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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
+1 831-375-4604
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (226 reviews)
“seafood” (192 reviews)
“calamari” (147 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 2 days ago

In order to avoid San Jose traffic on a Friday afternoon as we returned from Santa Barbara, we detoured to Monterey to enjoy fresh sand dabs which are local fish and always in season! We have dined at many of the restaurants on the pier,...More

Thank hutchss
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The normal touristic restaurant on the pier, the food was average but interesting , providing poke a Hawaiian traditional food... The staff was very friendly and efficient.

Thank ricardofr
Reviewed 4 days ago

Everything here on the menu is cooked to perfection. I eat here every time we're we are in this area. Service is great, food is amazing and desserts are great if you have room. The Bar, Bloody Mary with Prawns. Order this if you like...More

Thank Patti L
Reviewed 5 days ago

The location is great especially if you are lucky to get a view on the ocean. The service was very nice. The food is ok. Overall, it is somewhat too expensive.

1  Thank freesaad
Reviewed 5 days ago

This restaurant has got awesome service and food with a great view of the water however they are very upfront about children and noise so if you have small ones I would advise that you walk a little further up the wharf to find a...More

Thank Berry112008
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had dinner here on our first night in Monterey and I used TripAdvisor to narrow the selection. Seafood dishes (tuna, halibut) were tasty and the raspberry cheesecake desert again was tasty. Staff were very friendly. Restaurant was full which was also a good sign.

Thank Steve A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ambiance of this restaurant is similar to that of some of the pier restaurants in San Francisco. It's touristy, and the food is abundant. The staff is very friendly and experienced professionals. Menu is typical seafood-tourist, with some Italian dishes. Served quickly and professionally,...More

Thank Dennis C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sorry to those who have well behaved children ... but I have to say, it was nice to have a nice adult dinner without fussy, misbehavior. The atmosphere was beautiful at sunset... the view was very romantic. Had a 20 minute wait on Saturday night...More

Thank mmelinaz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here with family. It was good. The man outside of the restaurant gave us a free appetizer coupon. Calamari was tasty. The prices were average for the wharf. The clam chowder bowl was delicious but later I found myself drinking a lot of...More

Thank Tina R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was told that this place had the best clam chowder in town, and they were absolutely right. I ordered the surf and turf - the filet mignon was so tender and cooked perfectly. Vegetables were seasoned great and the lobster and baked potato were...More

Thank Gerald C
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Questions & Answers
11 May 2017|
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Response from L8184GAjohnc | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is seasonal. I did not see it on the menu.
Sandra H
2 October 2016|
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Response from Jkahn059 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have separate area for groups
18 June 2016|
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Response from Will P | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anything about that. I'm sure if you called they'd be happy to answer your question.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 25 - USD 40
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
    (Scott Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-4604
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Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Harbor, Old Fisherman's Grotto is a "must visit" restaurant. The "Grotto" has rightfully earned its worldwide reputation for only the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Featuring fresh seafood from sustainable sources including Macadamia Crusted Halibut, Hawaiian Swordfish, Ultimate Seafood Pasta, live Crab and Lobster, the Grotto also offers a variety of the finest "Certified Angus Beef". Start with our award-winning clam chowder and finish by indulging in one of our fresh house-made desserts. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our 2014, 2015 Wine Spectator Award Wine list with over 200 selections specializing in local vineyards. AAA 3 Diamond Rating, Monterey Peninsula Chamber "Business Excellence" Award Winner. 2010 1St Place "West Coast Chowder Competition", "Best Chowder" Monterey County for 12 consecutive years , Winner "Best Calamari" three consecutive years in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award". No high chairs. No strollers. No booster chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners and as such not permitted in the dining room.
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