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Vivolo's Chowder House

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127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived at 11:30 am 4 a bowl of clam chowder. The first impression was less than ideal due to a delayed & stone faced greeting at the front door. But the clean & attractive rustic nautical decor was welcoming. A 4 top by the window offered good light and our chowder was delivered hot & quick. Be sure 2 ask... More 

Thank Catherine H
Beaumont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Am up here in a fire assignment and took the evening for dinner. The clam chowder in a bread bowl with garlic top was a great meal. Finished it off with a piece of cheese cake and their cheese cake is amazing. Stop by and give it a try

Thank Gabe L
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this little place. Chowder was great! Wife had calamari steak which she didn't like. I thought it was good though. It was prepared like chicken parm, and she doesn't like chicken parm.

Thank Jacob L
Napa, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure this is the best Boston clam chowder I've eaten in my 70+ years. The rest of the menu is good, but it's worth a trip just for the chowder. It's got lots of clams, and is light on potatoes and cream so you really taste the sea.

Thank proferikos
Lutz, Florida
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife & I had lunch here & found the place to have very good food. We split the fish & chips as well as the New England cam chowder bread bowl. It costs $2 more t have the lid toasted with garlic & cheese. The cost is more than worth it! The soup itself is very good, but the... More 

Thank michael g
Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great little spot - not in the busy wharf area but a walking distance from the aquarium. Everything we took (Chowder, Burger, Hot Sandiches) was very tasty. Its not a fancy restaurants - actually very simple one - but it adds to the charm... Great place for an informal lunch.

Thank Ron E
Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Located within walking distance of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, this is a good place to grab a quick bite without having to settle for a cold sandwich. I tried the clam chowder and Alfredo Pettuni (not sure of the spelling here!), with chicken. It's pasta. Both were delicious. Service is quick. Staff is friendly. Very clean.

Thank George T
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We've been visiting Vivolo's for many years. It never disappoints. I always get the clam chowder in the bread bowl. The fish and chips are also to die for. We love these so much we hardly ever get anything else.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

I lived in Monterey for three years in the 70s and return every 2-3 years for 3-4 days to escape the summer heat of Phoenix. I have always thought that Vivolo's Chowder House had the best clam chowder in town (being from Boston, I KNOW my clam chowder.) I have eaten there at least 7 or 8 times. My partner... More 

Thank Ed K
San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We eat here every time we visit the Monterey area. Why? They simply have the best clam chowder around! Most of my family get the chowder in a bread bowl with garlic cheese top. For me, it's one of the best chowders I've had. I would definitely recommend it!

Thank Richard H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-372-5414

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?