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Vivolo's Chowder House

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Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 5
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Really Good

Not only are they noted for excellent clam chowder, the menu is expansive in a comfortable atmosphere. We tried the chowder and calamari.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
JTFLORIDA
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Venice
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Venice
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Not only are they noted for excellent clam chowder, the menu is expansive in a comfortable atmosphere. We tried the chowder and calamari.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Friendly, old-world charm makes this little restaurant a special treat. The host greeting us couldn't be nicer...the Seafood Linguini...(try the special) was packed with fresh fish, clams and shrimp...delicious pasta...for a wonderfully satisfying meal. If you love crab...get the Dungeness crab cocktail, which while not elegantly served, offers a generous amount. Good food, reasonably price and away from tourists....we would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My wife and I were trying to get away from all the tourists and get an appetizer somewhere and drove by this place. We decided to stop because we thought some chowder would be a good appetizer for the two of us. We ended up getting a bowl of clam chowder and an order of fish and chips. Both were... More 

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Palmer, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I were looking for a place to eat down by the water but had problems finding someplace that was family friendly, since we had an infant and two year old in tow. It seems that quite a few places around were very unwelcoming to those who have children and we were frustrated. The owner of this place... More 

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Fremont, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Atleast their Clam Chowder was much tastier than the Fish Hopper . The Cioppino was a little bland, we had to give it back to them to make it more flavorful. We had 2 clams that didn't open up during cooking, we asked to have it recooked but waiter didn't understand and insisted we just use a knife to pry... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Even in the summer, it's a bit chilly in Pacific Grove in the evening. The Boston Pan Roast Chowder is the perfect way to start a tasty meal here.Full of prawns, scallops, oysters, bay shrimp, it was creamy but not too heavy. If you have it in a bread bowl, you may want to skip the entrees and head straight... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Tasty, ample seafood entries at reasonable lunch prices. Decent house wines at $4.00 a glass. Small parties only....not a big place.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Our hotel recommended this restaurant for seafood and we were not disappointed. The food and service was excellent. My husband enjoyed the Cioppino and I ordered the special of the day - Sole. The atmosphere was comfortable and very relaxed.

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sacramento
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We come back here every time we are in the area for their awesome chowder. It is very hearty and very nicely herbed and seasoned. It is not a pretentious place, but it is very nice. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I usually visit this restaurant about 4-6 times a year, usually for lunch. I like to eat the chowder, it's pretty consistent. The other menu item is the local sand dabs, either the sandwich or plate, although the sandwich is a lot of bread.

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Additional Information about Vivolo's Chowder House

Address: 127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
Phone Number: 831-372-5414
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

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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: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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