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Gift shops and stores fill this part of town.
Monterey, CA
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All reviews clam chowder seafood fisherman's wharf whale watching free samples souvenir shops sea lions lots of restaurants cannery row san francisco nice walk walk around great place to visit monterey bay boats stroll grotto
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Reviewed today via mobile

While this is mainly restaurants and tourist oriented shops it is also scenic and appealing. Many of the restaurants offer free samples. A nice stop on a stroll along the waterfront. An hour is probably more than enough time for most visitors plus any time...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jay F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has changed over the years. There are the usual trashy tourist stores but there are some nice stores too. Old Fishermen’s Grotto is the best restaurant and look different outside. We love that they don’t take young screaming kids and strollers. It so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelinm2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Folks, why even bother? There’s absolutely nothing authentic or historic left on fisherman’s wharf. If you’re taking a whale watching tour, I understand that they leave from there but this is the lowest level of tourist junk you can possibly find. Skip it at all...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Zzardvark
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty of shopping and places to eat. We enjoyed walking around and looking at the view as well. Good place for souvenirs.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lynnetravels2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fisherman's Grotto, easily my top pick of clam chowder in California anchors some of the more fly by night restaurants. A fun thing to do is sample all the different kinds of chowder that are offered for free to try and get you in for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank norcalgnome
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good place to visit if your hungry or shopping for holiday gifts. We went for the Whale watching trip, but enjoyed the roam around the shops. PLUS it is where “Dock of the Bay” was written by Otis Redding!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 747BarryB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This wonderful area provides lots of entertainment for families and groups. Your selection of food and activities is varied to provide lots of choices. Whale watching, family friendly restaurants and shopping will provide you with several hours of entertainment.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roxanne G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved walking and browsing along this picturesque venue. Lots of history here. Great place do some sailing, or just watch the boats go by.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barblepa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a fun experience walking up and down this scenic area. Loved strolling thru the shops and exploring the restaurants.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank dianekennedy2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved it here. Restaurants excellent. Lunch and dinner. Boat trips excellent. Seals excellent. Otters excellent. We visited during September. Weather perfect. Easy 15 min walk from our Hotel.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Elaine W
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Roxanne G
December 28, 2017|
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Response from Scott M | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if any special events will happen on New Years Try the web search.
June 27, 2017|
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Response from Larry C | Reviewed this property |
There are two different places the main pier and then there's a pier little bit farther north they fish off of both of them and because it's pier fishing almost anytime
Diana P
June 29, 2016|
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Response from LQGuy | Reviewed this property |
This is a dense area. In high season (roughly May through October) it's over-run with tourists and can be difficult to navigate on foot. I imagine a wheelchair adds an extra layer of difficulty with that. The boardwalk is... More