Domenico's on the Wharf

4.3
870 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 870 people are saying
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BenP
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Staff was wonderful! Location and view was very good. The food left a lot to be desired. Had the crab cake appetizer. They we mostly mayo and bread crumbs. Very little crab and very mushy. My wife had the fish and chips - overly greasy with soggy fries. I had the mixed seafood grill - prawns, salmon and sword fish with veggies. All of the fish was terribly overcooked (all dried out). The veggies and potatoes were cold. Won't return there and don't recommend it.

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CeciliaL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took my Mama to dinner here Saturday night for Mother’s Day. We both had the clam chowder to start and shared the calamari and chips along with the cioppino. We usually go to Old Fisherman’s Grotto, but I’m happy we found a new restaurant on the Wharf! Everything was delicious.

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Sondra
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Has a wonderful late lunch. The staff was excellent!!!

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vipJaimeN
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch!
We love every bit of it!!

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Jayer
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. My 6 year old was welcome to eat here as well and enjoyed seeing the sea lions pop up from the water here and there. Views of the marina were truly stunning. Lots of natural light throughout the entire restaurant which makes the atmosphere so inviting and relaxing.

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tonyL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Staff from the Restaurant Manager, server, and auxiliary help was exceptional.
They were all constantly checking tables to ensure that needs were met and very
congenial in the performance of their chores, obviously aimed to reflect their outstanding services.
Thank you for being part of our wonderful weekend getaway.

Tony L and Gene

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NERT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was the usual marina/wharf fare. Nothing outstanding. The service was very friendly.

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vipGladysA
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Get together with in-laws

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Michael
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of the harbor from every table. We were entertained by a seal and some water birds throughout our meal. Our server Kay was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food was delicious- try the grilled Castroville artichoke appetizer, trust me.
A great restaurant that never disappoints.

JB
JayneB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our dinner was delightful and very yummy. We had a great time.

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vipToosalini
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was okay. Being on the water is always a treat! The service was great but the food was just okay! Priced reasonable

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With our reservation, we were seated immediately. All staff we encountered were very kind. My boyfriend really enjoyed his fish and chips. I had the sockeye salmon and thought it was good. We shared the garlic toast as an appetizer - delicious!! We also both had mai tais. The view was lovely - I don’t know if there would be a bad view where you couldn’t see the water and harbor. If you request outdoor seating, you will be seated in front of the restaurant where people are walking by. I think the prices were a little high, but I would go again because it made for a lovely date night.

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vipBenG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to Domenico’s many times and find that the food and service is always high quality. The last time I made reservations through Open Table (and confirmed), I drove 1 hr to Domenico’s to find that it was closed. It would have been nice if Open Table or Domenico’s would have notified me that the restaurant was closed.

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ErinP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was quick on a busy night. I really enjoyed my dinner there

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RobertM
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. A wonderful night out with a lovely view of the water.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a great seafood dinner for our Anniversary week. The sardine appetizer was grilled perfectly to a crisp. The Sand Dab (flatfish) was delicious with creamy mash potatoes. The Alaskan King Crab was a little pricey; however it was the best!!! It was so meaty and tender. The staff was very professional and tentative. We had beautiful view of the marina. Thank you so much for the experience.

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vipMac54
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Domenico's on many occasions. Unfortunately, on this day the entire wharf had a power outage and all the restaurants were closed. But not to worry.... we will be back!

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FrankL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for my mother’s birthday. We enjoyed most of the dishes we ate. Mom was not enamored with the Monterey Sardines, but I thought they were pretty good. The meals are always on point, service is great and it is reasonably priced for seafood on the wharf.

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vipGrcern
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was just okay. Not too crowded. But I saw how the tables were wiped down in between patrons it could have been done better given the prevalence of Covid.

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CaliforniaPatricia
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered wild salmon, stuffed with crab, shrimp, and artichoke hearts. I don't usually like Hollandaise sauce, but the sauce on this dish was light and added a hint of flavor the complemented the rest of the dish. Dominicos is a friendly place where both tourists and locals go. Throughout my dinner, there were echoes of laughter, which is something we haven't heard enough of in the past year. Guests were seated so that there was sufficient space between groups to maintain save distances.

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AmberC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! Thanks for giving our family a great experience!

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JoseC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Will definitely be back soon!

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vipCrisV
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

seating placement was the worst and no heater - it was terrible. the food suffered from the experience.

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TrentonW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was raining after we arrived but the team did an excellent job of accommodating us

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vipTomL
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Due to Covid restrictions, only outside dining was available—heaters were not adequate

Otherwise food and service were great

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DiningMD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was very good. I had Pasta Primavera. It was a little skimpy on the Broccoli but still very tasty. My wife had the Seafood soup, which she loved.
Due to COVID, we had to dine outside. Outside means on the busy wharf with tourists walking by. We sat under a heater, so it wasn't so bad. The prices were very reasonable for the Monterey area.

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Melnigh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was amazing. They also offered a great happy hour that was a surprise for the table. In addition, they welcomed our dog and had their own dog menu. Fun for the kids and we left with a happy family. Thank you

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Steph
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite making a reservation through open table, and receiving a confirmation, the restaurant was closed to outdoor and indoor dining.

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Triodad
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sent my daughter for her 3 year anniversary dinner. They had a great time. Service and food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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vipPamS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice lunch outside on the wharf on a beautiful day.

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viplovetoeatout
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just plain outstanding food, excellent service and a great location. The swordfish was so delicious, the sand dabs equally as good. They provide heaters over each table so it’s comfortable when dining outdoor. We had a great waiter which made it just that much better. We highly recommend dining here for any occasion. We’ll be back many times.

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MrsTWill
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a gem! The food was delicious, the wine selection was superb and the professional service was spot on. Although it was outside dining only, they provided us heat lamps to sit under which was a big plus for me because it was quite chilly and windy outside. Perhaps a suggestion to the owners - add a solid wall instead of the crab cages to buffer the wind?
Overall, this was a very pleasant dining experience.

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Jerryjenmont
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with fabulous service!!! The food and drinks are fantastic. I would highly recommend dining here.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Expensive, tourist prices. But, hands down the BEST clam chowder I've ever had !

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food. Need more heating lamps for outdoor dining.

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vipMac54
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite with us! Food is delicious and consistent.

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vipAurora
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This a charming wharf restaurant with fresh seafood prepared in delicious variations. The owner was very friendly and proud of his excellent food. Service was efficient and timely.
Due to Covid indoor dining was closed and outside was chilly. In spite of this I would still highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipSpithadi
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place first time having Sand Dabs so glad I did!

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vipmarinlark
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Domenico's and always go there when we are in Monterey. We just love this restaurant. We had no idea how they would handle things during COVID-19. We were pleasantly surprised. Outdoor dining -- safe and comfortable with incredibly cautious food and table servers (gloved and masked). The food was fabulous as always! I love the Crab Louie, and had the Prawns Scampi Castroville -- and my husband enjoyed the oysters and clams on linguine -- not to mention fun cocktails and fabulous desserts. A great, and really safe, time that actually reduced our pandemic stress.

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Roxy
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Came here to celebrate my husband's birthday a little early. I did specify it was his birthday when making the reservation but it was not acknowledged. It wasn't even first time a restaurant staff has overseen a special occasion so I chose not to press the issue. The food was wonderful and I'd add photos but the files are too large and I don't feel like editing. It was a little cold even with the heat lamp right above us but we had been expecting that.

FAQs

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

Domenico's on the Wharf is rated 4.3 stars by 870 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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