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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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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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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great meal with good, friendly service. Portions sizes are large. Fried calamari starter was soooo good. The crab ravioli was one of the best I have had! Lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend for a special occasion dinner.

Thank suebee202
Roseville, California
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297 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to this classic old Monterey eatery with ukulele-playing buddy. Keith told me, “The Old Fisherman’s Grotto is now going on half a century on the wharf, and still owned by the Shake family.  The original founder, Sabu Shake, wore a white suit, ala Col. Sanders, and would drive his white Caddy right down the middle of Fisherman’s Wharf... More 

Thank Newsboymac
Eagan, Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Classy, elegant spot for dinner on the Wharf in Monterey. We had a candlelit table overlooking the harbor. Great seafood, wonderful desserts. Excellent service. Ladies were handed a long stemmed red rose at the conclusion of dinner. Quiet and intimate.

Thank cljcullen
Brentwood, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I didn't eat it, but my boyfriend loves it. The atmosphere is very nice, and the staff is friendly. We ate at the bar and tried a couple Halloween drinks the bartender was working on. Had a nice time.

Thank Reina O
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium recommended this restaurant to us. The food was good and the Grotto serves sustainable fisheries which was great for us conservation-minded visitors. We had a candlelit table right by the waters edge which gave us a soft and romantic view of a sunset-lit beach. While I have no complaints regarding the meals, atmosphere,... More 

Thank nkp563
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner with friends while visiting Monterey. The chowder was good. Had a coupon for free appetizer and the calamari was good. I had clams in wine garlic sauce which was very good. The guys all had seafood pasta dishes which were very good. Our waitress Kelly, was friendly and attentive. Was given a red rose prior to leaving which... More 

Thank Dawn P
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They had a 20% discount on the wine list. My food was good, my friend had the chowder and loved it. The rest of the table was satisfied but not over joyed. This restaurant does not welcome families or small children.

Thank Jessica W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's really nice area to hang out and see the sea lions on the shore. The restaurants are very touristy

Thank Roi S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I've been going here for years...one of my 4 favorites on the wharf. I hear they make great clam chowder ...I wouldn't know since I'm allergic to shellfish and can't try it...zigh. So go have some for me!!

Thank Liz C
Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I ate here on a road trip from San Francisco to Santa Monica and it was one of the best meals of the whole trip! The bread bowl seafood chowder was delicious as was the free shrimp appetizer (ask for coupons, they are all around the wharf). The seafood is very fresh!

Thank JamieCarie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $40
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, 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 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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