Abalonetti Bar and Grill

4.6
314 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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PaulG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all this lockdown business it was nice to get out and enjoy a great meal with nice attentive staff.
Recommended !đź‘Śđź‘Ť

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Anna
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
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
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
9 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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Michelle
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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vipTravelBug
Central Coast
39 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sandabs were hot snd delicious. The bread is always the best. Nice big glassed in patio for out door dining.

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PeruvianBliss
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! great experience.

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vipSmooth01
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

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!

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vipFresnoDBA
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Great service! Even with C19 restrictions the staff made for a safe and enjoyable evening. Well done and coming back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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TerriCharpups
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend & I, & our dogs, enjoyed our dining experience at Abalonetti's!

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vipRajM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

DB
DebarshiB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

It was very cold in the patio. The food was okay.

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BrianneR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff and wonderful food! Love the dog lover atmosphere here

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Pamela
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Bread was good but the rest of the meal was a disaster. Food was delivered cold, greasy and tasteless. Food description on menu did not fit served food. Sorry to post this as I know restaurant is trying to recoup from the pandemic but cannot recommend this place.

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Cynatocean
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I loved their sauteed calamari. It was tender and well seasoned.

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vipDatenight
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was a good kid & “dog friendly” restaurant on the Wharf in Monterey. They had nice menus for each! I had a delicious blacken salmon salad . The kids plates were large to share. The others had clam chowder that was served warm not hot. My husband had a shrimp cocktail that he said was horrible. My son and daughter in law’s meals were “ok” but weren’t impressive. The staff did try but with Covid, there are a lot of restrictions. The staff was very pleasant and were happy to be open to serve.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place when we go to Monterey. They never disappoint. We always have a good time. Food always great and so are the cocktails.

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vipTravelBug
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Midweek lunch on the wharf. I had my favorite entree - the crab and angel hair pasta. My husband ordered sand dabs. Both were fe. We have dined here for years. The best bread on the central coast.

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate early! Our reservations were for 4 pm. The restaurant was not busy and we ate with most of the dinners on their outside patio. The food was great and the service was excellent! They also did an outstanding job of keeping everything clean and people seperated! This is a great place to dine!

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vipFarmer
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We came here for lunch to have their abalone sandwich. Service was spectacular, and while the sandwich was good, the bacon on it was burned and a couple of pieces of our abalone were very tough. Garlic bread was very good. We’d still go back and have the sandwich again because it is good.

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vipSweetz
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The best Calamari ever!

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LocalfromPrunedale
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch outside in their patio. Good food and good service. I had a Cesar salad with fried calamari on top. It was very tasty.

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JenniferS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was very good with keeping things in compliance with state mandates during the pandemic. They were as friendly as ever and very conscientious of the safety of their staff and customers. Social Distance Dining was very enjoyable. I’m so happy we got to dine at our favorite restaurant! Thank you!

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vipBill
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Friendly, attentive, efficient service! I went there for their famous antipasto plate. It was excellent as always. The back patio was pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for lunch on a Wednesday. We were driving from Carmel to San Francisco and stopped at Monterey for lunch. Nice view, touristy place.

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vipIntoGreatDining
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely traditional restaurant on fisherman's wharf in Monterey. You still get the feeling that this is a family owned restaurant with a caring staff. We ate there on in Monday evening after all the tourists had gone home. And still they allowed us to take our time and enjoy the food.

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ghilliedancer
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants for seafood, Italian, and the view. It's better priced than most of the other Wharf restaurants. The service is good, and the wait minimal, especially with a reservation. I tore myself away from my favorite dish, lobster ravioli in a pesto cream sauce (which is so good that I take home the leftover sauce even if I finish the ravioli). This time I tried the seafood pasta. It was delicious, with plenty of seafood, very fresh, and just a little bit of penne, all in a great wine sauce. I brought home half of it and it was just as delicious the second day. I took the leftover bread as well, which helped me soak up every last drop of sauce.

The only disappointment was the lava cake, which was rather devoid of lava. I'm a chocoholic and just love deep, rich, dark melty chocolate. Without that core, the rest of the cake was rather dry and not particularly flavorful. My wife had the raspberry cheesecake, which she quite liked.

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PhillipG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service would recommend family and friends.

MD
MDRay
Oklahoma City
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding seafood. We had a great meal. Highly recommended and looking forward to a return visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year we go to Monterey as a Christmas gift. We have tried other restaurant on the wharf. But we always come back to Abalonetti’s. Food, drinks and service always great. This is our go to place and will continue to go there years to come.

DB
DougB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very accommodating of our large group, and separate check needs. Great food, service and some good happy hour deals.

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vipLindaF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for casual dining. The food and prices are both outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Made reservations for Christmas Eve and was surprised at how busy the main dining room was.

I ordered the Fresh Clams & Linguini... Outstanding! My mother had the Shrimp Scampi Over Rice and was duly impressed.

A couple of noisy children in the far corner of the room knocked one star off of the ambiance rating, but that's hardly the restaurant's fault. (Either teach your kids manners or buy them a muzzle, folks!)

Not the fanciest place in Monterey, but if you want casual seafood with a harbor view and no fuss, you'd have a hard time doing better than this place.

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BrunchMunch
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was ok, but the restaurant was at the edge of a really touristy part of town (that's on me for not guessing fisherman's wharf would be crazy tourist town). Didn't seem worth the expense.

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RickA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and a killer view. We sat on the back patio and talked forever. Nobody tried to rush us out. We had a blast.

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vipBeaconHillLisa
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 3 orders of the pesto and garlic oysters! They are delicious! Everything we had for lunch was really good. We decided to just do small plates and a bottle of Monterey white wine. Excellent food. Excellent service. We'll be back soon

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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 4.6 stars by 314 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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