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789 Trinity Ave, Seaside, CA 93955-4805
(831) 394-2027
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Nevada City, California
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The fish here is always great. We stopped for lunch, and had the tilapia tostada and the fish sandwich special. Both were prepared excellently and we ate every last crumb. Like the flagship restaurant in Pacific Grove, decor is not fancy, but the food is wonderful

Thank Bob H
Lafayette, California
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173 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have been eating here for at least a decade. This time, we were disappointed. We wanted to enjoy something to eat, after the Bach Festival. Maybe we arrived late, so there were no specials listed on the board. I just ordered fried oysters and my husband ordered the seafood soup. It was just OK. We always come to eat... More 

Thank Travel-lady03
Bury, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This was one of the restaurants recommended by the reception at our hotel and it was a good recommendation. We had a voucher for a complimentary appetiser which was very pleasant and whilst I enjoyed an excellent Prawns Veneto, my wife had the Sole which was perfectly cooked. Pleasant, friendly service and our meal was accompanied by a rahter nice... More 

Thank prefdavid
Menlo Park, California
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110 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Fishwife is one of my 2 favorite restaurants in Monterey (the other being Hula's Island Grill). I live in SF Bay Area and make trips to Monterey about once a month and usually stop over at FishWife in Seaside or Pacific Grove on my trip. Their restaurant at Pacific Grove (prices are slightly higher) is a relaxing stopover if you're... More 

Thank EvanL
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

If you like calamari -- this is the place for you. (If you're not a fish lover don't come here.) Food is all about fish dishes with huge portions! Easy parking right near the beach. This establishment has been here for years.

Thank Judy C
North Reading, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I had dinner at the Fishwife on Saturday night, along with 15 others, for a bachelorette weekend. The restaurant is on the smaller size, but they did a great job accommodating our party. No need for a set menu - we could order anything. They have a great regular menu and also offered some nice specials that night. Everyone was... More 

Thank KGLondon
Fresno, California, United States
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Tried something different this time... Gumbo...but pass on this one. The color was really off-putting. Just didn't nail it. The pasta however was a seafood mélange on a lovely noodle. However, had to go back the next day for lunch to see our favorite waiter, Charlie, and had my requisite barramundi. Just get it. It's perfect and I could eat... More 

Thank Donna C
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This is a local Seaside restaurant that serves excellent seafood. Service is friendly and attentive.

Thank sandrab3112014
Monterey, California
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141 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

They have a cornmeal crusted fish (tilapia) with their chips, which was delicious. They also have catfish, which I would have ordered had I known it was a cornmeal batter & not beer batter. My husband & I both were fans. Their menu had lots of options to try.

Thank AEreviews
Grand Junction
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner here, expecting fish tacos to be on the dinner menu. Slightly disappointed. However, there were many other amazing menu items for us to choose from. The tilapia was cooked perfectly, and the entire staff was friendly and ready to serve. Well make sure to make our way back when we return to the area.

Thank Park42

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 789 Trinity Ave, Seaside, CA 93955-4805
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Seaside
  • Phone Number: (831) 394-2027

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?