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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
+1 831-375-4604
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“chowder” (239 reviews)
“seafood” (200 reviews)
“calamari” (158 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 10 June 2016

I've been to the Grotto probably 8 times and have yet to have a perfect experience! I've you're looking for Exciting Food, Fantastic Service and Incredible Views....Look no further. Typical Shake family restaurant....AWESOME!

Thank Tommy M
Reviewed 9 June 2016

Best Clam Chowder anywhere. Big chunks of clam and the creamiest soup ever. Stop there every time I go to Montery!

Thank 584bmiller
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

We went to lunch here after our whale watch, it was nice. We had a free appetizer , grilled artichoke (good) 2 of us had a very good charbroiled burger the other person had philly cheese-steak again very good, also had a bottle of wine...More

Thank Portage48
Reviewed 7 June 2016

We stood outside and had 2 dozen oysters. They were the best oysters we had out of every restaurant we sampled. So sweet and delicious!

Thank pilotwife
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

From the outside we thought it looked a little , sorry 'tacky' but as soon as you walk in it changes and has a great vibe and look. The waiters were so helpful and friendly and we had ended up having one of the best...More

Thank Love-postcards
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Once again, enjoying the ambiance of Old Fisherman's Grotto and always, the great hospitality of the Shake family and staff. We had the fresh abalone and it was wonderful and a beautiful presentation.

Thank BunksterCA
Reviewed 3 June 2016

The Old Fisherman's Grotto is located on Fisherman's Wharf. There are lots of different dining choices here. I don't think reservations are required or maybe even needed, but the fact that I had gone ahead and made them allowed us to be directly led to...More

Thank TxBrian
Reviewed 2 June 2016

We had eaten on Fisherman's Wharf before several times. Most are touristy, great views, okay food and service. Grotto was recommended to us by the head Chef of the hotel we were staying at (Marriott). It had much better food and service that the other...More

Thank KeninAustin
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice meal but nothing blew socks off. How it is rated so high is odd, they are good each visit but have had better on the wharf. That being said you get a nice meal to enjoy here they do a good job!

Thank Gelliott415
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Despite being in the middle of crowds of visitors on the Wharf, the Grotto provides very high quality and varied menu. The seafood selections that we had were excellent. Good service and excellent views from our table.

Thank TennisPlayerEd
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Michael U
12 October 2017|
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Response from RhondaGeeesh | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t have a reservation, we just walked in and they sat us quickly. Great food, atmosphere, and friendly staff!!
10 May 2017|
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Response from L8184GAjohnc | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is seasonal. I did not see it on the menu.
Sandra H
2 October 2016|
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Response from Jkahn059 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have separate area for groups

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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