interior ambiance, but we had a wonderful time. Brisket « hash » was amazing!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 22, 2021
Kathleen D.
We love this place and wish that we could take you all home with us to Sebastopol! No improvements needed except a return to dinner service as well!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 19, 2021
Melvin D.
This is, hands down, the best restaurant in Pacific Grove.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 17, 2021
Kevin P.
Always a great experience. The owners' brilliant use of ingredients never fail to delight the senses. Servers very attentive and friendly.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 14, 2021
Nancy B.
Eating outside in the breeze and intermittant sun, my friend and I were warmed up by the fire pit as we carefully looked at the great choices on our lunch menu. Personally, every bit of my meal was incredibly well-prepared, perfectly plated, and most delicious. The service was fabulous and the server was very attentive to our needs. The beet and burrata salad was incredible. The puréed squash and ginger soup was so good, I ordered one more to go for dinner. The crostini, perfectly toasted. The shrimp risotto plate was tasty. I don't like to gush but Poppy Hall is an exceptional place to eat very, very well for good prices--every bite was worth entering my mouth; my tastebuds were sending me all sorts of thanks. You will not be disappointed when you eat at Poppy Hall.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 24, 2020
Susan T.
Super nice people. We appreciated the heat lamp top

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 14, 2020
Cathleen O.
Wow! Even during pandemic regulations and a beautiful misty rain, sitting right outside the restaurant we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Superb service, superb food with layers and layers of taste treats. This is what brings me back time and time again. May this place be showered with blessings during this challenging time for local restaurant owners.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 09, 2020
eleanor intrator i.
We've eaten take out many times and outside once. All the meals were good and ample. Once we had the rock fish and that was so so Bec the fish is a so so fish. The preparation was still good. Can't wait for the vaccine and eating inside again. Thank you for providing delicious meals under such adverse conditions.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 06, 2020
Camilo W.
Faboulous food, friendly service

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Nov 02, 2020
Joanne C.
Incredible food! Wait staff so nice! Love the outdoor seating - felt very safe enjoying a delicious dinner!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 30, 2020
Roger H.
Our favorite restaurant in this area. Waitress was very nice.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 29, 2020
Diana C.
Delicious!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2020
Monica S.
Delicious! Love the patio, so charming.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 09, 2020
Faye M.
We have always enjoyed eating at Poppy Hall. Last night was no exception. And, eating outdoors is really wonderful. However, contrary to our usual experiences, we thought the food and service were average. The menu food choices were limited. If this were an actual Octoberfest, wouldn't a good assortment of beers be offered? The service, although friendly and accommodating, was not up to what we have experienced in the past. When Poppy Hall first opened, it was spectacular.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 09, 2020
THOMAS C.
The Oktoberfest dinner was great. I had the Hunter's stew and my husband the schnitzel and we also had the white bean soup. We were both very happy with our selections and the ginger cookie at the end was a perfect conclusion.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2020
Tracy M.
We had a party of four and all loved our food. Also they had a good wine section.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 04, 2020
Ann R.
This was our first dinner out since the beginning of the pandemic, and it was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service was attentive. We felt very safe in the outdoor dining area and look forward to enjoying dinner out here again very soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 01, 2020
Monica S.
Delicious!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 26, 2020
Kim C.
It took us too long to try this restaurant out. We will definitely be back often. Can’t say enough about the service and the food. A true gem!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 26, 2020
Pamela M.
We had a totally pleasant experience and will definitely go back again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Sep 25, 2020
Robert A.
Excellent service , food amazing, atmosphere wonderful, thank you Mikayla for your attentiveness .

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 25, 2020
Kristen B.
Dawn was the best server!!! She made a good experience > over the top! Very knowledgeable about menu, prompt and so sweet

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 20, 2020
Beatriz L.
We love going to Poppy Hall. Our experience there is always amazing.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 19, 2020
Connie W.
We really had a great time last night , the food was so good . Loved the oysters! We had the salmon and spare ribs . Wine was enjoyed too. And the cookies!!what a sweet surprise . We even enjoyed the open mic at Juice and Java from our table . Thank you all for staying open and doing all you can during this time . We so appreciate you !

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 19, 2020
Phil J.
Everything was great and we love that Phil and team makes us feel like family every time we dine. Dawn our server is always smiling and you can tell (even behind that mask) that she takes great pride in what she is doing. The food is always amazing, the setting is lovely with the lights and fire pit and having music next door is an added bonus...

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 12, 2020
Ryan S.
Awesome food and service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 06, 2020
Adrienne L.
Delicious!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
Darlene J.
It was our first time . The food and service were great. We can’t wait to go back.