Point Pinos Grill in Pacific Grove: Ocean view, golf, local food
A late post, but hopefully someone can add more recent updates. Mom and I had lunch at Point Pinos Grill on July 20, 2011, the day after the official opening and ribbon cutting introducing the new restaurant management team, Aqua Terra Culinary. Aqua Terra’s committed to local, seasonal, sustainable sourcing and brought this philosophy here.
The Grill is essentially the clubhouse for the municipal Pacific Grove Golf Links, near the Point Pinos Lighthouse, and just a lovely spot. Here’s the view from our window table,
We shared the fried calamari appetizer to start. This was as good as it gets --- light and greaseless with calamari rings and tentacles, fennel, and lemon slices served with a strong horseradish-doused cocktail sauce and garlic mayo.
I especially loved the fried lemon slices.
Mom had the fish and chips, made with local rock cod. Despite the anemic appearance, the fries were crisp and intensely potato-ey tasting. The fish had a very thick and hard coating of batter that she pulled off. She felt the slaw had too much mayonnaise.
I ordered the roasted apricot, pine nut, arugula, fennel, and roast pork loin composed salad. The pork loin was very dry and the salad was underseasoned. Good quality veggies though.
Again, this was early on and I bet the faults we found have been corrected by now. Who else has been here?
Point Pinos Grill
79 Asilomar Blvd
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Sunday through Tuesday 7:30am – 5pm
Wednesday through Saturday 7:30am – 8:30pm.
Thanks for the reminder Melanie. We ate here in December and I meant to post on it but seem to have misplaced my notes.
I recall the mussels being excellent and the cioppino quite good as well. LadyPB doesn't remember what she had just that she loved it, pretty sure it was one of the fresh catch of the day offerings.
Our waiter did a good job, offering tastes of a nice selection of their wines BTG.
The space is very well done and not what you might expect to be found at a golf course. There were only two other diners on that Friday evening, but it was only about 10 days before Christmas.
Thanks for the update. I'd felt it had the potential to be very good but missed the mark early on. Glad to hear that the seafood and wine program satisfied.
Yes, the space is quite nice besides the view. Considering that this is a public golf course, even more unexpected. Lots of parking too.