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“Wonderful tasting food in an outdated restaurant”

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
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Ranked #9 of 2,178 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $54
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Sweetbriar Street
Description: Thank you for considering Monterey Bay Fish Grotto for your affair. This award-winning restaurant has always taken pride in its level of standards and excellence. These exceptional standards are reflected in the mouth-watering fresh fish and impeccable service. Guests have come to expect this level of quality in every aspect of the main dining room as well as the private dining room. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto's fish is fresh and flown in from a number of locations on the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaiian Islands. For this reason we are the regions Premier Fresh Fish Restaurant offering 20 kinds of fresh fish in an array of original, delicious styles.
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wonderful tasting food in an outdated restaurant”
Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

My husband treated me to a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner here last weekend. He had already been to the restaurant; so he previewed the great...and the not so great...aspects of it with me.

Start with the most exceptional part of this seafood restaurant - the view. The two-sided glass windows showcase an amazing evening view of downtown Pittsburgh. You will truly lose yourself (and where you are) when you take in this view.

The next exceptional aspect of the restaurant is the food. A myriad of fresh fish is flown in daily to the restaurant, where some very accomplished chefs create interesting and tasty menu items. The portion sizes are not huge; which they shouldn't need to be. But, unfortunately, some of our dinner party still equated prices to quantity; not quality.

The most unexceptional part of Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is the decor. The restaurant management created a very interesting ambiance sometime in the late 70's; and then decided that updating it approximately 30 years later just wasn't necessary. I hope they re-think that decision sometime in the near future.

Bottom line - I would go there again; if only for the city view and the food. But I think I'll eat in the bar, where the ambiance of the city lights is more than enough.

Visited February 2014
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Pittsburgh,Pa
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Go for the view.”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Went to this restaurant for New Year's Eve. I have nothing negative to report. Beautiful view, wonderful good, great service. Very attentive service without being overbearing.

  • Visited December 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Always a fine choice”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We went to Monterey Bay again this past weekend. A group of seven of us were celebrating multiple birthdays. This restaurant is much more than a great view of the city across the Three Rivers. Every meal was a hit.
My wife and I each got a different jumbo scallop dish. We both agree that the stuffed scallops were better, but neither of us went wrong. Another strong choice was the special of the day, a South American almond crusted Ponchielli(?) fish, similar to Sea Bass. They said it was very good. The she crab bisque was an excellent starter and the birthday desserts were beautiful and really, really good.
As I said, this restaurant is always a fine choice for fine dining on Mount Washington. In my opinion, the best choice.

  • Visited January 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
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“Best fresh fish in town”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Good food, good view. Good place to take out of town guests---- expensive
Fish is flown in daily so the selection changes daily. You can not reserve a window table. Best to dine early if you want a window view

  • Visited December 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
“Family Lunch”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Excellent meal for my family. Great service and atmosphere, with a dynamic view of Pittsburgh. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Visited October 2013
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