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“Loved everything about this place!”

Giovanni's Fish Market & Galley
Ranked #2 of 100 Restaurants in Morro Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout
Description: Giovanni's Fish Market is Morro Bay's oldest fish market and seafood restaurant, serving and providing the freshest daily catches with the best view on the bay. Open nearly 30 years, our historic market and restaurant has succeeded by supplying our customers with fresh locally caught, sustainable seafood, as well as imported exotics, and a selection of hundreds of different types of seafood. Come take a seat on our wharf patio for the scenic view of Morro Rock, and the Historic Morro Bay Harbor while you enjoy our famous fish and chips, clam chowder, fish tacos, and more. Top it off with a drink from our full bar to complete the perfect meal on the bay. With Giovanni's Fish Market, you can even have our fresh fish at your table, no matter where you are! Have fresh seafood delivered to your door overnight, anywhere in the United States. We are very proud of our heritage, and accomplishments over the years. Our customers and community come first in our business - and your opinion counts! Our reputation for quality service sets us apart from other places along the bay. We strive to provide superb customer service, by utilizing a knowledgeable and courteous staff. Come enjoy fresh fish, and a superb meal that you won't find anywhere else but Giovanni's!
Sioux City, Iowa
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367 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Loved everything about this place!”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Giovanni's is located right on the bay and has a superb view. It is extremely casual. You order at the counter and then wait for them to call your name. I had a fish sandwich and fries. It was easily the best fish sandwich I had while in the area - and I had a lot of them. My boyfriend had the chowder, crab sandwich (roll), and garlic fries and raved about everything.
We talked with another couple who said they always get the shrimp cocktail whenever they are there. It looked amazing and I wish I would have had time to go back later to try it.
There are seagulls all over the place and you have to watch your food or they will fly down and grab it. They seem to have a fondness for garlic fries.
My only regret is that we were not able to stay longer. Sadly, we discovered Giovanni's on our last day in the area.
Everything seemed fairly priced. The person who took our order was very friendly as was the guy who presented our order at the window. Each asked where we were from and if we were enjoying our stay. Giovanni's only has outdoor seating but when you see the view, you will be glad about that. Morro Rock is just across the bay and you'll see boats of all shapes and sizes going by as you eat.

  • Visited June 2013
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Cupertino, California
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168 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Good Food. Bad Service.”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

FOOD:
We tried the fish & chips, shrimp burrito, clam chowder, and shrimp cocktail here. Everything was more-or-less fresh and tasty. The most appetizing item, however, turned out to be the garlic fries (i.e., the chips in fish & chips).

SERVICE:
The service here left much to be desired. The woman at the window was more interested in chatting with her coworker than taking our orders.

PRICE:
Our bill averaged out to around $15 per person.

Visited July 2013
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Bishop, California
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great fish!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We went here three times, a very knowledgeable older man had me pick out our crabs, weighed them(he was spot on), cooked them, cleaned them, put them on ice and we took them home....and not a bite was left! Our steelhead was also good, but our halibut was "so so." We also enjoyed the clam chowder.

Visited July 2013
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Visalia, California
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421 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Best Fish & Chips ever”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I'm glad every time we return to Morro Bay you can count on Giovanni's to have the best Fish & Chips I have ever had, always fresh. This time we tried the fried oreos (you have to try them $1:99) they are awesome. This is still the first place I eat and the last place , before going back home , and can't wait till next time to go back. It's worth the wait the line moves quick , they open at 11:00 am. Fish & Chips 5 piece $9.99 best price in town and the best tasting in my opinion. It's just the way I like it. There fish market is open earlier so go inside and check it out you can get clam chowder in the market if you want something before the restaurant opens.
DON'T LEAVE YOUR FOOD UNATTENDED or IT BECOMES SEAGULL FOOD and there fast.

  • Visited July 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Fresh and flavorfull!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Excellent value and on-the-dock freshness. Try the fish and chips or ask for sashimi and get fresh daily salmon!

Visited June 2013
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