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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: Breakfast/Brunch, 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 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 11 consecutive years and 2013 & 2014 Winner "Best Calamari" 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
Families with children
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Sand Dabs

The Pier in Monterey is nothing to look at, several restaurants and tourist shops, but one great stop is the Old Fisherman's Grotto. Family owned, been around for many years, they serve the most outstanding Sand Dabs, a fish found locally in the Bay waters. It is light, succulent and is a must if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Nancy S
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South Berwick, Maine
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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South Berwick, Maine
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Pier in Monterey is nothing to look at, several restaurants and tourist shops, but one great stop is the Old Fisherman's Grotto. Family owned, been around for many years, they serve the most outstanding Sand Dabs, a fish found locally in the Bay waters. It is light, succulent and is a must if you are into seafood. The service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went in for their great tasting bread bowl chowder. Some of the best in the area. Celia, our waitress, was very knowledgable of the menu and also was extremely attentive. Great place to chow down on some creamy clam chowder.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great views of Monterey Bay serve as the backdrop to a quiet romantic dinner by the sea. Excellent seafood and drink. Service was spot on. The fresh crab was delectable. The ladies were given a rose at the end of the meal. Go get spoiled!

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California City, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We loved this restaurant! The food was really but our waitress made the experience even better. Thanks again, Celia!

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had lunch here as Princess Whale Watch had free appetizer coupon. Celia did an awesome job of educating us on the menu anD recommendations. Chowder was awesome as was the crab and sand dab. Price was inline with other Places.

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Sacramento, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Came here for lunch during family weekend getaway. The chowder was good and food in general was good, but I would not return because service and the host was arrogant. It was a crowded weekend and I understand there is a wait, but I didn't like how pushy they were to insist we didn't go too far but there was... More 

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The best chowder on the fisher mans wharf. We tried all the samples on the wharf and found the Fisher mans Grotto to be the best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Cecelia was an excellent waiters made sure all our needs were met and Isaisa was a great server. The atmosphere was nice. Rose petals were out in the table with a candle. Food was excellent. At the end of the meal Cecelia presented me with three roses and a high cheese cake.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I visited here whilst travelling and was very impressed with the food. In particular the calamari. Great atmosphere with very friendly staff. I would not hesitate to recommend.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Ordered the 14oz New York steak with mimosa drink. My son ordered the seafood sampler with a soft drink. Everything was perfect . We we're seated promptly and first, reservations helped but it was 11:30 on a Saturday morning. The waiter was attentive to our needs always checking on us but not too much. Got a complementary cheesecake for my... More 

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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: Families with children, 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 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 11 consecutive years and 2013 & 2014 Winner "Best Calamari" 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?