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Vivolo's Chowder House

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127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
831-372-5414
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Chowder to go

Delicious and reminiscent of my days in San Francisco. The best chowder I've had in Monterey and of course served in a classic sourdough bread bowl. You can opt for the lid to be made into a cheesy garlic bread for an extra fee. Great for dipping. The decor is really Spartan. I took the soup to go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Undaunted_Courage
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Monterey, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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144 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Monterey, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Delicious and reminiscent of my days in San Francisco. The best chowder I've had in Monterey and of course served in a classic sourdough bread bowl. You can opt for the lid to be made into a cheesy garlic bread for an extra fee. Great for dipping. The decor is really Spartan. I took the soup to go and it... More 

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california
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Not fancy, but very good. Chowder among the best around. And it is always reliable. Caters to everyone.

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Carmel, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Eating--not dining--at Vivolo's Chowder House was a disappointment for my friends and me. This restaurant prides itself on purveying its "Vivolo's New England Chowder." I see why the word "calm" is missing in describing this entrée in the menu, for few of them are found in the chowder. This chowder's taste appeal was better than average, although there were a... More 

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Malmö
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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Dined here with friends. A simple but authentic place providing very good food at a reasonable cost. It is not a formal place and we felt very relaxed and enjoyed the food. Perfect for socialising over food, with a relaxed service.

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San Francisco, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

One spouse was under the weather; so we got enough Chowder, for two, and two wonderful cheesey sourdough bread bowls, and brought them back to our cottage... We have been to the restaurant before... The atmosphere is casual, the service is attentive, and the food is always fantastic...

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Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

We have driven by this restaurant for years but decided just recently to try it. We found the chowder to be among the top two we've had in the area but found the calamari very average at best. Next time, we'll stick to the larger bowl of chowder.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Small spot for great chowder. We recommend the sourdough chowder bowl with a cheesy garlic lid. Service was good. They were out of a few items we wished to order, but in the end they delivered. Make sure to leave room for delicious cheesecake or get one to share.

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My husband and I go to this restaurant every time we go to Pacific Grove. You must have the bread bowl with the chowder. It is delish. They cook the top of the bread bowl with garlic, cheese and pure deliciousness. We always get these bread bowls to go, take them down to the beach and chow down. I've also... More 

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Monterey, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have eaten here several times, and we love the food, the great service, and the casual ambiance. They really try to take good care of you, and even when it's been busy, our food was at our table in less time than we expected. Even the house wine is decent. Enjoy a nice meal. Entrees are in the high... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Service was quick, you get a bucket of crayons to draw on the table setting, and the food was delicious. Hubby and I each got the clam chowder bread bowl with the garlic and cheese top. It was awesome chowder and the bread was a fabulous addition. The bread bowl was a perfect balance of soft and crunchy. We also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-372-5414

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?