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: (412) 481-4414
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington reviews from OpenTable diners
327 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (301)special occasion (278)romantic (227)fit for foodies (139)notable wine list (106)good for groups (74)neighborhood gem (50)hot spot (28)great for lunch (19)late-night find (18)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Awesome seafood
    TonyG
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Definitely among my favorite places in Pittsburgh; especially good to take visitors because of the impressive view of the skyline. Seafood is fresh and extensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank You
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    From the moment we arrived, we were treated with white gloves. When a gift was left in the car, without asking, the car atendency rushed to our vehicle to retrieve ut. Then our waiter (mat) was extremely knowledgeable and rattled the menu item off without hesitation and his recommendations were spot on. This complemented by the manager's visit, well let's just say that Skylar iced the tone for a perfect 3rd anniversary. Kudos to all!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clara
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food was amazing the service outstanding and the view was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Every year my family visits Monterey Bay Fish Grotto on Mt Washington for Pittsburgh's Light-Up Night. This year, the food was excellent. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    BnMe
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Everything from the delicious food to the friendly hostess, manager, and assistant manager to the exceptional server, Chad, made our dinner a wonderful experience. A favorite place, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great food, great service, beautiful view. Love this place. Can't wait to return. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and view, lousy service
    Hungry
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Restaurant had a stunning view of Pittsburgh, and food was quite good (if overpriced, but basically you're paying for the view). Service was not good at all. After we were seated, it was ten minutes before they asked us if we'd like to order drinks. My wife ordered wine, I ordered a cocktail. They delivered the cocktail in about 5 minutes, but took another 10 minutes to bring the bottle of white wine, which was at room temperature. Wine steward asked several too-personal questions. Fortunately, things got better after that, but that's a lousy way to treat customers. Staff looked busy, so I can only assume there aren't enough of them.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Mark
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Its been a few years since I have been to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. My wife has never been here, and I told her want a great place this was. The view as always is breathtaking, the service as always was exceptional and helpful, the food as usual was the star. Both of our entrees were expertly prepared, and looked fabulous on the plate, cooked perfectly, tasted fantastic. Dessert was great also. The entire team, from the greeting, to table side, to the management who were courteous and professional. I have been here many times, and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend Monterey Bay to anybody who appreciates great food, and being served by a professional courteous knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    miwylee
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    from the time you enter the restaurant to the time you leave you are treated like a vip-managers, hostesses, servers, trainees, etc were all super, as was the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food great view,great service
    Thor
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food is outstanding . The service the same . The view is great at a window table. The staff is excellent . The prices high but you pay for quality and view. Noise level a bit high, and a table by bar area is really annoying. My really big pet peeve dress code , a restaurant of this quality you will people wearing jeans and a t shirt and think it's ok . A place of this caliber needs a collared shirt, slacks and dress shoes minimum . Sport coats would be nice .
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best find ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This was our second time to eat at this restaurant. Even though the first time was fantastic and we were thoroughly impressed, our return visit was even better. The food is prepared like no other! Absolutely a favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View - Spectacular. Staff - friendly/knowledgeable
    davidmd
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and fishes served.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4th Anniversary
    str8frmdade
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I shared our 4th Anniversary at Monterey Bay. We are both from Miami, FL and are always skeptical of non coastal restaurants claims of fresh seafood. To our pleasure, everything was fresh. The calamari appetizer was the best I have had in years. The fish was prepared well and the taste was delicious. The side are well portioned, so we split a vegetable and a starch. We definitely recommend this restaurant if you love seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr. Don Steggert
    Stegdg
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food and service was great as always. It was a great way to celebrate my wife's birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is always an outstanding dining experience. Dined in the bar level so that a window seat could be gotten. Food was excellent! Very nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DATE NIGHT
    pittsburghgirl
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Perfect restaurant for a date night with your sweetheart! The food is excellent and the service was great. The atmosphere of the restaurant has a nice romantic touch, with lower lighting and a beautiful view of the city. The only negative aspect of the restaurant is the size of the sides you order to go with your meal. We got the lobster Mac n Cheese and it was barely enough for two people to share. Other than that the food was prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Likeagoodexperience
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It's been many years since I've been to Monterey Bay and the entire experience was not worth the high end pricing that it once was. Some of the food came out cold and appeared to had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Best crab cakes in town! Ambiance and view of the City are spectacular. A bit pricey, but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TheNettiePVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    A lovely place to take people from out of town, good food and service as well as a fantastic view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to decide what to order.
    JG01VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Some many different fresh fish flown in daily, with multiple ways to be prepared. It truly is hard to decide what to order. Food is excellent. View of the City is the best anywhere. I always try to visit this place while I'm in town. Waitstaff is friendly (Cindy) and very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    mac31
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Once again our experience at Monterey Bay was exceptional. My daughters 21st birthday. The staff and servers made sure she was noticed and all gave her a good "Happy Birthday". She of course received a complimentary dessert of her choice. Highly recommend this place as a special occasion or just going to get some great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    Bill
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great views, excellent food, ambiance, service and wine
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and food; long wait
    thenextmasterchefVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    You won't find better food or view in Pittsburgh. I knocked it one star though because of the wait time for a table. We reserved a table over a month before when we wanted to eat there. We checked in about 30 mins early, were told that they would likely seat us early, and just went to the bar. After an hour of waiting (and 30 mins after our reservation), we were seated. Our reservation was at 10pm - not exactly prime time. Needless to say, we were disappointed with how the front staff handled everything.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    lila
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    amazing service, great selection of fish and steak, and lovely apps. Just a place to relax, view the beauty of Pittsgurgh, and eat wonderfly prepared food by a chef that is passionate about the quality
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best!
    JohnnyAngel
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Monterey Bay is simply the best place in Pittsburgh to go for a great meal in a wonderful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Awesome place, excellent food and service! The view is spetacular, breathtaking! Our waitress was verythoughtful and surprised us with a dessert as we were celebrating aniversary. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot for special occasions
    SallVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is our family's favorite spot to celebrate birthdays! The pumpkin spiced latte is out of this world!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency at its best
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Without fail, the food, service and overall experience has been consistently superb. This is a big city restaurant in Pittsburgh. The crab cakes (2) were huge and virtually all lump crab with little filler. The Cioppino had a good portion of fish and seafood in it, although I would have liked to have seen more and larger clams and mussels, perhaps even some lobster. The broth was excellent. The Ahi appetizer was substantial and presented with flair. The Barramundi was a shark/swordfish-like fish and was nicely seasoned, tender and very tasty. All in all, the five of us had another memorable evening at one of the best seafood restaurants west of NYC. The desserts were Jean George excellent. It is truly a place to be proud of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Impresses-Can't say enough
    KimMc
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We recently moved to Pittsburgh and we take all of our out of town visitors to Monterey Bay. We have dined there 7 times in the last 9 months. The experience has been fantastic every time! We are very happy customers. The view is the very best. There are always fish offerings that I have never heard of and they explain each one very well and the preparations are creative and delicious- every time! It is a restaurant for everyone-every occasion from young to old- and that is what I think is best about it. They happily cater to every taste and style and treat everyone as important and special. We take the incline up and down Mt. Washington. We time the dinner reservation with daylight through sunset, to get the most of the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • taylortimmy
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were celebrating out Anniversary! We requested a window seat weeks in advance but didn't get one! The food was great! Our server was excellent! It was really cold! I needed my coat on! That was the only thing that didnt make it perfect!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly, a so so meal
    Chilerelleno
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came for a special occasion & had a large (10) group. Service was slow, drinks were slow coming and timed poorly with appetizers and main courses. it took forever to get and serve our wine as well. The shrimp on the appetizer assortment was blah! My fish, sole almondine, was dry, with the almonds fried on top. Not too tasty of a prep. Overall, we we not impressed with the quality of the food. Was it a off night or does MBA need to assess its food and service quality?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    AVS524
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food and atmosphere was incredible. We will visit again....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and food.
    TommyGVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Don't often find both together. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Staff was very professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of pittsburghs best
    Dinnerdate2
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    best seafood in the city hands down. Service is seriously the best anywhere- servers are very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CMUvisitors
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Absolutely Wonderful! Delicious meal and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding birthday dinner
    kdubs
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday at Monterey Bay and had a wonderful experience. We were promptly seated upon arrival, with a window view (although not of the point). Our servers were incredibly friendly and helpful. We brought a special bottle of wine from home, and paid a $20 corkage fee per bottle, but that was a better deal than their wine list. Enjoyed the sampler appetizer: loved the crab-cake and seafood skewer, but cajun shrimp were just ok. The crab mac n' cheese and the Parmesan crusted Sea Bass were our favorites from the dinner course. We also loved both the apple crumb cake and angel food grilled cheese desserts. Overall, an excellent, although pricey, dinner. Will def return for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    MellVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We decided to take my parents to Pittsburgh to visit our daughter, a student at Pitt. Mom and Dad were celebrating there 56th Anniversary, so we decided to take them here for their special day. We were not disappointed! The service from Matthew was amazing. The choice of fish from all over was outstanding. The side dishes delicious. No one was disappointed with any part of their meal. Everything was prepared well and tasted fabulous. Of course the view is pretty terrific too. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We chose this restaraunt for our 30yr wedding anniversery and enjoyed the evening. Would highly receommend for any celebration. Excellent ambience, great food and wonderful service. Hope to see you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It's all about the view
    ColtCoach
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food and service was excellent, but the whole reason you have to be willing to spend $40 for a piece of fish is for the view. If you're looking to make an impression on someone, or give an out-of-town visitor the best view of Pittsburgh, this is the place, as long as you are ready to spend over $60/person. You won't find better fish or a better selection in Pittsburgh, but if you're on a budget there are several other great seafood restaurants in Pittsburgh that may be less expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prefect night
    bigeater
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    MB never disappoints and this time was no different. From start to finish the experience was the best. We choose to eat in the bar and Mel couldn't have taken care of us. Her recommendations were spot on. The interaction and service from the bartender added to our experience. My wife really enjoyed her take on a vodka gimlet. We had the swordfish and halibut and shared off each other's plates. Both dishes were excellent. Looking forward to my next trip into Pittsburgh and MB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.