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Old Fisherman's Grotto

4.8
4.8
978 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located on historic Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Harbor, Old Fisherman’s Grotto is a "must visit" restaurant. The “Grotto” has rightfully earned its worldwide reputation for only the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Featuring fresh seafood from sustainable sources including Macadamia Crusted Halibut, Abalone, Hawaiian Swordfish, Ultimate Seafood Pasta, live Crab and Lobster, the Grotto also offers a variety of the finest “Certified Angus Beef”. Start with our award-winning clam chowder and finish by indulging in one of our fresh house-made desserts. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our 2014 2018 Wine Spectator Award Wine list with over 200 selections specializing in local vineyards. AAA 3 Diamond Rating, Monterey Peninsula Chamber "Business Excellence" Award Winner. 1st Place "West Coast Chowder Competition", 2004-2016 Winner "Best Chowder" 2013-2019 Winner "Best Calamari" in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award"

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch and Dinner Daily 10:45 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 375-4604

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Juan Ponce

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Scott Street

  • Parking details

    Details: Public parking adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf<br /><br />Additional Details: no highchairs, booster seats or strollers.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

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  • California Central Coast

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  • California Central Coast

    Special Occasion

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Overall

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Food

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Service

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Ambiance

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Special Occasion

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

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  1. JS

    JaniceStewart

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our great meal and great service. The cocktails were great and the seafood sensational. We will definitely be returning on our next visit to Monterey
  2. GL

    GinaL

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The clam chowder was to die for! The service and the ambiance were absolutist perfect. Loved our waiter…wish I could remember his name. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice night out. We will be back!!
  3. JV

    JamesV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Christian was excellent! He was on top of everything and very nice! The whole staff from the front greeter to the busboy where great! The food was great and a fair value!
  4. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are visiting from San Diego and made a point to reserve a table at Old Fisherman's Grotto during our stay (we're in town for 6 days). The menu is appealing, the reviews are impressive but the main reason we targeted this establishment is due to a recent visit by my 89 yr old father-in-law, his wife and family. Upon entering the restaurant wearing his U S. Navy Vietnam vet cap, he was treated with such royalty and honor. The entire staff made him feel appreciated (he moves slow and has medical challenges) and the staff even comped him an appetizer and dessert to show their gratefulness for his service. He was so happy and enjoyed his meal as an honored guest. The whole family heard about his dining experience and are thankful for the staff at Old Fisherman's Grotto. Today, we started out with Bloody Mary's, enjoyed the grilled artichoke, crab cocktail (generous portion), Clam Chowder Soup, and Coppola Chardonnay to go with Parmasen Crusted Rock Cod fillet, Abalone and we finished with dessert (Canola and berry pie) with coffee. Jose was our server. He was attentive and timely in delivering each course and checked on us at appropriate times. Everything was delicious The floor manager stopped by our table after we shared our story of my father-in-law with Jose. She loved hearing that he enjoyed his experience and gifted him a coffee mug from Old Fisherman's Grotto. We'll be shipping it to him in the morning. Great restaurant staff, great food, wonderful experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Jose and he was awesome, everything was awesome
  6. BA

    BethanyA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service and huge portions! We were afraid it was going to be a tourist trap, but it was a greateal!
  7. S

    Steve

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Terribly poor food quality-reheated seafood Best avoid
  8. M

    Mars

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If was our first time visiting the restaurant and we wanted to Celebrate our 30th anniversary there. Everything exceeded our expectations! We will definitely be back and can’t wait. From the gorgeous view, the drinks, the food and the excellent service. They even topped the evening off with a rose for the ladies that dined there. That was such a nice surprise and nice touch.
  9. J

    Jenny

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always!
  10. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was given table by water to view local marina and sea lions. Hostesses were super helpful. Candlelit dinner and single rose to the ladies. Quiet with frank Sinatra in background.
  11. B

    Babu

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in the Carmel/Monterey area.
  12. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to Monterey we go to Old Fisherman's Grotto. Very consistent, huge portions, impeccable service - overall , just a great evening out. They gave us an appetizer tasting platter complimentary for being a VIP
  13. d

    dlhavingfun

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Giovanni and the team at Old Fisherman made this a memorable evening. Classy service and many thanks for the VIP appetizers and rose . We loved the Alaskan Halibut crusted with macadamia nuts and Coconut Shrimp. We will come back to Monterey because of the stellar job you do. Dining is like being on a ship with all the mahogany and refinery of stellar service. Get a window reservation and enjoy the view.
  14. SD

    StephenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good time when I don’t there from service, to food always a man amazing time!
  15. J

    Jane

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always food is always great best twice baked potato. My ribeye was cooked perfectly service is great and the flower at the end makes everything perfect
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience as we celebrated Mother’s Day!
  17. SH

    SHARONA

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as usual, which is unusual for a restaurant. They never miss a beat. But Mother's Day Menu was over the top. Lots of new things to try which were as amazing as the regular menu. Be sure to get the Clam Chowder no matter what. Service is impeccable. Go to place in Monterey. We're local so we know all the secrets!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day lunch with the family. Great food, good service. No complaints.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first but not last time dining here. Starting with view of the water and the ambience couldn’t have had better seating. The quality and quantity of food was excellent. Our drinks were made to perfection . Service from both the bartender to our server was impeccable as well. We highly recommend Old Fisherman’s Grotto. We are definitely look forward to returning when we’re back in Monterey.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had such an amazing time here. Great ambiance, impeccable service and amazing food. Highly recommend!
  21. j

    johnm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful food, great views over the harbor, service excellent. My favorite is the calamari with eggplant over pesto penne.
  22. PR

    PatRiles

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Seafood. Great views. Excellent service. Walked here from the Monterey Bay Inn. We had the oysters Rockefeller and clam chowder. Both excellent. We then had the Captains Dinner. Also great. A bit pricey overall but nothing more than any other place in the area. We had a great time.
  23. KW

    KellyW

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great restaurant! We were seated right away with a perfect view of the bay. Our server was very friendly, and everything we had was delicious! We were given a free appetizer of calamari, shrimp, and artichokes which was really nice because we were just talking about how artichokes are grown locally! We got a bottle of sauvignon blanc from Monterey, local rock cod, and sand dabs. We finished our meal with the chocolate creme brûlée. Everything we had was delicious! The atmosphere was romantic and relaxing, and the server brought a rose to our table at the end of dinner which I thought was a beautiful touch.
  24. SS

    SusanS

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This definitely looks like a tourist trap restaurant but we were so pleasantly surprised with our meal. Wonderful food, table right overlooking the water, wonderful service. Great wines by the glass. We truly enjoyed this dining experience. I had grilled shrimp and clam chowder which were both excellent. My husband had a crab salad that was delicious.
  25. AM

    AndreasM

    Berlin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    essen, service und ambiente war einfach grossartig!
  26. A

    Aliso

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very happy to be seated at a water view table. Brad was our server. He was excellent - always keeping a watchful eye and quick to respond to any requests. We received a complimentary appetizer which was a super nice touch for my husband's birthday. The clam chowder, goat cheese & beet salad, garlic bread and Dungeness crab were all delicious. We enjoyed our meal, the view and the service. At the end Brad presented me with a red rose. Such a nice gesture. We were impressed from start to finish. It was a terrific night out. Thank you!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Yummy !!!
  28. TX

    TXScooby2314

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    On the pier and good view of the back bay and park. Old style seafood place that screams comfort and longevity. Old school service meaning very attentive. Multiple people coming by constantly. Food was good. Apps are really good (calamari and chowder). We tried the special abalone and not as impressed with the abalone but the risotto was exceptional. Cheesecake was really great. Pablo and team super in service. Compared to most ocean view places the tab was reasonable.
  29. GP

    GeneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting on the fisherman's wharf looking out on the water. A great way to celebrate an anniversary. Service and food were excellent. Thank you, Fisherman's Grotto, for helping make our special day even better.
  30. PT

    PapaTango

    Jacksonville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christian did a super job serving us and making our anniversary dinner special.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend loved celebrating her birthday there
  32. TP

    TheProfessor

    Central Coast

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The best restaurant on the wharf. It was a cold damp mid-week night and the place was packed. That's a good sign for all in a post-COVID time. Our server was great, and while the food is not "gourmet" it will please anyone's passion for quality seafood. Sand dabs, salmon, or pasta are among our favorites. And wine is 25% off during the week -- with a nice wine list.
  33. SH

    StaceyH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    small restaurant on fisherman's wharf in Monterey. Had a great dinner and drinks
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Excellent food and service!
  35. LT

    LongTimeFan

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating three birthdays and management generously acknowledged the occasion.
  36. PL

    PaulL

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The food is just ok. This restaurant experience is not a must. Quiet but perfect for older people. Also, know that your kids are not really desired as expressed in their website. A pass.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Old school charm. Fabulous food and service! Would return and recommend. Surrounding area is boardwalk/Jersey shore vibe but this restaurant was top notch. Request a table by the window!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing and the food was delicious
  39. DB

    DBthe2nd

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Though the wharf is nice (for wharfs that feature carnival-food and atmosphere), this restaurant is an even nicer surprise. Inside, it has class for a 'grotto on the wharf' - From the moment you walk up to the entrance, through your seating, during your meal, and as you leave, you have the feeling these folks worked very hard at establishing and maintaining their restaurant to the highest standard possible (as much as possible on a wharf). The inside has beautiful dark-stained wood ceilings and walls. It's big, too - but compartmentalized so it's a little quirky-good. The staff work very hard. The food is quite wonderful. And with today's rapidly-rising prices (post-pandemic), you leave knowing it's a great bargain (there is no gouging going on here). They don't allow strollers (it just won't work, folks). Most importantly, they obviously don't want noisy/disrespectful children - it ruins the atmosphere for those that care. Excellent policy I think - because if you can't watch your kids for manners, take them across the boardwalk to Funky-Cheese (or wherever). These owners (and workers) take pride in treating their customers to excellence.
  40. X

    Xtngshr

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    HOW! This place is so GOOD. We made the reservation based on Menu we saw on Open Table; everything read so great that we had to go. Flash forward to our arrival where we were warmly greeted at the hostess station and then lead to our booth overlooking the water. Next, we met Giovanni, our waiter; he is a true professional and we highly recommend that you request him as your waiter also. Almost immediately the feast begins. We were given water and bread within seconds of sitting. Since we had memorized the menu beforehand, we were ready to order. Giovanni tells us that because we have chosen Old Fisherman's Grotto to celebrate a Special Occasion, the restaurant was giving us a complementary Seafood Sampler. It was Over The Top; fried calamari, grilled shrimp and fish. HEAVEN. We then ordered the Monterey Clam Chowder and Seafood Stew; we left the bowls and plates completely empty and clean. For dessert, we had the Grotto Mud Pie. Everything about our visit was spectacular. This place is one of the GREATEST; it is a MUST Experience restaurant.

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Old Fisherman's Grotto is rated 4.8 stars by 978 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 21 times today
Google Map for Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Scott Street

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch and Dinner Daily 10:45 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Details: Public parking adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf<br /><br />Additional Details: no highchairs, booster seats or strollers.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Juan Ponce

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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