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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
+1 831-375-4604
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“chowder” (250 reviews)
“seafood” (204 reviews)
“calamari” (161 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Monterey as a part of our California Coastal cruise. The "liquid sunshine" was pouring down on us but it didn't keep us from visiting this incredible restaurant for a most memorable lunch! :) We started with tasty calamari. For entrees, two of us...More

Thank Hippster
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I dined at the Old Fisherman’s Grotto the first night of our spring break. We were seated immediately at a window booth with a view of the water. We have had Clam Chowder at many places around the country and have to...More

Thank sarrants54
Reviewed 4 days ago

The clam chowder at OFG is far and away one of the best we've ever had. It's creamy with just the right saltiness and richness in flavor and feel. We also had the seafood sampler appetizer and that was also very good.

Thank reyt992
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I ate dinner here tonight and it was delicious. Giovanni was our waiter and he was great! My husband ate the swordfish which was served over eggplant and mushroom ravioli. The eggplant was barely cooked and Giovanni immediately replaced it with grilled...More

Thank Stacey A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pier area is a nice walk on a warm evening. Plenty of restaurants and stores for everything we should not eat because it will make us fat. :-).

Thank 4EverOnTheGo5Star
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been visiting Fisherman's Grotto for well over a decade. During that time, I have moved overseas but I always visit when I come home. Recently I was visiting my family with my 1 year old son and we decided to go to Fisherman's...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, so it's true, we were on a chowder quest, but what we stumbled on was way more than expected. They serve a very good Monterey style chowder with bacon chunks in a great bread bowl, nothing too impressive there. What sends the dish is...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has been my favorite restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf for many years. The clam chowder here is the best. Their garlic bread is delicious. Their menu has something for everyone. I love eating fresh calamari here. The prices are reasonable and the quality of food...More

Thank Nellie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely expensive. However, the clam chowder was one of the best I ever had and the pina colada was amazing. Very dark and romantic. A great place to go to celebrate an anniversary or something special. The service was really good, and they give all...More

Thank Magimago
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

everything we ordered was delicious, wonderfully cook and served, the place and the quality of the food is outstanding! kelly was perfect as our waitress ! thanx so much!

Thank Anjaratravels
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Michael U
October 11, 2017|
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Response from PRHPage | Reviewed this property |
I don't think reservations are necessary, although if you have time to make them, it would help. We were seated relatively quickly without them.
May 10, 2017|
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Response from L8184GAjohnc | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is seasonal. I did not see it on the menu.
Sandra H
October 1, 2016|
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Response from Jkahn059 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have separate area for groups
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
    (Scott Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-4604
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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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