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Duarte's Tavern

202 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA, United States
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  • Duarte's Tavern
    Alison Osborne
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Duartes is a laid-back atmospheric place with a long history along the coast. It is absolutely worth dipping into Pescadero to sit at their old wooden bar, play some tunes on the jukebox and order their out-of-this-world crab sandwich. The sandwich is simple and brilliant - just fresh crab with black pepper, itty bitty bit of mayo and shredded lettuce served on their buttered house-made sourdough bread. The bread is only toasted on the inside so that it keeps the sandwich from getting soggy but the sourdough is still soft on the roof of your mouth. If you aren't into crab then order their artichoke or green chile soup (or order it 1/2 and 1/2 - not actually on the menu but they will do it).

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    Travis Katz
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    3 May 10, 2014

    Famous for their artichoke soup. Food is pretty good. Atmosphere not so much.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    4 Aug 10, 2013

    Lots of locals come her for the artichoke ravioli and artichoke soup. I kinda like ordering the sand dabs and the deep fried sardines, just for fun. Last visit was all about the clam chowder and ollalieberry pie. If you can't get a table, opt for eating at the bar. Prices seem a bit steep, but heck it was good.

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    Daniel L.
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    4 May 09, 2014

    Good food, good location. The wait can be over a hour. Fortunately, they do take reservations.

    Holds a special place in my heart as this was the first restaurant I took my daughter to, just the two of us. At about 18 months old she was the perfect little lady. Had a great day. There is a fantastic goat cheese farm nearby... not to be missed.

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    Eric Brink
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I have been here several times during both Lunch and Dinnertime. I have been here as part of a day trip, as part of a stay at nearby Costanoa, or after a trip to Ano Nuevo.

    I have always enjoyed the atmosphere, the friendliness and lack of pretense amongst staff, and sense of equality amongst customers. Food wise, I love the pies and the soups. Inbetween depends on what I'm in the mood for and I'm rarely disapointed.

    However, service can be spotty and there's got to be a better way to run their wait list.

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    Alison Kjeldgaard
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    2 Oct 19, 2013

    A word of advice: if you go to Duarte's, don't get the food. It's overpriced and not worth the money. I got the special -- the coq au vin -- and a plate of artichoke hearts. The coq au vin was smothered in a chunky, bland sauce to the point that you could barely tell what you were eating. The artichoke hearts were chilled and not flavorful at all.

    That said, I have to say that Duarte's is a great place to meet locals and grab a drink -- especially because it's one of the only places open late in Pescadero.

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    Scott Daly
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    duarte's tavern is a must stop for some of the best food along the beautiful and scenic coast.

    sure you can go with a burger and a beer or a turkey sandwich or a crab melt but just take my advice and go simple without all the extra flavors that hide what makes them the BEST!!!

    the cream of artichoke soup is probably what they are best known for and yes they truly make a scrumptious and velvety soup. the soup was nice and creamy but still had the wonderful texture of the artichoke so it gave more substance to the soup. you must definitely start out with a bowl of this every time and munch down on the fresh sourdough bread.

    order the deep fried oysters for a starter! JUST WOW!!!!

    they have one of the best seafood cioppino's i have ever had. make sure you wear your bib because the portion is huge. you get 3 large clams, 3 jumbo prawns, pieces of cod and a hefty portion of fresh dungennes crab. i could really taste the unique flavor of cumin which really makes this dish a big hit.

    most people do want it when they can find it and if you have never had abalone take my advice and get it whenever you see it. it's defiantly a rare treat from the sea these days but if you want to have a new favorite food and want to pay a bit more for this rare piece of meat you will love their abalone sandwich. 2 good size abalone cutlets are lightly breaded and cooked on the flattop. you will appreciate that these babies are not deep fried. no need for fixings to complicate and lose the flavor of the abalone as it's served on sliced sourdough with slices of lemon. nothing more but the taste of this sandwich is to die for. you can truly taste that all of the seafood is fresh from the pacific and well worth those darn seafood prices.

    my mom in her early 60's says that having abalone is the one thing she wants to have again before she dies! it's a pretty off the wall request but once you have abalone you will totally understand. i wish it was more in abundance so i could give it to her every day. looks like i'll be taking a trip to duarte's very soon. no big deal to me because abalone is god's gift to the sea!

    if your a dessert whore like me you must try one of their famous olallieberry pies. it's like a blackberry but much sweeter. this is truly a nice slice of pie. big glass of milk please! :)

    make sure to hit up the gift shop for some wonderful take home pies as well as great jams and syrups.

    so what are the odds of opening up another location but possibly in pleasanton or walnut creek so i can have my abalone fix more often?!! ok i already know the answer to my own question!

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    Ken
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    For those who prefer a sit down old school American down home dining experience, and don't mind forking over a bit more, can enjoy some pretty decent food at Duarte's.

    Don't miss....anything with Ollaiberry, whether it be jam, dressing, or pie.

    One of the gems off the menu is the crab melt sandwich. Unbelieveably dope ass.

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    Ingrid Katz
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    4 May 16, 2014

    They have the best pies! You can also order them in advance as take out.

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    Amy B
    5 Aug 05, 2013

    The best artichoke soup and Olallieberry pie!

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    McFarm
    5 May 15, 2013

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    Patrick Miller
    5 Dec 12, 2012

    Had lunch there yesterday and it was delicious , try the crab salad or the artichoke soup

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    Jin Kim
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Good sand dabs when it's available. Rustic atmosphere. Good bar.

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