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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Anthony's Fish Grotto

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1360 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-232-5103
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,789 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,692: English reviews
Loveland, Colorado
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For 70 years, Anthony's was THE seafood restaurant in San Diego, maybe in all of SoCal. "Was" is the key word here, for you see, as of January 31, 2017, it is closed. They lost a bidding war for a lease, we were told as we ate there on it's final day. They are many couples who will tell stories... More 

Thank William Z
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
73 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We just came back from San Diego on Feb 19 and the restaurant closed on January 31st. Sign said something about reopening at another location in the near future.

Thank Robert E
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was on vacation visiting family in San Diego and stumbled on this restaurant. It had the best catfish & jumbo shrimp I've ever had, not to mention the house slaw mm good. The waitress was very professional & very knowledgeable of the menu, a plus. If your ever in San Diego or a current resident you have got to... More 

Thank notjudgemental
White Marsh, Maryland
Level Contributor
89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant was recommended by our shuttle driver on the way from the airport. We had a great meal with great service in a restaurant that had been in business for 70 years. It is sad to note that the restaurant was closing 4 days after our visit. We understand that the reason for closing was that the city would... More 

Thank John L
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
135 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a shame this place has been forced to close. It has been around for 70 years and we went on the penultimate night and had a delicious fish meal .

Thank mrsmon2016
El Cajon, California
Level Contributor
378 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After 46 years at the Downtown Location Anthony's Seafood Grotto in Downtown San Diego on the waterfront has Closed on 1/31/17 FOREVER !This place directly on the water was AWESOME ! It is too bad that the city of San Diego decided to remodel that area and brig it more and different restaurant to that area

Thank grandslamhomer
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just had our last lunch at Anthony's Fish Grotto. How sad, what great memories as we would dock up at the pir and come for lunch. We look forward to having more good food at your LaMesa location.

Thank moeroe2015
Level Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and service here is outstanding. Have the clam chowder. This location is closing permanently but I was told by the staff there is another location in San Diego. Check it out, I don't think you will be disappointed. I went for both appetizers 1 day and lunch the next just because of the closure

Thank betty p
Ottawa, Illinois
Level Contributor
89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A 70 year old family run restaurant with excellent food. We ate dinner Jan.31,2017 the last night the ocean front restaurant was open. It is excellent! So sad the Port Authorities want to rearrange the water frontage and take this down. This particular restaurant is the original. There is one other open in the area. The oyster stew and crab... More 

Thank CRMyers
san marcos
Level Contributor
102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I never thought the food was great here, but the staff and the views were worth every penny. The lease ran out and Anthony's is closed. Plans are to tear it down and replace it with several food eateries....new two story decking to improve the views. We look forward to the change and hope the new venues offer great food... More 

1 Thank waterwoman1
gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. Sadly the restaurant replacing us is not know for great food. As a matter of fact Anthony's is higher rated on all the web rating sites. By the way we are not closed yet, the closing date is Tuesday Jan 31, 2017 at the end of the evening. In contrast to your comments, over... More 

Travelers who viewed Anthony's Fish Grotto also viewed


Been to Anthony's Fish Grotto? 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 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1360 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-232-5103
Anthony's Fish Grotto's was established in 1946 by Mama Catherine Ghio. It set and continues to set the standard for fresh seafood dining in San Diego. Mama believed in letting the freshness show through and not using overwrought and fussy preparations. Fresh seafood simply prepared.
The waterfront Anthony's sits atop piling over San Diego Bay. The views and sunsets are spectacular. The large dining room can accommodate families and large groups and the Lounge/bar area is perfect for that more intimate dining experience.
The menu features an array of seasonal fresh catches along with a multitude of favorites from Fish n Chips to Lobster Tails. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Anthony's Fish Grotto and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
3 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Anthony's Fish Grotto 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?