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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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Fremont, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent seafood and great for couples or friends gathering since young kids around. The ladies are offered roses.

Thank suzettang
British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped in for lunch while visiting Monterey for a family wedding. It didn't look like much from the outside but it had good reviews so in we went. It really is a first class restaurant and it has a very nice view. We were seated and our server brought us a plate of calamari, big enough for 4 of... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Trip Advisor reviews pointed us to this restaurant as a good place to eat dinner. We opted for crab ravioli, fried calamari with a goats cheese salad to share as a starter. Indeed the food was good but service was far too fast. We still had some way to go with the shared salad starter when our waitress appeared with... More 

Thank Xante
Bridgetown, Barbados
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a good dinner. Clam chowder was very good. My wife said her abalone was excellent. I had Macademia encrusted Halibut which was a little on the bland side. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Pessagno Pinot Noir which complemented our dinners.

Thank David T
Fair Oaks, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a second generation family run business. Dad would be proud that his children have keep the traditions he started many years ago. High quality food, and impeccable service. The décor is a little old fashion, dark wood paneling and subdued lighting. The interior is very clean and need. This is not a place for children and they try... More 

Thank RobS012
Poynette, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everyone should visit Monterey at least once in their lifetime. Stroll Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf and don't hurry!! Fabulous food at Old Fisherman's Grotto at second floor corner table right on the water. Outstanding wait service by Giovanni.

Thank associationmax
Carmel, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were hungrey and ordered the bowl of chowder. At $14, I thought it was a bit pricey; until, the server showed up with a huge bowl of soup. Neither of us could finish the chowder that my wife (raised near Boston) said was the "best ever." This is not a kid friendly place. No booster seats or strollers allowed.

Thank Michael G
St. Albert, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for dinner after reading reviews. We were not disappointed, food and service was great. It is a bit pricey, but most restaurants in Monterey are. Both my wife and I had seafood and it was fresh and flavourful. Would definitely go back next time we visit Monterey.

Thank Prudhomme58
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent meal at the grotto tonight. Highly recommend. The service was spot on and the food amazing. Highly recommend the combination platters. Yum yum!!

Thank missdebosiom
Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At our hotel we picked up a coupon for a free appetizer for here, Fish Hopper or Scales. This place was highly recommended and it proved correct. At the front door there is a person offering samples of their Clam Chowder. We ordered the Calamari for an appetizer and then decided to have the Oysters Rockerfeller each which were fantastic.... 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
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups, 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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