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All 76 Pacific Grove Restaurants

Vivolo's Chowder House

127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
831-372-5414
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Ranked #15 of 76 Restaurants in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This place is walking distance from the Monterey Bay Aquarium which made it convenience for our group since we didn't want to wait 1 hour for the wait in the cafe inside. They tout their chowder bread bowls, which I didn't get but I did get their soup/salad/sandwich combo. The chowder was decent, but the shrimp sandwich was so good.... More 

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Burbank, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have eaten here every time I come to PG, and the clam chowder is like a warm hug! They offer the most amazing hot cheddar garlic bread, that is perfect with your soup. Our group also ate sand dabs, and shrimp scampi, all of which were delicious, and very generous servings.

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san francisco
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Great little spot just around the corner from the Monterey Aquarium. Nice simple tables with great service. Can't really leave a review for the main dinner dishes like Cioppino and pasta, because we went for the cheaper fares. A 10$ clam chowder, 16 dollars pulled crab sandwich, plus fish & chips from the kids menu. 4$ concha y toro chard.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We returned to Vivolo's after many years when we first ate here. Things have really not changed since but in a good way. It's still a very simple restaurant, no frills really. But the food is quite good, and that is the main reason to visit. There were four of us in our party, and although we did make dinner... More 

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Texas
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137 reviews 137 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My son and I had lunch here. I had the Albacore tuna salad on wheat bread grilled w/ provolone cheese -- yummy. I like that you could choose fries or salad with the sandwich. I had the salad, and it was good. Son had the house-roasted turkey sandwich with salad also. We each had the clam chowder to start. Nice... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Their chowder is the best, a great starter. Then try a crab or calamari sandwich with fries. Great value/nice size/good fries and FRESH seafood! If your at the aquarium and get hungry, take a break, walk up the hill to Lighthouse Ave. and enjoy a wonderful meal. Relax in a quite seafood atmosphere with a very friendly staff. If you... More 

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Fresno, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We usually start with the crab meat cocktail, which is huge, some sourdough (great if fresh from the oven) and the fish and chips or shrimp and chips. Terrific every time.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

My daughter and I were visiting for the day in Monterey, and wanted some good chowder. Looked up reviews and headed to Vivolo's. We were impressed with the food and loved the atmosphere. I got clam chowder bread bowl with garlic top and my daughter got half turkey sandwich and cup of soup. Going to be a go to spot... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We found Vivolo's several years ago and make it a point to eat there whenever we are in town. Our positive recommendation has encouraged locals who didn't know about it to come by as well. The chowder in the sourdough bowl with the garlic bread top is always delicious, and the service is attentive but not annoying.

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

For really good Chowder, this is the place! Skip the wharf tourist scene food. Friendly service, great food is here! Locals know :-)

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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: Seafood

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