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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
831. 375.4604
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Ranked #23 of 257 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Scott Street
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Redding
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We looked and the menu and were impressed, but the sign out front sealed the deal. "No Strollers, No Booster seats and people with loud children will be asked to leave." Now that might upset some people, especially if they have unruly kids, but there is nothing worse than paying top dollar for a good meal and having it spoiled... More

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

After a long day at Point Lobos, my husband and I were both famished. We wanted a casual seafood place to eat and found several on the pier so we thought we would try this one. (And yes, they lured us in with their tasty claim chowder.) After a 30 min wait to be seated, we finally got our table,... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Found on trip and went along without a reservation, the staff told us a table would be 20-30 and gave us a pager (great system). We walked along the pier and within 20 mins the table was ready: candle lit, overlooking the sea, cosy. We had chowder and the Fisherman's wharf combination plate- both delicious! We ordered a bottle of... More

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Montreal, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We dine at the restaurant after a whale watching tour. We tried to make reservation with open table but it was sold out. However at the entrance, the hostess gave us a beeper and told us that there was 1:00 hour waiting. We waited while shopping and walking the pier. The wait was finally 30 minutes. Excellent fish (flaunder). Steak... More

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The salmon was great and my husband had stuffed shrimp that he enjoyed as well. The staff was very attentive. We took home leftovers and our server asked the chef how we should reheat them so they would still be good. Also they gave us a wonderful piece of cheesecake for our anniversary and they gave me a rose. All... More

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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Hooray! A restaurant that's not afraid to turn away families with small children. I dined with my daughter, who's 12 & a foodie like me. I was wary of the quality at a place on the touristy embarcadero, but I took the word of Trip Advisor and was not disappointed! Fish was superbly prepared, and extremely fresh. Atmosphere is dark... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There are lots of restaurants on the wharf, but let me tell you, this is superb. A little pricy but well worth it. The clam chowder is the best I've ever had. All of our meals were done to perfection and the cheesecake a real work of art and to die for. The waiter even presented my granddaughter and me... More

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Saint John, Indiana
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134 reviews 134 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Our hotel, the Marriott, recommended Old Fisherman's Grotto. The restaurant was a five minute walk from the hotel located on the Wharf. Our first time eating there. What a treat! Our service was wonderful, our server Brad was top notch. The food was delicious, I had Petrale Sole, a local fish that we don't have in the Midwest, very mild... More

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Austin, TX
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Definitely a tourist trap. Great service and beautiful restaurant. Food was mediocre and very expensive.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

They took a very long time to take our order but it was definitely worth it once I got my almond-joy shake and my clam chowder!

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