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Giant Artichoke Restaurant

11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
+1 831-633-3501
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good45%
  • Average22%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“fruit” (5 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3405
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Castroville, the Artichoke capitol of the US, stop in at the Big Artichole for local specialities. We had the Artichoke plate, consisting of: fried artichoke, artichoke dip, buttered artichoke, Fire glazed artichoke, maybe artichoke soup and definitely an Artichoke cupcake for desert. Delicious!

Thank David B L
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

One of The speciality of this Mexican food restaurant is the artichoke hearts deep fried. So when in the Artichoke capital of the world u have to give them a go plus the other food is great as well

Thank PatricMichael
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Stopped to get a pic with the giant artichoke ( I have a thing about the World's Largest anything) and to try the fried artichokes, but we were a little hesitant because of the look of disrepair. However, the people were very friendly and the...More

Thank Diane D
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Stumbled across this place and what a treasure it was. The breakfast buffet was fully stocked with any breakfast food you could imagine with an omelet station. The staff was friendly, attentive, and on point with keeping our cups full. Definitely will revisit here again.

Thank RhondaGeeesh
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped here after our whale watching trip in Moss Landing, about 10 minutes away. The giant artichoke is a great place to get a photo. I had read some reviews before going and they were not very promising, but I was looking for American...More

1  Thank Manateegirl
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Growing up my sister, my parents and I would go get fried artichokes when we were out that way visiting family. This time we took our husbands and my niece to experience them. All the way in Nebraska steamed artichokes are a staple in our...More

Thank ginat4134
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Great place to try fried artichokes .. very good! In the shop you will find a bit of everything, fruits and vegetables but larger than the norm!

1  Thank Oreste G
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Google said this restaurant was closed and I'm really glad it wasn't. Food is amazing. Artichokes served several different ways and also available to buy. Large selection of none artichoke dishes too. Staff were friendly and really helpful. Well worth the detour into Castroville.

2  Thank TheMoogScotland
Reviewed 17 April 2017

It's right off the freeway surrounded by artichoke fields. They make artichoke things. Fried, stuffed, soup,etc., etc. Remember artichoke season is March, April, and May. If there is a late frost the leaves get burned, frost kissed is marketing. Real good artichokes are not brown....More

1  Thank oldjgw
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This place is lovely pace with artichokes of all sizes. The farms are nearby, where you will find artichokes and strawberries.

Thank Gul K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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