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Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, PA

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington

4.8
4.8
8251 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Thank you for considering Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. This award-winning restaurant has always taken pride in its level of standards and excellence. These exceptional standards are reflected in the mouth-watering fresh fish and impeccable service. Guests have come to expect this level of quality in every aspect of the main dining room as well as the private dining room.

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto's fish is fresh and flown in from a number of locations on the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaiian Islands. For this reason, we are the regions Premier Fresh Fish Restaurant offering 20 kinds of fresh fish in an array of original, delicious styles.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 68 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 481-4414
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Richie Sphatt
  • Private party facilities
    Monterey Bay Fish Grotto offers private dining for a wide range of events, including but not limited to, birthdays, rehearsal dinners or corporate events. We work to ensure that your event is one to remember.
  • Private party contact
    Torey Gricks: (412) 248-6234
  • Neighborhood
    Mt. Washington
  • Cross street
    Sweetbriar Street
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is $8.00 per car
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,251 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Best Ambiance

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Romantic

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Great for scenic views

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Most Booked

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Ambiance

  • Pittsburgh

    Romantic

  • Pittsburgh

    Great for scenic views

  • Pittsburgh

    Most Booked

8,251 Reviews
  1. PamelaD

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and service! View of the city cannot be beat.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A pleasant evening for our anniversary date. Good food , spectacular view, and professional staff. Thanks for the memories.

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  3. Wle33

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal as always with great service. We will continue to come back!

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  4. JeffN

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    After dining here before, we were very excited to share the experience with our spouses. I anctually made the reservation 6 months ahead of time to garuntee seating at sunset. Unfortunately, the experience did not live up to previous visits. First the service we incredibly slow. I understand fine dining does take longer, but 2.5 hours start to finish was a bit much. Next, a prime reason for going was the gorgeous view, especially at sunset. Unfortunately when the time came, we were informed they lost the remote to the shades and they couldn’t be raised. They found it eventually, but only after peak viewing. And lastly, the food was ok. Everyone at the table ( 8 of us) ordered something different and the responses were all the same, “good but not great” as has been our experience in the past. My own meal was warm but not hot which again speaks to the service. Overall, I was disappointed with the entire experience, which is a shame since past visits have been incredibly better from service to food. I hope this has been just a one off, but I will think twice before making reservations again.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My grouper was tasteless and rubbery. Awful. My wife’s crab cake was good but a bit gooey in the middle as if it was not quite cooked through. The sides of Brussels and Yukon potatoes were excellent. It was a birthday celebration and we didn’t want to ruin it by sending food back or creating drama but it was very disappointing.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was extremely nice. The meal was not rushed. We are having our rehearsal dinner there in July and the staff showed us the room before our dinner came. The wait staff was very nice and the food was excellent!

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  7. BobB

    Pittsburgh

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal/experience at the MBFG! I had never tried the scallops with risotto before, but it was outstanding. King crab legs were pricey, but pre cut and so easy to eat. With drawn butter they were fabulous. Nice wine selection. The service is always great. Of course the view of the city is the best on Mount Washington.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Serve was wonderful. Great atmosphere. Food was amazing.

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  9. Steve

    Pittsburgh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Attendant Stephanie did an exceptional job. Great food beautiful setting. One thing for sure the best views in the world

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Monterey Bay. Our meal was delicious - we started with the lobster arancini, then she-crab bisque. I had the signature crab cakes while my husband did the shrimp florentine. Our meals well exceeded our expectations. In addition, our waitress - MK - was incredibly sweet and friendly. We really enjoyed talking with her a little big in between courses. This may be our new special occasion restaurant!

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  11. Lash

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My mother and I had an absolutely glorious time. The view is incredible, the staff is the best, and the food was some of the best I've ever had in my life. (Would recommend the French Onion Filet x1000!) It was a perfect experience.

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  12. MaxPower

    Pittsburgh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time back within a few years and this place still doesn’t disappoint. We loved it, from start to finish. Pricy, but worth it if you want something upscale and delicious. I want to go back again very soon.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Still waiting to have a terrific meal here. Mother’s Day dinner just ok, no complaints, but for the prices our meals should be amazing, which they weren’t. Lobster arancini best appetizer as well as flourless chocolate cake. Perfect sunny weather for enjoying the lovely view.

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  14. TynyP

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Made reservation three months in advance and wasn’t given a nice window seat. Have a kid and had to ask for kids menu. Asked for congratulations dessert and didn’t get it so had to ask again. Host said it was a grilled cheese item but covered in nuts and have a nut allergy so couldn’t even eat it in the end. Server was not friendly. Asked if we wanted apps and I said we were just going to order dinner and she walked away. Automatic 20 percent for a party of 5…????? Wouldn’t have tipped 20 for average service.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Johnathan was amazing view and food was awesome 👌👌

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  16. MichelleC

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Molly our service was AWESOME!! Anthony who also took care of our table was spectacular!

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  17. SharonR

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding!!!! The service, food, and staff is excellent. My party had the mango salmon, crab cakes and lobster tails. Everything was so delicious. YOU must go ... I believe you won't be disappointed.

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  18. MeganS

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff and yummy food, with many gluten free options. It was our first time and a memory for years.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    My family have been coming to Monterey Bay to eat since 2021, we would come and dine here on average every month. We’ve only been here 3 times in 2024, they took away the best tasting salad that we like. and on Mother’s Day, just as of yesterday, was a big disappointment. One waitress drop the wine glass on the floor while cleaning up the table. Broken pieces of glass were everywhere, they did try to clean the broken pieces up but was done very poorly , after 3-4 waiters came around to clean up the mass, only their manager came and cleaned the glass pieces himself because the guys did a poor job. On that part I have to give it to him. Because my two kids are young and they were sitting right next to the broken glasses. Our waitress was very slow, came by very few times and old plates were piling up on our table. Not to mention our main course came out after 1.5 hours. Food tasted far from usual, So bad that we had no interest to pack the unfinished as we always do. Yesterday was the worst experience we’ve ever had at this restaurant, We have relatives coming in July , they have never been to Pittsburgh before , this would have been a perfect restaurant to take them to, But if we do come, it’d be just for the view, not for the food and not for the service. Front reception were nice as always, manager did come by to greet with us and welcome us back.

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  20. GeneC

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A welcoming host, an excellent wait staff, and outstanding menu choices. All starters, entrees and sides selected were well prepared, wonderfully presented, and delicious! All this matched with a captivating evening view of the city, rivers, and bridges. An amazing evening celebration.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, great view, and exceptional service! What more could you want? Except more of their crab cakes 😀

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived early for reservation. We were seated promptly. Services’s excellent. Food was fantastic. Small touches, like an unrequested dessert cake with a candle for my daughter who is celebrating a graduation.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Monterey Bay never disappoints!! The food selection and quality, as well as the service is amongst the best in Pittsburgh. We truly appreciated the flexibility, knowledge and thoroughness when we mentioned our dietary restrictions! Thank you!!

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  24. TomP

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We called ahead to make sure a couple dishes could accommodate food allergies. I was assured it was no problem but when we got there, we couldn’t order our first two choices.

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  25. PamA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome view and food was delicious. Go late enough to see city lights.

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  26. Dove

    Pittsburgh

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service by Tara! Plus the view is the best in Pittsburgh!

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  27. RebecaD

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, plus the view is amazing.

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  28. Jbaron

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner at Monterey Bay last evening. I had the Branzino which was filleted and cooked perfectly. My wife had the seafood trio which was a starter for her entree. It included some tuna, salmon, shrimp and a delicious crab cake. We also split the Mediterranean salad which was very fresh. John was our waiter and was very knowledgeable and attentive. I am convinced Monterey Bay is the best seafood restaurant in Pittsburgh after dinning there several times and enjoying the magnificent view.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My filet mignon steak was great. Best steak I ever ate! My girlfriend thought her fish was just OK, but she is very particular about her seafood.

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  30. JamesS

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sea bass was superb as were the oysters. Best gluten-free bread I have had. Service was excellent, and you can’t beat the views of the city. Pricey but typical of Mt. Washington restaurants. Great place for celebrating special occasions.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good, but not to the standards of previous visits.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everybody from start to finish was OUTSTANDING! The bar was amazing! This restaurant is very intimate and made my birthday very special! The food was very delicious and so fresh! Drinks were delicious and just enough. Highly recommend 👌🏽

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  33. Cdaniel

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As soon as we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted by Tony the hostess absolutely amazing we went to the bar had a old-fashioned bartenders made you feel welcome then we were greeted to go upstairs. We had a view that is incredible and our waiter Colton was exceptional And they keep point the food was incredible, but dessert was the highlight with the wine will definitely be coming back and recommending this place 

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A first-class experience from start to finish. The food was excellent and as fresh as can be. Crabcakes are real crab meat not filler as you get most other places. Shrimp was so fresh as it was just plucked from the ocean. Service was excellent all the way around and of course the view is second to none. great night out!

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  35. Paris66best25

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing like always!!! Renaud is truly the BEST!

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  36. LisaM

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view. Josef, our server and Alex the bartender were both outstanding! Would highly recommend either of those two! We will definitely be back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was wonderful. Food was delicious. View was incredible. Wonderful place to celebrate our daughter’s college graduation!

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  38. MeganL

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As expected, it exceeded our expectations. Between the beautiful ambience, incredible service, and amazing food, couldn’t ask for a better experience!

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  39. MatthewM

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Graduation and anniversary celebration All of our requests were met and Blake was an excellent server!

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  40. BethN

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our dining experience here! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Our server Sydney was friendly and very conscientious. We waited to get a window table which was well worth it! I loved the music! We were celebrating our daughter’s graduation and dining here did not disappoint! The food and ambience was wonderful!! I would highly recommend for a special occasion!

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Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington is rated 4.8 stars by 8251 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 68 times today
Google Map for Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington

1411 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Sweetbriar Street
  • Neighborhood
    Mt. Washington
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is $8.00 per car
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Richie Sphatt
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (412) 481-4414
  • Private party facilities
    Monterey Bay Fish Grotto offers private dining for a wide range of events, including but not limited to, birthdays, rehearsal dinners or corporate events. We work to ensure that your event is one to remember.
  • Private party contact
    Torey Gricks: (412) 248-6234
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