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“I Drive 3 hrs just for this place.”

Old Fisherman's Grotto
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Ranked #11 of 308 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Scott Street
Description: Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Harbor, Old Fisherman's Grotto is a "must visit" restaurant. The "Grotto" has rightfully earned its worldwide reputation for only the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Featuring fresh seafood from sustainable sources including Macadamia Crusted Halibut, Hawaiian Swordfish, Ultimate Seafood Pasta, live Crab and Lobster, the Grotto also offers a variety of the finest "Certified Angus Beef". Start with our award-winning clam chowder and finish by indulging in one of our fresh house-made desserts. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our 2014, 2015 Wine Spectator Award Wine list with over 200 selections specializing in local vineyards. AAA 3 Diamond Rating, Monterey Peninsula Chamber "Business Excellence" Award Winner. 2010 1St Place "West Coast Chowder Competition", "Best Chowder" Monterey County for 12 consecutive years , Winner "Best Calamari" three consecutive years in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award". No high chairs. No strollers. No booster chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners and as such not permitted in the dining room.
Reviewed March 18, 2013

My wife and I travel 3 hours just to enjoy the great food and fantastic service. They have set the standard of service, quality and friendly people serving the customers. We have been to a lot of places from Santa Cruz to Aptos, but we still find Old Fisherman's Grotto on the wharf our favorite.

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Thank Randy6272
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Fisherman's Wharf if very touristy but Old Fisherman's Grotto is a great restaurant. The food was great and we were able to easily make substitutions to items on the menu. One of the best places to eat in Monterey.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We had a great dinner here, the food was presented nicely & was very good. The coffee could have been a little warmer. Service was great!

Thank Retiredlady46
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

As we walked down Fisherman's Wharf we had several "hawkers" tell us about their dinner specials. This one seemed like the best deal because it had free appetizers and 25% off of bottles of wine.

The portions here are very generous....we couldn't finish ours and the atmosphere is dark and "wharfy". And, our server was great.

I call this "touristy good" because it was just us tourists here eating the food. It was a lot of food, but wasn't what locals would have...at least not in my opinion. All our food was good, our service was good, and the price was reasonably good.

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Thank MNM1011
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Fisherman's Grotto is a well-known and valued restaurant on the Monterey wharf. If you haven't managed to get there yet, you owe it to yourself to make it a priority on your next visit.

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Thank jjojr
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