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Vivolo's Chowder House

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$$ - $$$
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127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
+1 831-372-5414
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Union City
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I walked from downtown to Vivolo's just to try their clam chowder. I was walking with my dog and ordered a cup to go. Sat on a big boulder with a view of the ocean and ate. It was delicious! Creamy and full of clams.

Thank Angela M
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent chowder! 5 minute walk from the aquarium. There was no shortage of clams in their chowder and it was so tasty!! Whether you get the bread bowl or just a bowl, you can't go wrong! The staff was top notch as well, quick and friendly.

Thank Jeff W
Branson, Missouri
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We eat here every time we make it to Pacific Grove. Their clam chowder really IS the best on the Monterey Peninsula. A bowl of that and a half order of garlic bread makes for a fabulous lunch. All their seafood is fresh and is delicious. I love the breading on the prawns and chips and fish and chips. It's... More 

Thank midwest3333
Stockton, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A 5 minute walk from the house we were staying in, returned four times during the week. Prices were excellent, food was outstanding. Going to miss it now that we are gone.

Thank naphipps
San Francisco, California
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339 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in search of an affordable restaurant and found this place by chance! Quick peek showed a packed dining restaurant ! Loved all the wall art all around the restaurant - gave it the Monterey vibe ! We shared a bowl of chowder and split a calamari sandwich between two people and it was just right ! The sandwich... More 

Thank EilliMTW
Sacramento, California
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Most people look for spot go eat right on Cannery Row... but just a block away is a great little spot fir clam chowder & fish & chips. We each had cup of chowder & split fish We thought the seever had our order wrong & brought two orders-- but he'd split it for no charge giving us extra chips... More 

Thank Bonnie C
Carmel, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The absolute best clam chowder on the peninsula. Their bread bowl with the cheesy garlic lid is a true indulgence, but one that is so worth it. We've also had sandwiches, pasta, dinner specials, and others but the thing that brings me back is the chowder - it is so rich and delicious it must be tried, forget eating at... More 

Thank ricefluff
Los Angeles, California
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Came here for lunch and WOW. Locals spot, everything made fresh, in-house (WINNER!). I had the pan roast soup with the garlic cheese topper and HOLY SMOKES! It was awesome! My friend had the fish & chips - which was very light and not at all greasy. We shared the shrimp cocktail and it was the best I've had. The... More 

Thank MissesJai
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

chowder was owesome, rest of the food was normal - not amazing, but ok. fisherman plate is a deep fried fish and seafood, service was good

Thank Chen A
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We travel to Pacific Grove every year yet this is the first time here. Based on the reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided on a quick lunch today. We each had a cup of clam chowder & split a grilled shrimp sandwich with cheese & avocado on sliced sour dough. The clam chowder was good but I had a hard... 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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-372-5414

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?