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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 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
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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Santa Rosa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

As I walked on the wharf with several friends we were offered samples of clam chowder from almost every eatery we passed. I am not much of a clam chowder person but when we tasted the sample offered by Fisherman's Grotto we stopped dead in our tracks! We all agreed we had to go in to order more:) The food... More

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We were headed to the Fisherman's Grotto for dinner, but were stopped immediately outside by their children's policy. "No strollers, no high chairs, no booster seats....Children crying or screaming are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in dining room." Just as a warning to those of you who may walk or drive a long distance.... More

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orange county
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Yep, I wasn't kidding. The Seafood Grotto was our destination. All the way I was dreaming about the BEST clam chowder in Cali. Before we even checked into our hotel we were seated and enjoying the chowder and calamari in a dark, comfortable booth. I ordered humongeous scallops seared to perfection on a tasty bed of vegies and couscous. My... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

The food was excellent. We all three had different selections and we were all very happy. Service was great and we had a nice view. All selections were a little expensive. Would visit again.

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Clinton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We waited a short time for a table so that we could have a view of the harbor. The view was nice, but we noticed that there were many tables on the upper floor with a better view. I had a salad with grilled shrimp on top, it was very good, but there only a few shrimp. Everyone else in... More

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

You expect tourist prices on the Wharf, but the food is very good. We started with a Calamari appetizer for three people. Good, not great. I had crab cakes and they were the best in memory and great sides, made a very good meal. Very moist, not the usual dry crab cakes most places have. Wife had Eggplant Parmesan and... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

While surrounded by other similar looking, tourist oriented seafood restaurants, we were very happily surprised by the quality of the food which made for one of the best meals we had had for a very long time. Great seafood, veggies and dessert!

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Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Unlike some of the other recent posters, we had surprisingly good service here on a very busy Sunday afternoon over 4th of July weekend with a late lunch and a table for 5 people. Not unexpectedly, we had to wait for a table (duh!) but the service was snappy and the food was very good. I'm usually not a big... More

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Monterey, California
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I thought this restaurant was a very good choice. The food was good and the service was nice. The ambience, location and scenery was decent. I'd come back again.

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Melbourne Beach, Florida, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Had dinner with my wife and son on a Sunday evening around 6PM. This is located in Fisherman's Wharf amongst all of the other tourist trap restaurants and stores. I reluctantly went because of the location, but my son insisted the online reviews were good and we should give it a try. He was right, the good was terriffic. My... More

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