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Vivolo's Chowder House

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$$ - $$$
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127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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63 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travel to Pacific Grove every year yet this is the first time here. Based on the reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided on a quick lunch today. We each had a cup of clam chowder & split a grilled shrimp sandwich with cheese & avocado on sliced sour dough. The clam chowder was good but I had a hard... More 

Thank okcorralNevada
Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Based on previous reviews, we decided to give Vivolo's a try. We are so glad we did. The food was excellent, especially the clam chowder. More clams than chowder! The portions were large. The house made salad dressings were unique and very tasty. Our waiter Jaime was superb.

Thank Patty S
Chico, California
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284 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clean, priced right, accessible, and a full range of seafood dishes served with speed and energy. Overall, food selection is great, with chowders, salads, sandwiches, and pasta and main courses for all tastes; and main courses are nicely matched with some sides and vegetables. Dishes were flavorful, though sauced a little bit heavier than my palate likes, and I thought... More 

Thank JoelZ195
Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a local and this was my first time here and it won't be my last. I take my dog to the vet close by and always thought the outside looked old and tired but, my husband was bent on going here and I'm so glad we did. Food was awesome and service was on point. I had the fish... More 

Thank Surfkelly
Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We locals and have been coming here for years. Still the best chowder with or without the bread bowl. The lid comes with melted cheese, toasted nice and warm....amazing! You can get it to go! The menu has some excellent fish selections and I really enjoy the cioppino!

Thank Indymirage
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254 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

This is a friendly place in New Monterey with fairly easy parking on the street. The chowder is outstanding as we always impressed with how they deliver a great bowl every time.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We knew we were going to stop in for a late lunch at Vivolo's as it's our custom when visiting Monterey. Last time we had a lovely dinner here with huge portions and friendly service so it was excellent value. Thus, we were really looking forward to another meal on our most recent visit a couple of days ago. First... More 

Thank SF2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Soups, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?