Old Fisherman's Grotto
Old Fisherman's Grotto

Old Fisherman's Grotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oldfishermansgrotto.com/
  • Phone: (831) 375-4604
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 10:30am - 10:30pm
    No high chairs - No strollers - No booster chairs
    Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners and as such not permitted in the dining room.


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Juan Ponce
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scott Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Details: Public parking adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf

    Additional Details: no highchairs, booster seats or strollers.
A word from Old Fisherman's Grotto
Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Harbor, Old Fisherman’s Grotto is a "must visit" restaurant. The “Grotto” has rightfully earned its worldwide reputation for only the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Featuring fresh seafood from sustainable sources including Macadamia Crusted Halibut, Hawaiian Swordfish, Ultimate Seafood Pasta, live Crab and Lobster, the Grotto also offers a variety of the finest “Certified Angus Beef”. Start with our award-winning clam chowder and finish by indulging in one of our fresh house-made desserts. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our 2014 Wine Spectator Award Wine list with over 200 selections specializing in local vineyards. AAA 3 Diamond Rating, Monterey Peninsula Chamber "Business Excellence" Award Winner. 2010 1st Place "West Coast Chowder Competition", 2004-2014 Winner "Best Chowder" & 2013-2014 Winner "Best Calamari" in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award"
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Old Fisherman's Grotto reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (24)romantic (17)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (15)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (9)notable wine list (8)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Best restaurant on Monterey Peninsula
    Wineau
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The setting, atmosphere, service, view & food are as good as it gets. And we love the fact they don't cater to babies & children which optimizes the adult experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can't miss this!
    Runner10VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Once again, fisherman's grotto lived up to its reputation. The special on wine was fantastic and the food was super. You can't beat it on fisherman wharf.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the water
    Steve88
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This cozy darkly lit spot is very intimate. Although sounds of music and conversations abound, you still feel you and your dinner partner are alone. Service people are very discreet, do there job and disappear.The plush banquettes and paneled walls give the feeling of a private club. The food is done to a turn and presented in a eye popping ( wow!, that's a lot of food!) reaction. This is a warm, friendly and traditional place that has many old time values.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dinner on the Wharf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We had another amazing, romantic dinner on the Wharf! Attentive and knowledgable service. Delicious artichoke appetizer! They really know how to cook fish! Don't skip the clam chowder or the cheesecake! Get a hotel close to the wharf and walk there....you'll need a walk after dinner. We recommend the Monterey Bay Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Darrell PM
    BigD
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We were pleasantly surprise by their knowledge that it was our anniversary. We were given a great app. and then after a great dinner they gave up a special desert. It will be on are list to go to any time we are in the Monterey area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food...adversarial ambiance.
    Schrofri
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I had heard about it but did not remember that this is the place with the nasty anti children msg. I don't have kids so I find it annoying but not care for me personally. I took a business partner because I like the place a lot (no kids with us) but she was more shocked by the sign that I have ever been, and "as a mother" quite insulted. I guess there is a cautionary tale here; I would not recommend this place for clients or friends who may be insulted by the ideological militantism of the restsurant against small children.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • xxxxVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Paella was good, but all the shellfish in it overcooked--fish good
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely the Best!
    Wineau
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food, view & service at Grotto are always outstanding. They do sand dabs better than any other restaurant, served over a delicious carmelized onion risotto & fresh veges. It's cool they serve French bread & butter instead of the tiresome sourdough & dipping oil found everywhere else. And the policy of no babies/small children is a delight for those of us adults who like to truly enjoy a good meal in peace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tourist Heaven
    Babymooning
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Don't be fooled by the pictures or the fact that you may need to make a reservation. Fisherman Grotto is comparable to something you would find near the Hard Rock Cafe in San Francsico's Fisherman's Wharf. If you are looking for expensive, mediocre food and a tourist atmosphere this is the place to go. Locals and people who visit Monterey frequently do not eat at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fisherman's Grotto
    ThosewhowanderarenotlostVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I love that they do not allow children. It's in a busy area of Fisherman's Wharf and after being out in crowds of people with strollers, and screaming kids it was wonderful to sit down to a nice quiet meal, with soft music playing in the background, and have a great meal. The server and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary
    akin
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My wife and I went there for our anniversary and had a really nice experience. The staff was more than friendly and the ambiance was lovely. They even offered us an appetizer and a dessert on the house. And they gave my wife a red rose to celebrate our anniversary. The prices were quite affordable as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Fisherman's Wharf dinng
    tejoVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Old Fisherman's Grotto. Good choices, well prepared, excellent service. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KB11
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Amazing food. Friendly staff. Superb service. That's all you need to know. Just go.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treated like a VIP
    JugularVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The whole staff at this restaurant treated our group like we were VIPs. We really enjoyed our meals and had a very nice bottle of wine because our very nice waiter Marco let us know that wines were 20% off that night. Great suggestion!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service!
    clamsfan
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    After eating at a few other restaurants at Fishermans Wharf, we are going back to this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MR, nd Mrs.
    mugz414
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Celebrating our 63rd anniversary. Had a wonderful meal, soup,dessert and wine. Our waitress was exceptional. Looking forward to coming back in a few months.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Late Nite Dinner
    rbsb
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had dinner reservations at 9 PM and were promptly seated. The service was attentive. The food was excellent. The views of the waterfront were beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow. what happened?
    IMHUNGRY
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Used to love the chowder. Was a lukewarm, gloppy mess. Caesar with virtuaaly novdressing & scallops that would've bounced two feet had they been dropped. Solid rubber. Our server gave us excuses "chowder is best enjoyed just warmed, not hot"; a caesar shouldn't have much dressing"; "the sign of a good scallop is one with a good chew..." HAH!! Are you kidding me? I used to LOVE your food. I want good food, not excuses. $74 for that?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 483 reviews are from the Old Fisherman's Grotto reviews archive.
  • elegant
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food and service excellent. Would recommend this restaurant!! Get a window seat if possible
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misty Wonderful
    Misty
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our special Anniversary Lunch was just wonderful. Service was great from the start. Our waiter was cordial at every encounter. We were not rushed through our meal. The weather was misty and overcast but the the restaurant was warm. Our meal opened up our taste buds to a wonderful food experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite celebration place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is our favorite place to celebrate since the service and food are always amazing!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FG
    Wendy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Delicious food! A tad pricey but worth it! Great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great "Date Night" Experience!!!
    RJRFTB
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My girlfriend and I have been to the Grotto at least a dozen times in the past 2 years, and every time one of us asks the other why we haven't been back sooner:) • GREAT FOOD • FANTASTIC SERVICE • WONDERFUL AMBIANCE • 5-STAR DINING EXPERIENCE
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vasya
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    To be a respected fish restaurant you need to know how not to overcook calamari and shrimps. Both items were RUBBERY! It H=has ruid=ned the famous local cioppino. The fish was fine overall. The waiters were very friendly and accommodating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than expected
    Astroboy
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    First of the all, the interior of the restaurant was a total surprise! We certainly did not expect such an elegant restaurant given it's rather touristy exterior. We started with the calamari and crabmeat-avocado tower, then followed with a cup of clam chowder that lived up to it's reputation, the king salmon and shared a seafood platter. Every dish was excellent though I preferred the crabmeat avocado tower at another establishment. Highly recommend and will definitely return on our next visit to Monterey.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loveseafood
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The Hostesses and owner were very nice and accommodating! The ambiance and view was warm and inviting. The waiter was a little short when asked specifics about a gluten free menu. My lobster and shrimp was really overcooked but they replaced it with a much better version though it was pretty salty. The sea bass was slightly overcooked and a bit dry as well. The macadamia crusted dish was perfect! It was enjoyable for the most part and I would go back, though I would confirm that the fish be cooked better next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but too much food
    ChicagoVisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food and location are good, but they need to cut the portions in half or put a disclaimer on the menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice...
    frenchie1984
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Despite reading some mediocre reviews about service and food, both our service and our food were outstanding. What looked to be a busy tourist trap was actually a very comfortable and pleasant experience for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Great Food and Service
    Calcoast
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I eat at Old Fisherman's Grotto about once every month so I guess I can be considered a regular patron. The food is consistently fresh and delicious and the service is very friendly and efficient. Some of the restaurant's signature dishes include the clam chowder (the best on the wharf in my opinion), fisherman's platter, Dover sole, and corn risotto. Depending on where I am seated, I enjoy dining here while looking out at the activity going on in the bay or along the wharf. The atmosphere is inviting for a romantic experience or simply for enjoying the scenery with a groups of friends or solo. It is definitely one of my "go to" restaurant choices when I'm in the mood for a hearty seafood meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Their Chowder!
    TresdudesVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Their creamy clam chowder is delicious and is one of our family's favorite. It doesn't matter what activity we're coming from or how we're dressed, we can always pop in for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Clam Chowder Ever!
    cflynnlVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Don't let the super exhausted decor or the tacky tourist frenzy surrounding it scare you off...Old Fisherman's Grotto still has it! Find it hysterical that they have a warning sign against serving families with unruly children! Clam Chowder is simply terrific!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goffster
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Food was good, but not outstanding. Nicely presented and colorful but standard fat, sugar and salt without the flavors and subtle spices we were looking for. Pleasant and prompt service. Obviously has a following, the restaurant was full on a Thursday evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Use to be better
    sweet1shVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Portions have gotten smaller especially on the cioppono
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jmn1
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Had a lovely dinner and great bottle of wine! Food was great! Service was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    luv2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This restaurant is always dependable. There is a wide variety of entrees to choose from. The wine list includes many great local wines as well as imports. My husband and I dine here frequently.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place and delicious food
    Maazter
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This was the second time me and my wife went there, the food as always was exquisite, the service is superb and the place is lovely, don't miss on the desserts!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Steve
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Food was good. Service good. Don't order the Fried Calamari. The pieces are cut to big and it was a little doughy and soggy. Maybe it's the style, but I like my calamari crunchy and small. We had a complimentary appetizer.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine night of dining
    NONOYCASTILLON
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    iT WAS TRULY A GREAT EXPERIENCE TO DINE AT ONE OF MONTEREY BAYS FINEST DINERS. THE SERVICE, FOOD, AND ATMOSPHERE WAS INCREDIBLE. I WOULD DINE AGAIN WHEN I HAVE THE OPPURTUNITY. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE CHRIS, AND HIS OUTSTANDING STAFF AS BOTH ME AND OUR GUESTS THAT NIGHT WERE VERY IMPRESSED BY THE FOOD AND SERVICE. I WOULD DEFINITLY RECOMMEND THIS DINER TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. TRULY A GREAT EXPERIENCE.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place
    ldgaffVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    This restaurant is located on the old pier at Fisherman's wharf in Monterrey. Obviously a lot of tourists eat here. The food was good with a lot of local seafood. My wife and I shared a bottle of Chardonnay, a king crab appetizer, and a sand dab main course. The wine and food were both excellent. The service was great. Our table overlooked Monterrey bay. What is not to like.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    Andy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    From the outside, you would never think the restaurant looked the way it did on the inside. It had a very romantic feel and we were given a window seat with excellent views. More of an upscale seafood restaurant than I expected. The air conditioning was blowing under the table when we first got in, we addressed it, and it was quickly fixed so we could enjoy our dinner without freezing. The waitress was very attentive and we received our food in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.