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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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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
Comfortable setting with admirable food and service

My wife and I were looking for an enjoyable seafood experience in Monterey. We found what we were looking for at Old Fisherman's Grotto. The ambiance was clean and comfortable, the service was superb, and the food was well above average. My wife loved her Sand Dabs, the bite she offered me was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Northern California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

1st time at this restaurant - recommended by the Embassy Suites - food was the best we had all weekend. We all got different meals (surf and turf for me) and shared bites - mine was the best! We didn't have room for dessert but I really enjoyed looking at them. I would definitely go again.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, the best service (Celia), and a wonderful menu with lots of seafood options. Only regret is we didn't have room for dessert.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were looking for an enjoyable seafood experience in Monterey. We found what we were looking for at Old Fisherman's Grotto. The ambiance was clean and comfortable, the service was superb, and the food was well above average. My wife loved her Sand Dabs, the bite she offered me was excellent. I needed some fruits and vegetables,... More 

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Crested Butte, Colorado
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Staff was attentive, food was good and well presented. However, prices a bit high for what you get. Wharf sampler had 2 shrimp, 1 scallop, 1 small crabcake, and 1/2 of a small crab....for $34. Probably could have done better elsewhere.

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Watsonville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Ate here for lunch on a beautiful day. Many choices on the Monterey Wharf and this is one of the best. Both the sand dabs & petrale sole were cooked perfectly. Veggies were al dente and delicious as was the caramelized onion Risotto. Clam chowder soup was very good & served hot. With a wine list currently 25% off any... More 

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Galesburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I ate here 3 times in a one week stay, taking people back with me each time. Halibut. So fresh and perfectly prepared. Our table was next to a window and we watched the sun set on the bay. The staff spoiled us like VIPs, and even presented each of the ladies with a rose. The Grotto made my Monterey... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Just like this first time i ate here. Great service and amazing food. Recogognized as a return guest I got complementary calamari stips delicious . I recommend a table by the glass upstairs great view over the water with boats in the back round. I had the captains plate and my wife had the artichoke chowder. Really really good food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The seafood was so fresh and plentiful in my pasta dish. And, we enjoyed a Monterey Bernardus 2012.....lovely chardonnay. Would highly recommend making this a go-to place for dinner on the wharf in Monterey.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner at Old Fishermans Grotto. The service was great but the food was not. I love seafood but I was not happy with my cocunut shrimp and sweet potato fries. We paid a lot for poor quality food. I did not enjoy the taste of the food. I would not recommend this restaurant on Fishermans Wharf in Montery.

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Pope Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We found this place while walking on the wharf......the food was great and our server, Celia, was friendly and prompt. The place was very busy but we did not have to wait for our food.

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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, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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