Anthony's Fish Grotto
Anthony's Fish Grotto

Anthony's Fish Grotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gofishanthonys.com/
  • Phone: 6192325103
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch
    Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ash Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking directly in front. Paid parking lots also available in walking distance at County Administration building, Wyndham Hotel, and at the Lane Field Cruise Ship Parking lot.
A word from Anthony's Fish Grotto
Anthony's Fish Grotto is San Diego's original seafood restaurant. Founded in 1946, Anthony's still uses our original family secret recipes to serve what Zagat's 2013 City Guide calls San Diego's Most Popular Seafood. An extensive menu of seafood is complimented by chicken,beef and pork selections, ensuring that there is something for everyone. The building is built over the waters of San Diego Bay, so it offers diners some of the best views in the city.
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Anthony's Fish Grotto reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (194)kid-friendly (82)good for groups (81)special occasion (78)great for lunch (78)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (45)fit for foodies (40)great for outdoor dining (28)great for brunch (27)hot spot (23)late-night find (11)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Sunset
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We made our reservations on line and requested a booth by the window facing the ocean. They made sure to have the perfect table waiting for us when we arrived. Fast friendly service great food, and they didn't try to rush us out of there. We were able to sit and enjoy our meal. We got the stuffed mushroom appetizer I would rather have like 6 little ones then one big one for everyone to share. But it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our group of 14 were very happy with the food, service and ambiance. As International Photographers, we have eaten in many restaurants and Anthony's Fish Grotto was voted the best. The service was absolutely the best ever. With so many people in our group, the staff at Anthony's managed to serve us all within a few minutes and were available for any requests. Our thanks to Ricardo for not only the service he provided but for his patience with each and every one of us. I have recommended Anthony's to many people over my 5 day visit and will continue to recommend them for an experience to remember to all my colleagues and friends. A true gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service, noisy
    Norma
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We hadn't been to Anthony's in many years. We were a bit disappointed; it was very noisy even though not that busy; service was slow; food was good; prices are average for this type of restaurant and location. Not sure if I would return, but might in a few years if we're back in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always return to Anthony's
    K2Kgoodwin
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have been coming to Anthony's for years, and we continue to love it! We live in the Inland Empire, so anytime we are in San Diego, we always go to Anthony's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    EG86
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went for both lunch and dinner. Server for lunch was great. Dinners server was ok but it could be due to a large party that showed up early and was seated in his section. The manager gave us free dessert due to noise from large party. Food was really good. View was incredible. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went to Anthony's on my Grandparent's request. I had no idea what this place was until we went for dinner. I have to admit that the open table reservation was really easy and awesome. Other than that, there were no positives about this place. I attempted to order 2 different specials and was told they ran out. Then I ordered simple grilled teriyaki shrimp. I had no idea I would get a few unseasoned shrimp on a bed of rice (even though I specifically asked for no rice) with a side of teriyaki sauce to pour over or dunk my shrimp. The shrimp were rubbery and tasteless. I ordered a dinner salad as a side and it looked as if they literally threw everything on the plate and the waiter grabbed the dressing of my choice on his way to our table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The portions
    Missdee
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Was a little disappointed with portion size for the prices. Had reservations but didnt get a window seat to enjoy the views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view!
    Rrbernal
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Still a San Diego gem. Great seafood, excellent service and a wonderful view make for locals and tourist cool spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    our open table reservation never went through so they didn't have our reservation when we arrived. luckily, it wasn't a busy night so we still got a table by the water to watch the sunset. the view and relaxing pace were the best part of the night. the service was pretty good, but the waitress wasn't very knowledgeable and was difficult to deal with over our bill. my fish was bland but my husband's was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was great! Service was amazing! View was beautiful! With our reservation, we only waited a few minutes! Everything was perfect! Couldn't have been any better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad to write a disappointing review
    AZtoSD
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I am usually excited to dine at Anthony's every time I visit San Diego. I'm not sure if it was what I ordered, but my meal didn't leave me wanting to come back for more. The portions seemed smaller than I remember and the fish was a bit bland as far as how it was prepared. The service staff, while quite friendly, was uncharacteristically slow. The restaurant wasn't any busier than normal, so I'm not sure the reason. My daughter never received a refill on her lemonade despite requesting one (yes, she had her original drink and that's it) and I didn't receive my ordered glass of wine until after one of the wait staff cleared my plate from the table. No explanation, just a "drive-by" sorry as my wine glass was dropped off at the table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I came here on vacation for my cousin birthday. We were seated within 10 minutes. After waiting 20 mins I finally went back up to ask who our server was. We had not been asked if we wanted something to drink. Or given bread, utensils anything. Finally we ordered the good was okay. Nothing special. I was expecting far more from Anthony's
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AAAAHHHHHHMAZING FOOD & SERVICE
    Mamasan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pricey but great food. Good selections, portions, good plate presentation! Our Food Server was extremely helpful. Food brought out in timely fashion. Reservation was at 7:00 P.M. on a Friday night at the start of the Labor Day weekend, and were seated within 10 minutes of our arrival. Restaurant reception area a zoo, lots of noise...! Good energy...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My experience
    VacationDay2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    After we were all seated (10 guests), it took a while for the server to even bring the bread to our table. For the price of the meal, they don't give you enough food. I ordered a cucumber martini and it was awful. The bay view was awesome and the food was okay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a Family
    Zaid
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We spent all day out on the water, but still felt comfortable enough to come here and have steak and lobster. The service was frantic at best, and they were trying. I always like going to a restaurant that is full, but no one seems out of sorts. That was not what this place was like. Everyone was running with their head cut off. I was served my meal and had to wait 9 minutes till the rest of my table was served. The food was still good. The view was great. I have been here several times before and experienced similar issues. So, I was not disappointed just was hopeful. We had kids ages 7 to 17 and they were comfortable and all the kids enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • go for the view, not for the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A group of us went there, each of us ordered a different entree, and all of us felt that the food was subpar. My fish fillet combo was so bland and had no taste (You figure a fish grotto right next to the ocean would have some good fish, but it didn't). Squeezing lemon and using the tartar sauce couldn't even help. My understanding was that this was THE place perhaps 20+ years ago, but now, it just isn't worth it and the quality has definitely gone down. The only positives we had was that we had a window so we had a great sunset view, our server was nice (food took a while to come out though), they came by and refilled our drinks, and the bread and clam chowder was the only food highlight. I won't need to come back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Holiday Eats
    DelMarJunkie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful place to go for lunch before the Festival of the Sail. Had out of town guests visiting for the FOTS and they were very impressed with the food and ambience of Anthony's--a real winner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • losing its finess
    anonymous
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I have both been coming to Anthony's with our families since we were kids. Now that we're married, we thought of it as a special place and brought our family here to celebrate our sons birthday. We both found the food lacking from what we remembered as children/adolescents. For the food that was served, the pricing was extravagent. As our son was taken with the scenery and it was his special day, we didn't say anything about it. The service was impecable. We're just sad to see that Anthony's is losing its finess with the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took my parents to dinner for their 66th wedding anniversary. The steak and lobster, swordfish, and fish and chips were excellent, unfortunately the shrimp, scallop and fish kabob was not entirely cooked. The server did make up for it by providing a free desert. We were able to get a window seat which provided a very nice view. Overall, a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went here because of yelp ratings. Food was just ok and nothing special. Best part was clam chowder as appetizer
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Diappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I visited your place on Wed August 27 @ 7:00 pm. The wait to order was too long, the food was inferior , Rubio's fish tacos are far superior to what was passed off as fish tacos here, even more so YOU RAN OUT OF STEAK FILET TACOS! what quality restaurant runs out of an item on the menu. I invited friends from out of own to eat at Anthony's and afterwards I felt the need to apologize that they had to pay for for something they couldn't eat The fish and shrimp plate looked as if it started out frozen then taken out of the box and cooked.. And NO I would not recommend this place to anyone. Three or four years ago I didn't feel this way. What happend?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner and view
    Tabitha
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We met our friends for an early dinner and were treated to a beautiful sunset view over the water. The Light Eaters portions were perfect for us and still gave us a full meal with room for dessert. We had a corner window table, so it was easy to converse and our server was very helpful and friendly.The food was good, as we always expect at Anthony's.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner at Anthony's
    jimnclaudia
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were able to get a last minute dinner reservation for my birthday outing. Food was excellent. Our server was nice and attentive. We requested a window table and was able to get seated just in time for sunset. It was a good experience all together.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Killer View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The halibut off the catch of the day list was delicious. Amazing view of the sunset.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved the location and the view
    LenSwihart
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The ambiance was great. The view was incredible. The overall experience was good. Loved the variety of pricing options and food options. No matter what you like to eat, they have it. If you are a big steak person, you might be a little let down. It was a little tough and not that great. The appetizers and seafood were amazing though. Great place to eat out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small portions!
    Kadi23
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The table had a great view right on San Diego bay. Service was good. However, neither of those things made up for the very small portions we received. It was lunch but one small piece of fish and three shrimps with a half a cup of macaroni salad for $12? Really? When we got home, my husband had the remainder of his lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking service
    Chwance
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was ok at best the service was very slow and refill were far and few between I will never go there again and don't recommend it to anyone that actually wants to have a great meal and experience
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed review
    AussiesLovedIt
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had reservations for four at 7pm. Honey and I arrived early and enjoyed happy hour in the Grotto. Our waitress Amber was an absolute delight and we had a ton of fun with her. We had appetizers and six rounds of drinks waiting for our Aussie friends to arrive. I left specific instructions with the hostess that (1) we were early, (2) we would use the 7pm reservation, and (3) that our friends would ask for us by name and to seat them with us. That did NOT happen. When they arrived, the hostess either couldn't find my reservation, or just ignored it, and seated them in the larger room. We never connected. That is why I did not give the 5th star. Location was great, food was great, view was great, service was great, but hostess??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been going here over 30 Years. Great seafood!! Nice staff. Me using this site got a Great table that I ask for
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anthony's Fish Grotto still great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've been going to Anthony's on the San Diego Harbor for more than 40 years. During that time the quality of the experience has varied a bit. However, a few nights ago I was at a meeting at the San Diego Convention Center, and took some colleagues and friends to Anthony's. It was absolutely stellar. Great food, great view (we got a window table), excellent and friendly service, and all around fantastic.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had no wait at all. We were seated in the center of the room. As soon as we were seated, they raised the shade and the sun was directly in our eyes. When we requested to have them lowered until the sun set, we were told that people liked to watch the sunset, so we moved to another table where we had to sit behind a post to shield ourselves from the glaring sun. Within 10 minutes, the sun set and we were now stuck in a corner against a wall for the rest of our meal. Couldn't you wait 10 extra minutes for the comfort of all of your customers? You have plastic shades that everyone can see through. I would recommend this restaurant, but not at sunset.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner at Anthony's Fish Grotto. The food was great and the staff very friendly. The view over the water also made for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HORRIBLE
    LindsayKatherine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Do not go to this restaurant! The service was horrible, it took them over an hour to bring out our food, with no apologies, and when it was brought out, it was cold. We let the manage know how bad it was and we left without paying, and went across the street to Ruth's Chris Steak House, and were treated like royalty! This was surely a lesson in contrast.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Family Reunion
    shellyk
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I came into San Diego just for the weekend and I was very busy. I wanted a beautiful place to go and enjoy brunch with the family by the water. Anthony's fulfilled all of my wishes, by having great food, a perfect table by the water, and Rosie the waitress was FANTASTIC!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was Excellent
    SeattleGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Anthony was our waiter, he was attentive, helpful, and fun. Food was very good and we really enjoyed our experience at Anthony's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Anthony was our server and he was awesome, great service, always there even before we needed him, but didn't hover
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place to Eat
    SLS4ME
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Recommend going to San Diego for this gem of a seafood dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LUNCH EXPERIENCE AT ANTHONY FISH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a table by the window overlooking the bay - beautiful view. Service was excellent and so the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anthony's on the Harbor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a waitress who was training, and did an exceptional job taking care of the table. Plus the person who was trainer her made great suggestions. The only think I typically find annoying is the noise level, and it was a bit too cold inside. But I will return
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fish
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Anthony's was extremely good, great selection good food and a wonderful view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.