We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Vivolo's Chowder House

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

235 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 227: English reviews
Lutz, Florida
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
Level Contributor
37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Level Contributor
20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank Linda J
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Level Contributor
87 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
American Canyon, California
Level Contributor
59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family and I came to Monterrey on a day trip. I had many clam chowder in the past and this is one of the best I've tasted. Its very "clammy" and flavorful. I ordered a cup and a half of fresh turkey sandwhich. The sandwhich was good, would be better if the bread isn't too thick. Fries was good. Service... More 

Thank bluemocha
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Six of us ate here 2 weeks ago. Definitely no rave reviews from any of us. My fish was very good but my fries resembled the raw offering of Mcdonalds. Most others had the chowder and couldn't understand the blandness. We went here because we trusted the reviews that it was decent. It wasn't. Our server looked like he was... More 

Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I chose to take out my order from Vivolo's, since I was traveling alone and wanted to catch the sunset at Asilomar Beach. Their chowder was awesome and their fried artichokes were tasty as well. Their service was both professional and friendly. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and exactly what I was looking for.

Thank Ahtrio
Northern California
Level Contributor
367 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been here several times and always enjoy the clam chowder. Their garlic toast is also very good and reasonably priced. We have never been there when it's been overly crowded and have always been seated right away.

Thank Blooms65

Travelers who viewed Vivolo's Chowder House also viewed

Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula
Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula
Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula
Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula

Been to Vivolo's Chowder House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Soups, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Vivolo's Chowder House and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Ensenada, Mexico
over a year ago
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Vivolo's Chowder House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?