Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa
Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa

Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gofishanthonys.com/
  • Phone: 6194630368
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    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: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Severin Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Located 0.9 miles from the Amaya Drive stop on the San Diego tTrolley.
A word from Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa
Anthony's Fish Grotto, located on its own private lake in La Mesa, offers delicious food, amazing service, and unmatched atmosphere. A complete menu offers both seafood and other meat choices. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. You can also enjoy cocktails in the bar or on the heated lake view patio. If you want to bring your dog along, there are special lakefront tables where you and your dog can enjoy and unwind.
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Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (36)great for outdoor dining (31)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (22)good for groups (20)kid-friendly (15)fit for foodies (11)romantic (9)great for brunch (9)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Horrible!!!
    ORnurse
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place was horrible, our reservation was for priority seating which was at 20 minutes!! Then they wanted to know if I wanted a booth in the back if I didn't want to wait. I had never been there, how was I to know what sest was horrible or not. The waitress kept saying they had been slammed like it was an excuse and what I ordered was not what was set in front of me! What's the point of a restaurant week menu if your not going to serve what is on it. By the way, "we ran out" should have been mentioned BEFORE so I could have made a different choice!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Gem in La Mesa!
    mikeinsancarlos
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I read other reviews about Anthony's Seafood Grotto, La Mesa having a lake view but I wondered (knowing the location) how could this place have a view of Lake Murray? Well it doesn't... It has it's own lake! Complete with waterfall and ducks. Amazing out-door dining. This place can't be more dog-friendly either. There's an entire dog area where patrons can dine with their pooches. There's a dog-relief area and what looked to be a dog run/area. The restaurant itself has a very funky-ambient vibe... definitely a grotto that you enter through a giant shell. The backside of the mid-century-modern building overlooks the lake, in fact it appears to sit over the lake. Food was good (lunch), but I'd like to try the happy-hour fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local, friendly
    Artapalooza
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is a local gem. Great menu and friendly staff. I do not get here enough, but always enjoy my visits. Day or night this is the place I like to go for quality dining experience. I highly recommend this for local residents and for travelers alike. A great taste of San Diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Midweek Dining
    RonO
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Went on Thursday evening (7pm) took advantage of the restaurant week menu. Server was Genevieve, excellent and personable. Food was wonderful, great table by window. Will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic scenery and food
    amyv
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Went during restaurant week. Food was exotic and delicious. Sat outside overlooking the lake. Very relaxing. Can't wait to go back for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always good dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Menu appears to be much more limited than in the past. We miss the "Lobsterettes" Food is always fresh and good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    First time in restaurant. Very attractive. Lake view was very surprising and pleasant. Food was good and portions very fine for the price. Well kept and good atmosphere restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We could talk
    Gert24
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It was nice for a large family celebrating a 91st birthday. We could actually hear each other. Food was good, blu cheese dressing needs a bit of work. Bake potato excellent. Service was good, a fun night for all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Anthony's
    fish4us
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I have always loved to eat at La Mesa Anthony's, and this time I took a friend who had not dined there before. We both loved our dinners. I really enjoy looking out over the lake and watching the ducks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marty
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Beautiful outdoor setting; delicious food; great service...one of our favorite places to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Seafood
    Keclem
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Love the lake, cucks and of course the great seafood. Can make it all taste great Love the Squid steak and the Blackened fish. Just a great place to eat in La Mesa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Seafood
    Keclem
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Just a great place to have Great Seafood with the lake and the ducks it is a great place for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ahhh-Mazing! ❤
    Saira
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I absolutely loved my visit to Anthony's. Because I was planning an "under the sea" theme party for my big sister, this place was the perfect dining spot for the evening. When I entered the place, from the floor to the ceiling, the place looked like an underwater cave filled with such a romantic ambiance: Dimmed lights, quiet dining, large windows with a beautiful pool of scenery, romantic music, amazing service and to top it all off, THE FOOD..OOOH MY THE FOOD.❤ Words can't describe how delicious the food was that day. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.. To anyone thinking of trying this place out, GO. You won't regret it *Just have enough money to eat comfortably (like 50 to 100 per person). (fine dining restaurants=$$$)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Suprise
    Dineout
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We stayed in the hotel next door and were not expecting anything much. We were very impressed with ambiance and the food was very good. I especially liked it that they had some choices for lighter appetites. The service was excellent and we were very satisfied with dining experience our last night in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a reliable choice.
    YumYum
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sometimes the service could be better but the food is always fabulous. Nice to have a scenic view of the man made pond while eating in the middle of a residential/commercial area. Would recommend reservations especially around the time of Lent as the place gets really busy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fish Restaurant
    Lynne
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Anthony's has been a favorite of ours for over 50 years. The food is always good. We love their chowders are both excellent. We had New England, but would have been happy with their Manhattan and would have had it we thought about calories. We both had the shore combo, also a favorite. It has three kinds of fish and two sides. The fish was salmon, halibut and sole. All great choices. We sat in the patio and it was very nice out. It has recently been refurbished. If you are a dog lover you can bring your dog and sit out by the lake. It is a very nice setting. Our only complaint is the prices keep going up but I guess they are doing that everywhere. Service is great also and seems to be that way every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary
    javadogs50diners
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I chose Anthony's for our anniversary dinner. Making the reservation online was easy enough to do. When we arrived the hostess found us a table by the window which was perfect. After a delicious meal and complimentary dessert served by our #1 waitress we felt as if our anniversary was complete.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Dining at its Finest
    Marty
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We love dining in the outdoor area next to the fountain. It is a lush and beautiful garden area with plenty of shade and a wonderful spot to bring your faithful companion. Friendly wait staff who always have a bowl of water waiting for my dog as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special San Diego Establishment
    DinerdelightVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I so enjoy going to Anthony's Fish Grotto with my friends & family for over 20years and will always be a loyal fan... They are a great family business to the San Diego community. Thanks for keeping the prices reasonable & delightful staff & We will keep coming back for more!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with the Pros
    GreatExpectations
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I took some friends for lunch and it's immediately apparent that this restaurant is run by professionals. The service was efficient and polite. The food was fresh and flavorful. The only negative comment I have is that the décor in this place is not good. It feels old and outdated. Fake rock and artificial ocean props are just tacky. It's time for a make-over.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time at Anthonys La Mesa
    LiveLaughLove
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I like to take our dog Sugar with us everywhere and we are so pleased that Anthonys in La Mesa is Pet friendly! The outdoor seating and atmosphere is very pleasant, a beautiful little lake hidden right here in La Mesa! The staff is courteous and friendly and the food is delicious. We highly recommend Anthonys to all dog lovers especially, and everyone in general.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't worth the price
    2priceynothappy
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    It was ok. You expect more when you walk into such a pretty restaurant. Food tasted exactly like red lobster to me. Had the salmon pasta and there was too much sauce. My father got the seafood trio and it was expensive so we figured he'd get a lot of food with it. Nope. Had to stop somewhere after because he was still hungry and didn't want to spend another $35. Just another chain I wouldn't recommend.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice afternoon/evening out
    RoknRbn
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My sister and I chose to "grab a bite" @ Anthony's before heading downtown to a concert. I've dined there since the early 70's and always enjoyed the food selections and incredible ambience and view. Highly recommend the spinach & artichoke dip w/shrimp served with baked pita chips as a starter. The wedge salad was delicious. The scallops, in my opinion, could have a bit more flavor but were still good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    MarvVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I think the food is way over-priced. My salmon was good but way too expensive. I eat out a lot for seafood and Anthony's charges too much . My husband had the fish n chips and got 4 pieces of fish for $16.95. Too expensive! Brigantine is better and more reasonable .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for dinner with our family
    barbjoe
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I made the reservation and everything was just as I asked, even had a window table as requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Present
    Zambos2eat
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We took our Aunt out for her 81st birthday, five of us in all... and we dined like kids. Appetizers, cocktails, desserts, and had the best time. The service was nice, the food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was positively lovely! My only criticism was my husband ordered the Scallop plate and for the price, he should have had 5 scallops instead of 4.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa reviews archive.
  • DISAPPOINTED
    Kalihi
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    WALKING INTO THE RESTAURANT THE FISH ODER WAS OVERWHELMING.THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD DID NOT MATCH THE EXPENSIVE PRICES. THE LOBSTER TAILS WAS TOPPED WITH SOME KIND OF SEASONINGS AND OVER COOKED. THE SHRIMP SCAMPI WAS PUT OVER PENNE PASTA AND WAS VERY DRY. THE RICE PILLAF WAS COLD AND TASTED LIKE IT CAME OUT OF A BOX. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO ANYONE.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with a lake view
    juliet
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is one of our all time favorite restaurants, consistently excellent food and great service. Love this place, nice relaxing view of the lake and ducks with inside or outside dining (pet friendly outside).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and beautiful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We met for a special occasion and everyone in our party enjoyed the entrees, which ranged from salads to seafood to pasta. Service was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Find
    grandmamo
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We traveled from North San Diego to meet relatives here in San Diego. It was a fabulous surprise to find this special restaurant in La Mesa. Not only did they easily accommodate a party of 9, but they were gracious about the three children. The food was very good, the service and ambiance was exceptional. We would make the drive anytime for this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    MetroGuy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    While the restaurant itself seems a little dated, Anthony's remains among our top three favorite seafood restaurants in San Diego County. The food is always fresh and well prepared, and our server helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too long
    Waiting4Godot
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was excellent but the wait for it diminished the value of the food. I'd return to a restaurant that had moderate to good food and excellent service before I'd return to one that served excellent food but with poor service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Enjoyed my mother's day at Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated for mothers day
    Dollface
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service was not that good. very busy food not hot!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We had lunch there and the menu items were very good and the food even better. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great after 50 years
    Pilgrim
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Anthony's is still delivering great food and dining experiences after all these years. My wife and I have both been coming to Anthony's for about 50 years and still love it today. Now they have a nice outdoor dining area also.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed
    Anthony
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food has changed a lot. Sourdough rolls are no longer made on site like they used to be. I had grilled herbed garlic shrimp, which was totally tasteless. Even the cocktail sauce tasted water downed. I substituted a baked potato for white rice and it was very dry; perhaps yesterday's potato that was warmed up. My husband and I use to love this restaurant and go there frequently since it is in our neighborhood, but we will find another one to go to now. His meal was just "OK", he said. We had been going there for over 20 years! Disappointed???? Very much so!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dog friendly
    Diane
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We sat inside but saw the dog friendly area next to the pond and wished we had brought our dogs. Had a nice grass area and beautiful view. The inside was dated and could use some updating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little loud
    MImi
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Our waitress nice as could be spoke really loud and was not really attentive to our needs. We would ask for something and she would forget plus everytime we would try to get her attention she would say I'll be back with you 10 min later. Nice lady though but aggressive to the point where we were undecided about what to order and she would say I'll come back when your ready and we had questions or if we asked her a Mimi
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just like I remembered
    Memorable
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I haven't been to Anthony's in almost twenty years but it's just like I remembered. The decor hasn't changed much but I think that's what adds to the charm. The service was nice and our food was delicious! Our favorite part was simply how quiet it was. It may seem silly but it was SO nice to have a great meal and conversation without having to yell above the piped in music or other diners. Don't get me wrong the places was very busy and yet it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We left having had a perfect date night. Thanks Anthony's for a memorable evening. Next time we are in town we'll be sure to stop by.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.