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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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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a special place, my wife and I love it! Delicious food and quality! Everthing is fresh! Recommended!

Thank Paulo S
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Initially I went for the Crab Cakes. I was not expecting to find such an amazing dining experience in the middle of a tourist attraction. My table ordered everything from the Clam Chowder bread bowl to Chicken Piccata. Everything was on point. Save room for desert, the Chefs rendition of Oreo Cheese cake is not to be missed! I was... More 

Thank chinodiver
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No visit to Monterey is complete without a stop at Old Fisherman's Grotto. It is a step back in time---literally. The music is mostly Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Fun! Not a cheap place to eat, but the service was great and portions huge.

Thank brightspot84
Visalia, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Lyft driver who works for the city of Monterey recommended this place when we asked for a suggestion. We were not disappointed. Yes, it is pricey. However, the service is impeccable, the food is beautifully prepared and certainly fresh. If you want a real treat, plan a meal here!

Thank Terry P
San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was your basic casual dining quality. The views are nice but hard to enjoy them because the dining space is so cramped that you can hear everyone's conversations. The bowls are tacky, shaped like clam shells. . . Very touristy.

Thank Ryan C
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102 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the food. Yummy chowder and fish entrees. Deserts to die for. Great service and very welcoming staff at the front desk. We will certainly be back!

Thank Steffenino
Newmarket, New Hampshire
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75 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner during our family reunion and I can't express enough how wonderful the staff was! We spent three delightful hours with these folks and they treated us like family. The wait staff is personable and friendly. We were treated to complimentary appetizers after ordering two bottles of wine for our group. I ordered the Seared sea... More 

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Modesto, California
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145 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were seated upstairs (didn't even know they had an upstairs area), the lighting was low and very romantic, it was actually a nice surprise. Service was fast, friendly and very attentive. I ordered Macadamia Crusted Halibut it was grilled and topped with tropical fruit salsa, and a Pineapple Citrus sauce. Served with some amazing sweet potatoes that tasted like... More 

Thank soulsisters
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. We've visited here a few times before and enjoyed it every time. We had a great lunch and drinks

Thank Letterato
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301 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes its Fisherman's Wharf, yes its touristy, yes you'll be pointed to the restaurant after your whale trip and yes you'll get a free starter. The main reason you should go here however,  is to enjoy the food, location and excellent service if you get lucky enough to be served by Joel. What a really nice man and cool dude. ... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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