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“Always busy, always friendly, always great seafood” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monterey's Fish House

Monterey's Fish House
Ranked #7 of 297 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Salinas, California
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214 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Always busy, always friendly, always great seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

A visit last Thursday to The Monterey Fishhouse was rewarding as always. The place was packed as usual, with potential diners waiting in doorways and out in front. Long experience had led to our calling for a reservation, so our wait was brief. Carlos, our waiter (he's been there 16 years, and is always warm, affable and knowledgeable), rattled off the day's specials...about a dozen of them...from which I chose the sea scallops (in a marvelous white wine, butter and garlic sauce) and crabcake combination, served with a lightly-sauced pasta and mixed vegetables. Judy had an excellent broiled mahi mahi. They have Santa Margarita pinot grigio by the glass, so our food was well-accompanied. There was one minor downside, however -- a chocolate mousse that seemed grainy.

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Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

This is a small restaurant with no frills, but they do have great food. It was packed, so go early. Our waiter explained the menu which is quite expansive. Everything is fresh and cooked the way you want it. Wine selection was okay. My only suggestion is to go to the bathroom before you go there. You'll enjoy your meal more. Great prices, Great food, great help.

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Portland, Ore.
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Make a reservation!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the MFH. However, be sure to make a reservation. They are very popular, and you will wait for hours to get a table if you don't reserve in advance. It's well worth the wait, though!

Visited February 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“just go for the food, nothing else.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

place was packed, overcrowded. we basically joined another couple and shared a table. food is outstanding but the place needs to be featured on Restaurant Makeover. don't go with anyone you want to impress.

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Clovis, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Best kept secret!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Doors open at 5pm. Expect a line! If you are late, you might be forced to wait outside!

Visited February 2012
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