Poppy Hall

589 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
(831) 204-9990

Recent Reviews

Rich Ricks

We really enjoyed this place! Came here not knowing what the menu would be - they're doing a 'grazing' menu (i.e. small plates). Food, service and wine were all great! They didn't rush us even though they have limited seating. Hot tip - try the mushroom ravioli, mussels, and hush puppy and don't forget to save room for the chocolate pudding!

Matt R.

Great service good food I give it five stars over all but it could have been better. Donuts were good I had a cream filled one it was a little heavy and the cream a little thin with lumps probably a litttle over cooked. I goth the special ham and egg on a Parker house roll the egg was a little crispy, softer yolk would have been nice, the ham was cold and the role was crunchy like a good burger bun , don't get me wrong it was good but not what I think of when I think Parker house roll. I think soft buttery. The price was 20$ and I had coffee that is great. I'll be back great place sorry for negativity I really did enjoy it but theirs all ways room for improvement. Oh and a great atmosphere love the music thank you for a great breakfast!!

Faith H.

My go-to for lunch, dinner and takeout! Delicious, crowd-pleasing food and the staff are always so kind. Highly recommend for weekend brunch!

caity watson

I had a really lovely breakfast here. Walked up on a Sunday around 11am and no wait, actually seemed quiet compared to the lines I saw at other places; I couldn’t believe that poppy hall wasn’t swamped on a Sunday because it was so delicious! (People love waiting in lines for brunch huh? Not me) I love the creative brunch items and not just the run of the mill 2 egg breakfast. The donut was incredible. Everyone was really nice and the service was great. Will be back when I’m down in PG again :)

Wendy Q.

We had a delightful evening at Poppy Hall. We happened upon this place on a Monday night and were surprised with their special Monday dinner menu. A whole list of tasting plates, freshly shucked oysters and wines by the glass. We had the hush puppies with basil cream, salmon chowder in a little brioche bowl, mussels and lamb on toast. All we're so good we caved and ordered another serve of chowder and then had lemon poppyseed cake for dessert. Superb food, excellent service- including pets for our little dog and a half glass of wine for me when I felt a whole second was too much. We'll definitely be back! Highly recommended!

Bonnie C.

Brunch is a newer option here but delish-- especially if you like poached eggs or coddled eggs like I do. PH team does something different... and healthy for brunch. Youve got your sweet carbs with homemade donuts--4 kinds. We tried blood orange glaze & cinnamon sugar. Great starter & I saved a bite for dessert. Entrees preceded by complementary lovely mixed greens. Poached eggs served in bowl over brisket hash or cassoulet with butter beans & sausage. Coddled eggs over plate of slow cooked chard. All would order again. Distanced tables inside of sidewalk patio with firepits

BonnieBellBottims

Fantastic healthy brunch—Despite what this page says, PH is open st 10 am Sunday for brunch. Chef starts the fresh donuts on Saturday nite & comes in at 4 to finish. 3 standards & one rotating— today with Blood Orange glaze. I love poached & coddled eggs & they have 3 entrees featuring this style. Brunch began with complementary mixed greens salad with sunflower seeds & nice vinaigrette. Two entrees served in bowls with a bit of broth which we didnt expect. Cassoulet with butter beans & sausage: Brisket chunks with potato & sausage. The long greens ( chard) didnt have as much flavor as hoped, but plate was cleaned! Indoor distanced tables or outdoor patio with firepits. All of us would order again.

Stephen Pacania

This is the restaurant to beat in Monterey. It baffles me why this place isn't packed nightly. Here's why.Poppy Hall possesses something most restaurants in this area lack: clear, concise direction with the cooking skill to back it up. The ingredients are simple, well cooked, and the flavors all harmonize. I came in on a slow Tuesday for dinner (I'd been for brunch and that's a whole other beast) and every single dish came out coursed, and cooked to perfection. By one cook. That is an extremely dangerous man. Kudos.The menu doesn't try too impress you with terminology. It does it with flavors and classic techniques, finished with a touch of modern style. Rustic, but elevated. The duck breast dish is a perfect example. Gigante beans and spinach, a perfect med-rare duck breast in a sauce that would make Paul Bocuse smile, and a touch of herb oil.Service was great. Utensils were polished, napkins folded nicely (aesthetically pleasing), clear wine glasses. (You'd expect these things to be standard, but these details that are often overlooked in this area IMO). FOH staff were attentive, very friendly and so pleasant to interact with.Décor is unique and charming. I'm coming back here. Often. You should to.

Danielle Munier Coelho

Good Food and Excellent Service !

530ruthb

As always, Poppy Hall continues to have offerings that are tasty and interesting. We celebrated Father's Day with a wonderful brunch, sat outside and enjoyed the weather and the delicious meal. The menu changes weekly and the offerings are always fresh, delicious and varied.

Richard Fung

Quick SummaryThis review is for their Sunday brunch. Food was decent; service was friendly but they appeared understaffed. Good atmosphere with their outdoor dining patio for people-watching. Good establishment, but not a must-try if you're a touristFood- 4 starsGrilled Salmon with Soba Noodles and lemon dressing- this was an interesting fusion dish, and it was decent. I wouldn't come out of my way to get it, but it was goodWestern risotto and poached eggs- similar assessment as above. it's an interesting menu, but the food was just decentService- 4 starsThe servers were very friendly and accommodating, but we had to wait 15 minutes (just standing in the middle of the restaurant) despite having a reservation for brunch. They seemed understaffed as it appeared only 2-3 servers were working during the July 4 weekendBottom LineWas disappointed as Poppy Hall was highlighted in Eater and had rave reviews on Yelp. Perhaps their accolades were for their lunch and dinner menu. However, the Sunday brunch (or maybe what we ordered), was simply lackluster.

Lamic Johans

Outstanding food! Great service.Highly recommend, the best food I had in a long time.

Mrs. Susan

I’d give 10 stars if I could.The good is outstanding good. We had the vegetable purée and the mushroom ravioli, lemon- poppyseed cake for desert.Everything was incredibly good!Fresh ingredients, made with love, served with a smile!All waiters super friendly and sweet.Feels like family diner!Though it was very busy, everything came quickly.Thank you so much for hosting us!Fun fact: You’re passing the kitchen on the way to the restrooms- tells me that they know how clean and well organised they’re working, so they do not mind guests to take a closer look behind the scenes.

Richard F.

Quick Summary This review is for their Sunday brunch. Food was decent; service was friendly but they appeared understaffed. Good atmosphere with their outdoor dining patio for people-watching. Good establishment, but not a must-try if you're a tourist Food- 4 stars Grilled Salmon with Soba Noodles and lemon dressing- this was an interesting fusion dish, and it was decent. I wouldn't come out of my way to get it, but it was good Western risotto and poached eggs- similar assessment as above. it's an interesting menu, but the food was just decent Service- 4 stars The servers were very friendly and accommodating, but we had to wait 15 minutes (just standing in the middle of the restaurant) despite having a reservation for brunch. They seemed understaffed as it appeared only 2-3 servers were working during the July 4 weekend Bottom Line Was disappointed as Poppy Hall was highlighted in Eater and had rave reviews on Yelp. Perhaps their accolades were for their lunch and dinner menu. However, the Sunday brunch (or maybe what we ordered), was simply lackluster.

Laura S.

Talk about feeling welcomed this place has it in spades. From the greeter to the waiter to the support staff they are so warm and friendly you feel you are in for a great meal and they don't disappoint. Corn chowder and warm burrata and tomato salad was just the perfect pairing. Delightful experience all around. Just say Yes to Poppy Hall

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