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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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Caracas, Venezuela
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to stay, see landscape and taste very good sea food, the best clam chowder by far. High quality place and food,

Thank joseflores2268
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good restaurant. The food was very good, fish as a main dish was fresh and good. I will add the good atmosphere of this restaurant (family atmosphere) with good service and good views

Thank Joan C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined here while in Monterey for 2 days. Had wonderful seafood and very attentive service. Loved the way every lady receives a rose at the end of the meal.

Thank UkManchestergirl
Chico, California
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As usual, my wife and I come here at least once during our trip. This time we came for lunch and went with appetizers and chowder. Everything was as expected, as we remembered. What stood out this time was the service. They were as busy as usual, but the service was still very attentive and friendly...maybe we caught our waitress... More 

Thank R_Sams
New Port Richey, Florida
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had dinner here while visiting Monterey. I should have gone with my other choices for dinner cause this was a waste. Number 1 Fisherman's Wharf is overrated. And this place was awful. I ordered sea bass over risotto. They gave us a free appetizer of 2 shrimp, artichokes, and calamari.....none of which was hot. My sea... More 

Thank Dancer446
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one place we don't miss when in Monterey. It's at the Fisherman's Wharf, so it has easy access. Lots of window seats so you can watch the otters in the water. The food is upscale and the drinks are fun. We had Crab Louie and Macadamia crusted Halibut. Both were wonderful. We both had a Zombie that comes... More 

Thank gregorye43
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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55 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would highly recommend. We had the clam chowder with crab and provolone added. It was served in a sourdough bowl and was just out of this world delicious. Go. You won't be disappointed.The service was spot-on. In fact, my husband told the manager that he would hire our server in an instant. She was great! Outside of the restaurant they... More 

Thank Brenda S
San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great view of the ocean while eating some delicious food! Great service overall and tasty appetizers and main dishes!

Thank giselaholisticcare
Los Gatos, California
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76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a great view, otherwise take a pass, the tourist trap feel is high, even with local repeat customers they just don't seem to care, the food is ok but they suck at customer service, sad as last week will be the last time we return.

Thank mattpequegnat
Sacramento, California
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to this place many times and always left satisfied. The food is great and the service is fast. Their combo platters are delicisious and the steaks good. The crab and fish platter is my favorite. The clam chowder is one of the best on the wharf. As a matter of fact you can walk around and get... More 

Thank Ilya D

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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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, 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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