Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar

542 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
(831) 920-2662

Recent Reviews

Melissa W.

It was easy to snag a reservation for Monday night and there were only a few other tables while we were eating (likely because we booked 7:30pm and the last seating is 8pm). Couldn't resist ordering the "monday nights fried chicken", served with braised kale + chickpeas, corn bread + harissa honey, along with the crispy lamb shank that comes with chickpeas, harissa broth, brown butter, poached radishes + herbs. While both dishes came with chickpeas, they had very different flavor profiles. The fried chicken was very crispy, surprisingly moist, and not greasy at all. The corn bread side was nothing special though, and a bit dry. The lamb shank was very tender but again, the radishes didn't add much to the dish. For drinks, it was the first time I've seen custom shandy's on a menu where you choose the pilsner to be mixed with lemonade. I went with the panache (French) and the result was a light, fun drink. My date also enjoyed the scrimshaw pils.

Cheryl C.

First time trying out this lovely restaurant. Food was superb and it has a charming atmosphere. Two appetizers, the lamb shank and clafoutis for dessert. Everything was on point.

David L.

Our favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove and one of our favorite in the entire area. Not a huge menu, but an innovative one that changes frequently and always makes it hard to choose what we want. Wine list is very good and Thamin the owner knows it well and always has good suggestions for us.

M L.

Good food and good service. Went here after a long drive up the coast. Food was hearty vegetable forward. Nice wine selection too. The cauliflower dish in particular was good.

Keiko J.

Excellent place Food wine service We truly enjoyed the California produce and wine Definitely back again

Cherylynn N.

After some pricey and disappointing meals in Carmel, my wallet was crying so I contemplated cancelling my reservation at Jennini Kitchen & Wine Bar. And...bust out my emergency instant ramen bowl and can of spam. No shame in trying to save monies. I even saved a soft boiled egg from my complimentary B&B breakfast for that elevated touch! But, I couldn't resist THAT sexy hunk of meat I've been eyeing for the past couple of years so I went through with it. Zero regrets. In fact, my meal at Jennini Kitchen was the best meal I had all weekend. And, it's the only restaurant I've had a 5 solid star experience in Monterey County. Instead of sticking with Carmel and Monterey, maybe I need to hit up Pacific Grove more. Jennini Kitchen is open for takeout (no delivery), indoor dining, and outdoor dining. The front patio and parklet is dog-friendly. No umbrellas for shade. Heat lamps available. At the time I visited, there was no mask mandate in Monterey County and masks were only "recommended" for indoor public spaces. However, all the staff wore masks properly which I appreciated. I arrived early for my 4:30 pm reservations and staff was diligently sanitizing all the outdoor tables. M E N U Contemporary Mediterranean. Fried Chicken Mondays. 24-hour advance order for Paella. Wine and beer only. No full bar which is a bummer. F O O D * Yellowfin Crudo w/ lemon cucumber, red onion, parsley, capers, olive oil, lemon ($19): Light and refreshing starter with fresh, thiccc cuts of yellowfin tuna. Simple and done right. * Chicken Liver Pâté w/ date purée, mustard seeds, chives, bread ($13): Deliciously creamy with a nice sweetness from the dates and pop of acid from the mustard seeds. The grilled levain (?) bread was crusty, chewy, and soft. I had to control myself and decline when I was offered more. * Crispy Lamb Shank w/ garbanzo beans, harissa broth, brown butter, poached radishes, herbs ($36): This sexy hunk of meat is what I came for...the exterior of the lamb shank had a rich, crackly crunch while the meat was tender and flavorful (reminds me of a much healthier version of crispy pata). The sprinkling of za'atar added a kiss of tangy, herby, nuttiness. The garbanzo beans in smoky harissa broth was warm and comforting. Hearty, well-balanced, and damn delicious. Highly recommend this dish. * Eggplant Fries w/ ufra pepper, honey-garlic aioli ($10): Crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside with a creamy, savory, and sweet dipping sauce. Addictive like booger sugar. S E R V I C E Warm, welcoming, approachable, and attentive. Our fantastic server who may also be the manager (?) brought a TT a water bowl without even asking. Since it was an early dinner and we were one of two tables, food service was prompt and well-paced. A M B I A N C E Indoor dining room is cozy but seems dated and doesn't really match their style of food. Outdoor seating was casual and pleasant with string lights. Not much pedestrian traffic so that was nice. P A R K I N G Easy, free street parking. 2-hour limit from 9 AM - 6 PM except Sundays and holidays. Overall, I loved my meal at Jennini Kitchen; the food is delicious, well-executed, and reasonably priced for the quality and portions. It's been nearly a month since my visit and I'm still drooling over THAT sexy hunk of meat and those crack fries....

Dan Rosman

Tomato and burrata starter then yellowfin crudo were delicious. The recommended Italian red wine (Priorat Embruix) also was excellent.

Wilson M.

The food was incredible and pricing was very fair for the area. I've never had a whole chicken cooked the way they did. Great food experience and wine selection. My only complaint was that the tables were a bit sticky. I'll come back when I'm around.

Tareq B.

This establishment would get a five star if they had better Sevice. We were a large group and the owner wanted to set us outside on a table that was slanted and telling us that the table inside was reserved for someone else. Ironically we never asked for outdoor seating and we were there before anyone else. At the end we got seated inside but more importantly no one sat outside, so we were being lied to. I understand with covid everyone is short handed but these guys including the owner were so incompetent it was palpable. We had to wait for serving spoons while the small plates sat there. The waiter told us let me take your order for entres and then I'll bring serving spoons and he never showed up. We had to wave another waiter down to get their attention. The food was delicious. Everything they served had excellent flavors. I particularly like the lamb shanks. The lamb burger was excellent I was told. My wife had the petrole fish and it was excellent. The small plates were all delicious. The wings, and fig tartine were excellent. The yellow tail crudo was very fresh. The torchon was salty. With less salt it would have been excellent. Surprisingly the eggplant fries with garlic aioli were excellent!

Josie Rosman

Friendly service. Great wine selections and delicious food

Stephanie W.

Absolutely loved this restaurant. Its cozy, so romantic. We had the ham and cheese board and shared the crispy lamb. Both were absolutely delicious. Wait staff was on top of their orders and drinks. Popped a wonderful bottle of champagne and got to listen to some jazz musicians across the street when we left. Absolutely wonderful.

Eric G.

Visiting for the weekend and searched out the best restaurants in the area and Jeninni Kitchen exceeded expectations. Every dish was executed perfectly. The menu is small, but the quality of each option is high. These dishes are reasonably priced and of great value.

William C.

Had a really nice dinner here, with plenty of outdoor seating. We started with the ham + cheese plate, with nice serrano ham, great cheese, and excellent fresh bread. I had the fried chicken for my entree, which was fantastic -- the batter was light, crispy, and delicious. Service is very friendly, as is the owner. Good choice for a romantic dinner!

Thierry Simondet

Went for dinner. Had the moules/frites, mussels and fries. Nice different approach to the traditional French dish. Very tasty sauce with tahini. Well seasoned. Mussels were fresh and flavorful. The tahini sauce give a bit of gritty feeling. I would maybe pass it through a sieve before serving. Also, the fries should be in a separate bowl so they don’t become soggy. The pickled vegetables were very good. Wine pour is small, most likely not even 5oz. Very frustrating. Everyone knows reading my reviews that I don’t appreciate being ripped off by wine prices and/or quantity and this restaurant is no exception to that bad trend. Disappointing.The menu is not extensive but dishes looked good.

Boykos

We had a fantastic dining experience on the patio at Jeninni. Our server provided a great wine recommendation (note they serve beer, wine, and soju-based cocktails) and the food was so creative and delicious. We tried a little bit of everything, but the eggplant fries and the torchon for two were the standouts. The owner recommended the torchon and now all other chicken preparations will pale in comparison to this one! The patio is outfitted with heaters and a nice firepit, but it can still get a little chilly in the evening. We can’t wait until our next visit!

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