Abalonetti Bar and Grill
Fresh fish, prawns, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari, penne pasta, white wine sauce
Fried Monterey Calamari
Voted Best in Monterey 18 times!
Grilled delicate filets with lemon butter sauce, rice and vegetables
The food was great with an extensive menu. The service was polite but exceptionally slow. Twice we had to ask another server to help us, and I had to track down my server to pay the bill.
To me, this is the place to come for dinner in Monterey.
Service was good, food was not.
Overall, the seafood fare was outstanding, but the meatloaf was dry, way too salty, and mushy. But then, Abalonetti is a seafood, not steakhouse, restaurant. My point...don't order a meat dish at a seafood restaurant.
They were crowded (yay the pandemic is about over), but the service remained excellent. The calamari were superb (as always) and the bar drinks were excellent. And the setting outside near the water was extraordinary.
Highly recommended (but not for meat dishes).
Delicious, perfect place for our son’s birthday celebration.
My husband and I have gone to Abalonetti's many, many times. We have always enjoyed every aspect of this restaurant. This time, the service was good, not great. I can't blame them, though; there were so many people there - not like when we usually go. So it was noisier than usual, and not as relaxing. We still loved our food; there was the same delicious quality as always.
As far as restaurants on the Wharf go, this one was a winner, no line, great service from Ivan and the food was excellent. My friend and I had a long day and no dinner reservations. We decided to walk Fisherman's Pier where there are restaurants after restaurants. This one looked appealing after looking over the menu and getting enticed to come in from the gentleman manning the entrance.
We ordered a Nectar Margarita along with some beers while we perused the menu. Not being a super fan of "fried everything" they had some nice options. Of course we had to get one dish fried so we ordered the Fried Monterey Calamari, Steamed Clams and Mussels Combo and the Linguine Alfredo with Bay Shrimp (as an extra charge). All the food came out hot, fresh and tasting GREAT.
Atmosphere: typical wharf ocean decor. Service: excellent. Food: very good
Was really in search of abalone for dinner at a not-so-ridiculous price. $46 was the market price when I went and boy was it worth it. Right on the wharf so there were all kinds of choices but you don’t come to Monterey to eat lobster or shrimp. You want halibut, sand dabs, squid, Dungeness crab and abalone. The chowders in Monterey are a little different but still delicious. They go heavy on the butter around here. Great place to eat with an awesome view and everything you should eat when you are in Monterey.
The seafood was great. Specifically the Abalone and the Abalonetti Calamari. Very rich with lots of butter. The vegetables were perfectly cooked al dente. The rice had lots of room for improvement. Perhaps a salad instead of the rice.
We had a great retirement celebration with the family. The service was excellent!
Tasty sea foods.
Joe, our waiter was awesome! We told him we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and after our delicious meal(cioppino, me; lobster ravioli and shrimp, husband) he brought us out a cheesecake we did not order with happy anniversary written in raspberry and kiwi sauce. It was very sweet. He definitely went above and beyond while serving us and was very personable. The food was fantastic! I would definitely recommend this place! Loved it!
Always amazing. And best clam chowder and service!
Great food, great service, great view. Classic, must eat here.
Honestly, we hated everything about it - the food, the place and the service. Don’t waste your time and money on eating in this uninviting diner. Find a better restaurant.
We have lived in the Monterey area for 4 years and this is our first time to experience this great restaurant on the Wharf. What a pleasant surprise! Great food and service was stellar. We will be coming back.
Service was a bit slow especially for a solo diner, but the food was excellent. I sat outside and it was a bit chilly. They didn’t offer to remove the umbrella and turn on the heater which I was surprised about given they did this with other empty tables around me for guests arriving. I should have asked in hindsight. Otherwise, very good. The crab cakes and sesame ahi tuna were fantastic.
The best Calamari I have ever tasted. Cooked to perfection!
The abalone was out of this world and reasonably priced!The cioppino was the best I’ve ever tasted. Highly recommend this place for the food. Very informal place on the wharf.
We were greeted by name on arrival and escorted to a very nice table overlooking the harbor. It was very quiet and peaceful on the patio and our service was excellent! Our dinners were delicious and because it was my husband's birthday they brought us a complimentary cannoli which was decadent. We enjoyed our whole evening and it made a memorable birthday celebration. We would definitely return. Thank you!!
Restaurant was good and felt like what you’d expect in a tourist spot. We went on a slow night, wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Water front dining description is so so.
Had a wonderful evening enjoying a variety of delicious seafood and other treats. Our waitress was wonderful and every member of the staff was willing to help at a moments notice when we needed something.
We go there every time we come to Monterey. Food always is good. Service is great. We love it there.
Great food, fast and friendly staff. A very enjoyable dining experience.
Good lunch had at Abalonetti’s. Service was fantastic. Social distancing was definitely apparent and applied at the restaurant. Food was excellent. Their popular fried calamari was delicious. Couldn’t get enough. Ordered another order :) Chowder was on point. Seafood Bolognese was good. Seafood pasta was clean and fresh. Young daughter enjoyed the Alfredo pasta with shrimp. Overall a very enjoyable lunch. THANKS ABALONETTI!!!
After all this lockdown business it was nice to get out and enjoy a great meal with nice attentive staff.
Great food and great service. Can’t wait to go back
In my opinion, food was really great. I loved the clam chowder and their fish n chips. Customer service was awesome too. I had reservations and arrived a little late but as soon as we got there, they were already expecting us and our table was ready to go! They also made sure our dogs were taken cared off. Will definitely come back.
Excellent food and service. Very attentive while not being overbearing. Calamari appetizer and roasted garlic were excellent along with entrées including Seafood pasta, angel hair and crab and abalone.
The food, service, and atmosphere were amazing! I highly recommend.
Food was excellent.
The restaurant takes Covid cleaning and table distancing serious.
I liked that I could eat outdoors and feel safe.
Friendly staff too.
We brought our crabs from the morning fishing trip here for dinner. They cooked and clean our 8 dungeon crabs and celebrated my 55th birthday. It was a fabulous diner and Jorge was so attentive snd gave us the best service. Our whole dinner service was 5 stars from the moment we were seated. Jorge snd Abalonetti will be our go to experience whenever we vacation in Monterey.
A vegan dish is recommended to offer your patrons. Also the food was drowning in butter so much it was running all over the plate.
Sandabs were hot snd delicious. The bread is always the best. Nice big glassed in patio for out door dining.
Yum! great experience.
Abalonetti Bar and Grill overall was a terrible experience. The Oysters Rockefeller were originally brought out as plain oysters. They returned them with the oldest, nastiest looking spinach on them, no bacon as listed and awful looking hollandaise. My husband ate them sans the spinach and said they were quality oysters - the only redeeming point of our experience. After seeing the quality of our order and drinks we decided to save our stomachs and find somewhere more appealing. I would recommend the same to anyone looking for a good meal!
Great food! Great service! Even with C19 restrictions the staff made for a safe and enjoyable evening. Well done and coming back soon.
The food was amazing and so was the service. The outdoor seating section keeps guests warm on a chilly night and an appropriate distance apart as well! To top it off everything was very reasonably priced.
My friend & I, & our dogs, enjoyed our dining experience at Abalonetti's!
The staff was excellent and the food was tasty; but the outdoor seating, which is out of there control, was not fun on a cold and windy night.
Abalonetti Bar and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 373-1851.
Abalonetti Bar and Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 343 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.