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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
9:30 PM

Old Fisherman's Grotto

4.8
746 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Lunch
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"
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse, Unspecified
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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


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Phone number
(831) 375-4604
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Juan Ponce
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Scott Street
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Parking details
Details: Public parking adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf

Additional Details: no highchairs, booster seats or strollers.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 746 People Are Saying
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FSZHLZ (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Wonderful as usual. We come to Old Fisherman’s Grotto every time we’re in Monterey. We look forward to Chris greeting us at the door, and the rest of the staff giving us excellent service. The food never disappoints either! Whether it’s something simple like a cup of clam chowder and the Sand Dabs, or something more impressive like the Treasure of the Sea, we’ve always left full, and glad to know there’s such a great place to come back to year after year.

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Milton (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We had clam chowder and abalone which were outstanding. Exceptional service. Didn't expect to have a fine dining experience on the Monterey Wharf. Will be returning to this nice destination.

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2lovebirds (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Vacation with spouse, romantic dinner, great service, reserved table with great view, food was good but vegetables were over cooked, fish was fresh, beautiful weather and views!

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vipKitski (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The mussels were tasty and spicy, it was delicious. To our surprise, we were given a complimentary Chef's choice sampler which had 2 grilled prawns, fried calamari and artichokes. My grilled scallops were nice and juicy as well as what my husband ordered - crab louie salad, tons of fresh, sweet fruits.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

It had great location, excellent food, fantastic service. I would highly recommend it

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vipFoodlover (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Our server was wonderful. The food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

My wife and I ate here after a long drive from Santa Monica and were glad for the warm welcome and warm bread. We ordered the clam chowder with garlic roasted bread and it was delicious, however it was huge as a starter. We wished that we had just ordered it for our entree. The waiter did not wait until we had finished before bringing our entrees of surf and turf. So we very awkwardly had to swap plates although we were not finished. The surf and turf was also delicious but it was too much from such a heavy starter, I feel the waiter should have advised us. I would definitely recommend this restaurant but I would advice on the large clam chowder, which was a great choice. I feel the waiting staff have sadly stepped over the line of efficient service and making the customer feel as though they are being rushed out.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Our service was outstanding! The food was plentiful and great. We even received a complimentary seafood platter appetizer which got us started on a great dinner/evening. Hope to visit again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 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.

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RicardoU (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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PBReader (Central Coast)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

We were visiting our daughter

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vipBuzz (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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vipsusi (New Orleans)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  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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