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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.
Monterey, CA 93940
Seafood, Italian, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:00pm
Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-9:30pm
Del Monte Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Large waterfront parking lot near entrance to the Wharf.
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
Went for valentines, had the lobster and abalone! So incredibly amazing, both dishes. Staff was courteous and helpful. On point in every way... and the view is fantastic. Don’t let the other restaurants hustle you! Keep walking till you see the blue building!
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.
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!!??
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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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