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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Romantic lunch with a view

Clam chowder $5 ( if with an entree) and a calamari sandwich (about $13) were wonderful. The chowder is rich, creamy, decadent and thick and my calamari sandwich was tender and lightly battered to perfection. The greens on my lunch plate were ample enough to be my salad since I usually skip bread... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The food is excellent and the service is exceptional. Staff are very courteous and responsive. The view was wonderful. We enjoyed our dinner and would go back again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Clam chowder $5 ( if with an entree) and a calamari sandwich (about $13) were wonderful. The chowder is rich, creamy, decadent and thick and my calamari sandwich was tender and lightly battered to perfection. The greens on my lunch plate were ample enough to be my salad since I usually skip bread. Service was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our first visit here, we had a beautiful view! The food was very good, & the service was excellent. For the area we thought the Prices were very average especially how great the good was! We would recommend the Seafood, the Red Snapper was delicious & the Salmon was some of the best I've ever had! When we return to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The food was decent...their chowder was mostly a potato soup with very few clams. The wait staff, or at least ours, left a lot to be desired. Our waiter was not friendly and almost condescending when speaking to us. We also overheard the patrons seated next to us ask for the "locals pricing menu"--meaning they are trying to overcharge because... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We ended up here when our first choice turned out not to be 'accessible'-in CA, hard to believe! The staff was helpful and accommodating-we turned up in casual clothes and it is trying to be a fine dining place, plus, my dad uses a walker, & that can fluster staff sometimes. The artichoke appetizer was excellent, messy, but good. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Had a taste of the clam chowder served outside and yess it was super delicious. Even the friend jumbo prawns and calamari. Ambiance is also great. A must visit place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Loved this place and specially the yummy crab cakes .. oh my god.. i still wanna go there again and again . Like the idea of presenting every lady with flowers :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We enjoyed a good feed here after being attracted in by their tasty clam chowder. It seemed fishier than in other restaurants that we had tried. I went for the classic bread bowl while my husband had a cheeseburger complete with bacon. Lovely Roberto was looking after us and we went for the refillable iced tea which was great value.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The valet at the Hyatt Regency recommended this place. He was spot on. The food was delicious. The only negative part was the feeling of being rushed. The waitress, although perky and pleasant, she was a bit annoying. When I go to an expensive restaurant, with a good view, and delicious food to savor, don't rush me. Allow me to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We had a delightful and delicious meal at Old Fisherman's Grotto and the service was exceptional! The evening we were there, every lady received a flower at the end of the meal!

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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, Romantic, Scenic view, Doing business

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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