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Anthony's Fish Grotto

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Downtown
Chowder, Seafood
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Farewell Tour For An Old Family Restaurant?

Whether you've been to Anthony's Fish Grotto and are contemplating a return visit, or you are thinking about coming by for the first time, you'd better start making your plans soon. The property lease is coming to an end in 2017, and Anthony's appears to have decided not to renew the lease. This... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Lyndon Q
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San Diego
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

we went my husband and my self for dinner, food is over price, they need to remodel, change carpet, and hire better waiters or servers, they act rude,the food is not good quality, the clam chowder was cold, and the bread they serve is HORRIBLE, no flavor at all they need to change the recipe, they need to serve butter... More 

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

Sorry we weren't able to make you happy which is our goal for every guest. Shifts do change and servers do go off the clock and will hand over parties, there is nothing intended to be rude about the process. As you can see my the majority of our reviews your comments are the exception especially about pricing. Most guest... More 

Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Had dinner here with my wife the night before we left. The fish was well prepared, and the portion sizes were excellent. Beba is a kind and generous server with a great smile. She was very attentive and professional. This is a great spot for the family. Nice view overlooking the bay.

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

Seemed as if all the right notes were hit and thanks for the comments. Beba is an excellent server with 20+ years of experience.Glad you enjoyed dining at Anthony's. Regards! More 

Glendon,Ab
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

OMG what can I not say about this place. The view of the harbor is outstanding. The service was outstanding. The food was out of this world good.

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

Now this is my kind of review. While we use reviews where we had shortcoming as a teaching moment for the staff, we use this type of review as a celebration of a job well done. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know about your excellent dining experience. Regards! More 

San Diego
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Whether you've been to Anthony's Fish Grotto and are contemplating a return visit, or you are thinking about coming by for the first time, you'd better start making your plans soon. The property lease is coming to an end in 2017, and Anthony's appears to have decided not to renew the lease. This location on the water (yes, it is... More 

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

Lyndon - as Mark Twain said, "the reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated". Anthony's has proposed a 8-10 million dollar rejuvenation of the entire facility. It will feature an expanded patio dining Fishette, upgraded and modernized Grotto, a new cutting edge restaurant called Harbor and Ash and a fabulous new rooftop lounge called Topside. As we near our... More 

Mansfield Australia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Service good, staff friendly. Location is right on the waterfront. Stopped her after visiting the nearby maritime museum. Just ordered some chips - they were nice, crispy and tasty!

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

Our Fish n Chips are one of Anthony's signature items. We still use Mama Ghio's original batter and only the finest Alaskan Cod. A perfectly fried Fish and Chips is such a treat, so glad you enjoyed them. Regards! More 

Payson, Arizona, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for a drink. Bloody Mary was delicious, mai tai was yummy. Restaurant is looking a bit seedy.

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

Thanks for stopping in, we do make a fine Bloody Mary and Eric is doing a great job as a bartender. I hope you noticed in the lobby the rendering of the fabulous new Anthony's we're planning to build on our current site. We're simply awaiting Port approval to begin! Regards! More 

Washington
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I cant believe how bad this restaurant has gotten. I visit San Diego regularly and Anthony's is a regular stop. I cannot say how bad this place has gotten. What a disappointment. The quality is below fast food. I sent my meal back because it was way overcooked and the wait staff acted like it was a routine event. We... More 

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

This is the type of online review that makes the whole process sketchy. You were remembered by our staff by your manner. You sat at the bar, ordered a calamari appetizer and a Ahi Stack. In your opinion the calamari was overcooked and Amber the bartender apologized, offered to replace the item or take it off the check, you chose... More 

Pennsylvania
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93 reviews 93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We were staying at the hotel across the street before our cruise and ate dinner at Anthony's both nights we were there. The first night we were seated to the right, in a booth in the main dining room. Only complaint would have been the glare from the sun before sunset. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. I had boat... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed two dining experiences at Anthony's. The fresh day boat scallops are at there peak this time of year and great selection on your part. Through the Shrimp Pasta is very nice dish I too would prefer the fresh scallops. Again. thanks for dining with us. Regards! More 

Tucson, Arizona
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We met some friends hear on a Sunday at 1pm or at least my wife did I arrived 35 minutes later. The time difference reflects the time it took to find parking on a May afternoon. The server was attentive and friendly as were the rest of the staff members we encountered. The menu was full of great choices. I... More 

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

So pleased you enjoyed your dining experience at Anthony's. Fresh day boat scallops are the prefect choice this time of year! Glad you didn't spill your cocktail with the cannon went off, I've seen that happen before. Our location does make watching the activity on the a big part of the attraction. Thanks for coming. Regards. More 

Brandon, Mississippi
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This was our first meal in San Diego and it was great! The group got 5 different entrees and 3 different apps and it was all delicious. Beautiful views right on the bay too.

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

So glad we got your San Diego visit off to a good start. It's rewarding to hear that so often guests to our city select Anthony's as their first stop. We must still be doing something right after nearly 70 years. Thanks! 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: Chowder, 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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