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789 Trinity Ave, Seaside, CA 93955-4805
(831) 394-2027
11:00 am - 9:30 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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Monterey, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here since I was a kid. Their calamari is delicious. They even have good gumbo. I haven't had a bad meal here ever. the staff is very friendly and best of all the food is great.

Thank FromMonterey
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent seafood and good service. There are a few none seafood items also. There is a small seafood market in the front, and rest is the restaurant. I like meeting friends there for lunch.

Thank Liz C
Salinas, California
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to lunch with a companion at The Fishwife. We split an appetizer of crab bites and calamari, followed by a cup and a bowl of the soup of the day. Soup was Manhattan Clam Chowder with chorizo sausage. While non-traditional, the clam chowder was good, and the bowl was a much more generous portion than the cup, for... More 

Thank Keith N
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156 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have gone to Fishwife for many years. This time the sole was too smothered in cream sauce, and not very tasty. Side was rice and beans: this is not mexican food. There was a big piece of asparagus. The pasta primavera was fine, but it's not very hard to make

Thank harvey44
King City, California
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

The seafood is somewhat similar, but not the same quality and presentation as the Fishwife restaurant in Pacific Grove. Also the ambiance is ruined by the shape and noisy surroundings of the restaurant. I'd rather not eat there again. The Fishwife in Pacific Grove is a regular destination for me and the wait staff there is much more attentive and... More 

Thank Larry R
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

After reading other reviews I chose this restaurant for a little variety (and relief) from the places in Monterey during our stay. Service was good, but the food was not as expected. Several of our guests had the fish and chips, all corn meal coated and without flavor...bland. Same comments on the catfish. The calamari was tasty, meaty, and a... More 

Thank Dan R
Berkeley, California
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We were staying nearby this restaurant, going to Monterey Jazz Festival...After ordering, I asked if the fish was fresh today, well, she said it's all frozen!!! Cancelled my order and asked again, what fish was fresh....asked the cook, Rock Cod...OK I'll have that grilled. Cook made hockey pucks out of the Cod....This was the worst meal in many years...I don't... More 

Thank rosiethecaterer
Caracas, Venezuela
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Simply but proper and home-made seafood. Do not expect a gourmet food, but with a good price/value rate

Thank Gfb2412
Nevada City, California
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119 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

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 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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?