Domenico's on the Wharf

4.2
1031 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 1031 people are saying
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JanC
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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WilliamM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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NanC
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are deciding which place to try on the wharf, you won't be disappointed here!

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DianeE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good choices on menu. Make a reservation as Fisherman's Wharf gets pretty busy. Calamari was a great appetizer. Nice fresh seafood too.

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CPG4321
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good, lots of options Service was a little slow.

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vipskipper1
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fish and chips...the lightest breading, the most lovely flakey fish. Service was attentive, efficient and friendly, beautiful setting overlooking the sailboats and water. I was worried about the touristy location and ended up happy that I trusted Open Table. Happy ambiance, good food and good experience. Really loved the staff, too.

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WharffVisitor
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when we visit the wharf. Domenico's is consistent with both service and great meals so we know in advance that we are in for a real treat.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Food was overpriced and mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was very disappointed with the garlic appetizer. It was barely edible. Apparently, they baked a very large bulb of garlic without peeling it at all. We ordered the seafood pesto and the salmon ravioli and both were rather tasteless. My caesar salad was good though. Ambiance and service were above average. The view was very nice but it was not a view of the bay as advertised. More of a view of the boats in the marina. However, we loved the seagulls and the otters. Overall it was pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We got a window-side table and it was awesome! Food is great too. Service is a little slow, but overall a 5-star experience.

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AndreaI
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, all the support personnel were so efficient and very nice. Felt so welcome. Cioppino is one of the best I have ever tasted.

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MiriamT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience at Domenico's. I ordered the crab legs with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. My friend ordered the rib eye steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Both entres were tasty. I highly recommend the creme brulee is great if you're in the mood for dessert.

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Travis
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lots of noise, quite a few tables full of drunken golfers.
The soup was good, but the fish was bland and the steamed vegetable side made me feel bad that vegetables were killed to make it.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors…. Grateful for the heater over our table. The food was terrific…. Far better than expected for a touristy restaurant. Would go back again if I could.

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Claudia
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, excellent service but you need make a reservation before because for location it’s very busy, specially if you visit on holidays

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vipMeganD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service - our go to when we are in town! Always excellent and they treat you like family ;)

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BrianH
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. No complaints. Server was very attentive and the food came out on a timely manner.

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KevinN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding the food just as well beautiful location overlooking the marina I had to fish and chips with a real light breading was very exquisite and my wife had a stuffed salmon which she thoroughly enjoyed!

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SJLM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Cioppino and bacon wrapped scallops were delicious and very rich and dense.
Only drawback was noise level was very loud- hard to hear a conversation at the table or even yourself speak.

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vipPamS
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our dog with us so we ate at an outside table. The staff was extremely friendly as always, and the food, especially the New England Clam Chowder was delicious. We often dine at Domenico's when we are in Monterey, CA

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and ambiance were wonderful! Great menu selection.

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khrisc
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Diners next to our table were very loud and shouting expletives for several minutes. F-Bombs were being tossed around like cheap salads. The management did nothing so I politely asked the patron to "clean up her language" so we could enjoy our dinner. She looked at me and said "you're crazy". Several minutes passed miserably by when I decided we'd heard enough. I again, and calmly, asked her to stop spewing vial language and a patron next to her yelled, "It's a free country, we can say whatever the F**k we want. I asked management to intervene, they did not. I'd had enough. My beautiful family had heard enough. For the last time I asked them politely to tone it down and she starting using disgusting and derogatory expletives directly at my family . Management failed to take any action and the food was mediocre. The management and staff were completely unprepared to deal with disorderly patrons and suggested we could move to a different table. We move to a different table? The cost to dine was $209.00 (no tip) for my wife, myself and our teenage daughters.

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vipTerij
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok not exceptional. The outdoor seating is on the warf walk side. You can nit see the water. The inside is very small. Even though we had reservations we had to wait.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything one wants in a dinner out with friends. Service was excellent; waitress had a great sense of humor. Food was perfectly prepared and ambiance was wonderful.

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Annie
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, we had a very pleasant experience at Domenico's, and will definitely go back. The food is above average, the servers are very nice and very attentive. We were able to get a table by the window, and the view of the harbor is outstanding.

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dskolina
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Liked the view & relaxed atmosphere. Server let us try the tomato ginger soup. The soup was unique & enjoyed the scallops. Overall a very nice dinner & service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic pineapple infused vodka martini! The food was very good also!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view of boats on the water!
The food was very tasty. They used a ton of garlic salt on the veggies, so it made me a little sick, but other wise the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Saturday night is not a great time to put an untrained server in the mix

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation at 5:15 and were immediately seated. Our server was Roberto or Alberto, I can’t recall at the moment, but he was very sweet and patient with us. We ordered the calamari, clam chowder (best clam chowder I’ve ever had!), oysters, and garlic plate for starters. They all came out fairly quick end we’re delicious. I had a Mai Tai and it wasn’t too sweet. Just perfect. Everyone loved their entrees. For dessert the server showed our table a sample of all their desserts and we shared a tiramisu and cannoli. The tiramisu was light and fluffy, and cream inside the cannoli was light and fluffy as well. We would definitely come back here for dinner!

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vipOu812
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I made reservation through open table. However, reservation means nothing to this restaurant. I still have to wait with walk-in people. Food was ok, and service wasn't there.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

High price for overcooked fish. Steamed clams were good. Noisy atmosphere.

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vipRonaldM
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very tasty . Nice and hot. great view on the water

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vipLucyandLola
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Waiter Nick was busy with other tables, but finally was able to attend to us. Sole was fabulous. Scampi pasta was under seasoned

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DonnaLynn
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had crab stuffed shrimp that were-- just okay- they were served with about 1/8 tsp of crab on top of 4 shrimp- i like crab stuffed shrimp with more of a breaded crumb crab topping so this was lacking in flavor- partner had calamari steak which was oily and not good at all. Potato and vegs were decent.

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 1031 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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