Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington
RushedThe food was served too quickly. We barely started our salads when our main course arrived. We felt rushed.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful night outLoved the fresh fish variety. View is breath taking, for those from Pittsburgh to the out of town folks. Food was excellent, but pricey, but think that should be known before making a reservation.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst Timer - Celebrating 1 YearAwesome! I am really into cooking so I hate eating out and having terrible food. I expected the food to be pricey - which it was. Around $30 for the dinner plus the sides were Ala Carte. We only ordered one side and had an appetizer and 3 alcoholic drinks total was $147 plus we tipped them 20%. And..... I would do it all over again. Regret nothing and I wasn't hungry when I left.
Yellow Fin Tuna was amazing! The shrimp were to die for (even more than the crab cake) and the raw seafood was good too. I'm trying to find another 'special occasion' to go back again (sooner than 1 year!!!)
AWESOME! MUST TRY IF YOU LOVE SEAFOOD! Better than the Cape restaurants I've had with fresh fish.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMwhat a joyful experienceHappy birthday to me! I had one of the best times ever. Spending precious time with my husband/best friend. Every bite of food was delicious and Glenn was perfect in his attention to our needs and so personable it was entertaining. I watched him with other customers and he gauged his comments to fit each table. He is a rare find! Wonderful experience!6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very good with anFood was very good with an extensive selection of seafood.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat time!It was a birthday celebration and somehow we managed to snag a window table. April was a great server and very knowledgeable.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMCrab cakes: wow!Great view, good fish selection, crab cakes are the best I've ever had!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWas worth itI took a date to the restaurant. The fish plates we chose were good. The view was great at sunset. It was worth the price.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptionalThe food was fantastic and the service was excellent.
Everyone went out of their way to make it an exceptional dining experiece.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceGreat for seafood, and you can't beat the view of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointsAs always, Monterey Bay provided an outstanding dining experience!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing as always!!!!Monterey Bay is by far our favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. Of course the view is spectacular, but the food and service are amazing. We have tried other fish restaurants in Pittsburgh, but none compares. The servers and roving managers care and will do anything to make their diners' experience perfect. This time we had stuffed yellow fin tuna, crabcakes and filet. All were great. We did not like the brocollini and the manager apologized, took it off our bill AND gave us green beans free! Now that is service! While new restaurants come and go, Monterey Bay continues to provide the best overall dining experience in PIttsburgh!! Also, in the age of large chains, Monterey Bay is owned by Pittsburghers, and that is important to us.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you like fish, and youIf you like fish, and you are in Pittsburgh, this is the place.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrificEverything was amazing. Crab cakes on par with Maryland. Parmesan crusted fish was out of this world. Service amazing. General manager was awesome. And you CANNOT beat the view.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMMontereyGreat evening to celebrate a birthday. Great crabcakes and superb ahi tuna.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food, views and serviceThis was the perfect place to celebrate my son's last night in Pittsburgh. We waited and had a window table which gave us an amazing view of the city. Our food was very good and original. The service was terrific. My only complaint is that the specials ,and we ordered both, were substantially more expensive than the other items on the menu, and the menu is pricey. The specials were announced by the wait staff, and not listed on a printed page,. We assumed the price would be in the ballpark of the higher end of price points on the menu. Therefore, there was a real sense of sticker shock when we received the check. This diminished an otherwise special evening.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience!Our daughter graduated from IUP on Saturday and chose your restaurant to celebrate her success. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome seafoodHad my sons 18th Bday dinner here. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. The server was friendly and knowledgeable. The calimari and ichiban appetizers were delicious. We all had seafood, jumbo stuffed scallops, grouper, swordfish and seafood pasta. It was all incredible. Food arrived quickly. Sides are ordered al la carte but serve 3-4 people. We had a wonderful night.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWrong windowThe dining experience at Monterey Bay depends on where you sit. We had a window seat, but not overlooking the city. Instead, I was looking at my car parked in the valet parking lot. I can see that from my deck at home. Without having a view of the city, Monterey Bay is just another restaurant. Good, but nothing special.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMA perfect place for a familyA perfect place for a family graduation celebration as the sun set over 3 rivers and we saw all the lights come up. Everyone loved their fish dishes--crab cakes, swordfish, Ahi tuna, lemon sole, Chilean sea bass, and lobster mac n cheese. The side dish we ordered of broccolini was not too interesting and they could lose that item from the menu and no one would miss it. The asparagus was delicious. The dessert sampler was a great way to share a little taste around the table--just the right amount after a big meal. The service was just perfect and it all made for a memorable evening to celebrate a special occasion.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb Dining View of Pittsburgh!Our party of six were celebrating two birthdays and two graduations. We ordered tasty seafood appetizers which came very quickly. Our entrees were scallops, filet mignon, shrimp & scallop fettuccine, scrod, crab cakes, with sides of asparagus, potatoes, and lobster macaroni and cheese. All were done to perfection. However, we were a little disappointed that the sides did not come with the entree and had to be ordered extra for an additional cost. Our water glasses were never empty due to some very dutiful and watchful waiters. Our waitress was so knowledgeable about all the preparation styles and all the seafood specials. We were very impressed. We were equally impressed with the very courteous hostess. We enjoyed our visit!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxing and DeliciousWe had a very nice experience. Staff is welcoming, courteous and professional. Fish selections are many, varied and delicious. We have been going to Monterey Bay for several years now to celebrate our anniversary. It's become sort of a tradition. The manager remembered and made sure we had a special evening. On a separate occasion, we've brought friends visiting from NYC and they were impressed with the food, staff, and the view.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMPittsburg visitVery good spot! Had never been there before but was very pleased with the experience. If your in town for only a couple days and looking for a great sea food spot with a fantastic city view, make your reservations and plan to stop. Wife and I had a great time!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful restaurant; I giveWonderful restaurant; I give relatively few 5* overall ratings. I take guests there to enjoy the amazing view and ambience but the seafood always turns out to be excellent as well. From MT washington, Pittsburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent serviceOur server Cindy was very nice accommodating and very knowledgeable of the menu. The managers were very nice and professional. Our table was breathtaking and the food was beautiful and delicious. For our anniversary we git a dessert to share on the house.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBest view in the BurghGreat restaurant for out of towners who want to get a great view of Pittburgh. The crab cakes are amazing5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat but priceyOur experience at Monterey Bay was a good one. We were seated right on time, although, we were disappointed in the fact that we could not secure a window seat. You are seated at the windows on a first come, first serve basis.and the last window table was given away right before we got there. The food is great (have never been disappointed with any of our seafood entre choices) but pricey......everything is ala carte. The servers are very well trained and the food is timed appropriately.......water glasses are always kept full.....likewise for the bread basket. It is usually our go to resaurant for special occasions.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe WHOLE Package - Outstanding...Outstanding service, GREAT food, a menu that can satisfy anyone's specific taste, and a priceless view of the city. This alone is worth of a Five Star rating, but the staff does not stop there. Accommodating special requests and dietary restrictions are second nature to the fantastic team at MBFG. A special shout-out to Alexis for providing the special touches that made our 25th wedding anniversary dinner a priceless memory. Thank you Sarah and the entire team for laying the groundwork for a wonderful evening.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat viewsGet a window seat if you can! They have the best fish around.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service was outstandinThe food and service was outstanding, and that's a tough thing to pull off on Mother's Day.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBEST RESTAURANT IN PITTSBURGHGreat View, Great Food, Great Wine List, Great Service. This restaurant has it all. Our table had Ahi Tuna, Crabcakes, and the Chef's Special Halibut. Each dish was cooked to perfection. We sat 2 rows back from the windows and still had a great view of the entire city. The manager came by to check on us twice and delivered our wine to us. Nothing in Pittsbrugh compares.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat atmosphereMonterey Bay is a very pretty restaurant. This is the second time I've been there, and I have an interesting perspective because I do not like seafood. They always work with the customer to ensure food for everyone, and they always seems to have at least a few non-seafood options. There was no massive seafood smell in the restaurant this time, which I appreciated. Our server was excellent. I find the wine list to be very pricey. The food prices are moderate to high but the food is good and you're paying for the view. The service is high-class, but I will say I think it stinks you can't request a window seat. My reservation was made a month in advance, and yet if we had wanted one, we would have had to wait an additional hour +!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect nightMy wife and I went to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto for our 25th anniversary. Everything was perfect from the valet parking, to picking the wine, to the entree and finally the desert. This is one of the more expensive restaurants in Pittsburgh but it was well worth it for our special occasion. First you have the incredible view of Pittsburgh. Then you have the outstanding food. I had the swordfish and it was outstanding. This is not the type of restaurant we can afford very often, but it is great for that special occasion or entertaining out of town guests.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat night outHad a blast on my birthday. We had a great waiter who explained everything in detail. We'll definitely be back!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceVisiting Pittsburgh from SC. This was the perfect place to dine with the people we came to see.
The food was great and the views breathtaking. A unique dining experience.
If you're visiting Pittsburgh, you have to dine here!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding MealMy wife and I had a rare date night. Had no problem getting reservations through Open Table.
Started with fresh Oysters on the half shell and "Hong Kong Style" steamed mussels. Our wine for the evening was a 2009 Chalk Hill Pinot Gris ... excellent finish.
Our main entreés were shared between stuffed scallops with crab meat on a bed of lobster sauce and Ahi, seared "sashimi style".
After dinner we shared chocolate truffle cake with a 10 year old Cockburn port. Service was excellent, the right balance of attention and privacy. Michael was outstanding. Highly recommend.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous DinnerWe were visiting Pittsburgh from Canada. Ee were attending a trade show and your resteraunt was recommended.
The food and scenic view were wonderful. I would definately go again on a return trip.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFrist time and probably not the lasThis was my first time at this restaurant. The building seems kind of dated and first impressions when you arrive are not all that good. Once you get past that, all is good. The view from the restaurant is impressive. The food and service was excellent. Very nice variety of fresh fish in many different preparations.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAmbiance and Quality ServiceAs expected, our recent dinning experience was outstanding. Our server was thurough and very helpful! This resturant is the location if one is looking for a large variety of quality seafood.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMStill the bestMonterey Bay still offers the best food + service + pittsburgh skyline view dine experience, if you take visiting friends or relatives to this place I guarantee you they will want to come back to PIT. This is not the kind of place you can take all your class from school or you would go broke but it is a safe bet if you want to treat someone to a special dinner.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentThe food here is unbelievable. The swordfish I had was incredible. Others at my table had crab cakes, tuna, scallops and no complaints at all. I especially recommend the shrimp fried rice as a side dish. Well worth it!!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely dining experienceTook our parents here for their 40th wedding anniversary. Not only did we end up with the best seat in the house, overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, the manager came over to wish my parents a happy anniversary and even sent them a dessert on the house. We just went there because it was a special occasion and wanted a great meal and the staff really went above and beyond. Everyone enjoyed their meals, the sea bass was phenomenal, but I really have to commend them on making the celebration of a special occasion truly magnificent.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good dinning experience2 meals rated excellent. 2 rated good. Scallops with crab was excellent.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experienceMy husband and I eat at Monterey Bay any chance we get and we are never disappointed. This is by far our favorite restaurant! The seafood is amazing, the service is wonderful and the management always makes a point to stop by and ask how the dinner is going. It is expensive but worth it!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat anniversary dinner!We shared our 20th anniversary dinner at Monterrey bay Fish Grotto and it was outstanding. the service was prompt and attentive without being overbearing and the atmosphere of the restaurant was very pleasant and unrushed. The fish selection was outstanding and very fresh, being flown in daily and cut on premesis5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMsplendid eveningAbsolutely splendidin every way; the amazing skyline, beautiful bar, superb wine list, impeccable service, and of course incredible food.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMOur favoriteMonterey bay has always been my husband's favorite since our first visit years ago. So we went for his birthday. Every food item has always been above expectations, view is unreal, and staff is generally attentive but not overbearing. Great desserts-if you have room. A place for our special occasions, we look forward to our next visit to this special spot.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a fantastic settingThis is a fantastic setting for a special occasion with spectacular views of Pittsburgh. The service is friendly, and the food good4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile the food is awesomeWhile the food is awesome - the tables are too small for a party of 4 - we felt cramped!!!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe atmosphere is very stunning.The atmosphere is very stunning. The food was very good but was a bit overpriced for the nature of the food. For the price, the preparation was not as extravagant or amoazing as I would have expected. It was very good but I have had better food for less cost in pricier cities. Probably paid for the beautiful view of Pburgh.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM