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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432 (Scott Street)
+1 831-375-4604
11:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. If your in the mood for some excellent tasting seafood this is the place to go.

Thank Sean S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant has a sign out front stating "No Strollers, No Boosters, No Highchairs. Kids disrupt other diners" and basically are not welcome. This is absolutely the most appalling sign I've seen in over 30 years of dining out while traveling. I am a parent and enjoy the occasional adult only dinner, but have some class in advertising if you... More 

Thank jimmyc1243
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242 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good restaurant with a good menu, taste food and specials. The service was very good and attentive. Had the sole and the cod and both were very good. We had a free starter voucher but they had sold out of what we wanted. Would recommend

Thank James A
Williamsburg, Virginia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The restaurant is full of charm with a good view. The wait staff were very polite and knowledgeable. The dinner was outstanding. My filet was very tasty and the clam chowder was delicious. The dessert selection was outstanding and everything our table selected was excellent. A very nice dinner and will return in the future.

Thank garycY2981KM
South Jersey
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm from New England so I'm a fried seafood snob. The food and service here are great. I had the fried Neptune platter, my husband had the fried shrimp platter. Both were excellent. But the star here is the Monterey Style Clam Chowder. Both the hubs and I will be talking about this soup for a long time to come.

Thank Jiminy13
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bowl of clam chowder is huge. Very tasty. Their fish and chips is good it is cod and not the flakey crust I am accustomed too, but good.

Thank Lori C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Great - The service was extremely attentive. The servers were extremely mindful of the many tourist restaurants along the wharf area and thanked me for my business (despite it being relatively crowded) both at the start and the end of the meal. That’s a nice touch for a tourist area. The views of the water were great. The Good... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a number of places to eat on Fisherman's Wharf - so it's pot luck what you end up with...we went for this place and were fortunate! Slight dark interior and fine dining from a huge number of appetizing meals on the menu. Our waitress [think they call them servers in the USA] was so friendly and welcoming it... More 

Thank GavinA76
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect food, perfect service, perfect location!!! The clam chowder & BBQ oysters were amazing for appetisers. We loved the Surf & Turf as Main courses & complimented by a couple of bottles of local Californian wines. Our wives were even given fresh roses on departure. A truly enjoyable night. If you want an amazing meal with a great view (including... More 

Thank BenKylieThornton
northern virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we enjoy properly prepared fresh fish. the daily catch menu is why we had to try here. wife had true cod ... i had halibut. both were perfectly prepared and presented. I highly recommend.

Thank lbshes

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
    (Scott Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-4604
Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Harbor, Old Fisherman's Grotto is a "must visit" restaurant. The "Grotto" has rightfully earned its worldwide reputation for only the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Featuring fresh seafood from sustainable sources including Macadamia Crusted Halibut, Hawaiian Swordfish, Ultimate Seafood Pasta, live Crab and Lobster, the Grotto also offers a variety of the finest "Certified Angus Beef". Start with our award-winning clam chowder and finish by indulging in one of our fresh house-made desserts. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our 2014, 2015 Wine Spectator Award Wine list with over 200 selections specializing in local vineyards. AAA 3 Diamond Rating, Monterey Peninsula Chamber "Business Excellence" Award Winner. 2010 1St Place "West Coast Chowder Competition", "Best Chowder" Monterey County for 12 consecutive years , Winner "Best Calamari" three consecutive years in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award". No high chairs. No strollers. No booster chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners and as such not permitted in the dining room.

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