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Old Fisherman's Grotto

Certificate of Excellence
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
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39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432 (Scott Street)
+1 831-375-4604
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we left the aquarium very hungry, we got on they trolley and off at fisherman's wharf. they gave a sample of chowder that my wife loved , so we said lets eat here. I'm glad we did. our waiter Iman Satrio treated us like royalty. he was the best waiter I had in years. helping with wines to ordering our... More 

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Chico, CA
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have dined at the Old Fishermans Grotto on Monterey's Fishermans Wharf every time I have been in Monterey since 1971. The restaurant has changed styles over the years from family restaurant in the 70's to Very Fine Dining today. Both incarnations have been the best of their kind! They make the worlds best Clam Chowder and their calamari is... More 

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Billerica, Massachusetts
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Looking at this place, you think tourist trap, honky-tonk, fried clams in a cardboard box, etc. Nope. We ate upstairs in a big leather booth, window seat, overlooking an amazing view. We had a free artichoke appetizer which was good. My daughter had a cup of chowder, which was really good (can't compete with Boston's chowder, but that's another discussion.)... More 

Thank Mws101
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's been a few years since we last ventured into this restaurant. Mainly because it's expensive. However, in checking with the other touristy restaurants on the strip of wharf this one was pretty much average in all honesty. We decided to give this restaurant another chance (last visit was more than six years ago), and the food was just okay.... More 

Thank SF2015
South San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place serves great food. The waiters are very friendly. The restaurant has excellent views of the bay. They serve great cocktails also. I really enjoyed my dinner there.

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Kodiak Island, Alaska
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is not child friendly. I've actually never had a more awkward/rude interaction with the restaurant manager(?) once he found out we had kids with us. "We don't allow strollers."-Great my kids are 5 & 2 and we don't have one. "We don't have high chairs or boosters." That's ok. We don't need them. "Or a kids menu." That's... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to the Fisherman's Wharf 49 years ago. Bought a loaf of sourdough. Got some free butter. Sat on a railroad tie and ate it. Today we found a restaurant on Trip Advisor, got fish and chips and a bread bowl of Clam Chowder. The chowder was hot and delicious. The bread was fresh and delicious. The fish was a... More 

Thank sun1967flower
Petaluma, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to The Old Fisherman's Grotto for the last 30 years. The staff is excellent the food is great and the view is cool. It is the best place for lunch on the Wharf in Monterey.

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Tigard, OR
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got there and were told there would be a 20 minute wait. No big deal, we grabbed a drink in the lounge, sat down, and the pager went off. That was quick! I had the chowder and a seafood pasta special. The chowder was amazing. I don't know what they put in it but it was the best chowder... More 

Thank Craig W
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100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest I expected great fish when I ate here instead, the cod that I ate was quite bland. I couldn't finish it and had to eat again later that evening. My girlfriend got some chicken dish which was also disappointing. All in all I would not return, this place has great scenery, friendly staff (most of them) however,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $40
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Romantic
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 Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-4604
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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