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Anthony's Fish Grotto

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1360 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-232-5103
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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
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89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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
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135 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
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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
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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
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102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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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 

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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 

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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sorry to say that this would be our last time at this location since come the 31st they will permanently close. Very sad since we have been coming for 37 years. Always love the atmosphere, service & especially the food. We shared like always what we ordered last night. A cup of clam chowder was excellent as usually. Got stuffed... More 

Thank Carla W
gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Carla, thank you for joining the 50,000 guests that have come this month to celebrate one last time at Anthony's while also mourning the needless loss of a San Diego restaurant icon. I'm so pleased to see you'll be joining us at our beautiful La Mesa location in the future. Regards. More 

Mount Juliet, Tennessee, United States
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read this location was being closed so thought we might try it since we were visiting the area. We went for Sunday brunch. We were there when they opened the doors and were seated fairly quickly at a large window table. My husband has family in the seafood business on the Gulf Coast, but we found there were questions... More 

Thank Vicki G
gofishanthonys, Owner at Anthony's Fish Grotto, responded to this review

Dear Vicki - comments like yours are the reason we have been and continue to be successful after 70 years in the highly competitive restaurant industry. The Port of San Diego is one of those all to common place government agencies that have little respect for the input of the local citizens and tradition and history. I'm glad you had... More 

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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?