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Giant Artichoke Restaurant

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11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
+1 831-633-3501
07:00 - 21:00
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San Jose, California
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stop here every time we come home from camping.They have some very good fried artichokes and even better fresh ones. We get a couple of bags of the hearts and at least 4-6 large fresh ones every time.

Thank TheBigRavioli
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I absolutely enjoy the Giant Artichoke restaurant in Castroville California. I always have the giant steamed artichoke because it is always delicious. Their chicken grilled chicken salad is absolutely delicious as well. It also comes with grilled garlic bread that is so tasty. They have an excellent salad bar that includes Jello and fruits.

Thank Jacqueline S
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We love to pick up the French fried artichokes here along with the fresh ones. This is a must for people visiting the area

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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went to have a taste of great artichokes, but ended up getting the fried artichokes. It was a disappointment because the hearts were not as large as I had expected and the flavor wasn't there. I took the batter off, and got better flavor. But, having said that, if you go, just order straight artichokes with mayonnaise! Also got chicken... More 

Thank Anne N
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78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Order the artichoke platter with 10fried artichoke hearts, a GIANT steamed artichoke, and some fresh baked artichoke bread - you won't regret it! Nice menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And get some fried chokes to GO.

Thank Dave T
Ankeny IA
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

My first introduction to artichokes 'in the wild'. Fresh grown right in Castroville. Deliciously prepared any number of ways and the market adjacent has all sizes of artichokes and other fruit and vegetables and other items for sale. It's just a classic for me and a must visit when in the area.

Thank drdeputy
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Kind of a hole in the wall. One guy running the entire place seemingly alone, rather taciturn I felt like an interloper daring to ask for service. It was technically okay, but the bad vibes kind of surrounded the place. Several tables had not been cleaned and just kind of sat there dirty. I was glad to get out of... More 

Thank Michael S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We stopped here but did not eat here so can't rate the food. We stopped at a giant field outside this tiny town and saw the most amazing artichokes. Go here is you l;ove artichokes!

Thank PamCooks
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

After being seated for 5-10 minutes, had to ask for menus. Ordered artichoke platter and cheeseburger medium rare. Artichoke platter, house specialty,was served first, even though both dishes were to be main courses. It came without the sauces, which we had to ask for. They came about 5-7 minutes later, when deep fried artichokes were cold. Still no cheeseburger. I... More 

Thank Barbara W
Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We have eaten here when we are in the area for over 25 years. Perhaps it is our older taste buds, but we found fried artichoke hearts to be too heavily coated and fried too long. The shrimp Louie we split was fine with a generous portion of San Francisco Bay shrimp on top of an extremely large bed of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Healthy
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Castroville
  • Phone Number: +1 831-633-3501

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?