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Monterey Fish House

2114 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-3712
831-373-4647
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Ranked #14 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Cambria, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I know my Central Coast of California fish. I know the difference between "local sea bass" and black cod. These are two species of fish regularly found at local fish markets--usually right off the fishing boat. For the record, local fish is the foundation of my diet. So when my husband and I decided on the Monterey Fish House for... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Heard great things about this place so having read the reviews I made a reservation for dinner at 6pm on Thursday night. We arrived at 5:45pm so was not surprised they could not get us in right away. What did bother me is that we did not get sat until 6:25pm. I watched table after table get sat (mostly 2... More

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Napa, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is still a favorite but my best advice: make a reservation! They are popular and your wait time can be long. Great choices and preparation of fish. Very good waiter. Always worth a visit

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york
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

After walking Monterey and noting the many restaurants by the wharf, we asked locals and they recommended Monterey Fish House. We had fresh fish and enjoyed it very much. Drinks were reasonable in price. We recommend reservations as it is small and gets very busy, even to sit at the bar. Service was fast, almost too quick, but we still... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Been here before & loved the food. Tried the smoked grill oysters.....I would say it is to die for. My husband does not like the texture of oysters, clams, mussels & squid but when he tried the smoked grill oysters he LOVED it. A little expensive but worth it. For sure call for reservations as its a small place &... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The restaurant is about two miles away from cannery row in a nondescript building. You will recognize it by the line of dinners waiting to get in. Make a reservation if you can otherwise go after the 7:30 to avoid the standby line. It was crab season and I had the crab cakes. Very good! Started with soap and it... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Had a reservation but still waited for a table. Very crowded and noisy. Too close for comfort. We had so many different people waiting on us that we didn't know who to contact. They brought us the wrong appetizer but offered half of the corrected one on the house. Veggies were not cooked all the way so hard to chew... More

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I was on business and not from Monterey. This restaurant was recommended to me. It's a small restaurant with very tight seating so you may be sharing a table with someone you don't know. The food was excellent. I had the salmon, oak grilled, and it came with fresh vegetables and pasta. It was very good! I had the house... More

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Nevada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I have been coming here for several years and make a must stop when in Northern California. This is one of the most popular restaurants on the peninsula for locals and it is hidden off the main tourist sites. I had the lunch special (I prefer this time of day) which consisted green mussels, artichokes, scallions and clams. Also included... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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166 reviews 166 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We were here on a Wednesday. The restaurant was busy but we were seated right away. This place is small and popular so you get to know your neighbors if you are so inclined. By the time we were half way through our meal a waiting crowd had gathered. For appetizers we ordered six grilled oysters and a cup of... More

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