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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
+1 831-375-4604
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (229 reviews)
“seafood” (196 reviews)
“calamari” (152 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 5 May 2016

Stopped here for a quick lunch while exploring the wharf after a morning whale watching. My wife and I had the clam chowder in a sourdough bowl as we hadn't yet managed to have this on our two week road trip and it looked like...More

Thank Jonathan B
Reviewed 4 May 2016

We visited this restaurant at night so couldnot take advantage of the sea view. However we enjoyed our dinner very much. The hall is wide with different rooms spread around. The wood panels and high windows gave a different look. Service was very good. Our...More

Thank nkohen
Reviewed 3 May 2016

First class restaurant atmosphere, with a good view. The food was very good, especially the half crab with shrimps and salmon. Very recommended :)

Thank Vapira
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Walking through the Fisherman's Wharf area, we were offered a sample of their clam chowsder and walked in and immediately got a table for two. This place had really cool ambiance with wood paneling on all the walls and huge windows looking out on the...More

Thank WallyBoag
Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Good prices, good food, great service, we will definitely eat here again, try the famous cower in a bread bowl, enjoy your meal and your visit.

Thank Cris B
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Really great food, combined with great service. Try the chowder and you will return for more. Everyone in our group tried a different seafood dish and they were all excellent. Waiter was attentive and drinks were reasonable.

Thank FrequentTraveler501
Reviewed 29 April 2016

We did not make reservations and we were told that was not a problem and come on in. The Steaks are cooked to your expectations. We always get a window booth so we can enjoy the wildlife and ocean while eating dinner. Nice romantic setting...More

Thank GUCCI415
Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

We recognized the sign as it has been there for a long time. Of course, all the restaurants are trying to get you to come, but this one offered clam chowder samples and I said, "I want that!" And our friend said this was the...More

Thank RonandJoan
Reviewed 28 April 2016

The clam chowder bread bowls are to die for! The food was amazing, the restaurant is beautiful, and their service is impeccable. We were there for dinner on April 24th and our server, Celia, was amazing. She is knowledgeable, attentive and anticipates your needs. The...More

Thank melindaleister
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Service was very good. The clam chowder was excellent. The red snapper dinner was exceptional. Passed on dessert, but they looked delicious. Watched the sun set while we had dinner.

Thank Tudy40turk
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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
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Business meetings, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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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