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“Excellent food + Excellent service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Fisherman's Grotto

Old Fisherman's Grotto
39 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-375-4604
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Ranked #16 of 225 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Scott Street
Description: Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Harbor, Old Fisherman's Grotto is a "must visit" restaurant. The "Grotto" has rightfully earned its worldwide reputation for only the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Featuring fresh seafood from sustainable sources including Macadamia Crusted Halibut, Hawaiian Swordfish, Ultimate Seafood Pasta, live Crab and Lobster, the Grotto also offers a variety of the finest "Certified Angus Beef". Start with our award-winning clam chowder and finish by indulging in one of our fresh house-made desserts. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our 2014, 2015 Wine Spectator Award Wine list with over 200 selections specializing in local vineyards. AAA 3 Diamond Rating, Monterey Peninsula Chamber "Business Excellence" Award Winner. 2010 1St Place "West Coast Chowder Competition", "Best Chowder" Monterey County for 12 consecutive years , Winner "Best Calamari" three consecutive years in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award". No high chairs. No strollers. No booster chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners and as such not permitted in the dining room.
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“Excellent food + Excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

1. The clam chowder was as good as claimed - which is very good.
2. We enjoyed every dish we ordered - very rare.
3. The waitress was excellent. (I noticed the other waiters also do a very good job of being attentive, of cleaning up, etc - makes you think they really are proud to be working there)

Visited December 2013
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“Great food - adequate service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

The free chowder outside is a nice touch. We went based on all the good reviews and weren't disappointed. The seafood combo appetizer was great, loved the fried calamari and crab cakes. I had the macadamia crusted halibut and it was delicious.

My only complaint would be that the staff wasn't very friendly. Everyone was polite but no one was fun and outgoing. It could have been a five star with an out going waiter.

Visited December 2013
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“Incredible clam chowder!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

If you're after a memorable seafood meal then Old Fisherman's Grotto is definitely worth it. I'm sure they offer other alternatives to seafood but really - you're in Monterey! The clam chowder was divine! Don't stop there though - make sure you leave lots more room!!! I'm sure my hubby and I ate waaay more than we should have but it was well worth it.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Couldn't get enough!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We reside in NJ and sorely miss our friends at Old Fisherman's Grotto. The seafood was fresh and delicious. All the veggies were l;ocally grown and mostly organic. Desserts--trio of sorbets and key lime pie were delicious and artistically presented.Lovely atmosphere along the bay and excellent service. We went there for dinner 5 nights of our 9 day stay in the Carmel/Monterey area.
Prices were reasonable for the quality and quantity of the food. Scallops and the wonderful macademia-crusted halibut are a must. Grilled shrimp and oysters appetizer were luscious.
Thanks to Chris, Omar-Grandma and all the wonderful staff that made our restraurant experience so special.
Right along the Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.
GO THERE :)
Happy Holidays from Geri & Mark

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Old Fisherman"s Grotto Restaurant Monterey, California”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

If you like seafood,then this place will be pleasing to you! The outside is very old school wharf looking. Once inside though, it is very nice! Be sure to start out with some (Monterey style) clam chowder!! It is delicious! The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Great atmosphere inside and out. Wide variety of menu selections. The food was presented nicely on the platter, and did not dissapoint! Portions were very sufficient. I will definately return!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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