Domenico's on the Wharf

4.1
1064 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
That friendly salutation is an invitation to dine with us and enjoy exceptional bayside ambiance, gracious service and delicious food. Our entire staff here at Domenico's On the Wharf has extended a warm welcome to locals and visitors for more than 35 years, and we proudly present the best seafood in Monterey for your dining pleasure.
Our award-winning list of wine features the best from surrounding Monterey County vineyards, and we offer extensive selections from Sonoma, Napa, Italy, and France. The freshest, sustainable, local and Alaskan seafood take center stage in our culinary creations, and we also grill up extraordinary steaks and lovingly prepare in-house pastas and locally grown organic vegetables.
Our family style of hospitality continues to win a special place in the hearts of our guests. Let us show you to your table overlooking the beautiful bay waters with a sunny window view of sea lions and pelicans at play.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1064 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot go wrong with the Spot Prawns. Seriously.

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MaryD
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation on a busy Saturday night. We waited only a few minutes for our table, which was understandable due to the crowd. The service was so quick that our entrees came before I had even finished the tasty bread that was served. Both my husband and I enjoyed our meals - king crab stuffed ravioli. The sauce was particularly delicious. I was impressed with the way all the waiters hustled. They helped to make our night out a memorable one.

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vipPamS
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go to place when we visit Monterey. Their clam chowder is the best. This trip we had their special...Monterey Bay Prawns over pasta. Prawns right off the boat. Delicious!

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Dennise
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was good, but seemed over-priced for what it was. Lighting and view were very nice. Service was prompt and excellent--just the right balance of availability and speed. Quite noisy.

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vipMom3
Nashville
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal! Oysters Rockefeller were amazing (a little pricey but may be the best I may have ever eaten) Calamari was tender, Halibut was scrumptious & Bacon wrapped Scallops melted in my mouth! Dinner entertainment was watching an otter play in the water!

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MartiJ
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grandma’s chiopino recipe is superb.

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JessicaJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View is gorgeous. Great service. We had crab cakes, blue cheese wedge, hamburger, clam chowder, scallops and rib eye. All delicious!

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Foodie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside, enjoyed sardines, sand dabs, sole, garlic and artichokes. All dishes were very fresh and good. Service was exceptional - very professional and warm. Good value for what you get Highly recommend if you're in the area.

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JEFFERYA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I can't rate their food because we didn't eat there. The older guy at the desk was so rude because our party was finding parking, we would have left anyway. We had reservations for 7 and 2 of us were there 5 minutes early. He wouldn't seat us and argued with us about parking being available. Our table was sitting empty was loosing him money he said. We ate at Crabby Joe's instead and spent a lot of money he could have made. Will never go back to Doms.

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RodM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Highly recommend. All aspects of this restaurant are awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was great and our servers were amazing
Thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and will be back

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vipTristaH
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned here for another delightful dinner after dining here previously over memorial weekend, & my husbands birthday . We were equally pleased this time & were greeted by the special of the day, which was spot prawns & they were divine. We also had crab, oysters rockafeller, and always Look forward to the clam chowder here, it’s the best we’ve ever had. My 8 yr. old gives it a 5 star review as well! Its her favorite chowder ever. I would also Like to add the service here is phenomenal. They are eager to please, So hospitable and everyone takes care of you here, not just your server. The Effort does not go unnoticed. Thank you Domenico’s for another wonderful dinner by the water. & Beautiful setting, table by the window overlooking the water & harbor. We Even saw a mama otter with her baby swing by our table….

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Babs
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt seating, excellent service. The fried calamari appetizer was generous, enough for three diners. The oysters on the half shell were fresh , and the clam chowder was good. Crab stuffed ravioli was tasty as was the crab stuffed salmon. Four people can share the tiramisu; the serving was very generous.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very good food...

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My ladies food came out cold and she had to re
Order not good. But everything else was nice

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LizP
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent clam chowder. Top notch service. All food was delicious! Took cannoli home for dessert. Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

I made a reservation and they treated me like a walk-in, I requested a window seat in the reservation,but they gave it to an actual walk-in we ordered 2 plates which included crab we didn’t taste any crab in the seafood pasta and the manager said that there was shredded crab in it I told them that the menu should say shredded crab then not crab meat which is totally deceiving it seemed he didn’t even want to listen to what we had to say, from his comment and the waiters comment other customers have said the same thing & they haven’t fixed the issue still, the main reason for ordering the plate/why the price was high,it’s for the crab meat & we didn’t see or taste any crab, my total cost $96.00 would’ve rather went to red lobster

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DonL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I had the special. Monterey spot prawns grilled. They were disgusting. I wasn’t told that they were full of roe. I don’t eat shrimp eggs. The shrimp were not deveined. The tiny amount of meat that I could eat from the tail was mushy. My hands smelled like bait after sturgeon fishing , I had to wash them five times with different soap to remove the smell. I will never take my wife for a dinner on the wharf again. Her lobster was incredibly tough Soooo nooo.

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MaiaraS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is AMAZING! Love it. Super recommend. Good place, good view, exceptional service worth it my money. Not expensive at all.

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james
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & was cooked to our specifications. Grilled sardines were very, very delicious. Owner, and his crew are fabulous!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience

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vipteresal
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

fantastic view & location especially if you're staying at the Portola Hotel as walking is about 2 min.
Good selection and great service.
Had the Calamari steak sort of greasy but still good. Fish & chip was really fresh.

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ShawN
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice ambience; crab a little overcooked; sat under heat warmer too long; my waiter was a bit distracted, but his assistant covered well; so that made the experience overall nice. would definitely recommend the spot; dinner, overall - delicious

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vipLAlexandre
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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IsaacB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good good, and extremely attentive service!

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MichaelM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The service was outstanding, very prompt, although the pacing of meals could be a little slower. We barely finished our appetizers when the mains came out. Also, it was a bit on the loud side as the place was filled to capacity. Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and when in town we would go back again.

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Keva
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish. The food and service was amazing.

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SandyC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a fun place! It’s right on the Old Fisherman’s Wharf, which I love. I actually like it better than Cannery Row. There are quite a few restaurants on the wharf, but I’m glad I chose Domenico’s. The service was great, we were checked on multiple times by our waiter and the manager. There are big windows looking out to the harbor where all the boats are docked, which was gorgeous at sunset. We didnt have appetizers, just entrees & dessert. My husband had the Cioppino which he loved., it was chock full of seafood & I had the linguini & clams that was really tasty. For dessert we had cheesecake and cannoli. We were completely stuffed, the portions are pretty big. The only con going to eat here is the parking. You can’t park right next to the pier & walk over. We actually got lucky with street parking, otherwise there’s a sign directing you to a parking garage a few blocks away. Next time we’re in Monterey, we would definitely go back and try some of the other dishes. You can’t go wrong with Domenico’s

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Sammy
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

EXCELLENT SERVICE! A little pricy but understandable due to covid. Lobster tasted a little dirty but ok. Would definitely return.

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vipRobij
San Antonio
200 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We've been here many times. Great views of the water and boats. Our waitress could have been really good if she wasn't so busy. Took a long time to get water and plates cleared. When all of our food finally came out it was all lukewarm to cold. I wanted hot chowder, not tepid chowder. Same for the clams and mussels. Fish was all very fresh. I’ll go back again since I’ve had other good experiences there. Might be the lack of help from Covid.

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CarolynA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Sand dabs were mediocre at best. It is in an extremely touristy area so the outdoor dining area is not very pleasant. Service was very good but food was not.

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JanC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was so so, and the kitchen was slow even though it didn’t seem that crowded. Even though it so crowded it was fairly noisy. Food seemed expensive for the quality and my wife’s pasta scampi dinner didn’t sit well with her. Our waiter was very attentive though.

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Mario
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food good service great view

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Localfrequentdiner
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had reservations for 2 and had to wait 30 minutes for a table. When we were seated, we got a horrible table location. Customers before and after us with NO reservations got better seating. That is not a good move!

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vipWilliamM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with our delicious, well prepared meals and attentive service at Domenico's. Great views too.

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RuthH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall dining here was a good experience, although not without a few missteps. We arrived on time for our reservation and then were told we’d have to wait 10 minutes while they waited for another party to leave; 10 minutes later we’re asked to wait another 10 minutes; when the host came back at 20 minutes asking us to wait another 10 minutes, I let him know this was not acceptable. I appreciate that he wanted to give us a window seat for our “date night” but asking a guest to wait 30 minutes past their reservation time is not acceptable. We weren’t even offered water or drinks while we waited in the bar area. We were seated at a table in the middle of the dining area, which was acceptable, and the server went above and beyond to make up for our bumpy start. We had the Fried Calamari appetizer, I had the Pasta Capri, and my husband had the Mixed Seafood Grill, dessert was Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake and Tiramisu with coffees. The food was delicious, and we enjoyed it all, I got a to-go box for my generous portion of Pasta Capri, unfortunately the clam-shell design of the box allowed all the sauce to spill out into the bag and I was not able to enjoy leftovers the next day; a two-piece to-go box that securely seals all the way around would have avoided this disappointment. We’ll definitely be back.

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DanielleB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy food! Lemon drops were delicious! Went for lunch and then back again to the bar for a few drinks before a boat cruise.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful experience - the food was amazing and the price was perfect. The outside seating was less than desirable with the wind but the waitresses really tried to make it the best they could with the wind not being cooperative and the outdoor heaters. Food was so delish, could not say enough! YUM!!! Will totally recommend & eat here again.

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JeffreyL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Several servers were not wearing masks. The sand dab sandwich had almost no fish in it

FAQs

Domenico's on the Wharf offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 372-3655.