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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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Sat., 19/1
20:00
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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
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Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Business meetings

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Menu

CLAM CHOWDER
Cup $8.0
Large Bowl $17.0
Bread Bowl $17.0
Garlic Butter Toasted Bread Bowl $19.0
Original 'Monterey Style' Clam Chowder
We are proud to be the originators of the "Monterey Style" Clam Chowder that has become world famous!
APPETIZERS
$8.5
Whole Roasted Garlic & Garlic Bread
Roasted Garlic with oven toasted Ciabatta Bread with Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese
$13.0
Grilled Artichoke
Castroville Artichoke marinated in Balsamic Vinaigrette, served with Lemon Dill Aioli
$13.0
Oysters Rockefeller (3)
Pacific Oysters topped with Spinach, Bread Crumbs, Bacon, Herbs, Cheese & Hollandaise Sauce
$12.0
Bay Shrimp Cocktail
$17.0
Dungeness Crabmeat Cocktail
$15.0
Crab Meat Tower
Layers of Avocado and Dungeness Crabmeat tossed in Lemon Dill Aioli and Fresh Mango & Papaya Relish
$14.0
Mexican Style Prawn Cocktail
Prawns marinated in Tomatoes, Avocados, Onions, Cilantro, and fresh Lime Juice
$14.0
Fried Calamari
Tender Monterey Bay Calamari strips and tentacles, lightly seasoned, floured and deep fried, served with Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and Lemon
$17.0
Coconut Shrimp (4)
A Tropical Delight! Served with Mango Dipping Sauce
$16.0
Steamed Clams
Steamed then simmered with Garlic, White Wine, Butter and Parsley
ORGANIC LOCAL SALADS
Add Chicken $7 ~ Add 3 Grilled Shrimp $9 ~ Add a cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder $5
$12.0
House Baby Spinach Salad
Tender organic Baby Spinach tossed with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette, crumbled Sonoma Goat Cheese, Red Onions & Candied Walnuts
$14.0
Warm Goat Cheese & Roasted Beet Salad
Served with organic Baby Arugula tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette, Candied Walnuts and Toasted Bread Points with Fig Jam
$16.0
Caesar Salad
A classic! Organic Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Bread and Anchovies
$16.0
Pear & Gorgonzola Salad
Poached Pears served over Salinas Valley organic mixed Greens, tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette and topped with Candied Walnuts & crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
$22.0
Oriental Chicken Salad
Charbroiled Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Almonds, Mandarin Oranges, Salinas Valley organic mixed Greens and a spicy Oriental Dressing
$27.0
Spinach & Prawn Salad
Grilled Prawns over organic Baby Spinach, tossed with Bacon-Brandy Vinaigrette, with hard-boiled Eggs, Red Onions and fresh Mango & Papaya
$27.0
Shrimp Louie
Tender Bay Shrimp served over Salinas Valley organic mixed Greens, with chef's garnish
$28.0
Crab Louie
Delicious Crabmeat served over Salinas Valley organic mixed Greens with chef's garnish
HOUSE SPECIALTIES
Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5
$50.0
Twin Lobster Tails
Two 6 ounce Lobster Tails, oven broiled and served with clarified Butter, Toasted Israeli Couscous and sautéed organic Vegetables
$40.0
Seafood Stew (Cioppino)
Best on the Wharf! A variety of Crab, Shrimp, Calamari, Bay Scallops, Clams and Fish simmered in a rich Marinara Sauce, served with Garlic Bread
$42.0
Seafood Paella with Chorizo
An array of Shrimp, Clams, fresh Fish, Lobster and Scallops in a Spicy Spanish Sauce. Tossed with caramelized Onions, Green Peas and Saffron Rice
Market Price
Dungeness Crab
Served when in season, Chilled or Steamed, served with clarified Butter, Toasted Israeli Couscous and sautéed organic Vegetables
$40.0
Ultimate Seafood Risotto
½ Lobster, Salmon and Prawns over a Bay Scallop Risotto with grilled Asparagus & Chili Beurre Blanc
STEAK & POULTRY
We proudly serve Certified Angus Beef. Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5
$23.0
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Breast sautéed with Lemon, White Wine and Capers, served with Penne Pasta and sautéed organic Vegetables
$25.0
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Breast sautéed with Portabella Mushrooms and Wine served with Toasted Israeli Couscous and sautéed organic Vegetables
$32.0
Maple Soy Skirt Steak
A delicious cut of tender Beef marinated in a Maple Soy Sauce, with Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes and sautéed organic Vegetables
$49.0
14 oz. Prime New York
Tender, flavorful charbroiled to perfection, topped with Herb Pound Butter. Served with Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes and sautéed organic Vegetables
$45.0
14 oz. Boneless Ribeye Steak
Topped with Herb Pound Butter on Twice Baked Potato and Grilled Asparagus
$46.0
10 oz. Filet Mignon
The very finest cut! Tenderloin charbroiled with Demi-Glace. Served with Twice Baked Potato and sautéed organic Vegetables
PASTA PASTA PASTA
Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5
$29.0
Linguini Isabella
It's named after Mom so you know it's the best! A bounty of Bay Shrimp, chopped Clams and Scallops simmered with fresh Tomatoes, Green Onions & Garlic in a Butter & Cream Sauce over a bed of Linguini
$27.0
Linguini & Clams
Whole Clams and Linguini in a Garlic Butter Sauce
$21.0
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Authentic Italian Cooking! Spaghetti Pasta and Italian Meatballs tossed in a rich Marinara Sauce
$22.0
Fettuccini Alfredo
Fettuccini tossed with a traditional Alfredo Sauce
$25.0
Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta
Chicken Breast breaded and grilled with Parmesan Cheese and Panko topped with melted Provolone Cheese with Penne Pasta in a Marinara Sauce
$29.0
Crab Ravioli
Hand rolled Crab Filled Raviolis served in a Sundried Tomato Alfredo Sauce
$21.0
Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan
Served over a variety of fresh organic Vegetables and Penne Pasta tossed in a Marinara Sauce
$33.0
Seafood Puttanesca
Penne Pasta sautéed with Salmon, Shrimp, Scallops, Tomatoes, Olives, Capers, Anchovies and fresh Herbs
SEAFOOD
All of our seafood comes from sustainable sources, and is harvested in a manner that does not harm the environment. We are an Associate Partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program and a certified "Green" approved restaurant. Add a Salad or a cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5
$24.0
Fried Calamari
Tender Monterey Bay Calamari, lightly seasoned, floured and deep fried, served with French fries, Cocktail and Tartar Sauce
$28.0
Sand Dabs
Fresh from the Bay, served with Citrus Beurre Blanc, caramelized Onion Risotto and sautéed organic Vegetables
$32.0
Grilled Scallops
Ginger-Lime Beurre Blanc, Toasted Israeli Couscous and sautéed organic Vegetables
$36.0
Macadamia Crusted Halibut
Alaskan Halibut crusted with Macadamia Nuts and Panko Breading, grilled and topped with Tropical Fruit Salsa and a Pineapple Citrus Sauce. Served with Maple Sweet Potatoes and sautéed organic Vegetables
Market Price
Wild Salmon (When in Season)
Broiled Wild Salmon, served with Toasted Israeli Couscous, sautéed organic Vegetables and Lemon Caper Beurré Blanc
$25.0
Calamari Eggplant Parmesan
Thick Calamari Steak breaded and grilled with Panko and aged Parmesan Cheese, topped with Eggplant, Monterey Jack Cheese and Italian Marinara Sauce, oven baked and served with Penne Pasta in a Pesto Sauce and sautéed organic Vegetables
$30.0
Fried Shrimp
Prawns lightly breaded and deep fried, served with French Fries, Tartar Sauce & Cocktail Sauce
$30.0
Coconut Fried Shrimp
Crunchy and delicious, served with a Mango dipping sauce and Sweet Potato Fries
$30.0
Shrimp Scampi
Large Shrimp sautéed in Garlic, Tomato, Butter and Lemon. Served with caramelized Onion Risotto and sautéed organic Vegetables
$29.0
Petrale Sole
Lightly breaded and grilled with Clarified Butter, served with Sweet Corn Risotto and sautéed organic Vegetables
COMBINATION PLATES
Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5
$37.0
Fisherman's Wharf Platter
1/2 Dungeness Crab, Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Scallop and Crab Cake. Served with caramelized Onion Risotto and sautéed organic Vegetables
$49.0
Surf 'n Turf
(Full order Available) 5 ounces of Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon covered with sautéed Mushrooms and 6 ounce Lobster Tail. Served with Twice Baked Potato and sautéed organic Vegetables
$39.0
Captain's Plate
Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops and Salmon grilled with a Lemon Herb Sauce. Served with Toasted Israeli Couscous and sautéed organic Vegetables
$95.0
The King's Meal
10 ounce tender aged Filet Mignon and Twin 6 ounce Lobster Tails. Served with twice baked Potato and sautéed organic Vegetables
BEVERAGES
Free refills on soft drinks, coffee and tea. Compliment your meal with a selection from our Award Winning Wine List. Water is served upon request
$3.0
Soft Drinks
$3.0
Coffee
$3.0
Iced Tea
$3.0
Hot Tea
$5.0
San Pellegrino Sparkling Water (Liter)
$5.0
Panna Still Water (Liter)
About
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
PRICE RANGE
USD 25 - USD 40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I actually had both lunch and dinner at Old Fishermans Grotto recently. The service, view and freshness of the food is always great! The clam chowder is absolutely amazing! We consistently use the free appetizer card to order the calamari, which we...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank cherylyosh
Reviewed 4 days ago

I've only been here a few times but so far everything has been amazing. Everything from the appetizers and bread all the way through to dessert. I had heard rave reviews on their clam chowder and they did not lie. It was creamy and buttery...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank seasdiechick
Reviewed 4 days ago

We've been dining at Old Fisherman's Grotto for over 30 years. When you want atmosphere, professional service, and delectable food, only 'the Grotto' will do. Just picked up a gallon (yes, by the gallon) of their world-famous clam chowder for a small family gathering and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Maggie L
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were looking for a fun - delicious restaurant - and trip advisor found this one for us. Parking was close and convenient. Food was wonderful - lots for your money meaning you could share if you're not starving.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank George M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a business lunch here and thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. Hot Crab Sandwich and a dozen Oysters were phenomenal. The restaurant itself is family owned and operated with real charm and more of a classy feel than many of the chain options...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank samuraiwildcat
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the owner who greats you at the door, to the hostess, the wait staff, the food, all are a "TEN". They even give the ladies on their way out a beautiful rose. The owner takes great pride in his restaurant, and always impeccably dressed....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank LAUREN P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first great meal over 30 years ago and as recently as our 40th I have enjoyed pleasant experiences each time. Reasonable prices great menu only regret is one stomach ):

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank bumanglags3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The garlic clam chowder bread bowl was very good. The restaurant is not family friendly. They tell you that right off the bat. No kids’ menus. I thought that for the price something other than French fries should be offered as a side dish with...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Crewof7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to most of the other restaurants on the wharf and this one is the best. The service and atmosphere are excellent.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank 128gregl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of four walked from our hotel to the wharf to view the boats and otters/seals. We figured since it was N.Y. eve we should get something to eat before too late (it was mid afternoon) so we went in and got seated right...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank suemichel
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jch11714
17 October 2018|
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Response from H7498CQjasona | Reviewed this property |
I don't know for sure but I did not see any dogs on the wharf area at all.
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MichaelU349
12 October 2017|
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Response from peter831grove | Reviewed this property |
I've never had a reservation there. But around the holidays - especially Summer, a reservation could make life easier.
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romyreicker
11 May 2017|
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Response from peter831grove | Reviewed this property |
I've never tried their abalone.
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