Abalonetti Bar and Grill

4.3
351 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Abalonetti Bar and Grill is one of the original restaurants on Monterey's Historic Fisherman's Wharf. Famous for Monterey calamari, we now feature more than 20 different preparations from local squid processed in-house. With ample ocean views, the Wharf's largest waterfront pet-friendly patio, a full bar, cocktail menu and local wine list, Abalonetti has been a favorite of locals for decades, providing a fun and casual waterfront dining experience.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GerryG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host and waiter were both amazing. The food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining and wonderful service. The food was amazing!

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vipBobM
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

My table was ready when I arrived for my reservation. The outside area was fine. The menu claimed the calamari appetizer is the best in Monterey. Alas, instead of rings and tentacles from baby squid, the dish is calamari steaks cut into 1"x2" chunks which are then breaded and deep fried. They were OK, but not what you typically expect. The menu should be more specific. I was disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Kind staff. Great experience!

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EricH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful meal. Service was super friendly and the food was perfect... love this spot

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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me2fly
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Their New England chowder was perfect. Also have some excellent Abalone, great preparation and portions were very large.

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UncleDale
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at one of our favorite restaurants. Sharing the fun with good friends makes it even better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

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Mike
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To me, this is the place to come for dinner in Monterey.

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Marie
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good, food was not.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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).

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Rick
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, perfect place for our son’s birthday celebration.

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ClaudiaS
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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vipMKDining
Phoenix
156 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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BB44
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ScottD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipPete
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great retirement celebration with the family. The service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty sea foods.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. And best clam chowder and service!

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TrevorC
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great view. Classic, must eat here.

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vipHaha
Boise
25 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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vipluv2wine
Central Coast
52 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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Jean
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Calamari I have ever tasted. Cooked to perfection!

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vipLizzoLizzy
Tahoe
20 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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vipDavey
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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DSwan
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

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George
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there every time we come to Monterey. Food always is good. Service is great. We love it there.

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RobertM
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fast and friendly staff. A very enjoyable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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PaulG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all this lockdown business it was nice to get out and enjoy a great meal with nice attentive staff.
Recommended !👌👍

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Can’t wait to go back

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Anna
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Joseph
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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FunInTheSun
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere were amazing! I highly recommend.

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vipLeslieC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Abalonetti Bar and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 373-1851.

Abalonetti Bar and Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 351 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.

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