Domenico's on the Wharf

4.2
847 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 847 people are saying
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CaliforniaPatricia
San Francisco
33 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
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
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
8 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
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
Charleston
14 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
32 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
67 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
90 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
2 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
28 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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vipRoxy
Central Coast
21 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Heaters in the expanded portion of the out door dining would be welcomed, but the evening was great!

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DavidW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s 12 th birthday. We had great food and service.

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vipJEK1
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We’ve been here several times. On this occasion we drove from San Jose primarily to lunch at Delmonico’s. My friend has enjoyed the lobster tail here on previous visits. The lobster tail was tough and had very little good taste. There was an overwhelming amount of spices on it. It probably was severely overcooked and may have been stored too long or improperly. I complained in clear language to the waiter. He said that he would talk to the cook. No relief. The lobster tail was a complete waste of $65.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I had a wonderful time, the waiters were very attentive and helpful. The food was amazing.

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vipPamS
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious. Our waiter and the service was great. While it is outside dining only currently, we could see they have tables that look out over the water which we will request when inside dining is allowed again. We will be back!

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vipSean
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

They have it together when it comes to social distancing, especially seeing how many people were out on the wharf on a Sunday. Good food, great value on some of the wines as well. Service was personable and the food was delicious.

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner at Domenico's on the Warf. They were open for dinner with an outdoor table on the pier. It was an exciting environment with our table right on the boardwalk. Food was great and service was friendly and attentive.

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JoanneP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Due to Covid19 we were able to reserve a nicely shaded outdoor table for 4. Weather was perfectly warm on this Saturday and the wharf was very crowded from out-of-towners looking for coastal reprieve from inland heat wave. Cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and dessert were all very good. Will definitely return for lunch on a weekday.

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vipJeremy
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were 30 minutes late reservation. I know it was a busy night. They called us 3 times. We were lost. The owner/GM. Just a total Dick.

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vipSHINKEN
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Fresh Local Petrale Sole a la Muniere. It was delicious. But my wife had the Prawn Scampi with local Artichokes and it WAS the BEST either of us have ever had! If I could eat that once a week I would be in Heaven! And Nick, our Waiter, did a really great job. With "COVID" going on, they really stepped it up and made it nice. Right on the OLD Fisherman's Wharf Pier! Awesome!

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LindaJ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Amazing waiter! Make reservations to avoid a wait.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and hot. Server was amazing. Water never empty and plates taken promptly. I actually enjoyed eating on the outside and watching the warf activities. Will definitely be back.

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Cajules
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Granted, this was during Covid, so ambience not much in their control, but busser led us to believe we could only buy bottled water, which wasn't the case. Very shady. Our expensive cocktails were terrible and watered down. Only one of our party of four enjoyed his entree (ciopinno). My salmon was very salty and I couldn't even finish it. One of our party had the fettucini alfredo with chicken, and ended up getting sick that night and is sure it was her dinner. We had heard so many great things about this restaurant, but we would never go there again.

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GaryC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Considering due to covid-19 we all had to dine outside, it was a lovely evening out. The staff even moved us to a better table to alleviate some of the noise as we were celebrating our anniversary. The food was very good. The service was wonderful.

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CourtH
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host was great and personable. Server was knowledgeable and attentive. Scallops wrapped in bacon were delicious.

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classyNightingales
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Following the COVID guidelines- I do feel that the table are way too close to other guests. Overall, food was alright. Nothing spectacular!

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HeMan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The restaurant was nice but the owner wasn't very friendly to us. He introduced himself to everyone white but stopped short of black and asian customers. Sad because is also italian. Our waiter was great as well as the rest of the staff. :) Not sure I would return in that's times.

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vipMac54
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outdoor dining is just as good as indoor dining before Covid 19.

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Callingittruly
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Sitting at a table on the wharf was a mistake on our part. Too noisy and the people walking by close enough to touch our food was uncomfortable. From the dirty bread plate to the poor server and soggy vegetables it was not an enjoyable experience. Sand dabs were good though.

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 4.2 stars by 847 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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