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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432 (Scott Street)
+1 831-375-4604
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A group of us decided we wanted fish while we were in Monterey at a bridge tournament. I just wanted fresh fish but when I looked at the menu they had sanddabs -- something I hadn't had for years as most places consider them too much work to prepare. I was not disappointed! The sanddabs were fresh and almost melted... More 

Thank Carole S
Monterey, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not only is the food fabulous but the atmosphere is extremely inviting both day and night. At night you have a beautiful view of the boat lights and city lights. During the day you have the beautiful view of the ocean. Any room is ideal to be in for lunch or dinner.

Thank jcruz1012016
San Francisco, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a delicious, well priced dinner. Seated by the window overlooking the bay. Service attentive without being intrusive. Restaurant was quiet, unlike so many noisy spots where it's difficult to hear. If I lived there I'd eat here regularly.

1 Thank emily916
Martinez, California
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Carmel and Monterey many times and decided to visit the Fisherman's Wharf this day. We decided to go someplace that we have never been on the wharf. After going in and finding this great interior with terrific smells, we sat at the bar area and had a drink. After a short stay, this gentleman came in and... More 

1 Thank timothy r
Yuba City, United States
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In my opinion this is not only the best chowder on the wharf, it is the best in California. I've been coming here for over 25 years. Sometimes only once every 2 years, but I've never been disappointed. The service is top notch. It is fine dining and can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. We'll split an... More 

Thank Eric C
Monterey, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fisherman's Grotto is my "go to" place anytime I'm at the wharf, and I'm a local. Every waiter and waitress is attentive, but not overly so. The artichoke and calamari are the best appetizers - I could make a meal of just those, including the delicious breads that are served! I have not found a clam chowder that I enjoy... More 

1 Thank MarthaB5515
Fresno, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were not really starving and just had some clam chowder. I was a cold december afternoon and the chowder hit the spot.

2 Thank kellyandjudy
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Look from the outside and you think this place is a small cafe type dining but inside it looks different. You want a nice fine dining romantic dining for a date this is a place to go. Great food and very romantic. Took my love and was very impressed.

1 Thank Joseph G
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65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My date and I had every intention of eating here based upon the reviews that we read. But when we got to the restaurant and saw this sign (there are actually three of them just to be sure it is seen!) I wouldn't even walk in the door. I didn't have my kids with me, but as a parent, I... More 

1 Thank Brennan J
Santa Paula, California
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148 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lunch review. There was no crowd when we were there, so we were seated immediately and waited upon and served in a timely fashion. My wife gave both her Clam Chowder and Fish Salad a "B+." She said if we had been in El Paso or Phoenix she would have been delighted, but, frankly, we have had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 40
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Romantic
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
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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