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Permanently Closed - Anthony's Fish Grotto

4.1
990 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Anthony's Fish Grotto is San Diego's original seafood restaurant. Founded in 1946, Anthony's still uses original family secret recipes to serve what Zagat's 2013 City Guide calls San Diego's Most Popular Seafood.

An extensive menu of seafood is complimented by chicken, beef, and even an incredible hamburger, ensuring that there is something for everyone. The building is built over the water of San Diego Bay and it offers diners some of the best views in the city.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner

Sunday through Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Brunch

Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
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Phone number
(619) 232-5103
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Ash Street
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Parking details
Metered parking directly in front. Paid parking lots also available in walking distance at County Administration building, Wyndham Hotel, and at the Lane Field Cruise Ship Parking lot.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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4.0
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BatmanTampico (Mexico City)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Why did it close? It was delicious and such an icon! It is really sad that it is closed for good. The food was good, the ambience fine and the panorama was fantastic! The seagulls in the little pier were fun.
I was hoping to take my kids there, but now it won't be possible.
Sad.

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vipPLRyan (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2017

We have always loved Anthony's and will miss it very much BUT we will make the effort to go to the La Mesa location for sure!

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maggiebooks (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2017

The restaurant is closing, and we wanted to go one last time. The white clam chowder was salty, and the manhattan lacked a bit of flavor. the caesar salad was skimpy. the tuna avocado salad was very good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

Awesome location,sad to see it go. We had been here before and found it to be enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

The last of a San Diego icon - gone ! Such a sad goodbye to a restaurant synonymous with the Embarcadero. I wish the Ghio Family and their loyal staff all good wishes. The waterfront won't be the same without Anthony's.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

We had an early lunch on Sunday, to celebrate my friend's birthday and to say goodbye to Anthony's. We had a wonderful time, but we were very sad knowing that this wonderful restaurant is closing,, and we will no longer see the historical sign while driving down Ash. I have lived in San Diego since 1969 and have many, many delightful memories of wonderful meals with friends and co-workers. I am happy they will continue to operate the restaurant in La Mesa. Since I live in East County, I will continue to be a loyal fan!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Sad to see you close a restaurant with no areas of complaint

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vipAwesome (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Lot of History at this location after 70 years, closing it is doors

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KatP (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

We were there over the weekend. We were a little disappointed that you were out of King Crab. My husband had the Fried fish and shrimp combo. The food was way too oily. My husband got physically sick before we could even get the check. On the plus side though, it was a nice setting, the server was very good. Just wish we could have enjoyed our meal and my husband didn't get sick.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

25th Birthday Dinner for Daughter!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Unfortunately, we went there the weekend it closed for good. They still have another restaurant in La Mesa, but waterfront dining at Anthony's Fish Grotto is officially a thing of the past.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Kinda expensive nowadays. I know you need to pay your staff but for fish and chips and a sandwich or two and no alcoholic drinks $104.00 was alot. But, it was closing. Also.....Mama Ghia's red chowder recipient has been altered. I am going to try it again at La Mesa! I used to eat it alot when I worked in LA Mesa.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

This was our farewell to Anthony's on the bay in San Diego They Close today JAnuary 31 2017. Personally I think it was one of the worse mistake San Dieg could make by not renewing their lease!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Impeccable Food, Service and location...
Sorry it's closing down...

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Kathy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

We came to experience the last weekend of Anthony's in San Diego downtown. So sad to see it go. I am a native San Diegan and loved this restaurant. Very fun day.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

This restaurant is immensely popular and has established itself on the San Diego waterfront for 70 years. I've eaten there with family since 1960. However, due to the City awarding the new waterfront restaurant lease contract to another bidder, Anthony's is being forced out. The replacement restaurant will no doubt be pricier, trendier and fancier, but it will not be able to for the waterfront what Anthony's restaurant has done. Anthony's reputation is built upon its ability to expertly prepare and serve seafood at a reasonable price, making this place one of the best values in town. I urge diners, now that the waterfront facility is closing tomorrow, January 31, to check out the other Anthony's sister restaurant location in La Mesa. Same good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

We had a great experience in getting seated and served quickly, at a wonderful waterfront table.

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InaClaires (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

So sorry to be losing Anthony's by the water frontin downtown SD. A REAL LOSS after 70 years!

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vipPamS (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

The outstanding New England Clam Chowder & the fresh fish selections🙌

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

Loved the service and the attention received by the employees helping our dinner to be more memorable.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

This was an outstanding dinner time. We had to go one last time before Anthony's Fish Grotto closes on Jan. 31, 2017. We got to have a window table, fight on the water, and watched the sun set, one of my favorite things !!! the food was excellent, and a good size for the price. The service was excellent, we had the exact type of dining one would hope for ! making reservations through this site made this an easy experience.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

We have enjoyed dining at Anthony's Embarcadero location for more than 50 years, and we're so sad to see it close. We recently visited for lunch one last time on our anniversary, and it was great as always!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

Love Anthony's, been going to the restaurant since the 70's. Beautiful scenery, great staff & delicious food. Very sadden that the restaurant is closing. A historical landmark in our beautiful city, the waterfront will not be the same! Goodbye to all the delicious one of a kind seafood taste.....you will be missed!

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Loco (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

Waitress was OUTSTANDING for personality, service, knowledge, eyc

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Normanda (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

Prices high for very average meal. It deserves to go out of business by delivering such mediocrity in such a great location.

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Dbbbbbb (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

Open table made a "reservation ". Rude hostess said that reservation was actually preferred seating. Went through the reservation tab on the official website for Anthony's. That felt really shady especially since it was to celebrate my birthday which I noted in the comments. No special treatment. Should not offer to make a reservation if you will not honor it. Nothing at all said preferred seating. Such a joke. Really set it off for a bad mood to celebrate for my special day. Other staff was okay but we spent enough money where you should be treated better. Management needs to reevaluate especially since they are losing this location. Hopefully la Mesa fares okay.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

We will miss this great restaurant. A lot of family historic meals here. Will not be forgotten.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2017

It's always sad to see a part of the family say so long. A part of many families of San Diego for almost 71 years! I paid my last respect to sit and go back on memory lane with the same loved ones gone before me. I stuck to the never disappointing clam chowder, gorged on the bread and sun dried tomato butter while diving into the crispy calamari. By the time our entrees arrived, i was more than satisfied and stll mesmerized by the ocean bay view. Unfortunately, the decor or should i say, the furnishings are still time warped in the 50s diner look and out dated ambiance. Recipes should stay intact, not the furniture. I almost sank in the split cushioned booth and thought it was time to rip. The passion had died.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2017

Sadly, closing this week-?ubderstand there is a second location...

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CatmommaCheri (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2017

So sad they are going away! Many years at this location. Always a favorite of ours.

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