Service was very good and
Service was very good and friendly and the food was fantastic. The view is great being on the wharf and teh restaurant has great atmosphere. However, somehow they couldn't find our Open Table reservation, which when I showed them the confirmation on my phone, they still made us wait until they asked the Manager if they could seat us. It was a little unnerving being there was no one waiting for a table at the time to begin with, and the restaurant wasn't very busy. But all in all, a great place for Dungeness crab for sure.
5/28/2012 4:00:00 PM
Service was excellent; portions
Service was excellent; portions were large; Chowder was excellent;
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were only in town for the
We were only in town for the night and found OFG via Yelp. The other Yelp reviews are right on the money - this is a great spot for some delicious seafood. No complaints whatsoever.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were hungry after a long
We were hungry after a long day of exploring Monterey & environs when we found this restaurant a short walk from our hotel. It got very good ratings on a couple travel sites so we decided to give it a try. We were seated at the window overlooking the water. All diners received a complimentary appetizer that was delicious. Both of our meals were very good, service was prompt & pleasant. Overall, it was a lovely experience. At the end of the meal, a red rosebud was presented to me by our server. Nice touch :-)
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Super friendly service and
Super friendly service and surprisingly, were served a complimentary calamari appetizer. The portions are hearty, the clam chowder thick and creamy and my iced tea glass never went below half full. Good variety on the menu and a great setting to have a view of the water. You can't go wrong eating here!
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food/service in Monterey
Amazing service along with the amazing food complimentary apps were good and the clam chowder bread bowl was terrific. Got the surf and turf the lobster was good but the steak was cooked perfectly.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a treat! Unfortunately you have to wade through the tacky touristy stuff to get to it, but once inside the tired decor isn't as bad as the food is GOOD! Crab Tower and the Coconut Shrimp shined along with the terrific chowder. Huge portions so it is easy to share! Will absolutely recommend and return!
4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wife and I love this restaurant.
Wife and I love this restaurant. The food is fantastic, tha atmosphere is perfect and the service is impeccable. Highly recommend the grotto!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, great service
Came here while on vacation and had a wonderful experience. Excellent food and service. Don't let the "touristy" diplay out front fool you, once you walk in to the actual restaurant it is quite lovely.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was Fantastic. Everyone
It was Fantastic. Everyone was friendly, and the ambience was wonderful. Salvator was our waiter and he was very attentive and helpful with choices including wine pairing. I had the macadamia crusted Halibut which was the best I think I have ever tasted. It was served with sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts and green beans with carrots julienned. I had the vanilla bean creme brulee for dessert and as with the dinner the presentation was beautiful. I can't wait to visit monterey again and dine here.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thought it would be touristy
Thought it would be touristy given it's location. Instead, we had a quiet and very enjoyable linner with an awesome vuew including a sea lion. Cakamari and shrimp appetizers were perfect as was hakibut and petrole soul entrees.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The owner chris shake came
The owner chris shake came over and greeted us and thanked us for or business.
The staff was very friendly.It was my wifes Birthday and the Dessert was on
the house.Next time we are in Monterey we and down on the wharf we will eat
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A bit of a throwback. Wonderful
A bit of a throwback. Wonderful service. Good food. A fun night all around.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old in a Good Way
I was leery of a restaurant on the pier with a promoter out front trying to lure in diners, but I'm glad I heeded the advice of other reviewers.
I was seated at a window overlooking the marina, and had an enjoyable meal. All of my food was delicious and the waiter was attentive. The only improvement is to precrack the crab in the cioppino because it's too hot and messy to leave to guests to crack themselves.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came here for dinner and had the best time. We loved everything about it. The special that night was abalone, which is my personal favorite, but almost impossible to find on a restaurant menu. It was elegantly served with the abalone shells, incredibly fresh veggies and a very nice risotto. It was absolutely out of this world delicious. My husband especially appreciated the clam chowder and the petrale sole, his personal favorites. Knowledgeable staff helped us pick out a great bottle of wine from a very nice - and reasonably priced - wine list. Our waiter was very attentive, but not intrusive. At the end of our meal, he presented me with a yellow rose. We could not have asked for a more memorable evening.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu has great variety
My guests were hoping for abalone on the menu and there it was! They reported that it was excellent, tender and tasty. The vegetables and sauce were a perfect accompaniment. They were so impressed!
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch with the sea lions
Lunch with the sea lions. The restaurant has dark wood cozy booths with windows overlooking the harbor sea lions bathing and otters breaking open oysters. We both had the amazing clam chowder and homemade sourdough bread. we also split the oyster Rockefeller. The chowder is top notch, while the Rockefeller fell short. The salmon sandwich showcased the fresh salmon filter. The crab cake with mango salsa was well balanced and the two paired perfectly.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was not good tonight, but we were there two days earlier and the service was excellent. All cold seafood is outstanding. We had a variety of seafood and everything was prepared to perfection. The clam chowder is the best on the wharf. I highly recommend.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great seafood restaurant
We booked via Open Table and had a lovely table overlooking the sea as the sun set. Very efficient waiter who apologised for the delay between our clam chowder starter ( excellent) and our entrees but the delay suited us as it gave uptime to digest and to admire the view. The sand dabs and the calamari entrees were also excellent but the high spot for me was the wonderful banana daiquiri (30 years after tasting my first one in the USA in a bar in San Francisco) - this one was even better, so I had to have two!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I celebrated my friend's birthday here and had a great experience! Waitress Linda was super friendly and displayed exceptional customer services. She made the dinning experience so special that we love the restaurant from the moment we walked in till we finished dinning. Thank you!!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old Fisherman's Grotto is GREAT!
Although we ran late for our reservation the hostess was very sweet and sat us as soon as we did finally arrive. My husband and I were seated right by a window with an ocean view. Very romantic! The service from beginning to end was outstanding. The food was fresh and delicious. To start we shared the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. So good! The complimentary calamari appetizer was a lovely surprise and very good as well. For dinner, my husband ordered the filet mignon and wild pacific salmon which he loved. I don't eat red meat, but the salmon was amazing. I ordered the crab Louis salad which was the best I have ever eaten. We definitely look forward to our next trip to Monterey and dining at the Old Fisherman's Grotto again!!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Calamari Still Great
Years ago I had a sailboat in the Monterey harbor and after a day on the bay my favorite way to end the day of sailing was to repair to the Fishermans Grotto for the fried squid. It was wonderful and is still the standard I hold up for "Fried Calamari Rings and Tentacles". 20 years later, if anything, it's better. The place is more upscale now- used to be more "shorts and sandals"- now more upscale but the food has kept up. Had lunch there Monday and the Calamari is up to or surpasses anything I had in my memory.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect place for lunch
The grilled artichoke marinated in balsamic was the tastiest artichoke we have had. The calamari steak sandwich was lightly fried with a thin delicious crust. The red onions, lettuce and tomatoes were on the side so I ate them as a salad. The cold crab sandwich was loaded with dungeness (no fillers) and also came with the "side salad." The turtle cheesecake was rich and I could not quite finish it. We had the special drinks of the day, a slightly tart lime margarita and a sweeter mango margarita (each a great deal at $4.99). I don't know if it was because I made a reservation on Open Table but they sat us at one of the nicest tables on the upper floor by the window. Definitely a place to go back to and I'll be sure to use Open Table.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great! The steaks both of us had may have been the best we've ever had (we're 60 and eat at Morton's, Ruth Kris, etc.). Service from Celia was just right.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
25 Year Anniversary Dinner
We were spoiled here for our 25 anniversary dinner ! The waiter had a table ready for us, candle light & roses , the appetizer and Desert were on the house ! The food was excellent and the the service was outstanding !
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Para nosotros fue una noche muy especial porque ibamos de luna de miel.
La mesa que pedí fue la que nos reservaron. El servicio encantador con nosotros en todo momento. La cena estupenda fué la mejor que hicimos en todo nuestro viaje, el detalle del patel para postre fué muy bonito. Sin duda es un restaurante que volveriamos sin pensarlo.
Gracias por todo. Hasta Pronto!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
Fabulous restaurant. Excellent service, food superb, great wine selection. Best dining experience on the wharf. Would recommend and will visit again.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a reservation and they respect the time perfectly even there is a lot of people at the door! Thanks we appreciate that!
The service was perfect!
Good place to go!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service and ambiance was absolutely amazing. The cup of clam chowder is definitely generous and very tasty. It was by far the best on the wharf. Fish and chips was a little disappointing. Alaskan cod is coated with panko, which soaked up a lot of oil. Additionally, the fries weren't as crispy as I wanted. I definitely will dine there again, but order something else. I was hoping for some beer-battered fish and chips, which I found later for dinner at Cannery Row. Overall, the restaurant was good, but not great.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful atmosphere, great food, wonderful service - best meal we've had in a while.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old (School) Fisherman's Grotto
We were on an overnight trip to Monterey--visit the aquarium, walking about, etc. We had been to Old Fisherman's Grotto before and decided to return. It may attract a lot of tourists, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The place is an "old school" fisherman's wharf restaurant -- the type we remember from our childhood's when our parents would take us to Fisherman's Wharf in SF for special occasions. Though the waiters are busy, they are attentive. The place was bustling, but we could hear each other.
Most importantly, the food is good. We (two adults and a teenager) had among us: the artichoke dip appetizer, steak, crab, & crab ravioli, cheesecake, and creme brûlée. All were pleased and sated. three thumbs up!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A spontaneous night out
Me and my boyfriend come here for every occasion, whether it be my birthday or his, or our anniversary. But last night we came because I have been craving my favorite meal....skirt steak. Boy did it hit the spot. My boyfriend always gets his cioppino and he said this time was better than last...then again he always says that. I couldnt stop smelling the basil leaf that was on his cioppino. :) I just recently started a new job at a hotel, and you guys are the one iam reccomending.
Thank you for being our go to place where we are always suprised but never dissapointed.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Monterey
Our family always visits this place when we come to Monterey.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is situated on the very touristy Fisherman's Wharf. We seated at the window and had a great view. This was our first time in Monterey so we were not bothered that there were so many tourists and people around. The food was tasty (we tried to order whatever was local), and our waitress was very attentive. We enjoyed the lunch very much. 25% off the wine we had, which was great! And the free appetizer was also not bad.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old Fishermans Grotto
I absolutely love old fishermans grotto. I have been going there for 3 years now and have never been disappointed. Nick is my favorite server. He is always very accomodating and educated on the meals as far a description.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Old Fisherman's Grotto was a night to remember for my Mom's 99th Birthday. The whole staff were so marvelous in
creating this wonderful image to uphold their excellent reputation. The steak, lobster, and their clam chowder were absolutely
delicious !! We will go there whenever we are at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey and make a definite dinner reservation for my
Mom's 100th Birthday.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A busy fun atmosphere with good seafood and good service.
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner was awesome!!!!!!!! My husband wanted to take my Mother and myself to somewhere special for a great fish dinner!!! OMG this is the place !!!! Everyone was very attentive and caring , the food was fresh and delicious....I would recommend Old Fisherman's Grotto to everyone who is looking for a special FISH place.....THANK YOU!!!!!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Again we had a delicious seafood dinner. Love walking around after dinner in the marina. It is so beautiful on the Monterey Bay.
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great lunch spot on the Wharf!
I took my East Coast, New England relatives here for lunch. They believe that New England Clam Chowder is the best in the world. After enjoying many bowls of the Clam Chowder at Old Fisherman's Grotto, the family was sold that Old Fisherman's Grotto had the best Clam Chowder of all!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for Romantic Evening out...
My boyfriend and I went for a night away and stayed at Cannery Row. The Grotto was a short drive from our hotel. With a reservation made through OpenTable, we walked right in and were seated instantly. I requested a table near the water and that is exactly what we got. The table was reserved, the lights were low, the view over the water was nice (we saw small fish and an ottor from our seats) but it was not stuffy or formal! Our server was great. The food and desert was amazing! We were able to find a great bottle of J.Lohr Cab for $34. The entire dinner (I had the RibEye & he the Salmon), with a bottle of wine and two deserts was $120. Not bad for a special night out. Would definitely recommend it and go again for a special occassion.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place omn the wharf
Been going there 40 years. Never disappointed. This time I had the macadamia nut encrusted halibut. Best I ever had.
Family owned and it shows. Very attentive service.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a 35 wedding anniversary , when we arrived our table had a heart shape on it of pink rose petals with a candle in the middle. Our waiter was wonderful, and at the end was given a rose. Our dinner was perfect. Thank you for making our night perfect!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went here on our honeymoon. When I booked our reservation I included a special note informing them of the same. When arrived they had a table on the second floor with a great view. The table was decorated with candles and and rose petals shaped into a heart. The wait staff was awesome and extremely attentive. The food was so good we returned for dinner on the next night.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service, they let you feel like an special gest all the time.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Best on the Wharf
Old Fisherman's Grotto is a treat not to be missed. It is an excellent example of attention to detail in both food and service. We were celebrating an anniversary and wanted a quiet table which was waiting for us when we arrived. Our watress, Cecilia, was very knoweable about the food and wine selections. Everthing we ordered came out promptly, deliciously prepared and beautifully presented. We both agreed that the clam chowder was the best we'd ever had. All in all we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Good enough that we came back for lunch later in our stay for another chance to have the clam chowder
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM