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Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

3.9
581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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At Flaherty's...Fish is Everything!

We know good seafood, we know how to buy it and we know how to prepare it. Unlike most restaurants (even the best of them) where fish is often a secondary item on the menu...at Flaherty's it's all about seafood.

Here, you will experience a small town, comfortable, family atmosphere, where quality ingredients and quality preparation come together with quality service. We also include gluten free items in our menu to provide all of our customers with the best service possible. It's who we are...come and experience seafood like it was meant to be.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am
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Phone number
(831) 625-1500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
On Site Catering for private company (two rooms available)

Menu can be fresh fish or meat or poultry (all free range)

We will adjust the menu to your liking - our talented chef can provide any type of meal.
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Private party contact
800-435-4576: (800) 435-4576
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Parking details
Please allow 15-20 extra minutes before your reservation to find street parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 581 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.4
ambience
3.6
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66% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJanet (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Made reservation, but acted like we’d just showed up, party of 6. Seated in front of the door...it was freezing. Sea bass came in a soupy mess, chowder very salty, coffee dropped off w no offer of milk & sugar. Really poor service.

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SJM1 (San Diego)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Simply put, chaos. Booked 7 p.m. reservation on a Sunday; arrived at 6:55. Total mess, no hostess station, one person running around with a single sheet of paper. When patrons identified themselves as having a reservation, the name was recorded with an "R" next to it and you were told they would "get you in." Total waste of time.

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CCCarmel (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

We made an OpenTable reservation and it was not honored. When we arrived, little kids in tow, we were told that OpenTable reservations made within two hours of the meal were not honored. So, why leave those tables marked as available online? We felt very misled. Waited in the freezing rain for almost 45 minutes before we were seated. Then waited a ridiculous amount of time for food. Our server was very nice but we will definitely not be coming back due to the overall lack of service and rude attitude of the hostesses (who, admittedly, were very harassed by all the other diners whose reservations were also not being honored). And we are locals, not tourists in town for just a weekend - will let our friends know about the misleading reservation system and slow service here.

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Matrix 
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food took very very very long to come out, clam chowder was luke warm and restaurant was out of bread bowl for early dinner. Waitress offered sourdough bread that never came out. BBQ Oyster and Paella was excellent.

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2Millys 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The fish and chips were prepared to perfection! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Vacation/ Valentine Day

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CeliaC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

A little hard to find, but well worth the effort. Great food, great service, best Bloody Mary.
The oysters and calamari were the best. Will return soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Interactive waitstaff great leads on food choices. Best ever key lime pie . Really enjoyed the oysters.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a very good dinner on Friday night with my wife. The menu was extensive. We had the jumbo prawns and calamari appetizers then we split a fish special as we were too full to have
an entre each. The food was very good as was our waiter. It was a bit noisy that night as there
was a large work group at a nearby table but it wasn't overly uncomfortable.

The best part of the evening was the cute hostess who stopped by to tell us her life story....
can't remember her name...something Belle.

Have been there before and will continue to go back and would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I had an enjoyable evening with good food and good service. We will definitely be going back in the near future.

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vipBuzz (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Best Cioppino ever!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Food is always good and consistent. I don’t think I ever had a bad meal here.

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Sissy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We have been to Flaherty's many times but it had been a while since our last visit. Sadly, we did not fee the value was there. None of our meals were noteworthy and there was a mix up on our order. The service was good but we will not hurry back.

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Sysil (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Restaurant is divided by a walkway
Both have the same menu. The Oyster Bar
Is very pleasant staff since we were celebrating an anniversary we switched to the Seafood Grille part with tablecloths etc
Seafood was superb with a baked oyster that was unique
Friendly staff.
Highly recommended

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CramelHighlands (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

We had anticipated sitting in the main dining area, not the bar room. It is so small that we could not sit away from the door. The main entrees were hot, but the rice and vegetables that accompanied them were colder than the room temperature. As our guests were from out of state and had fond memories of Flaherity's , we said nothing to our server. Had we been alone, we would have requested that those parts of our meal be replaced with freshly cooked meals.

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John (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great seafood restaurant for quality & taste. Pleasant & quick service.

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viplovediningout (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Our experience was very disappointing from the start. The table wasn’t set and we ended up with an appetizer before silverware. When we asked for silverware, we were given a fork and knife and a paper napkin. The standard was a linen napkin. A service worker came through a few minutes later with a bucket of wrapped linen silverware. I asked for one and was denied. My husband ordered the Cesar salad with crab. The Cesar was served with an inedible piece of toast, a dressing lacking any flavor and tomatoes on a Cesar...he sent it back. After seeing the poor presentation of the appetizer, tuna and salmon tartare, I kept it simple with a wedge salad and a cup of Manhattan clam chowder. The server did tell me it was the last of the chowder which explains why it only consisted of broth. My son got the lobster bisque which had a very large hunk of the hard as rock bread in the cup. He ended up with about 4 tablespoons of bisque and left the “crouton” on the side. The manager did give us a coupon for 2 free entrees on our next visit. We gave it to an elderly couple outside the restaurant who seemed happy with their meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

My wife used to visit this place often long ago. It looked good enough, but the service was really pretty slow. We had to be seated on the front patio since we had our dog with us. Food was meh. I am big on seafood, but this place did not do it for me. I might try it again, but it would not be my first choice for an evening meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Grossly overbooked.
Unpleasant maitre d'
We quit waiting for our reservation and went to an excellent restaurant down the street.

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vipKathy (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Chaotic! They were overwhelmed. Didn't seem to matter that we had reservations or not. The service was slow and poor. Tables too close to each other. The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We arrived for our reservation and 2 men advised they were already closed. It was Christmas Eve and very disappointing.

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vipPorcuspino (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been eating here for 20+ years when we visit Carmel, and the seafood is consistently good and reasonably priced.

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SinbadSean (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was good, food was amazing, especially the Cioppino!

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RobertG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

In Carmel, it appears to be difficult to find a "bad" restaurant. Flaherty's was no exception. We ordered the Swordfish and it was fresh, cooked perfectly and served with an outstanding side dish of gnocchi. There are actually two restaurants next to each other. More has a more "pub" style to it with a large bar and informal atmosphere.

We had a reservation and expecting a quieter more upscale setting. When we noticed the other side of the restaurant we asked to be moved to the next door location. Without even a "sigh" they said, "Sure, no problem" and moved us. This restaurant had no bar, was quieter and had tablecloths. If was perfect!

They certainly go out of their way to please the customer. If in Carmel, I highly recommend this place for fresh sea food.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Very disappointing for Carmel. Food was below average, atmosphere was very awkward and crowded. The table next to us had something unpleasant in their food and had to send it back. The wait staff kept trying to clear our table while we were still trying to eat and converse with one another. Would not recommend dining at this restaurant. Not a good experience.

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vipathiede (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our first time eating at Flaherty’s. It began very well with the hostess remembering me calling about bringing our dog. We ate outside where our pooch was treated to water right away. We enjoyed a half bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and share a lobster enchilada. The lobster taste was a bit drowned out by Mexican spices and cilantro, no fault of the restaurant. The pico de gallo was tasty. Not a big fan of the very sweet corn fritter. It seemed a bit out of place. A not-so-sweet one may have worked better. Service was good though we waited awhile to order. After that, all were attentive. We would return and try another dish!

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Toni310 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Red sangria was excellent. Stuffed trout was a little bland, the corn meal snapper was good. The bread pudding was too mushy, but had good flavor

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vipGinny (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Okay. The Uncle Ben's converted rice was a nostalgic blast from the past. Did not think the price was worth the dining experience. Stark atmosphere.

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vipAliceBT (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Quality is spotty – since we last visited, the food has taken a turn for the worse. It's not bad, exactly – but the salad was full of bits of very old celery and browning lettuce; the seafood linguini was mediocre – very little flavor, slightly over-cooked shellfish, and it came with a sauce different from the one on the menu (about which we did not complain). The pie was clearly bought from another chain. There are so many other options in Carmel that we will try somewhere else next time.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was just average. I ordered crab cakes and they were mainly filler. That said I grew up on the east coast and crab cakes are lump crab with little filler. We ordered the creme brûlée for dessert and they came out cold. They do have gluten free options which is a bonus.

The dining space is very cramped so don't expect any privacy.

Overall it was ok. I wouldn't go there for a special occasion.

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