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“Lovely Pink House with Excellent Menu!”

Monterey's Fish House
Ranked #7 of 304 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Berkeley, California
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Lovely Pink House with Excellent Menu!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Four of us were visiting Monterey and based on the hotel front desk recommendation, we drove to the Fish House. We pulled up and were worried about the unpretentious outside and what seemed like no visible cars; we entered the Fish House and it was crowded and people were having a great time. We did not have reservations (call ahead--it is better to have reservations because the place is so very popular); the Host was able to accommodate us because of a no show and the generosity of the person on the wait list before us. The waiter was outstanding. He knew the menu, offered wine pairing suggestions; comped the birthday girl with a candle-lit slice of cake because her order was not correct; and made the evening very enjoyable. Parking is next door in the lot to the South. The menu is wonderful and every dish ordered was prepared perfectly. Grilled salmon and almond crusted mahi mahi was excellent. Sausage ravioli was also raved about. This is a very casual place and the experience wonderful. Highly recommend the Monterey Fish House!

  • Visited March 2013
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Sacramento, California
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“So good at a reasonable price!”
Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

We have been coming here for years and never disappointed. Our out of state friends joined us at this local unpretentious restaurant. Bouillabaisse had large clams calamari etc in a tasty garlic broth. My Texas friend commented that if he could get seafood this good at home for this price he would offer it regularly. My wife had two large crab cakes, so large she failed to finish them. The waiter was amazing, reciting the evenings long list of specials from memory. It is very busy, so reservations are wise on the weekends. They will do their best to accommodate you if possible, but call ahead.

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Decatur, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
1,042 reviews
588 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 408 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stopped here for lunch based on TA reviews. Glad we did! Great prices and great food. While at lunch we made reservations for dinner.

She had the crabcake dinner and I had the House Shrimp Pasta. I won! The linguini was homemade and perfect. The tiny shrimp were cooked yummily in the crab broth and they blended well with the green onions and olives. Wow...was this a great dinner! (Oh, and her crab cakes were good too....served with pasta and vegetables.) (But remember, I won!)

They had great prices on wine and the dinners, too! And I did I say we had a great server? (Be sure to make reservations for dinner...otherwise, you'll be standing in line with lots of others.)

We plan to come here the next time we're in Monterey. Can't wait!

PS. Had the grilled oysters for lunch....very tasty and the biggest oysters we've ever seen!

  • Visited March 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Oak grilled oysters are awesome!!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

The oak grilled oysters were awesome! Also the crab cakes and scallops were delicious. Enjoyed the waiter - he was very helpful.

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Arcadia, California
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great locals restaurant”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The restaurant is very busy and reservations can lag a few minutes. Make sure you reserve. The fish was excellent and the Oak grilled oysters might be the best I have ever eaten. The wine list is very good, portions were large and deserts were fun and fairly priced. Well worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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