Domenico's on the Wharf

4.2
972 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 972 people are saying
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4.3
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated quickly. Very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday weekend with our kids

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

in the reservation i said their were two birthdays and they didn’t even acknowledge it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just awkward . Guy at the door seemed a little more friendly with the American customers than us … it was just a bad experience inside the waiter did not once check on us to fill water or anything . Just seemed like they had some little problem with us and I was with my baby and wife so we hoped we had a better experience . We ended up saying we would never go to this site again

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jeffg
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Waiter kept asking us for our main order. Just wanted some time to enjoy a cocktail and make decisions. Wasn’t happy about that.

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melissaB
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed the food, service and view. Clam chowder was excellent.

JW
JimW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There was a wait due to understaffed, but overall worth the time and money.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First dining experience at this restaurant. Domenico’s seated us fairly quickly. We began with the grilled artichoke heart topped with a balsamic drizzle and a garlic mayonnaise for dipping. The grill taste really came out with the drizzle and the mayo. For the entrees, two has the fish and chips, one had the deep fried prawns, and I had the sole. The sole was fantastic! Fresh vegetables, garlic mashed, and the fish in a light lemon sauce. I sampled all the proteins at the table and would order all three entrees when we return.

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Pilates3150
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view . Most tables are by the water . You can see seals playing . Calamari was delicious

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vippdub
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The meals were quite bland. This is more a place to come to sit with a view of the bay rather than delicious former food.

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GaryD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service and incomparable views combine for a wonderful night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect location. Service was outstanding. My friend’s dish was a pasta with really small shrimp. My dish was told that the salmon middle would be pink. It was. Didn’t taste great. Never going to order that again. My other friend got a great pasta dish with seafood. She loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my fiancé had a very nice dinner yesterday in celebration of our baby moon; our son is due next week. Couldn’t have ended such a relaxing weekend any better than ending it there. Such a great environment and delish food! Will definitely be going again in the near future!

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Chris
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and easy to book a reservation with Open Table. We got stuck in traffic on our way into Monterey and was able to change our reservation thru the app.

The restaurant was easy to find and located midway on the wharf. Service was quick and friendly. Views were beautiful and available from any table in the restaurant. Menu had plenty of choices without being overwhelming. Calamari was good as an appetizer. My husband had the choppino and I had the mixed grill with salmon, swordfish, and shrimp. We shared the tiramisu for dessert. It was all very good! I was disappointed that I didn't get a chance to try the coffee drink listed at the bottom of the cocktail menu. Good reason to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience? Would definitely go back!

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is not your typical Italian seafood restaurant. It is sadly a typical restaurant on fisherman’s wharf. I ordered a seafood pasta dish that should have had crab meat in it.
There was no crab meat at all. When I brought it up to a waiter ha had no answer, when the maiter’d came over he tried to say there was not supposed to have crab. When I pointed out the description in the menu he when tried to tell me the crab was in the dish. This is all to typical of restaurants, a bate and switch. You should also know that Domenicos is not a quite place whit a ambiance. It is a high volume restaurant with plastic table cloths and waiters that strive for turnover. I won’t go back.

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RichU
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was great! But the service was terrible! I was out to dinner with customers and noticed a group of five that was seated 15 minutes after we ordered and they got served before us. Needless to say, if you don't mind waiting forever then go to Domenico's.

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Pagosacowgirl
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed dining with a great view of the harbor boats. Our meal was good. This restaurant was recommended to us by a valet at a neighboring hotel.
We were disappointed in two different cocktails thaty we ordererd. I sent the first one back - a Mai Tai with no sweetness at all. I drank the second one after asking the waiter to have the bartender sweeten it - a Pina Colada.

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vipunhappy
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

under staffed in the kitchen and the bar.

Our server was outstanding.

Will not return here until i have eaten everywhere else. yes everywhere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and views

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Domenico’s was a wonderful experience. They were very accommodating, as my whole family has Celiacs disease. The food was delicious, what we ordered was gluten free, and Anastasia was an incredibly pleasant and attentive server. Thank you for the very pleasant experience.

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vipMmmg00d
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Family dinner to celebrate family.

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Annms
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Halibut was bland, prawns on mixed grill overcooked. Veg and potatoes on one entree were cold. Waiter never checked in after food was served. Disappointing.

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petep
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our food was good, and server was friendly. But we saw our busser much more frequently and some at our table complained about how long drinks took to arrive. Food was good, but not great. If you remember that you're having a meal at a touristy location in Monterey then you'll be fine with the experience. If you're expecting value for the price, prepare to be disappointed.

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vipBobM
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is the third time In the last few months I have made a reservation there. The first time was a treat. I received prompt seating and great service. The second was a disaster. We were seated a half hour after our reservation, sat for twenty minutes with no attention until we flagged down a waiter from another section who took our order, then waited thirty minutes before flagging down the maitre d’ to track down our order. Interestingly, Domenico’s reported us as a now show to Open Table presumably to prevent me from posting a review. The credit card charge overturned that. This time, I showed up exactly at 8:15 for my reservation and no table was available. Based on my prior experience and as I was a single this time, I decided to eat at the bar. The bartender was gracious and made a great scotch old fashioned to my specifications. The Caesar was excellent and had anchovies in it. In most other places these days, it is some sort of romaine concoction without anchovies which is definitely NOT a Caesar. The crab cakes were quite good. I’m still ambivalent about this place. Very touristy.

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vipfoodman2
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they have the highest quality seafood at the restaurant, the clam chowder is a must, service is exceptional, great views of the seals in the bay.

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vipLoLo
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent halibut

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was not good.

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vipSfSue
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it!
The food was wonderful, service friendly and warm.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food on the wharf and we've tried them all. Order the Alaskan Halibut if available. The cedar planked Alaskan Salmon, with the honey glaze, is also outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great appetizers and entrees! Cocktails (I ordered an Old Fashioned) was not as good as I expected. Service was professional and welcoming. Ambience was pleasant with lighting not dimmed too much and the noice level on the lower end.

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NoelaniR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters were amazing. Service was good, drinks were always full at the table and they made sure we were attended to. Food was delicious, and perfectly cooked. Drinks were a bit pricey tho.

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AmyS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, amazing drinks, great waiters! Highly recommend!

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AshaN
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

I reserved a table overlooking the water and when we got there they put us in the very corner when walk-ins were being put by the water. The person who placed us in the back was very rude and short. Every time I wanted to speak to mgt she would rush over and cut the conversation budding in and making sure the Mgr didn't make any other arrangements. I have been going here for years but will never eat here again. I bragged so much about the service and was really embarrassed by the host's behavior. No apologies, and zero remorse. Very disappointed!

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Noble
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Fortino aka Forty was great and kept the meal and drinks in order. Special thanks to him!

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Robin
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Very good service. The view of the harbor is great.

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JeremyL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I set reservation for a window table for my anniversary. They tried to sit us in a crowded corner no where near a window. I put notes about all of this. The host said we could wait at the bar and he would seat us as soon as one opened up. He seated other people in the table he said was for us. I've never felt so disrespected. I will never go back.

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vipMBAA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you, we enjoyed the food, view, and service! We will be back soon.

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vipSFMomOf2
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Family of five. We booked an outdoor table as we had our dog with us. Incredibly busy day on the wharf being Independence Day. Waitress was friendly and attentive as she could be, but she clearly needed more help. A table of four seated after us, got their appetizers first while our food was delayed. Then our food came out all at once, appetizer and entrees to a small table. I'm balancing my plate on the edge of the table. Food was OK. Hit or miss depending on the dish. If not for the fact that it was dog friendly, we likely won't come here again.

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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 972 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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