About Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa

Anthony's Fish Grotto, located on its own private lake in La Mesa, offers delicious food, amazing service, and unmatched atmosphere. A complete menu offers both seafood and other meat choices. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. You can also enjoy cocktails in the bar or on the heated lake view patio. If you want to bring your dog along, there are special lakefront tables where you and your dog can enjoy and unwind.

9530 Murray Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm

Cross Street:
Severin Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 463-0368

Website:
http://www.gofishanthonys.com/

Parking Details:
Located 0.9 miles from the Amaya Drive stop on the San Diego tTrolley.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Scenic View (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Waterfront (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Fun (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Healthy (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Cozy (7)
Romantic (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Never disappointing....ALWAYS very good!!! My husband has Celiac & they have a gluten free menu including french fries which are hard to find for Celiacs. The fish is always fresh & beautifully prepared. It's our go-to spot for seafood.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is always fresh and the service is excellent. The pond and ducks add to the experience. Although I don't have a dog, I appreciate that they have an outdoor seating area for those who do so they can bring their fur babies with them. Overall this an excellent choice for dining. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

First time visit for many in our "friend" group. Although not busy, dinner service was much slower than expected. However, everyone loved the food. Anthony's New England clam chowder was a hit.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food and service with an excellent ambiance!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service was excellent as well as the food. Our family has been going to Anthony's for many years and we have always had excellent food and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We did not like the surcharge fee..food was good. Not a place we could afford every night.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always an excellent meal. The service is friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. Overall, this is one of the few restaurants in the La Mesa/El Cajon area that never disappoints.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great Place. We were missing Anthony's since they were forced to close Bay location. We were also checking wedding venues for our daughter. This is a great location with nice view of their lake and fountains. Highly recommend for any meal. We were there for Sunday Lunch and it was very quiet with great surroundings.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

love Anthonys, have been a customer for over 55 years.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was wonderful, as was the ambiance, service, and comfort.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Seafood was cooked just right. And I'm a fisherman.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Spicy, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Anthony's does not disappoint! Menu selections for any size appetite and taste ~ and a wonderful San Diego tradition!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Authentic, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Anthony's never disappoints. The food tonight was as delicious as always. Our server was superb and the ambiance next to the lake on a warm evening memorable

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always great.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was our first visit to this particular Anthony's. We had frequented the past Anthony's often.
We found the food very good, however, we felt the service was rushed. I barely had time to eat only half of my appetizer when they brought the dinner. My husband and one of our friends also had that problem. We were a table of four. This dinner was over Two Hundred dollars and I'm not sure I will return even though we truly enjoyed the food.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and good service. Was very busy but still had hot tasty foid

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My family used to come here for special occasions when we lived nearby some 55 years ago. Our dinner was just as I remembered, delicious, and the service was terrific. Thank you so much for letting me share part of my history with my husband. Anthony's is a gem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Anthony's on the pond has been one of our very favorite restaurants. We have always loved their lobster. But tonight, the lobster was not up to par at all. So, why? A different chef, perhaps? We are not sure, but we were sorely disappointed. One of us has the sirloin along with the lobster, and it was hard to cut and not very good. So, our dinner was far overpriced for what we received tonight. The bar made me the wrong drink and our waitress did not notice it. She offered to take it back, but we refused, not wanting to wait. Her service was great, but she should have noticed that they made the wrong drink. We will go back, but if we receive the same lobster next time, or a not-so-up to par piece of steak, or a wrong drink, we will not return.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Going to Anthony's is nice now. They've remodeled it and it feels like your in Peoh's east. Fewer waterfalls and no ocean...but there is a big pond, outdoor water falls with a night color show. When the weather is nice (most of the time) you can enjoy al fresco dining for a reasonable price. Good service, fresh seafood...my son enjoyed his steak here more than at 94th Aerosquadron.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our waitress, Sofia was amazing! So attentive and friendly.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

It was very expensive . Our waiter was great. The goodcwas ok for the price.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

They've taken major steps backwards since they used to serve deep fried crab claws in the 80's. I ordered the shrimp Trio. The shrimp were small and flavorless, six of them had barbecue sauce on them as their sauce, the six garlic ones were equally tasteless. The clam chowder which is usually good at this place, had large chewy clams which I don't care for. The coconut shrimp were drowned and sauce and were soggy, though at least with the coconut they had some taste. The vegetables were Bland and tasteless. Pretty bad when your French fries are the best part of your meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We enjoy unusual and original restaurants like this with one of a kind decor from the mad men era. The restaurant is spectacular in a kitchy retro style. The seafood is in impresively delicious and reasonably priced. The cuisine is rooted in the mid century era, so you won't find anything fancy. Just good fresh food cooked well in the classic style.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Love this place. Used to come with parents and grandparents many years ago. I always enjoy this restaurant when I'm in San Diego. Always great fish and service!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been enjoying Anthonys for many years (actually decades) and the food is always good. We appreciate being able to order food to split. Good job.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Very delicious food and great service. We were celebrating two family birthdays and it was wonderful! I made reservations for 6 that morning and was accomodated with no issue. Thank you!

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Unfortunately the cooks forgot how important seasoning is when created a fish dinner. Sole was tasteless, salmon was overdone and watery (this usually means the fish was frozen) and the mixed vegetables were forgettable.

What once was a dining experience is now a short order cook kitchen. I won't be back anytime soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Went here for my wife's birthday weekend and the anniversary of our betrothal which actually was at the Anthony's on San Diego harbor which has closed down since then. The food and service were just as good as the other location so there were still plenty of great memories!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Took my elderly Mom to Anthony's for her BD. We enjoyed sangria and view of the lake by our table. Several elderly people were also there for lunch, staff was very accommodating to customers with canes and walkers. Unfortunately I noted it was my Mom's B.D. on reservation , along with telling the waiter when we ordered drinks. No mention of her B.D. !!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Have eaten many times and enjoyed it every time. Love the Gulf Shrimp Salad.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We have been to Anthony's numerous times and this time didn't disappoint either. The food was delicious. We had the crab and shrimp cocktail and the wedge salad which we hadn't had before. The fish scallop and shrimp kabob was amazing. Thanks for again for a wonderful dinner.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great Birthday celebration ended up being 22 of us. Everyone loved it and had so much fun!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 6, 2017

It was great. Seated quickly, wait staff was positive and friendly.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The waitress assigned to our table took 30 minutes after we were seated to take our order. Other restaurant employees had to intervene.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Third generation customers here, we no longer have our Dad with us but we love this place for family groups ! ! !

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

It was delicious as always. The day boat scallops were excellent.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Tasty food, great view, and lovely service. We go here fairly often, but this time was a big group and our waitress handled things perfectly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Only complaints: loud, obtrusive canned music in outdoor patio. Service was a little disorganized, but friendly.
Outdoor landscaping needs more attention: overgrown, uncared for. Please spruce up!!

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We were saddened to see the closing of the original Anthony's. However, we were very pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this Anthony's is! Keep up the good work. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2017

As always we had a most enjoyable meal. Our waiter Chad was very attentive. Thanks.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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