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About Abalonetti Bar and Grill

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.

57 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Italian, Californian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:00pm

Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
Del Monte Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 373-1851

Website:
http://www.abalonettimonterey.com/

Parking Details:
Large waterfront parking lot near entrance to the Wharf.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Abalonetti Bar and Grill Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.5

ambience

3.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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People Watching (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic staff, straightforward menu with classic flavor, fresh. The antipasto plater is a must as are the variety of calamari.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Classic, been consistent forever... They do squid right!

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Typical of the restaurants on the Wharf. Decent seafood, decent prices. Service was excellent.
My wife had Halibut which she really liked-large portion cooked perfectly. I had fish and chips-thought they were quite average. We shared a calamari appetizer - also disappointedly average considering this is their specialty. Overall a decent experience, enhanced by attentive service.
I would try again and order differently.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very good and reasonable priced meal. We ate from the Local menu.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We have been coming here for years (we live in the East Bay 680 corridor). It is a very dependable restaurant with excellent and moderately priced food and wine. A few days ago I had the very best grilled Alaskan halibut of my life. It was one of their specials and it rated 5 stars. It was topped with a savory lemon capers butter sauce and accompanied by fluffy and tasty rice and perfectly made Al Dente vegetables. I know the Warf is considered touristy but don't underestimate the seafood offered at the local restaurants. Besides, who doesn't like to eat on the Monterey Bay!!??

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Seasonal, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2018

fun location, good apps, below average calamari, no taste whatsoever. Service super friendly and helpful.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My husband said the halibut was the best he can recall eating. I had excellent calimari. We loved the food and have been eating at Abalonetti whenever we visit Monterey. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Casual, Healthy, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Lovely spot among the crowds. Great service, and nice lunch. Fantastic sardines!!!

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 23, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Meh just meh. Would have rather gone somewhere a little nicer and spent a little more at the price we finished with. Oh well it was ok. But just ok.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Awesome place to hit while in Monterey from out of town

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

one dish did not come till 30 min after all the others, thought he forgot to order. a waiter shoud always come to the table and say its on the way, or whatever, to let the diner know it still is working. Not a word was said. when the mussels and clams dish came it was a very small order which is surprising for this restaurant. would not order that dish again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Nice restaurant on the wharf. Good sand dabs and pizza.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I can't believe this place had 4 star reviews!
Limp salad , fish and chips equal to fast food chain restaurants. Calamari had the same (way too thick breading.
Pasta was decent.
Nice atmosphere right on the water.

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2017

A great pick for seafood and calamari. I have walked by this restaurant a dozen times, but after reading Open Table reviews I tried it out. I took three business colleagues who hadn't been to Monterey before. We all had different calamari dishes and all of us loved them. Service was great. I'll be back.

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Over the years this place has deteriorated. The bartender was uncommunicative and not welcoming as he served drinks. Food is good but the place is not welcoming. I'd go somewhere else next time.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was looking for a seafood restaurant and was able to get a reservation within a short amount of time. Service was good, food was delicious. I ordered the lobster/prawn ravioli. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

They were so sweet and brought us treats for our birthdays!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Classic Monterey Pier and great Sicilian food. The garlic ... the oysters ... the bread ... the seafood. All great !!!

Marty's special. Calamari over eggplant parmigana.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

1/2 price happy hour Marguerita was awful- was not drinkable! Food was ok, not great. Everything was very greasy. Service was very slow.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Slowest service even though the place was dead! Food quality fell short!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice place and good food. Great mussels and clams!

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We are local and have dined at most of the restaurants on Fisherman's Wharf. We had not been to Abalonetti's for years so decide to give it a try once again. Wharf restaurants tend to be expensive -- Abalonetti's was no exception except the food at best was only adequate. Started with calamari, followed by sanddabs with over cooked veggies for me and small overcooked fried shrimp and chips for my husband. They were promoting their margaritas but the ones that arrived were warm and sweet. We both switched to wine. Next time we visit the Wharf, we will return to Scales, Domenico's or over on Wharf 2, the Sandbar & Grill. All good. We also like Massaro & Santos on the Coast Guard Pier.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We have been coming here for years & they have a great local menu!! The wait staff is amazing, along with the fresh seafood items offered on a daily basis. I love their Calamari Steak & the fresh oysters most of all! Also, you can't beat their antipasto items too. I would highly recommend Abalonetti Bar & Grill to anyone who wants to visit the Monterey Wharf or who is luckily enough to live in paradise, like me!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Middle of the road.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Went here on a Saturday night with my family. This was a good spot. Food and service was good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Perfect place to enjoy the wharf and relax. Great gnocchi!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Loved! The Marty Special! Great service, lovely view, delish food!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

They make 20 kinds of calamari. How cool is that?!! And it tasted great! Our waiter was awesome too - super-attentive!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 5, 2017

My wife and I eat here every time we visit Monterey and we are never disappointed. The food is good and the service is always warm and friendly. Try The Marty Special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Service could have been better. View was very nice and the drinks were really well put together. Once our food came out we were a little disappointed with a pasta because it seemed all they used for the sauce was butter. Girlfriend did not enjoy her meal. The ciopinno was really delicious.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We chose Albonettie based on Yelp reviews as we were planning our vacation. We were not disappointed! Two of us had the Sanddabs dish and two of us had the lobster raviolli. Everyone was thrilled with their choice.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Great for romantic evening. Scenic view of Monterey Bay seated by the window. Delicious crispy calamari and creamy clam chowder for appetizer. Mahi-Mahi was so perfect with veggies and mashed potatoes. Great service and very friendly staff! Nice wine selection and we will visit again!

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Abalonetti's is on the wharf so it has a nice view of the water. The seafood is good and service is nice as well. Very casual and relaxed. We had the scampi Monterey style and sand dabs and both were tasty.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 21, 2017

So good we went twice while on vacation. Super nice staff, lots of dining options and abalone to die for! We also brought a bottle of wine from Taste Of Monterey for free corkage! A very special place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on June 18, 2017

We have been going to Abalonetti's for over 50 years. It is by far the best restaurant to enjoy squid prepared many different ways. Even though they have all kinds of fresh fish available, we always start out meal with squid rings, followed by the Marty Special. It is fried squid fillets, over roasted eggplant, covered with an excellent marinara sauce, and cheese. Don't miss it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

It is very nice and clean, the service was great as usual, best seafood in town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The food was good (be sure to get the calamari) and the staff was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and efficient.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

What a fun location! Take the scenic walk across the pedestrian bridge from the parking lot through the historic Monterey fishing village to Fisherman's Wharf. Walking down the wharf to the restaurant is a delight to the senses. The smells, the colorful visuals and sounds give you the sensation of being part of another world. The restaurant dressed in striking blue turquoise finds you half way down the wharf. Most of the restaurants have a Greeter outside whose sole job is to entice you in. They explain their specialties, nuances of their bar and give you a glimpse of their Bay view.
The food did not disappoint! I had a wonderful Sicilian bread salad dressed to perfection with a grilled calamari steak that was as tender and sweet as could be! A window overlooking the water topped it off. Save room for the dessert tray - full of classical Italian sweets. It was a nice way to spend an evening after a long day at work!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 20, 2017

First time at Abalonetti's. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. The food was superb, the price was reasonable, and the service left no room for complaint.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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