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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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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: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
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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    Very good
  • 126
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  • 57
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Pricey but good

Had combo meal and free appetizer ,fish good ,crab cake low on crab and large shrimp tough and not much flavor ,suggest popcorn shrimp and forget large shrimp and crab cakes

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Phil G
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Santiago, Chile
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here to eat my first chowder and I absolutely loved it. The view from our table was great and you can hear the ocean waves, which is relaxing. Good soft music as well. Totally recommended for a night out and then try to walk around the bay and have profound philosophical conversations.

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Thank Paola T
Modesto, California
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

By far the best clam chowder you will ever eat. Creamy and delicious! I recommend ordering it in the bread bowl. Restaurant offers lots of tables overlooking the water.

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Thank marisameeks
New York
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with colleagues for dinner and drinks. Had an amazing time. Everything was delicious and we really enjoyed ourselves. Great location near the water and a nice walk on the pier after a wonderful meal

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Thank TouringSM
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71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$$$bring your money but food and service is very good went at 8pm on A friday night and busy for a non busy time of season here. Recieved a rose after our meal a special touch. Will I go back for sure go try clam chowder.

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Thank Mercedesmom
Volcano, California
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328 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Full bar, nice ambience, good wine list, great service. My grilled scallops were very good. Her rock cod was dismal. They served it not as a fillet, but as the whole fish - fins, head, tail, skin, bones and all. She was not happy, having to dissect her dinner. Expensive.

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Thank Amador
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had combo meal and free appetizer ,fish good ,crab cake low on crab and large shrimp tough and not much flavor ,suggest popcorn shrimp and forget large shrimp and crab cakes

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Thank Phil G
Danville
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A 66 year Resturant Establishment that continues to deliver some of the best seafood on the Monterey Peninsula! Located on the Monterey Wharf, this "Old World Meets New Cuisine" delivers truly the best Clam Chowder we have ever tasted, anywhere! Loads of fresh fish dinners to choose from and all with creative, artistic presentations. Out of this world desserts, and... More 

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Thank Sama H
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the friendly staff. We were greeted with a smile as soon as we entered. We went to the bar to wait for a table and the bartender Karen was very gracious. We ordered a couple drinks and for myself an ice tea. She brought extra lemons like I had asked and sweetner. She filled the glass for 4 times.... More 

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Thank Chris E
Fresno, California
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good sea food options on the wharf. View of the bay. With lunch came a complementary appetizer. Service was fast and our glasses refilled.

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Thank gish0503
Trinidad and Tobago
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just cannot say enough about this wonderful place! Great food, intimate ambiance, amazing service & a priceless view on the water! I love halibut...and the Macadamia nut crusted is out of this world! Can't wait to go back!

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Thank Christine M

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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, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, 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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