Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.montereybayfishgrotto.com/
  • Phone: 4124814414x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sweetbriar Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $6.00 per car
A word from Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington
Thank you for considering Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. 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 rooms.

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington reviews from OpenTable diners
346 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (305)special occasion (282)romantic (220)fit for foodies (122)notable wine list (119)good for groups (69)neighborhood gem (39)great for lunch (22)hot spot (21)late-night find (20)vibrant bar scene (11)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Beyond expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Celebrated my daughter's 22 birthday and was immediately pulled in by the incredible view, which changed several time as evening set in. Kyle, our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and affable, He made the evening even better. The food was phenomenal!! wonderful sauces, food prepared PERFECTLY, fresh and flavorful Can not say enough good things! GO GO GO it was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monterey Bay is fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great restaurant for special occasions. I eat here about 1-2 times per year. The view of the city is great, and the food is special. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been there many times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    there was always someone around if you needed something. wait staff was very knowledgeable about the menu items. only poor thing was with that the lobster tail was not very warm to start and it cooled off quickly. couldnt finish eating it because it was cold. The crab bisque was outstanding and the martinis and dessert were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dinner high above the city
    jworthpgh
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There is no better dining experience in Pittsburgh. The service is simply the best and the food is consistently good. We had stuffed scallops and halibut which were both perfectly cooked. What's great about the location on top of a tall building is that you can see the view from every direction. The sunset on Saturday was stunning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Robbie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We drove into Pittsburgh from New Jersey to celebrate our granddaughter's 22nd birthday. She is a grad student at PITT. The location of the restaurant is beyond comparison. Great food, excellent service, attention to all details. Just an overall wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    View of the Point and the city (Pittsburgh) was spectacular. The servers were very friendly and helpful. The Ahi Tempura was the hit of our evening. The fresh fish selection was outstanding, making a final selection difficult. The Grouper and Swordfish were exceptional. Definitely recommend this restaurant as a must visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    All the food was excellent. The "Grilled Sandwich" was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Client dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great service (Nick manager and Angie the server). Very accommodating. Great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My husband and I have spent our anniversary at this restaurant for the past 3 years; we've made it our tradition and we abosolutely love it! Wonderful staff! Delicious food and drinks! We will continue to celebrate our anniversary there annually. They always make it special for us!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner & View!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Monterey Bay Fish Grotto- Mt. Washington lived up to all of the positive reviews I have heard and read. The food was phenomenal, the service was impeccable, and the view was amazing. For this event, we entertained out of town guests, by experiencing the ride up the incline and then dinner at Monterey Bay; we plan to return with our daughters!! This is certain to become a spot we re-visit for special occasions!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It is always good to be in Mt. Washington but even more special when having dinner with friends. It was a terrific evening. Our waiter was one of the best, always there but not in your face. The food was exceptional and everyone raved about their choices. It was a night to remember. Thanks for helping make it so special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The quality of the seafood at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is indeed very good. The Chilean Sea Bass and the Ahi Tuna were outstanding. The salads and side dishes were also great. The wine was excellent as was the attention to detail. The service was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Place
    fishlover
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We loved this place! We went for our 34th anniversary. There was nothing we didn't like about this place. It might have been a little pricer, but it was well worth it. The views were fantastic as was the food. We will be going again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too less quantity
    StillHungry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The quantity of the food per plate was extremely less. It does not justify even close the price per plate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drew
    Drew25
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was amazing. Everyone enjoyed their dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful seafood
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have not had a bad meal in 3 out of 3 visits. Excellent food and service and then there's the view! The next time I visit Pittsburgh, I'm sure to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never disappoints
    Beachlady
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Selection and quality of food is superb! Add the awesome view of the city & three rivers with excellent service, its what fine dining is all about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stuffed food
    seafoodaddict
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The stuffed scallops and shrimp were to die for. All food was absolutely amazing. Service was great. And nothing could beat that view!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced!
    Paddy
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Table rocked, incorrect drink order, Manhattan $16.00 and a weak pour, wine list needs some work, and the food was middle of the road. Should have made the reservation for the bar; that look like a more appealing room.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at the Fish
    moonskins
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Excellent venue, food and wonderful service. Will return, hopefully soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not just a great view
    Boyzzz
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food is as amazing as the view. Pricey but worth the overall experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food and service
    BobB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We try to make it a point to have dinner here anytime we visit Pittsburgh. The seafood is always fresh and there is always a great number of dishes to choose from. Strawberry salmon and blackened swordfish are some of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ed M.
    Fantastic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful dinner at Monterey Bay. The fish menu is expansive, with the daily fish list offering 20-25 choices. Everything we had, from shrimp to swordfish, was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. Service was fast and courteous, the views of Pittsburgh from the restaurant are unparallelled, and it's within a 5-minute walk from the Duquesne Incline. It is pricey, but it's worth it. Dress code says jacket not required, but almost all men there were in suits and ties. Bar service was slow, that's the only negative we experienced (which was when we were waiting for out table, that didn't affect the dinner itself).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere was very romantic. The food and service was amazing! We definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went for our 5 year anniversary. I recommend the crab cakes (and they can make the gluten free!!)
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining
    plzd2be
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Monterey Bay was an amazing find for us on our first trip to Pittsburgh (from Detroit). We were with a friend who insisted that Monterey would be the most enjoyable evening, after the Incline ride to the top of Mt. Washington. The short walk from the incline was easy, and the entrance to the restaurant was fabulous with the windowed elevator ride to the top floor restaurant. We were greeted promptly and escorted to our window seat. The food was delectable! Amazing presentations with unique menu items. Our server was helpful in choosing from the many options. The manager helped us in finding an 'after dinner' venue. I would rank this entire experience with 5-star rating. I look forward to dining here again on my next visit to Pittsburgh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Suzq
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food. Great view. Looking forward to the remodel. Too expensive though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing birthday
    Groovdancer
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I dined here with a friend for my birthday. Our waiter was professional and friendly. I had their signature crab cakes with a side of asparagus. My girlfriend had the surf and turf. Both meals were excellent! Our waiter then told me dessert was on the house for me because it was my birthday. I ended up with white chocolate mousse along with praline cookies and "happy birthday" spelled out in chocolate and a candle. The restaurant overlooks the Point where you can see the Three Rivers and the city. Valet parking is $6.00. Most definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ennui
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    As always the best meal of the year. Impeccable setting, plating, staff, flavor, balance, everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good again
    RedheadVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After a previous bad experience, a manager contacted me and wanted to "make it right" as the situation was not handled well. They did indeed "make it right" and we had an enjoyable, very good dinner. Glad we went back and had the kind of evening we expect at Monterey Bay.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • georgeandgracie
    Georgeandgracie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This restaurant has a spectacular view of Pittsburgh and all three rivers. Good food and service. Great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Margaret
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While visiting the Pittsburgh area for only 24 hours, we wanted to enjoy a great meal with a view. Not knowing the area, we used local reviews as a guide. This restaurant was perfect! Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto provided us with a spectacular view of the Pittsburgh skyline from Mount Washington. Our meal was fantastic - best Ahi tuna ever....ever. We will definitely return to this special restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    Bob456789
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ok for special occasions, when I have visitors from out of town.. great view...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Disappointment
    AZLSVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant NUMEROUS times. The food was always excellent and the atmosphere special. This time 2 major issues. The calamari was so salty, we had to send it back. They did correct quickly, so not a major problem. There was an air vent blowing extremely cold air on us all evening, and although we we told by the manager there would be an adjustment, that did not happen. It truly ruined this special night for us. Too many other good choices in Pittsburgh to consider this with our top rate preferences.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gotta go here for the view
    515tt
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Although expensive, average about $120 pp in our group which included apps, dinner, wine, drinks, and desert, we felt that the value of the experience was worth it The view is unbelievable. Food quality and service was superb. We never felt rushed, although out dinners came out quick, once I asked our waiter to slow down, he complied. I travel a lot throughout the US and Europe. Next time I come to Pittsburgh, this will be one of my spots for either entertaining business clients or my love. She would have enjoyed the experience and I would have had some good brownie points to redeem. We basically ordered everything we could and everything was spot on. So, go here, enjoy the view and food. Reflect on how great your life has become.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fishbone
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great incredible veiw, food wasn't hot and service was slow
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have been going to Monterey Bay for years now, and have noticed a steady decline in the quality of the food. However, this last experience was the worst I have had. There were four of us for dinner, and three of the meals were not good. At this point, I am not sure I would return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    BTINKER007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I had 7:00 reservations last night.He made them ahead of time, and requested a window, and told them specifically that it was for my birthday. On a positive note, we had a beautiful window seat. We haven't been to Montery Bay for approximately 2-3 years, and were looking forward to it. I ordered my usual, the crabcakes. Unfortunately, the crab cakes were so creamy, I couldn't eat them. Hardly any crab. And my husband ordered surf and turf, and it turned into the joke of the table. The steak was teeny tiny, and I never knew they made lobster tails that small. On top of that, no "birthday dessert", and no mention of it from the waitress. What happened to the Monterey Bay we knew and loved years ago? All four of us - not happy
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  • perfect!
    diadVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great dinner, great view and pretty good service. Always love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.