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Fri, 4/20
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Abalonetti Bar and Grill

3.8
219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation


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

Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
(831) 373-1851
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Del Monte Ave
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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
What 219 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.5
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Always enjoyed this restaurant. Prices are better than other restaurants at fisherman’s wharf. Tip: order the $.99 oysters that are available during happy hour. You can eat the oysters at your table rather than the bar. Good value for the money.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very friendly service ! Lovely food ! A good discovery for us

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were a group of eight, enjoyed appetizers, cocktails and main courses. The food was wonderful, every single diner was more than pleased. But the service, the service was outstanding! The entire wait staff was superb.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food and the service were outstanding, as usual. And you can't beat the locals menu for the best deal in town.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Very nice server, but a lot of large parties to attend to, so we got lost in the crowd. Food was fine, but everything felt hurried and rushed. Even took a long time to get change. Chalked it up to a busy President ‘s day weekend. We would give this another try.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Loved the waiter! He was great our drinks were never empty and the food was perfect! We left very happy and very full! I wish I could have taken all the bread home! I highly recommend eating here.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

For a place allegedly famous for their calamari, I was disappointed. The "famous original" fried calamari as oily and was of modest size. Also while the Best Western I stated in nearby gave me a Abalonetti business card which the hotel clerk endorsed which stated good for a calamari appetizer. But when we were at the restaurant, we were told, "we are low on calamari" so you can buy it for cash but we cannot give you it under this offer" and offered some pickled artichokes and mushrooms instead. The kind of stuff we could get at any grocery deli.

So we bought the calamari that was supposed to be free and were disappointed by the quality. I suggest you pick another restaurant in the area.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very touristy - overpriced and not that good. Salmon was blah.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!!??

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Awesome place to hit while in Monterey from out of town

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 11, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on September 3, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice place and good food. Great mussels and clams!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Middle of the road.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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