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Vivolo's Chowder House

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127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
+1 831-372-5414
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11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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California
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Monterey this weekend with family (party of 7.) Made reservations, which they lost, but recovered quickly and seated us immediately in the room in the back. No windows, but comfortable. Service was friendly although not really a lot of attention to detail (they got some orders wrong, forgot drinks, no refills of water, etc.) That said, it was... More 

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Buena Vista
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've visited Monterey many times and tried the clam chowder at dozens of places, but this was the BEST. Most of the restaurants on the pier offer samples, which is fun, but none of them are this good.

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Thank Jeanne B
Sacramento, California
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254 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We both had chowder, met expectations and more. My friend had a fish taco which he liked I had the spinach salad and was not disappointed but not overwhelmed either. I say stick to the seafood here.

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Thank barongruda
Topeka, Kansas
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184 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

My wife wasn't walking very well this day so I stopped in here to get some take out food. This restaurant didn't disappoint me. The clam chowder was great, some of the best I've tasted on the coast. My wife had shrimp scampi and it was very tasty as well. One of the surprises was the garlic toast. It was... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

If you're looking for a great clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, I can't recommend this chowder house enough! Definitely pay the extra few dollars for the sourdough topper that they turn into a lucious, butter-dripping garlic bread. We were in Monterey for a week and searched out a good clam chowder. This was the best we had.

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1 Thank Kate T
Las Vegas, Nevada
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410 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We ate here based on the positive online reviews and this place was a-ok. The clam chowder was good but I feel overrated, and most of the food on the menu is very heavy. That's great if you are big into fried seafood. Everything was filling but unmemorable (except for the sourdough bread, but how can you go wrong with... More 

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1 Thank moviegal226
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Midweek dinner, not busy, great service. Perfect kids menu and great entries. Definitely worth a look.

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1 Thank CardinalsStLFan
Sacramento, California
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450 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The restaurant looks non-descript from the outside but it is light and elegant on the inside. The window has a sign that says voted best chowder and it is excellent. I ordered a bowl of chowder in a sourdough bowl with an ice tea. Very filling and delicious. The service is great. Some ladies dropped in to get a quart... More 

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1 Thank Julie S
Alameda, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We had four good entrees among us friends, but the vegetables were limply steamed and the sides of pasta bland and uninspired.

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Windsor, Canada
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153 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is a local establishment that focuses on good food at affordable prices. Parking can be an issue.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-372-5414

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?