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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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Steakhouse, Chowder, Seafood
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39 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940 (Scott Street)
+1 831-375-4604
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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My daughter Emma chose this for her birthday meal when we were staying for a couple of nights. We thought it was going to be the typical tourist restaurant but were pleasantly surprised. It has lovely views over the harbour and a nice classy atmosphere. Menu was good plenty of choice for all tastes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Armagh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
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Armagh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My daughter Emma chose this for her birthday meal when we were staying for a couple of nights. We thought it was going to be the typical tourist restaurant but were pleasantly surprised. It has lovely views over the harbour and a nice classy atmosphere. Menu was good plenty of choice for all tastes and we all enjoyed our various... More 

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Mansfield, Ohio
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Without a doubt, the best restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf. Great atmosphere and views overlooking Monterey Harbor and awesome food. We had Halibut cheeks and they were great! Service was good and they had an extensive wine list.

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Carmel, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Friends and I recently visited Old Fisherman's Grotto, in response to a "locals' special". None of us had been to Fisherman's Wharf for years. We thought it was for the tourists. We were all pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food here, and the service was beyond perfect. I wish I could remember the server's name, alas I cannot.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We found the food at Old Fishermans Grotto to be less than average, and far too expensive for the poor quality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

but he was great--attentive, friendly and classy all rolled into one! Good service is so important in enjoying a restaurant meal, but the most important thing is always the food--it was great, if you are into fresh seafood and all that. The place has a special ambience and great view of the harbor. Have nothing bad to say about this.... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The Old Fisherman's Grotto is on Monterey's tourist wharf, a sort of version of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The view one gets, especially sitting as we were by the window, is very pleasant, looking over the water and the harborside buildings across the way. You might even see some seals frisking in the water. The interior is most appealing... More 

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Fresno, California
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29 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

we didn't know that this was a fancy meal we just wanted good food. but it didn't really matter, it was full of tourists who were still all in jeans and t shirt. we were seated on the upper level with excellent views of the pier and boats. my husband ordered the dabs, which was excellent and perfectly prepared. I... More 

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WILLISTON
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We ate here after a whale watching expedition. We were cold, but the clam chowder in a bread bowl was hot and delicious. Service was prompt and atmosphere was good.

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San Diego
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26 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Wow! What a pleasant surprise. This restaurant is located in the wharf. Most cities we visit that have restaurants on the wharf, they are sub-par. Usually the food is not so good because they overcompensate with the location. Not this place! The food and service was superior! Everything, absolutely phenomenal! Can't wait to go return the next time we are... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We arrived in Monterey late in the evening and wanted to stretch our legs and get some seafood. The hotel recommended this restaurant, and Trip Advisor and Yelp seemed to agree, so we set out. Despite arriving around 8 pm we were greeted with the news that we'd have a 45 minute wait, and were handed a beeper that would... More 

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Additional Information about Old Fisherman's Grotto

Address: 39 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: +1 831-375-4604
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Chowder, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 39 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
    (Scott Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-4604

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Scenic view

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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