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“Old favorite revisited”

Harbor View Grotto Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #33 of 54 Restaurants in Crescent City
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

You can be swayed by the naysayers complaining that it was too busy on Valentine's Day or any other reason but here's our opinion, and every body has one.
We have been coming here for 25 years.
The restaurant has been in business since 1961. While many others have come and gone, this one remains and does a good business. We almost did not go to this restaurant because of recent reviews on TripAdvisor complaining of slow service, the view of the FISHERMAN'S trailers (that is how the locals earn a living), etc.
We decided to give it a try and we were very pleased.
We were greeted by our meticulous hostess Janelle, served by our sweet waitress Lori, and enjoyed watching Kayla serving nearby, all of them enjoying their work and professional in every way.
I had the shrimp Louie and my husband had the fresh wild Chinook salmon, served with clam chowder, baked potato and fresh vegetables, all of it delicious.
The food appears to be mostly deep fried on the menu, however you can request poached, steamed or sautéed.
They had a daily fresh menu to include fresh halibut, chinook salmon, petrale sole and snapper. When going to a seafood restaurant, we recommend ordering SEAFOOD, always a good bet..... especially the fresh fish.
When in Rome, ENJOY the local fare, consider your logistics, and be grateful.
We will be back!

Thank Jeri D
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

Great views of the ocean, very poor service, cold greasy food, prime rib was all fat and over cooked, shrimp was paper thin, no one checked on how our meal was, grossly over priced.NEVER SPEND YOUR MONEY HERE, You have been warned!

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Thank Dawn H
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Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stopped in Crescent City on our 101 road trip southbound. The Grotto came with mixed reviews from the front desk at our hotel but it was one of very few restaurants still open after 8pm in this sleepy coastal town. I hope management takes some time in their own establishment because they were woefully understaffed on front of house as servers were frantic to do everything. It took about 10-15 min to sit down, never got waters and the bar was out of several beers on their limited list. I felt terrible for the servers- honestly I think they were doing the best they could but after 40 minutes of no water, we got up and walked out. There wasn't even someone at the desk we could let know we were leaving. Skip this place and go to dinner earlier or across the highway at the Best Western's restaurant.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

For a restaurant that has an amazing view, the service was less than acceptable and the food average and nothing to write home about. Waited an hour past our reservation time for Valentine's Day, they ran out of bread, as someone else pointed out, staff buzzed around us not willing to acknowledge us. There was no offer to compensate for the waiting time or the unavailable bread. Saying it was average is being nice.

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Thank Javastreet
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Husband and I went to the Harbor View Grotto and had one of the worst experiences at a restaurant. Ignored at the door as many employees walked by for 15-20 minutes. Finally seated and never got water for 45 minutes. Others around us were also asking. Behind us we were asked how long we had waited and they left. Dinner took 1 1/2 hrs. Chowder was luke warm. Veggies were cold. Place was not crowded but someone needs to advise the employees who will be responsible for what. Not organized at all!

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Thank Kathy H
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