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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
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Christmas Valley, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I understand a no children policy but they don't have to be rude about it. Just put a sign out saying "adults only please"... Not a lengthy explanation about why kids are a such a nuisance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The quality was great when I was a kid and my Dad used to bring me here. It is still every bit as good even though it is now run by the sons of the original owner. I have always loved their fried calamari. It is nicely crisp and seasoned just right. The clam chowder has nice chunks of clams.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for lunch on a Friday afternoon. We were greeted by a super nice guy outside, offering free appetizers if we decided to come in & eat, glad we did! Great view of the ocean/sailboats in the marina. We were lucky enough to be seated where a few sea lions were splashing around in the... More 

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Thank Greg M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and friends love coming to the Old Fisherman's Grotto for clam chowder and calamari. I have two brothers that live out of state and when ever they come to visit this is the place they want to go to have clam chowder and calamari. My sisters and I love it too, but we also love ordering the pasta... More 

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McCloud, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time I'm in Monterey I will go to Fisherman's Wharf, why you ask? I have been eating at Grotto's restaurant for many years.. Just love this place they treat you like family .. and yes it's family owned Mr Grotto passed away many years ago but his children run's the place ... "just like the old days " Great... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the Seafood Clam Chowder in a bread bowl ($20.00). Sufficient to say this was the best clam chowder I have ever had. I know that I will always compare any future clam chowders to this one. The service was excellent. Will come back again for sure.

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Arkansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our meal of the artichoke appetizer, clam chowder and fish and chips. Nice view, friendly staff and very attentive waiter. Would certainly return. Also, gave us a long stem rose which was special.

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Patterson, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always plan to eat at the "Grotto" when we visit the Monterey Peninsula. Although is seems touristy located on Fisherman's Wharf, the food and customer service is always outstanding. There are always locals eating their confirming this is a great restaurant.

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Loomis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While walking along the wharf, four places offered free samples of clam chowder, Old Fisherman's Grotto won our business with their best of show chowder, and we are glad they did. Our lunch was wonderful. The staff were excellent, from the young lady with the chowder samples, to our server Lupe and the very nice busser; attentive, friendly and timely.... More 

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San Jose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time here and it certainly won't be our last! Everything was exceptional. We had reservations and were promptly seated by a window upstairs. The room was beautiful. Rich dark wood. Very romantic!I had the baby spinach salad which was huge and delicious. Could easily be split between two. My husband had the bay shrimp appetizer and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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