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Vivolo's Chowder House

127 Central Ave, 2 blocks up from the Aquarium, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
+1 831-372-5414
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“chowder” (136 reviews)
“fish and chips” (35 reviews)
“garlic bread” (14 reviews)
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127 Central Ave, 2 blocks up from the Aquarium, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife had their chowder and a shrimp salad and pronounced both to be excellent, commenting especially on how fresh the shrimp was. I went further afield and had their house specialty linguine pescatorie, a mixture of fish, calamari, scallops and shrimp. I chose the...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The clam chowder here is every bit as good as you would find in New England. It's located about three blocks away from the Aquarium where street parking is readily available. The rest of the menu features an excellent assortment of fresh fish. As a...More

Thank D0dgerDan
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Arguably about the best chowder my wife and I have ever had. A few blocks from Cannery Row crowds, we were thrilled to easily park and find plenty of seats. The New Clam Chowder was tops - just wish we had time to finish before...More

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We were in Pacific Grove after a full day of sight seeing and needed to eat soon. My wife looked online for somewhere to get good chowder & Vivolo's was the closest place with a good rating. What a great experience! We started with the...More

Thank c c
Reviewed 1 August 2017

We went as a family here for dinner and found plenty of choices that pleased everyone. The chowder bowl is very generous so order one to share. We also enjoyed the side salad with shrimp (the tomato vinaigrette is lovely!) and fish and chips. The...More

Thank vulchie
Reviewed 27 July 2017

If you are looking for a place to eat seafood and chowder, this place is it. It is a quaint restaurant, nothing fancy and the service is average, but the food is good. We had the chowder and Fish n Chips. All tasty and reasonably...More

Thank JonJonMontreal
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Casual restaurant, nice atmosphere with a friendly staff. Food is adequate for price point. Enjoyable evening.

Thank Londonpassport
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

I always make a stop at Vivolo's. A quent little place you can easily look past. The New England chowder in the bread bowl is my favorite. For $2.00 more you can get your cut out bread toasted with a cheese garlic spread.

Thank Silvah777
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

The clam chowder bread bowl with cheese/garlic bread top was tasty. However, the service wasn't great at lunch time. After getting our drinks, we waited and waited and had to ask a server if we could to place our order. Caesar salad dressing was bleh....More

Thank Jocenikbrown
Reviewed 18 July 2017

When visiting PG, usually have a meal or two there. Have not had a bad meal yet. Family place. Great for kids to keep occupied as well as adults with their table coverings. Good prices too!

Thank Timothy S
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Questions & Answers
susan s
12 September 2016|
Response from Julievdavis | Property representative |
Delicious but very rich, lots of seafood, great on a cold day or when you would like something special!
susan s
12 September 2016|
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Response from Jacob L | Reviewed this property |
Did not have this dish, but everything we ordered was excellent.
25 June 2015|
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Response from rbitner2016 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe they do. Our visit was NE chowder. Check online menu. Great food
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Central Ave, 2 blocks up from the Aquarium, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-372-5414
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Voted best clam chowder for many years! Enjoy fresh sustainable seafood at affordable prices. A local favorite and a must for visitors. Two blocks up from the Montetey Bay Aquarium. Family friendly with a children's menu. Enjoy local seafood, pasta, burgers, soups, salad and house made desserts!
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