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Anthony's Fish Grotto

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1360 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-232-5103
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Anthony's Fish Grotto's was established in 1946 by Mama Catherine Ghio. It...
Anthony's Fish Grotto's was established in 1946 by Mama Catherine Ghio. It set and continues to set the standard for fresh seafood dining in San Diego. Mama believed it letting the freshness show through and not using overwrought and fussy preparations. Fresh seafood simply prepared. The waterfront Anthony's sits atop piling over San Diego Bay. The views and sunsets are spectacular. The large dining room can accommodate families and large groups and the Lounge/bar area is perfect for that more intimate dining experience. The menu features an array of seasonal fresh catches along with a multitude of favorites from Fish n Chips to Lobster Tails. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food ,good location

I stayed in a hotel right across from the restaurant. I stopped to get a bite to eat at lunch time. They have a fast food section next to the restaurant. I ordered a fish taco. It was very good and loaded with fish. They had so many good looking dishes that I wish I had a chance to order.I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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San Bernardino, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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San Bernardino, California
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174 reviews 174 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I stayed in a hotel right across from the restaurant. I stopped to get a bite to eat at lunch time. They have a fast food section next to the restaurant. I ordered a fish taco. It was very good and loaded with fish. They had so many good looking dishes that I wish I had a chance to order.I... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Went during sunset. Absolutely stunning. Food wasn't the best but it was very good. Our server was extremely prompt and courteous. First time visitors to SD must come to this restaurant to get the San Diego experience.

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Glad you had an enjoyable evening at Anthony's. Our seafood is fresh and simply prepared to let the quality show through. Of course the view is spectacular! Thanks for ding with us. More 

Joshua Tree
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for a great bay view, delicious food, friendly staff AND reasonable prices you will not want to miss out on dining here. My hubby & I both had the 2 lobster tail full dinner. AND YES...even 2 lobster tail dinners were reasonable. As good or better than we have had at significantly higher priced restaurants! Add... More 

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Wow, sounds like you had a great experience! Thanks for taking the time to make a comment. I'll make sure Lisa, Eric and David see your comments. Our team works had to create a great guest experience and if ever something isn't just right don't hesitate to mention it and let us fix it on the spot! Thanks again! More 

Peoria, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is a great place to go for Happy Hour. $3 fish tacos are better than those served at high priced restaurants and the drinks are great as well. Restaurant is right on the bay so the view is incredible. Recommend you make a reservation for a large party, but it is worth it. I also ate in the restaurant... More 

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Happy Hour has broken out at Anthony's on the Bay. It's the perfect spot to stop for a drink and nosh between the Midway and Maritime Museums. Of course, the views pretty sweet!. Thanks for joining us. Regards More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Before we headed to the USS Midway, we decided to stop here to enjoy a seafood lunch. The host was accommodating, friendly, and courteous. We were shown to a table with a great view of the San Diego Bay. Our server was in training, but you'd never know it. While her mentor stood by and gently added or corrected her,... More 

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Thanks so much for dining with us and enjoying San Diego's waterfront. We do have a premier location; we're not just by the water but over the water. Happy to hear our staff training wasn't intrusive and that we kept the learning environment positive. Glad you enjoyed your lunch selections and it is true seafood has gotten pricey. The Swordfish... More 

Glendale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I have been going to Anthony's since I was in my teens, and their fish and chips are the best in the world. We use Anthony's as the standard by which we compare other seafood places. You will enjoy an incredible ocean view, plus we saw a seal playing as we ate our meal. It doesn't get much better.

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Kitty: Love to have our friends from Arizona in town! Our Fish and Chips in my Grandma's secret batter is what started Anthony's nearly 70 years ago. There just something about a great Fish n Chip, I crave them myself. We only us the best deep skinned sustainable Cod from Alaska and hand batter and fry them to order. Hope... More 

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The last time we were here was almost 16 years ago. The place hasn't changed, same great service and the smell great seafood. Can't wait to come back.

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Thanks for dining with us again after 16 years. In todays world of restaurants opening and closing a place like Anthony's that's been around nearly 70 years is a rarity. Our family and staff do our best everyday to provide the highest quality seafood, attentive service and a pleasant atmosphere. Kind comments like yours makes the effort worthwhile. Thank you! More 

Lakeville, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We recently ate here while on vacation and the place is as I remember it as a child! Great food and retro look- They did have a display up showing that they would be renovating the restaurant soon, I wish that they would just leave it as is!

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

So glad pleasant memories were rekindled. In today's restaurant world it's rare to be successful for nearly 70 years. Our family takes pride in what we do and if mistakes happen we do our best to fix them. To keep Anthony's on the waterfront, the Port of San Diego requires us totally renovate the building. It's a big project and... More 

Stirling, United Kingdom
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361 reviews 361 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This restaurant is opposite the Wyndham Bayside Hotel on the waterfront. Great views in the evening across the bay. First class service from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Would recommend the red snapper with jalapeño and avocado sauce, accompanied by the pineapple dressed cole slaw. My wife had the chicken and coconut shrimp which she loved... More 

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Colin - so nice to hear you and your family enjoyed dining at Anthony's. Glad you were adventurous, the Pacific Red Snapper Ranchero is one of my favorites! Cheers! More 

Kelowna, Canada
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153 reviews 153 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

There was a line up when we arrived. Sheltered outdoor seating, order at the counter (this was not the indoor restaurant). Fast service, good food, we had fish and chips and the fish was white and flaky and cooked just right. The views are great and the staff clear the tables regularly after people leave.

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gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Thanks for dining at our quick service Fishette at Anthony's. It's a great spot for a fast lunch while being right on San Diego Bay. Cooking right when ordered keeps our Fish and Chips fresh and crispy! Hoped you enjoyed your visit. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1360 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-232-5103

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Anthony's Fish Grotto's was established in 1946 by Mama Catherine Ghio. It set and continues to set the standard for fresh seafood dining in San Diego. Mama believed it letting the freshness show through and not using overwrought and fussy preparations. Fresh seafood simply prepared. The waterfront Anthony's sits atop piling over San Diego Bay. The views and sunsets are spectacular. The large dining room can accommodate families and large groups and the Lounge/bar area is perfect for that more intimate dining experience. The menu features an array of seasonal fresh catches along with a multitude of favorites from Fish n Chips to Lobster Tails. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?