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About Old Fisherman's Grotto

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 2016 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" 2013-2016 Winner "Best Calamari" in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award"

39 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steakhouse, Unspecified

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11am - 10:00pm
No high chairs - No strollers - No booster chairs
Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners and as such not permitted in the dining room


Cross Street:
Scott Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 375-4604

Website:
http://www.oldfishermansgrotto.com/

Parking Details:
Details: Public parking adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf

Additional Details: no highchairs, booster seats or strollers.

Executive Chef:
Juan Ponce

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Old Fisherman's Grotto Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

5.0

ambience

4.8

value

4.8

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Romantic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Waterfront (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The place was so beautiful, the service was really good and the food was awesome

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had a wonderful "locals" and birthday dinner. We had a wonderful dinner. We were given a great complimentary appetizer. Then we had salad and soup. Hot bread was brought and it was delicious. Then our wonderful meal arrived and we had chicken picatta and salmon and it was also very delicious. Then if that wasn't enough we also had a dessert. It was also delicious and we had leftovers for the next day. Especially loved the red rose given to me at the end of our wonderful evening.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Old Fisherman's Grotto has bevome our favorite restaurant. My wife and celebrate twice. I served in the US Army from 1968 to 71. We also celebrate our Wedding Anniversary 11-11-11, at 11 o'clock! Old Fisherman's Grotto has made our celebration so special with there kindness and generosity. Fast service and the food is always fresh, hot, delicious. Let's not to forget the deserts! They are fabulous. Thank you again for honoring all the Veterans and Thank you for making use feel so welcomed.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was excellent, service was stellar. Local residents especially, are treated like royalty. The only complaint, and it is not the fault of the restaurant, is that it will probably cost to park and I a pet peeve of mine is having to pay to park. Two hours are free for locals but generally, it takes more than 2 hours if you relax and enjoy your meal. If you skip a before dinner drink, you can probably make the 2 hour time limit.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food and service were amazing. The staff were very friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was amazing! We were treated so special but the Great thing about it was that they treated every customer like they were the most important person in the place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We were visiting our daughter

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We dine here for our anniversary every year. Service is excellent. Staff is the best and you are welcomed with a smile. Our server mm explains the menu and always accommodates our needs. We look forward to returning when we are in Monterey.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We are major foodies and travel all over the world - this honestly was the very best meal we have ever had !!! Fisherman's wharf platter ! Andrea our server was so nice and efficient it was a perfect meal ! Great views

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Great service - thanks Roberto - appreciated your efforts to make it a very enjoyable evening. Fantastic view - loved watching the otters playing in the harbour. The food was lovely - great fresh seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Great service!! Our waiter was very kind and comical!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We were well treated and comp'd an amazing appetizer! Great views, first class service, and fantastic food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

By far the most professional and outstanding service I have ever had from any restaurant. The owner even made sure to stop by everyones tables to check on your service. Beyond having a lounge with a nice bar to wait in before being seated, the complementary starters were a nice touch. Being a seafood establishment, it was nice to see a second menu for the freshest items that had arrived within the past 3 hours, although everything has arrived within the past 8 hours or sooner. Lastly, the keylime pie from their deserts was likely the best pastry I have had from any desert menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Organic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The atmosphere of the restaurant was very welcoming. We did receive a complimentary seafood platter, which was very tasteful. The clam chowder and the oysters were amazing. Will definitely go back to taste their exceptional clam chowder.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and had requested a window table. Upon our arrival we were seated promptly and noted the special table decorating touches and candle recognizing our special occasion. Our server, Janeatte, promptly congratulated us on our anniversary, took our wine order and discussed the menu options. Once we'd ordered, we enjoyed a pair of sea otters right below our window and shared memories of our wedding. The crab cake appetizer was delicious as was the Captain's Plate paired with a delightful Cabernet. Since we were quite satisfied, we were surprised when Janeatte delivered a artfully presented cheesecake for our anniversary! It seemed too beautiful to actually eat -- my wife took several photos -- but we bravely consumed every delicious bit!

We've always enjoyed our dining experiences here and this was no exception. Our booth was almost private with a perfect view, and quiet enough for comfortable conversation. Janeatte was cordial, attentive without being intrusive, efficient and perfectly delightful. At the end of our meal, the owner stopped by our table to congratulate us and to make sure everything had been to our liking. This is a quality establishment with seasoned, friendly kitchen and wait personnel -- some have been there for thirty years -- great food, a warm ambiance and an impressive view. We can't recommend it enough!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent food. Service was top notch. One of the best restaurants on the Monterey peninsula

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Excellent service our waitress was spot on when to come to the table and when not to. The drinks appetizers and meal courses were brought out with good timing between them. Management gave our table of 4 a free appetizer which in itself was really good. Staff was accommodating on special request. All in all a really good place to go right on the wharf in Monterey with a good scenery, friendly and efficient staff and good food!

Definitely a place we'll go back to.

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Free appetizers was a surprise. My shrimp was amazing. We had a nice time and enjoyed the food.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We have been there a few times in the past but this trip was the best! Our waitress Karen was awesome! The Executive Chef prepared us a great complimentary appetizer with artichokes, grilled shrimp and calamari. Best dining experience we have had in a long time. Can't wait to come back to Monterey.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

I was worried when we walked up and found this restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf--I thought it would be too touristy. The views were lovely and all 5 of us enjoyed our food. My son especially enjoyed his steak at this seafood restaurant! We'd return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Have been here twice and have been pleasantly surprised. Great food and location. Expected the average tourist spot on the wharf but have had really good food, service and will come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Our server was excellent and guided us through the menu and made many suggestions. We ordered the grilled artichoke appetizer and got a bonus from the chef of a few delicious large prawns and some calamari which was excellent. The clam chowder is very decedent, rich and delicious. Abalone was very good. The Cheesecake and bread pudding were both great. I highly recommend this restaurant as they are very consistent and the food is outstanding. Great ambiance also for a tourist area. Will come back soon.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Scenic View, Fun, Healthy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Great food and great service. We met the owner, really nice guy. Restaurant is a bit dated but the food makes up for it.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 10, 2017

We had a wonderful experience from beginning to end. As requested, we had a window table. Our server was enthusiastic and gave us prompt attention without being overbearing. We told him we wanted to relax and enjoy a slow dining experince. We ordred a second cocktail, and he brought out a complimentary appetizer tray. We had viewed a couple of special appetizers, so ordered them as well. The entrees were delicious, and we enjoyed the meal with a nice
bottle of Rombauer chardonnay, a favorite of mine. A nice finish to a fabulous evening was when the server brought out a beautiful long-stemmed rose. We especially like the restaurant's policy on small children. Nothing can spoil an evening more than having a screaming child nearby.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Matt was superb and food was excellent, LOVED that no kids were around!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Just love this place. It's old school- waiters all decked out! Food is just amazing. Had the Petral sole ... very very good
A not to be missed place if you want old school Monterey character and great seafood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2017

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. My wife and I had reservations at 8:00 pm and we were seated just as soon as we arrived. We were seated at a table with a fabulous view of the Monterey bay. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We decided to split a bread bowl of clam chowder and it was fantastic. As an appetizer we ordered the oysters Rockefeller and they were the best I have ever had. We ordered the surf and turf for our entrees and it was outstanding. Our server allowed us ample time to finish each course and we did not feel rushed at all. Overall it was a fantastic dining experience.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 26, 2017

We were greeted and seated immediately upon entering, with a "reserved" sign
at our table...how often does that happen?? Great service, almost too much. They
truly aim to please. Wonderful seat/booth by water. Almost all seating has a view.
Everything you could ever want on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 23, 2017

This restaurant was so delicious! Excellent food and service was amazing and so sweet for our honeymoon dinner. reccommend 100x over

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Our server, Christine, was as beautiful, elegant, and gracious a professional and a person as I have ever encountered in a dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Exceptional Customer service. Excellent cuisine with a Cozy atmosphere. Every customer was greeted personally by the Manager. We were given a free appetizer. Our Server Joel was the best. He made sure we were well taken care of. All the Ladies in the restaurant were given a red rose upon departing the restaurant. What a GREAT EXPERIENCE and GREAT Team. Thank You

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Scenic View, Outstanding Value, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Abalone at lunch was a disappointment, as was the chowder. It was as though the kitchen tried too hard to make something that could have been better if simpler. Returned for dinner the next night and had a crab Louie salad that was superb, as were the complimentary appetizers. The service here is great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

We heard that this restaurant discourages small children; no high chairs; big sign in front that makes it clear this is place caters to adults searching for a quiet, subdued atmosphere. This is a big positive for a couple that tires of listening to whining children while trying to have a night out.

The service was attentive, but not overly anxious to see us make our selections. There are plenty of options on the menu from which to select. Meals were correctly prepared and came hot and flavorful. Overall, a very pleasant experience. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Excellent food!! The staff was professional and friendly. Table was just what I requested.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Everything was amazing from service to food bravo

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

What a great place for dinner. Food was excellent. The service was great and each woman got a rose at the end of dinner. What a great idea. Would go back in a heart beat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The Old Fisherman's Grotto on the wharf in Monterey is a wonderful place to experience delicious seafood. The menu is extensive and the food is well prepared. Additionally, the wait staff is attentive, polite and efficient. Unfortunately, babies and small children are not welcome because it is fine dining. Some may be offended by this policy.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

This restaurant's atmosphere was quiet, romantic light setting, excellent service, delicious food worth paying for. I went on my birthday and the owner was present. He greeted me at the door. My wife told him it was my birthday. One hour later, as we are ready to leave, they give me a complementary New York Cheese cake with a candle lit to express their appreciation of my birthday and to heighten the romance between me and my wife. I recommend this restaurant. They have the best clam chowder and customer service that I have experience in all of my dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 6, 2017

We are locals and this is our favorite place to bring both other locals and visitors. Always great service and generous portions.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We have been coming to the Grotto for several years. It's a short walk from the Portola Hotel & Spa. For us it's the best restaurant on the Monterey wharf: intimate, friendly staff, creative menu, daily specials, and a great wine list.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront
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