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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” (249 reviews)
“seafood” (194 reviews)
“calamari” (161 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had no expectations when visiting this place. We chose it simply because of all the free clam chowder samples we tried, it had the best one. A word for people with young children: this restaurant does not have a kid menu, and it’s an...More

Thank Aviva V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Was sad when I ordered the spinach salad and everyone else got the clam chowder but I legit licked that plate clean!

Thank Jaslynn L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went for Father's day and requested a window seat. They seated us upstairs and we had a beautiful view of the cove! Watched jellyfish and seals swimming. We ordered the Oysters, Giant Pretzel stuffed with crab meat and coconut shrimp. The food was soooooo delicious!!!!...More

Thank nashirataylor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dropped in for lunch on our first day and were pleasantly surprised with the food and service. I was hankering for calm chowder and Pat a wonderful crab stack. Karen, the wine server, really took care of our wine desires,. Overall, it was one...More

Thank William B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Grotto was very close to the original which we believe is at the original Fisherman's Grotto in San Francisco. The food and service was nearly first class if not first class. Maybe our favorite waiter is Efrein !.

Thank peter831grove
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love the clam chowder at Old Fisherman's Grotto! We try others, but always come back to here. Their chowder bread bowls are amazing and their roasted garlic is wonderful. After eating our bread bowl we spread their roasted garlic on our bread and put...More

Thank d4spences
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate dinner here and found the food average—much like what you would find from a good seafood chain. We had surf and turf and both were good, but not great and not excellent. Our waiter was kind and attentive though. That...More

Thank Cindy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited restaurant after having just come off the Whale watching boat trip so had a voucher for a free appetiser - meal was really nicely presented and staff were very helpful - gave recommendations for days dishes - had lovely meal with no problems at...More

Thank Tracey F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal at this restaurant overlooking the wharf and the water Appetizers Calamari BBQed aoysters Dinner Bread bowl of awesome clam chowder Deserts Creme brûlée with berries on top Wine We ordered a Napa Chardonnay that was excellent Service was top notch and...More

Thank dougsurber
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can tell, whoever owns this establishment cares about what they serve and how they serve their customers. The food was top notch. we had the clam chowder, excellent. crab cakes, great flavors and liberally topped with mango and sun dried tomatoes. Loved their version...More

Thank Thowarduck
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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, Brunch
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
Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
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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