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Giant Artichoke Restaurant

11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
+1 831-633-3501
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good44%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
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11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

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
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...More

1  Thank Jacqueline S
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

Reviewed 14 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,...More

Thank Anne N
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.

1  Thank Dave T
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...More

Thank drdeputy
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank Michael S
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
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 25 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...More

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Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, 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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