Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.flahertysseafood.com/
  • Phone: 8316251500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Francisco Cocova
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: On Site Catering for private company (two rooms available)

    Menu can be fresh fish or meat or poultry (all free range)

    We will adjust the menu to your liking - our talented chef can provide any type of meal.
  • Private Party Contact: 800-435-4576 8004354576

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Please allow 15-20 extra minutes before your reservation to find street parking.
A word from Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
At Flaherty's...Fish is Everything!

We know good seafood, we know how to buy it and we know how to prepare it. Unlike most restaurants (even the best of them) where fish is often a secondary item on the menu...at Flaherty's it's all about seafood.

Here, you will experience a small town, comfortable, family atmosphere, where quality ingredients and quality preparation come together with quality service. We also include gluten free items in our menu to provide all of our customers with the best service possible. It's who we are...come and experience seafood like it was meant to be.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (8)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (6)good for groups (6)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fresh Fish
    PGGAL
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A very enjoyable dinner and the fish was all fresh and prepared well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed bag
    Lacrosse
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The special Sea Bass was excellent. The sole was overcooked and dry. Oyster selection was good. Good solid place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place...been there often
    Crutcrut
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We live in Half Moon Bay, but went here to celebrate my B-day. Have been several times over the years for lunch, but never for dinner. Everything was great. We hope to return many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been there before, won't be back
    ScubaStein
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had found this restaurant years ago and hand a number of items (appetizers and entrees). The service was good as was the food. We were so impressed we ignored personal recommendations of others to try different restaurants on this return trip. This go round unfortunately was not a repeat performance. Service was poor for us and other tables around us. The food was hit and miss, mostly just okay for many courses. The oysters and salad were good, but my calamari and my wife's Ahi were just mediocre.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Single Guest Friendly
    RJGsReviews
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've know about Flaherty's since I was a child and always hears good things about them. However, when going to the restaurant on the 12th, with a dinner reservation already made, when I said it was just for myself, they went to seat me way back next to the kitchen, etc. I asked for a closer table and their response was to see what was on the bar side of the restaurant. Turns out they had a nice window table for me. Why not offer the choice to me before I make the comment? Food was good, servers were stretched to thin. Not only that if you caught the eye of another server who wasn't yours, your ignored. Last time I eat there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    SydR
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food; crab cakes fabulous as was steak. King salmon a little over cooked but still good. Would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice weekday dinner
    Tesorovalentina
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Wonderful fresh oyster choices, best line caught Idaho Trout since many years, and incredible sautéed squid-along with pleasant service. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't Recommend
    Trav4golf
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Maybe you're supposed to stick with the oysters and lobster chowder that they market heavily as being really great. The food was very average. The fish was supposed to be fresh but the halibut was clearly not and so it was cooked and smothered in what tasted like thousand island dressing. The cod didn't have any taste. My potatoes were room temperature and hard and dryed out. The waitress didn't know much about menu selections especially questions regarding fresh fish of the day which is supposedly what they get flown in daily. Two thumbs down. Too many good restaurants to waste time and money at Flahertys.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was different
    Terry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Oyster stew was not what I was expecting. I hadn't had it in a long time so I was a little disappointed when it was so different. My wife had the cobb salad which she said was outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jumping!
    Kate
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Packed and everyone seemed happy and contented. Food very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited gluten free options
    Wheathurts
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Complimentary baskets of fresh bread at every table. Since I'm allergic to wheat I requested gluten free and was charged $1 per slice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute lunch at Flaherty's...
    FunDinersVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Carmel was packed - not surprising for a summer Saturday. We looked to Open Table to help us find a lunch spot - party of 8. We booked at Flaherty's for a table to be ready in 15. Apparently, they don't get regular updates (maître'd hadn't checked for several hours)...but he still worked to accommodate us in 2 tables of 4, which was fine. Everyone was in the mood for either beer or Bloody Mary's. The beer selection was terrific. The Mary's were delightfully spicy & each was decked with a jumbo prawn. The consensus was that they'd gone too light on the booze, however. Oyster selection was great, but the Kumos were SO small (would've fit in a 1/4 tsp), we felt pretty gipped. The larger ones were awesome, flavorful, and well-accompanied. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner choice
    MattieShea
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Delicious food and hostess and wait staff were terrific!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheMcCunes
    TheMacs
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The lobster bisque was the best we have ever had! The wedge salad met expectations and the scallop risotto-lovely. All in all, a great meal! We retuned the next night to pick up dessert to go...sadly the pecan pie did not meet our expectations. The filling below the pecans was the consistency of cranberry jelly-not loose, but firm. It was ultra weird. The key like pie was ok...so, I am glad our first visit included only the entrees. We know they are stellar for our next visit and will shop around for dessert. Dinner-two thumbs up!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food - but very noisy!
    MacbestVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We arrived to find that the person at our assigned table had not left yet and there was no room. But the way the receptionish handled it was very professional. She walked us into the bar area (the restaurant has two areas, bar area and restaurant - eat at later, former is REALLY noisy AND packed!) and bought us our first round. This was very classy. The service in the restaurant was just good - plates delivered by the busboy (or assistant waiter, you pick) was always to the wrong table and then came to ours. Service was also slow (the place was completely packed). And the final bill had the "free" drinks on it (then removed). That said, food was exceptional - super fresh and huge portions. Put up with the service issues, food is great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Confused.
    Golf2VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We like this restaurant but the waitress had a table of six, plus 5-6 more tables of two. She was rushing everyone to order, I believe, to get us out and the next wave in. My order of sea bass was wrong so my husband ate his dinner and mine arrived after he was done. She offered wine or dessert but not necessary as I was not looking for anything free. It sort of ruined the dinner. The food is great, however.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Seafood
    SnackMaster
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Been going to Flaherty's for decades. Easily the best crab chowder and lobster bisques anywhere. Fantastic balance of flavors, textures, and ultra fresh and tender seafood. The crab cocktail and artichoke were tasty as always. The reason for holding back a star is because they changed the recipe on the berry pie. Used to be something I raved about, and now something barely better than a hostess pie. The new recipe has a thick, tough crust and the pie no longer has a mound of berries but, scant portions. Other than that, I still highly recommend the other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Seafood in Charming Town
    ksmith
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    If you're looking for delicious, fresh seafood in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, check out Flaherty's. There were a number of fresh, local options on the daily specials menu. I had the crab encrusted halibut cooked in a clam broth, which was warm and homey. My dad had the cioppiono which was a HUGE bowl filled with tons of fresh seafood. Our waitress was friendly and very accommodating. She knew the menu inside and out and had no problems accommodating my gluten free needs - she even brought out delicious gluten free focaccia bread for me! I will definitely come back next time I'm in Carmel!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    excellent menu of ethically sourced seafood, service is efficient yet warm and the atmosphere is bustling in a good way.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding fresh fish
    em4bartz
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Highlight was the cioppino. Giant bowl of the freshest most delicious mixture of seafood. Have it! You will not regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice anniversary dinner!
    KNort
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I choose to make reservations at Flaherty's because it received very good reviews from yelp and another reviewer. It was moderately priced and not too expensive. I liked that they were concerned about sustainable seafood and had many selections on their menu. My husband had a pesto salmon dish and I had a grilled salmon dish. We also had 1/2 dozen blue point oysters. Everything was fresh and very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed lunch
    weave
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Service was only fair. Server seemed under the influence of something. Slow responses. No vegetarian options but one. Not everyone likes seafood. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looks can be deceiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The service was very slow but the food was terrible. The seafood was overcooked and had zero flavor. They did take care of the situation which was nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood at Carmel by the Sea
    Samantha
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We had a large party of 8 that included 2 kids. Everyone was happy with their food. The wine list and the seafood was excellent. The kids menu was also very good, especially for those kids who don't like seafood. The adult menu also had several non-seafood dishes. We had the Calamari for an appetizer. Another person in our party ordered the Clam Chowder. I ordered the Paella. Service was also very good. I know that a large party is not easy to wait on, but our waitress did an excellent job.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 248 reviews are from the Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • mussel lover dream
    Mendabend
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    great pasta and seafood combos tried sveral in our group....all great....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chowder
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The New England chowder cannot be missed. The crab cakes are also very good. Good wine list with lots of local wines.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KEY LIME PIE
    fritchie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My husband's paella was outstanding. My haibut had a wonderful sauce, but it was a little heavy for the fish. Their key lime pie, however, was unbelievably mouth-watering. We have eaten key lime pie all over the U.S. and this was the best we've ever tasted! Everything about it: the flavor, the consistency, and the crust were out of this world!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Again and Again
    FlyhighVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our favorite dinner place in Carmel. We have eaten there a dozen times. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Carmel
    Abstert
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very good food in Carmel. Has the cashew crusted halibut and it was amazing. The mussels for the appetizer weren't too great, but my bloody mart helped out. I would recommend to try this place out and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for gluten free
    NoGluten
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    A dedicated fryer, cornmeal coating and gluten free bread makes for a great tasting fried shrimp sandwich. Something that you may have a very hard time finding at any other restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    MenuPages
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    My husband, daughter and I celebrated my daughters birthday with an early mid-week dinner. Our server, Carlos, was knowledgable, attentive and friendly. I didn't get the busboy's name but he gave excellent service as well. Our drinks were very good and the food was fabulous. Have to remember to leave room for dessert next time....and we will go back!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • With multiple food allergies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    With multiple food allergies they were very helpful and accommodating for us. Will return again. Gluten free knowledgable Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for dinner
    BbbbVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Stopped in on a Friday night for dinner (recommended by our hotel) and we weren't disappointed. The staff offered helpful suggestions - oysters on the half shell were delicious and the cashew crusted halibut was perfect. What a perfect meal!
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  • Great Anniversary Food:)
    jiseguerreros
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We went to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary and we didn't realize that this restaurant was divided in 2. One is the Oyster Bar and the other the Grill. Since we made our dinner reservations before 6pm, we were seated at the bar and the noise level was not ideal for a romantic and quiet dinner. The food was great, but I would not say that their clam chowder was one of the best I've had. It had more potatoes than clams. I will say my lobster melt was delicious and my husband's salmon was wonderful as well. Our waitress was very friendly and explained the food options very well since their menu is extra loaded with options and it got overwhelming. Overall it was a great dinner, but next time I will eat at their Grill for a quiet feel.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service not so great.
    SuperfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Took the waitress a long time to get our orders, and she never checked on us to see if we ended anything or liked our food. She handed the check without asking if we wanted anything else. They need some good waitresses to go with their good food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Seafood in Carmel
    dinetime
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This is a great spot for seafood if that's what you're craving in Carmel. The menu offers a variety of options and the service is very good. We had the crab cakes & chowder for an appetizer and had Seafood Paella for an entree. All were very good. We also shared the key lime pie for dessert and it was well presented even with a raspberry sauce to drizzle on top. This gem is tucked away on a side street just off the busy area of Ocean Avenue. We met a few locals inside so if they're eating there that's a good sign! Overall, it was a nice experience and I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salt chowder
    Mike
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Clam chowder should have been called salt chowder. Sandabs were cooked in oil that was not heated first. Can't evan remember the rest of the meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't eat this seafood "by-the-sea"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Crab, fish, and shrimp were all fishy or gray only saved by the truckload of mayo-based sauce slathered on everything. If you go to Carmel, just walk around and follow your nose into any of the dozens of other Italian, French, or Californian dining options in the area.
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  • Loud & Long
    issata
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Situated not too far from Ocean Ave, the main downtown street of quaint Carmel, is where you'll find Flaherty's seafood. It's split into with one for the oyster bar and the other the main restaurant. They do offer a few outdoor seats to enjoy the food or have your dog hang out with you while you dine. The food was nothing too impressive. They do have a good seafood selection, hence their name. But the wait was long, even though we had reservations. The service was nice but took a long time to get our food. There seemed to be a mix up with the hostess and servers seating people. Also a mix up with the tables when bringing out the food/drinks. I know it's busy but some of these things should be better organized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food,But Always Packed
    LOCAL
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Good fresh seafood, but just to many people packed into a small restaurant. The noise level gets so loud that its hard to carry on even a little conversation with the person next to you or across the table.The restaurant has a long row of tables down the middle and when a large group takes up that space it becomes impossible to hear anything. The bar dining room next door has the same noise level problem. The food is worth the trip, but if you are looking for a nice relaxing or romantic dinner I dont think this is your place. Reservations on the weekend are a must.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.