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Old Fisherman's Grotto
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Ranked #12 of 306 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: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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 20, 2014 via mobile

Fried artichoke hearts great, macadamia halibut wonderful service outstanding.
Get seafood at a seafood restaurant, steak at a steak house.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the concierge, who gave a self named card coupon for a free appetizer. This should have alerted us its a tourist trap based on referrals. The coupon entitles the bearer to a free appetizer but you cannot simply choose the most expensive one: you are entitled to the "chef's choice", which is not a principled approach.

The waiter was a charming and well spoken fellow who ignored us from the start, prompting us to ask the manager to reassign a new waiter. The manager failed to follow up on whether the new waiter was adequate (and she was); any high end restaurant would conduct a follow-up especially from the managerial level, as one would expect.

The food was adequate, however, they used corn syrup to sweeten the potatoes and side vegetables (corn syrup is a cheap substitute for honey or maple syrup, and also believed to be very very bad for you) . When confronted on this issue, the waitress claimed it was a mixture of honey and brown sugar glaze, which irritated me further because anyone knows the distinctive taste of corn syrup.

The deep fried calamari came out cold, and to the credit of the chef, it was replaced with a full hot portion. Also, the chowder was very good.

The crusted halibut was suspiciously nutty (not panko or anything I've had before)

The corkage fee was high, so best to bring your own "expensive bottle" in order to offset the fee.

Perhaps the biggest travesty of this restaurant: they fail to list the years (vintages) on all their wines!!! The wine list states the name:apellaton:price. (no year). I noted that a bottle listed at $162 has no year attached!! (further supporting my belief its a tourist trap). When I asked the waitress about this anomaly, she simply said they have all vintages available upon request, which anyone knows, that is just not true. I find it high-handed that a Californian restaurant so close to Napa/Sonoma would engage in this practice, as this opens the door to inconsistent billing, and does a disservice to the wineries' different brands.

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2  Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

The service was very attentive. The food and drinks were good. Not the best seafood I have ever had, but it was very good. Considering the scenery, it is worth the stop.

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Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

The ny strip steak was tough and low quality. The sand dabs were heavy with breading and doused in a fatty sauce. The calamari was ok. All in all it was red lobstah quality

1  Thank Alzor S
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Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Went to Fisherman's Grotto on 3/8 for my husband's birthday. Knowledgeable and helpful bartenders that served us great martinis and wine. All waitstaff except our main waitress were attentive. Our main waitress neglected us by not checking in very often. She also wasn't very knowledgeable, as she didn't know the difference between a baked potato and twice baked potato. My husband had the surf and turf. The steak and lobster were decent. I had one of the specials with shrimp stuffed Maine lobster and prawns. The prawns were slightly over cooked. The lobster was heavy handed. The veggies in both our meals were really good. The clam chowder we ordered was very good.

Bottom line is that each meal was $40-$45 and tasted like something you'd get at Red Lobster (plus no cheese biscuits!) we won't go back.

1  Thank Meghan J
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