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Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

1411 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211-1165
+1 412-481-4414
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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1411 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211-1165
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We dined at MBFG as part of a rather large group. I expected some disappointment in the quality of food and level of service, but it was even more of a letdown than I had expected. The good points first: 1) The restaurant is an...More

1  Thank ontheroadtoomuch
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Sets a high standard for this city. Sensational view (try to get a window table). Eclectic European menu. Nice assortment of interesting fish.dishes. Started with perfectly done calamari; breading not too heavy, crunchy outside and just right inside, good sized portion and large pieces. A...More

Thank JulesVerne1
Brian R, Manager at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2017

Thank you very much for joining us at Montery Bay Fish Grotto! We do our best to provide an excellent experience from the moment you pull up, and we are very pleased that you enjoyed it. Brian Redinger Monterey Bay Fish Grotto Manager 412-481-4414

Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have dined here and their other previous locations for approximately 20 years. Unfortunately, we miss the old days. Somehow, after renovation of this restaurant, the menu, just like the decor has become lacking, not to mention the smaller assortment of fresh...More

Thank laceylouise
Brian R, Manager at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2017

First of all we would like to thank you for your continued support over the last 20 years! As the years go by, changes to the menu are bound to happen. This unfortunately can mean that personal favorites are removed. The ichiban appetizer was certainly...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017

We went the night before departing and pre-Phipps. Let me begin by saying this is definitely on the pricey side but totally worth it for the food, service and VIEW. We opted to eat in the bar as it was meant to be light dining...More

1  Thank MrsH0dges
Brian R, Manager at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you very much for the kind words! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. Brian Redinger Monterey Bay Fish Grotto Manager 412-481-4414

Reviewed 30 November 2017

Four of us had dinner on Black Friday. Asked for window table but all were taken. Was given a table a floor up, which I personally think gave us a better view of the city. The place was very busy. Our waitress was great. We...More

Thank dapmag3
Brian R, Manager at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2017

Thank you for joining us! We went through great lengths with our remodel to ensure that every seat in the house has an amazing view of the city, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed yours. We look forward to seeing you again in the...More

Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Great food, great wine, great service with a view to die for. Hidden gem. Love to visit every time we are in town.

Thank coricar221
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Enjoyed cocktails in the lounge, followed by dinner and dessert. The meal was fabulously displayed and cooked and all 4 of our agreed. My brother made them aware that it was my birthday, which I hadn't known, but from the time of giving our name...More

Thank work2travel_8
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Maybe we expected even more, but this sleek restaurant with amazing reviews, sort of under delivered. Expecting to be wowed, the sole, halibut, and even crab cakes were not very special, especially at the price point. We loved the view, but only sort of enjoyed...More

1  Thank kimmermc
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

We were in town to visit my Pitt son for his birthday and wanted to go someplace different. You would never figure what awaits at the top of this nondescript condo building. Could be the best postcard view of Pittsburgh ! Despite having one more...More

1  Thank KMR042
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The restaurant has amazing views of the city. There is a vegan option on the menu which (though overpriced) was very good. I visited most recently for a business dinner (though I have dined here several times before in years past). Everyone seemed to enjoy...More

Thank JenCav_107
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LuAnn C
12 September 2017|
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Response from Brian R | Property representative |
Hi! Our dress code is upscale casual or business casual. We ask that gentlemen don't wear ripped jeans, sleeveless shirts, and hats. Other than that, you'll be fine!
1 February 2017|
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Response from fjmccarl | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is, you should ask for a booth on the main dining floor. The lower floor has a bar and is an excellent place to have a drink and a view of the 'burgh!
13 July 2016|
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Response from hummummer | Reviewed this property |
Why wouldn't you make a reservation? So long as they don't charge for a cancellation, make it! Don't leave things to chance and plan ahead is my motto, especially when it comes to good/popular places to eat.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 54
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1411 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211-1165
    (Sweetbriar Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh
  • Phone Number: +1 412-481-4414
Thank you for considering Monterey Bay Fish Grotto for your affair. This award-winning restaurant has always taken pride in its level of standards and excellence. These exceptional standards are reflected in the mouth-watering fresh fish and impeccable service. Guests have come to expect this level of quality in every aspect of the main dining room as well as the private dining room. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto's fish is fresh and flown in from a number of locations on the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaiian Islands. For this reason we are the regions Premier Fresh Fish Restaurant offering 20 kinds of fresh fish in an array of original, delicious styles.
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