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

Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gofishanthonys.com
  • Phone: (619) 463-0368
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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 ."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I made the reservation and everything was just as I asked, even had a window table as requested."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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). "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed my mother's day at Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Service was not that good. very busy food not hot!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had lunch there and the menu items were very good and the food even better. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Wanting a romantic Valentine day meal to propose I selected this restraunt because others had recommended it. We had reservations for 8:00PM and were not seated until almost 9:00PM. We asked for a booth when we arrived but were told it would be an additional wait if we wanted a booth when they called us. We almost left but decided to stay and take a table. There we found out that all the tables around us had no reservations and had waited just as long as we had waited. I was more inquisitive, of the approximate 10 different tables total I asked, only one had reservations but even they had Reservations at 7:00PM said they were seated at approx 8:15:PM. Very sad that in my opinion management/front desk let down many customers this nite!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The only problem was that when we arrived for our reservation at 5pm we were told that they don't take reservations. We had to wait about 20 mins to be seated."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Arrived at the restaurant and informed the hostess of my reservations (name and time). She confirmed my reservation and informed me that there would be a 20 minute wait. 20 turned into 40 minutes and I figured they were busy due to it being Valentine's Day and a Friday night. My guest went to the hostess booth (different hostess there at the time) to check on our reservation and our name was not even on the list. The hostess kindly apologized and ensured we would be seated right away. Other than that, the food was delicious and the waitress was great. I would return to Anthony's La Mesa."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were informed when we got there for our 8:00 P.M. reservation that Anthony's does not take reservations, but that we had preferred seating over those who had just walked in, and that they were running 30 minutes behind. The food was good but scimpy and the service was terrible. I had to stop the bar hop and ask for our table to be wiped and to order drinks then when we went to our table we were ignored and again had to ask for service. Altogether it took an hour and a half for dinner, then we had to go find our waiter to get our check, and we never got the dessert promised us because of the long waits and having run out out of Swordfish and not telling us when we ordered it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Anthony's is definitely popular w/ the older crowd 60+ but it is nice, food good, lovely."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "excellent Valentine dinning with my sweety, seemed alittle under staffed, but other than awesome!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had reservations on the always busy Valentines Day. Had a 45 minute wait for a table, but this was not unexpected, found a table in the bar and had a couple drinks waiting. Staff was courteous and food was good as always. Been coming here 40 years, since I was a kid."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a reservation at 7:30, didn't get seated until 8:15. Food took forever and was sub par, the only thing that was good was the drinks... and you can't really screw that up. I will never go here again, even if I have a gift card."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A friend offered to let us go out on Valentines w/o our 6 month old,I made Opentable res. for 6:30.Arrived before the reservation time.TOTAL chaos.I got to the podium and told the woman I have a reservation for 6:30 and my name.She said ok looked at her computer and wrote my name down, then turned away.At this point, I didn't know what was happening.I was never given an ETA.Walk ins asking how long to be seated,45 minutes was the answer.There were no open seats to sit, so we stood for ~15 minutes until a seat opened.While waiting, we were told over200 reservations rec'd by a hostess.After 35 min;finally seated.Why have reservations if you allow more than your capacity,and still allow walk ins.Good thing we didn't have to pay the babysitter!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Cool place good ambiance but they were completely inept at handling a crowd. We made a reservation for two at 6 pm and when we got there they told us we didn't really have a reservation just priority seating.... The people were nice the food was good but if I owned the place I'd be embarrassed and fire the manage...."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our server was friendly, funny,and very atendtive. The hostess to the the young man who poured are water. It was a really nice evening. My husband and I enjoyed ourselves very much."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The restaurant was too brightly lit. Made it look like a cafeteria instead of a nice place. If they dimmed the lights a bit, it would make a huge difference. It was noisy and kid friendly. Definitely not romantic."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I was on a date for the first time. We really enjoyed ourselves. The only bad thing was the waitress was flirting with my date the! Whole time. Which I did not appreciate. Other was it was great!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Anthony's is a good place for lunch. They have Quick Lunches as well as their regular meals. I especially love the salads and had a Crab Louie. Their Clam Chowder is to die for. Where else can you go and have great food, nice lake with ducks to watch while eating and excellent service."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Have lunch here two or three times a month. Always good."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We have been patrons here frequently and are rarely disappointed. The only shortcoming this time was that my vegetables arrived virtually cold but my partners was hot."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We were seated promptly at a table with a view of the pond as requested. Service was okay, I have seen faster and slower service. Food server and table crew very polite. Unfortunately, at a table behind us, were some unruly people, Anthony's has little control over patrons behavior. The vegetable served with our meal was asparagus. My least favorite vegetable, next to broccoli, is asparagus. I must say, from my upbringing as a child, I tried everything. To my surprise, the asparagus was delicious. I have been trying to find out how Anthony's prepares this vegetable, so far, no luck. I would certainly appreciate some insight on the preparation of the asparagus."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I thought we would experience Restaurant Week in our neighborhood of La Mesa. We decided on Anthony's since we had never dined there before. They had a good selection of lobster and steak main courses. Food was good. Not great. Lobster cooked just right. Coconut shrimp somewhat over-fried. Steak had unusual flavor, perhaps the grill? I think we would go there again, but during lunch and enjoy the outside patio. Nothing special as far as food, but a cute interior."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We went during restaurant week and had gift cards. We were pleasantly surprised with the excellent service from friendly staff, a good reasonably priced menu and a nice quiet booth overlooking their duck pond with fountain. We sat inside but on a nice day we would take our doggie and sit at one of the nice tables outside. Park like setting and we had a great time. The food was very good."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "great place for any occasion. highly recommended, and you can take your dog along too. A little off the beaten path but worth it every single time."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I like this restaurant because it is usually quiet enough that you can actually visit with the people you are with. So many restaurants seem to specialize in NOISE these days! The food was much improved since I was last there and the lake view is always so nice. All uor needs were met. I thought the host who greeted us at the door could have been bit friendlier although he did accommodate our requests. Also, they changed server shifts during our meal that seemed to cause confusion and affected the quality of our service."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Something of about experiences when its good you tell 3 people when it not so good you tell 10. Overall the Anthony's experience was blah blah nothing as the previous times I've been there. Service was subpar and the food was not to far behind that."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I came to Anthony's for a late birthday dinner for my dad. My mom and I brought him. The food was truly out of this world, just simple amazing. And their beverages are to die for, along with their shrimp, fish, and lobster. I had lobster for the first time and it was just..I can't even explain. My dad had swordfish and he said it was almost melting in his mouth. Our waitress was an angel by the name is Lauren, she was the sweetest waitress I've ever had in my life, she's a gem. Just everything about this place is heavenly, I highly recommend it for any occasion. The food is pricey, but it's definitely worth it. And you have a beautiful scene outside with a fountain, and it's dog-friendly!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014