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“Enjoyable experience” 4 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 #21 of 267 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, 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.
Gardnerville, NV
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Enjoyable experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Well worth the visit- we got there before 11am for lunch and they greeted us with a smile, you're our first customers of the day! Our waitress was very nice, the food was delicious. Tried the Bloody Mary with 3 prawns to start out. can't go wrong there. Moved on to wine and a free appetizer of grilled artichokes- enough for a family of four to share. I liked how they had cous cous with the entrée instead of rice, and the veggies were very fresh and crisp- not the typical broccoli and carrots but a variety of greens. My daughter's salmon was cooked to perfection- she had to order from the adult menu- would've liked to see it on the kid's menu. I had the mixed grilled seafood platter- everything was perfect. My son didn't care for the calamari steak sandwich, too bready and the calamari was very thick. My hubby's hot crab sandwich was delicious though. I would definitely recommend this place~ great atmosphere and service too.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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“AMAZING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

the most amazing seafood my husband and I have ever had. Such huge portions of food and so delicious. Would definitely stop in Monterey just to visit this restaurant!

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London, United Kingdom
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“Fresh fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I have to give this restaurant an excellent as it is all about the food. Great tasting fresh fish and an understanding of how to cook interesting vegetables to complement each dish. Service could have been more effervescent however.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stockton, California
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“The only place for clam chowder!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We go to Monterey quite often and we never miss this stop! There are lots of places on the wharf but this is the best. The Shake Family is wonderful. They greet everyone like we're old friends!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arroyo Grande, California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best Seafood Ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

My husband and I were recommended this restaurant by our hotel. We gave them a BIG thank-you. A very blustery night at Fisherman's Wharf and we had a 30 minute wait, but the experience was well worth it. Service was impeccable and the seafood platters we chose were outstanding. We will definitely eat here the next time we visit Monterey, whether the wind is blowing up a gale or not!

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