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“Good enough seafood on Fisherman's Wharf”

Old Fisherman's Grotto
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Ranked #10 of 305 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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 June 20, 2013

I'd like to give this 3.5 stars, but I rounded up just because they were so nice and we were having such a fun time.

The upside: good quality food, everything very fresh, super nice service.
We had chowder (way too much cream and butter!) and salads and fish sandwiches. All good, though nothing to go out of your way for. It's just nice to eat on the Wharf amid all the tourists and fresh sea air and seagulls.

The downside: Because it's not on the harbor side, the "view" is of a little brackish lagoon with a busy main street above in the near distance.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

WE split this larger than plate stake that covered all our vegetables . No way could I do it by myself. the absolute best creamy clam chowder on the wharf..

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We made a last minute reservation for 9 people and were seated right away for dinner. The servers (about 3-4) were constantly checking on us, refilling drinks. Great customer service. We received free fried calamaries and artichokes and they were absolutely delicious! I had coconut fried shrimps and they were yummy. All my family had different dishes and enjoyed all of them. The best part all the girls received fresh roses! It ended up to be the best night for all of us. I strongly recommend this place to everyone and we plan to go back there one day.

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Thank Chantal_KB
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had a great time there. Franklin, the server, was so attentive with a great smile. He was very helpful with the details of the menu and the choice of wine. I had seafood paella, simply out of this world. My girlfriend had seafood pasta Isabella and she thoroughly enjoyed it too. Try to get a window seat, it is worth the wait if you have to.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Three of us went for lunch yesterday. Arrived around 1 and only had to wait a couple of minutes for a table. The place was packed. Each of us had a cup of the clam chowder. It was a little too thick for me but a nice flavor. We ordered the jambalaya, hot crab sandwich and a crab louis salad for lunch. All were very good and came out of the kitchen quickly.
Linda was our server. She was GREAT!
3 entrees, 3 cups of soup, 2 beers, 1 bottle of wine = $111

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