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Old Fisherman's Grotto

4.9
4.9
975 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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Booked 18 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Clam Chowder

  • Original 'Monterey Style' Clam Chowder

    We are proud to be the originators of the "Monterey Style" Clam Chowder that has become world famous!

    • Cup$9.00
    • Large Bowl$19.00
    • Bread Bowl$19.00
    • Garlic Butter Toasted Bread Bowl$21.00

Appetizers

  • Whole Roasted Garlic & Garlic Bread$9.00

    Roasted Garlic with oven toasted Ciabatta Bread with Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese

    • Grilled Artichoke$14.00

      Castroville Artichoke marinated in Balsamic Vinaigrette, served with Lemon Dill Aioli

      • Oysters Rockefeller (3)$15.00

        Pacific Oysters topped with Spinach, Bread Crumbs, Bacon, Herbs, Cheese & Hollandaise Sauce

        • Bay Shrimp Cocktail$15.00

          • Dungeness Crabmeat Cocktail$20.00

            • Crab Meat Tower$20.00

              Layers of Avocado and Dungeness Crabmeat tossed in Lemon Dill Aioli and Fresh Mango & Papaya Relish

              • Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail$16.00

                Prawns marinated in Tomatoes, Avocados, Onions, Cilantro and fresh Lime Juice

                • Fried Calamari$16.00

                  Tender Monterey Bay Calamari strips and tentacles, lightly seasoned, floured and deep fried, served with Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and Lemon

                  • Coconut Shrimp (4)$19.00

                    A Tropical Delight! Served with Mango Dipping Sauce

                    • Steamed Clams$19.00

                      Steamed then simmered with Garlic, White Wine, Butter, and Parsley

                      • Crab Cakes$19.00

                        Lightly breaded and grilled, served with Sun Dried Tomato Aioli and Mango Sauce

                        • Grotto Seafood Sampler$20.00

                          A Fabulous Starter! Two grilled Shrimp, Crab Cake and fried Calamari

                          • Chilled Prawn Cocktail (5)$20.00

                            • Oysters on the Half Shell$16.00

                              Six Fanny Bay, B.C. Oysters

                              Organic Local Salads

                              • House Baby Spinach Salad$14.00

                                Tender organic Baby Spinach tossed with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette, crumbled Sonoma Goat Cheese, Red Onions & Candied Walnuts

                                • Warm Goat Cheese & Roasted Beet Salad$17.00

                                  Served with organic Baby Arugula tossed in Balsamic Viniagrette, Candied Walnuts and Toasted Bread Points with Fig Jam

                                  • Caesar Salad$16.00

                                    A classic! Organic Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Bread and Anchovies

                                    • Pear & Gorgonzola Salad$19.00

                                      Poached Pears served over Salinas Valley organic mixed Greens, tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette and topped with Candied Walnuts & crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese

                                      • Oriental Chicken Salad$25.00

                                        Charbroiled Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Almonds, Mandarin Oranges, Salinas Valley organic mixed Greens and a spicy Oriental Dressing

                                        • Spinach & Prawn Salad$30.00

                                          Grilled Prawns over organic Baby Spinach tossed with Bacon-Brandy Vinaigrette, with hard-boiled Eggs, Red Onions and fresh Mango and Papaya

                                          • Shrimp Louie$30.00

                                            Tender Bay Shrimp served over Salinas Valley organic Mixed Greens, with chef's garnish

                                            • Crab Louie$32.00

                                              Delicious Crabmeat served over Salinas Valley organic mixed Greens with chef's garnish

                                              Salad Additions

                                              • Chicken$8.00

                                                • 3 Grilled Shrimp$10.00

                                                  • Cup of Grotto's Famous Clam Chowder

                                                    House Specialties

                                                    Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5

                                                    • Twin Lobster Tails$50.00

                                                      Two 6 ounce Lobster tails, oven broiled and served with clarified butter, toasted Israeli Couscous and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                      • Seafood Stew (Cioppino)$40.00

                                                        Best on the Wharf! A variety of crab, shrimp, calamari, bay scallops, clams, and fish simmered in a rich marinara sauce

                                                        • Seafood Paella with Chorizo$42.00

                                                          An array of Shrimp, Clams, Fresh Fish, Lobster and Scallops in a spicy Spanish sauce. Tossed with caramelized onions, green peas and rice

                                                          • Dungeness Crab

                                                            Served when in season, Chilled, or steamed, served with clarified butter, toasted Israeli couscous and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                            • Market Price
                                                          • Ultimate Seafood Risotto$40.00

                                                            1/2 Lobster, Salmon and Prawns over a Bay Scallop Risotto with grilled asparagus and chili beurre blanc

                                                            Steak & Poultry

                                                            We proudly serve Certified Angus Beef. Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5

                                                            • Chicken Piccata$25.00

                                                              Chicken breast sautéed with lemon, white wine and capers, served with penne pasta and sautéed organic vegetables

                                                              • Chicken Marsala$25.00

                                                                Chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms and wine, served with toasted Israeli couscous and sautéed organic vegetables

                                                                • Maple Soy Skirt Steak$32.00

                                                                  A delicious cut of tender beef marinated in a maple soy sauce, with parmesan scalloped potatoes and sautéed organic vegetables

                                                                  • 14 oz. Prime New York$49.00

                                                                    Tender, flavorful charbroiled to perfection, topped with herb pound butter. Served with parmesan scalloped potatoes and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                    • 14 oz. Boneless Ribeye Steak$45.00

                                                                      Topped with herb pound butter on twice baked potato and grilled asparagus

                                                                      • 10 oz. Filet Mignon$46.00

                                                                        The very finest cut! Tenderloin charbroiled with demi-glace. Served with twice baked potato and sauteed organic vegetables.

                                                                        Pasta

                                                                        Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder ~ $5

                                                                        • Linguini Isabella$29.00

                                                                          It's named after Mom so you know it's the best! A bounty of bay shrimp, chopped clams and scallops simmered with fresh tomatoes, green onions, & garlic in a butter & cream sauce over a bed of linguini

                                                                          • Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta$25.00

                                                                            Chicken Breast breaded and grilled with Parmesan Cheese and Panko topped with melted Provolone Cheese with Penne Pasta in a Marinara Sauce

                                                                            • Crab Ravioli$29.00

                                                                              Hand rolled crab filled raviolis served in a sundried tomato alfredo sauce

                                                                              • Linguini & Clams$27.00

                                                                                Whole Clams and linguini in a garlic butter sauce

                                                                                • Spaghetti & Meatballs$21.00

                                                                                  Authentic Italian cooking! Spaghetti pasta and Italian meatballs tossed in a rich Marinara sauce

                                                                                  • Fettuccini Alfredo$22.00

                                                                                    Fettuccini tossed with a traditional Alfredo Sauce

                                                                                    • Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan$21.00

                                                                                      Served over a variety of fresh organic vegetables and penne pasta tossed in a marinara sauce

                                                                                      • Seafood Puttanesca$33.00

                                                                                        Penne Pasta sauteed with Salmon, Shrimp, Scallops, tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies and fresh herbs

                                                                                        Seafood

                                                                                        All of our seafood comes from sustainable sources, and is harvested in a manner that does not harm the environment. We are an Associate Partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program and a certified "Green" approved restaurant. Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder ~ $5

                                                                                        • Fried Calamari$24.00

                                                                                          Tender Monterey Bay calamari, lightly seasoned, floured and deep fried, served with French fries, cocktail and tartar sauce

                                                                                          • Sand Dabs$28.00

                                                                                            Fresh from the Bay, served with Citrus Beurre Blanc, caramelized onion risotto and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                            • Grilled Scallops$32.00

                                                                                              Ginger-Lime beurre blanc, toasted Israeli couscous and sauteed organic Vegetables

                                                                                              • Macadamia Crusted Halibut$36.00

                                                                                                Alaskan Halibut crusted with Macadamia nuts and panko breading, grilled and topped with tropical fruit salsa, and a Pineapple Citrus sauce. Served with maple Sweet potatoes and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                • Wild Salmon (When in Season)

                                                                                                  Broiled Wild Salmon served with toasted Israeli couscous, sauteed organic vegetables and lemon caper beurre blanc

                                                                                                  • Market Price
                                                                                                • Calamari Eggplant Parmesan$25.00

                                                                                                  Thick calamari steak breaded and grilled with panko and aged parmesan cheese, topped with eggplant, Monterey Jack cheese and Italian marinara sauce, oven baked and served with penne pasta in a pesto sauce and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                  • Fried Shrimp$30.00

                                                                                                    Prawns lightly breaded and deep fried, served with French fries, tartar sauce & cocktail sauce

                                                                                                    • Coconut Fried Shrimp$30.00

                                                                                                      Crunchy and delicious, served with a mango dipping sauce and sweet potato fries

                                                                                                      • Shrimp Scampi$30.00

                                                                                                        Large shrimp sauteed in garlic, tomato, butter and lemon. Served with caramelized onion risotto and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                        • Petrale Sole$29.00

                                                                                                          Lightly breaded and grilled with clarified butter, served with Sweet Corn Risotto and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                          Combination Plates

                                                                                                          Add a Salad or a Cup of the Grotto's famous Clam Chowder - $5

                                                                                                          • Fisherman's Wharf Platter$37.00

                                                                                                            1/2 Dungeness Crab, Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Scallop and Crab Cake. Served with caramelized onion risotto and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                            • Surf and Turf$49.00

                                                                                                              (Full order Available) Five ounces of Certified Angus Filet Mignon covered with sautéed mushrooms and 6 oz Lobster tail. Served with twice baked potato and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                              • Captain's Plate$39.00

                                                                                                                Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops and Salmon broiled with a lemon herb sauce, served with toasted Israeli couscous and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                                • The King's Meal$95.00

                                                                                                                  10 Ounce tender aged Filet Mignon and Twin 6 ounce Lobster Tails. Served with twice baked potato and sauteed organic vegetables

                                                                                                                  Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                                                                                  What 975 people are saying

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                                                                                                                    Babu

                                                                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined today

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Our favorite restaurant in the Carmel/Monterey area.

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                                                                                                                    Foodie

                                                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                                                    78 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    78 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                    dlhavingfun

                                                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                    StephenD

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                  6. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Fabulous dining experience as we celebrated Mother’s Day!

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                                                                                                                    SHARONA

                                                                                                                    Central Coast

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    4 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!

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                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                  9. 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.

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                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                  12. 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.

                                                                                                                  13. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    6 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.

                                                                                                                  14. SS

                                                                                                                    SusanS

                                                                                                                    Denver

                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    5 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.

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                                                                                                                    AndreasM

                                                                                                                    Berlin

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    essen, service und ambiente war einfach grossartig!

                                                                                                                  16. A

                                                                                                                    Aliso

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    28 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    28 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!

                                                                                                                  17. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Very Yummy !!!

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                                                                                                                    TXTravelerJi

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    22 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.

                                                                                                                  19. 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.

                                                                                                                  20. 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.

                                                                                                                  21. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    My friend loved celebrating her birthday there

                                                                                                                  22. 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.

                                                                                                                  23. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Sacramento

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience2

                                                                                                                    Excellent food and service!

                                                                                                                  24. 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.

                                                                                                                  25. 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.

                                                                                                                  26. 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!

                                                                                                                  27. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    The service was amazing and the food was delicious

                                                                                                                  28. 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.

                                                                                                                  29. 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.

                                                                                                                  30. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Our evening at Old Fisherman’s Grotto was simply amazing! We chose the restaurant based on the reviews- and they over exceeded our expectations. Joe was our waiter and he was engaging from the start, he had good recommendations when we asked about the menu! It was my husband’s birthday and he surprised us with a tasty complimentary appetizer. My husband had the skirt steak (he ate EVERY bite!) and I had the Parmesan crusted Rick Cod. Both dishes were delicious. It was St Patricks day- and we were stuffed, so we declined ordering dessert and opted for Irish coffee instead, half way through our coffee, Joe arrived with a gigantic piece of New York Cheesecake! We did our best and ate what we could! We will definitely be back and we will be telling everyone we know how great this place is, from beginning to end! Thank you for a lovely evening!

                                                                                                                  31. M

                                                                                                                    Mooncat

                                                                                                                    Central Coast

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Delicious St Patrick's Day meal with wonderful service.

                                                                                                                  32. JS

                                                                                                                    JohnS

                                                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great service, great food. Didn't enjoy some of the mixed drinks, that's the only ripple. Overall fantastic. Will go there again.

                                                                                                                  33. S

                                                                                                                    Satisfied

                                                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We had a very nice dinner here. We made advanced reservations as we from out of town. The food was excellent! We opted for just our dinners and drinks but the owner had other ideas. A plate of hors d'oeuvres appeared at out table our waiter stated 'with the owners compliments'. Very good! The owner actually visited our table and we were glad to personally thank him. It had Grilled shrimp, calamary, grilled whole artichoke and appropriate sauces. Then my wife totally enjoyed her grille scallops and I my Paella. The one week spot was desserts. They seemed a bit too commercial as if they were purchased. Plus I am a total chocolate nut and am always disappointed when there isn't a mousse or decadent cake slice available. All in all a place I will surely visit again if the chance presents itself.

                                                                                                                  34. R

                                                                                                                    Radwon

                                                                                                                    Sacramento

                                                                                                                    28 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    28 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Fantastic food with great presentation and super staff. You will love it. Great ambiance. Great view of harbor. What are you waiting for?

                                                                                                                  35. AD

                                                                                                                    AlanD

                                                                                                                    Charleston

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great experience all around. We were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us an appetizer and desert on the house. Food was excellent. Our server Giovanni was super. It’s in a touristy location but it’s a quality dining experience.

                                                                                                                  36. k

                                                                                                                    kayy

                                                                                                                    Central Coast

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    The food was great! The clam chowder is one of the best ive had. Our server Janeatte was attentive and just overall amazing. Definitely going back next time I'm in monterey. Also had a beautiful view during dinner.

                                                                                                                  37. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    The bartender Dave was excellent!! He truly made it a special experience. Attention to detail and an absolute pro at hid craft.

                                                                                                                  38. CK

                                                                                                                    CeciliaK

                                                                                                                    Central Coast

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great service. We were really taken care of. It was a birthday event. Everyone made us feel special. The food was delicious and very good portions. Gained only 2 pounds…

                                                                                                                  39. RN

                                                                                                                    RickN

                                                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 6, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Excellent Menu , food outstanding. Service on spot!

                                                                                                                  40. TH

                                                                                                                    TomH

                                                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                                                    35 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    35 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Love this place. The best on Fisherman's Wharf now by far.

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                                                                                                                  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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