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“Food and view at the highest level, literally”

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
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Ranked #9 of 2,167 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $54
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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.
Bucharest, Romania
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826 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
“Food and view at the highest level, literally”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Based on my TA fellows recommendation I've picked this place for my birthday dinner with family. Thank you guys! The location is fabulous on Mount Washington. You can take the incline and walk 5 minutes. The place is on the last floor of a nice building, offering impressive views... The wine list was impressive also, from decent to exuberant... Food was amazing: filet mignon, basil and champagne salmon and Oscar style cooked swordfish. All of them were amazing. Even my son was happy with his... Hotdog... Staff is very knowledgeable-and attentive, truly professionals. And the evening views of Pittsburg were completed with fireworks...

Visited April 2014
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Bolivar, Ohio
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Amazing views & Delicious Food”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

We made reservations over a week in advance to get in here once we knew we were coming to Pittsburgh for the weekend. We made reservations for 8pm so the sun was setting just as we were getting here. My only two complaints are you can't request a window seat in your reservation, only once you get there. So when we got there I made the request and was told it would be an hour wait but that she thought she had a table that was almost as good as a window view, and in deed it was the view was spectacular over looking the entire city. My second complaint is there is NO PARKING, if you don't valet then good luck finding a place on the crazy streets of mount washington to self park.
Once seated we had prompt attention and service. The menu is vast with a wide array of fish to choose from I opted for the halibut and my husband had the swordfish, you can get any of the fish prepared in any style on the whole menu which was nice, we both had oscar style. None of the entrees come with side dishes so we decided to split the lobster mac and cheese as our waiter told us the sides were large enough for two. Our food came and it was fresh and delicious....we also decided to try the dessert after we watched almost every table enjoy this. We had the oreo cheesecake and it was scrumptious.
If you are looking for a romantic evening out and don't mind paying a hefty price then this is an awesome place to come. Excellent views, food and service.

  • Visited March 2014
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Rocky River, Ohio
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Tasty food with a spectacular view”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

This Mt Washington restaurant is 14 floors above an apartment building. There is a 360 degree view of Pittsburgh which is well lit at night. Our waitress, Debi, was very professional and did an outstanding job. Our appetizer was a combo plate which included varriety of fish pieces on a stick (tasty), 2 Large Cajun Style Shrimp and Crabcake, light on the bread crumbs and plenty of crab. The cake was VERY GOOD! we split a Corn/Crab Bisque that was very good. Our shared entree of 4 stuffed scallops were good. Our dinner with 4 vodka cranberries was $108. It was a good value. Ya gotta pay for the service and view.

Visited March 2014
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Pittsburgh
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“Amazing Variety of Fish!”
Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I finally made it here for dinner. Keep in mind that you can't make reservations for a window table - you can only ask once you arrive for your reservation. Views are absolutely amazing. The menu consists of an extensive variety of fish and different fish preparations. Had the Opah with the basil champagne preparation. Amazing! Very meaty fish. Restaurant also has a great wine list - primarily from Napa. Finished our meal with the Angel Food Grilled Cheese. Ridiculously good! Only downfall of the restaurant is the wait for the elevator to get back down to the ground level. Maybe we just had bad timing because there were a lot of people leaving at the same time. Otherwise a really great dining experience.

Visited March 2014
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Clifton, New Jersey
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4 reviews
“Amazing view, EXCELLENT FOOD & SERVICE, pricey”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Gorgeous view of Pittsburgh. Food was excellent. Service was excellent but definitely one of the most expensive dinners I've had in a long time.

Visited March 2014
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