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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
831. 375.4604
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Ranked #25 of 258 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $40
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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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Lake Arrowhead, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

No high chairs. No booster seats and no kids. Great service and fabulous clam chowder, abalone and calamari. We actually changed our anniversary plans just to go back to Monterey and eat here several times.

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San Jose, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Old Fisherman's Grotto is in a prime location on the Monterey Pier, and offers great views of the Bay to those at windows tables. This place has an old-school decor, and caters to slightly more mature crowd. But the food is quite good, as well as the service. I had the Macadamia Crusted Alaskan Halibut ($32) It is grilled... More

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Guelph, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

After arriving at our hotel in Monterey my wife and I looked for a nice restaurant for dinner on Yelp. We managed to whittle the list down to a few seafood restaurants but what most helped us decide on the Old Fisherman's Grotto was a Yelp review criticizing them for their policy to not seat young unruly children. That reviewers... More

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Los Angeles
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our delicious meal at this restaurant. It was cooked to perfection with perfect flavors and portions. The bread is good too! We also enjoyed the views - watching the sea otters munching away. We ate everything and were so full that we couldn't eat dessert but got it to go. We ate it later that night and... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I found this restaurant on trip advisor and I have no regrets. The food and staff were amazing or waiter was great very polite and was patient. The meals and appetizers were very flavorful! I definitely recommend the crab cakes!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Dropped by without a reservation and had a 20 minute wait for the table, a time we spent watching the sea lions at the pier. The service was a little bit slow, it seemed to be a busy night, but when the food arrived the portions were big and the food tasted great. Great desserts too. A little bit expensive... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Took a tip from a transit employee and decided to try this place out. Four in our group and we did not call ahead for reservations. On arrival, requested immediate seating with a view of the bay. Arrived around 3 pm on a Wednesday, but nothing was available (full house). The hostess said the wait would be 10 minutes. We... More

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New Orleans
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had a late reservation, 9 PM, as we were driving up the central coast and did not plan to arrive in town until the evening. We checked in to our hotel near the waterfront and walked to the restaurant on the wharf. The place is dark and fancy looking inside but looks like a typical wharf seafood restaurant on... More

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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife and I have been here for dinner several times. The Mama Isabella Favorite pasta is simply to die for. If your looking for a great seafood pasta this is a must try. Happy eating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The food was quite expensive (especially with a family of four). It was delicious food and worth the money since it was local and sustainable seafood. I highly recommend the crab ravioli and the Wild King Salmon.

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