Old Fisherman's Grotto

4.4
939 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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MLThurston
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious the drinks were spot on and on out it was a wonderful evening! Looking forward to visiting again next time we are in Monterey

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Mikool
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, and great service. Service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience

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LauraH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely lovely we let them know it was our 25th wedding anniversary we were seated at a table with rose petals around a candle We had wonderful appetizer with artichokes, calamari. For dinner my husband had the Fishermans platter, I had the maple soy skirt steak and our son had surf and turf. The food and service were exceptional but not fussy. Watching the bay and the wildlife as the sun set you can just imagine. What ever you do take dessert with you if you can’t eat it there. Our recommendations cheesecake 👌bread pudding and Creme brûlée. Take your time live in the moment of great food and service

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DanielM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At the Grotto, you feel at home. Chris, the owner, welcomes you with a smile and a sample of delicious clam chowder. Then you sit down to enjoy the beautiful bay, the ships resting, and the food calling the gods of your senses. The macadamia halibut and coconut crusted shrimp were outwordly. The service warm, local wines 25 percent off and a complementary desert for our wedding anniversary. The Grotto, that’s what the good life is all about.

Daniel M., Avila Beach

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Nlevy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Muy mala comida la persona que nos atendió muy amable pero no volvería jamás

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viplefst8chic
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience3

It feels like it’s in a tourist trap, but inside is really nice. The food is pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so pleased with our dinner! The ambience was so comfortable and our waiter was really top notch and attentive. They gave us an appetizer on the house and our entrees were really good. I’m so happy we went there for dinner. Would definitely go again!

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vipSwede
Central Coast
60 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent!

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IanC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Giovanni was great as was the food and setting. We will definitely come back

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BillandChuck
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The place is delightful, for a nice restaurant at the harbor. The service was outstanding. The restaurant even offered us a seafood appetizer plate on the house. We declined only because we had in mind what we were eating, and the potential for over-eating was imminent! The lobster was out of this world. But . . . the maple-soy marinated skirt steak was abysmal. What was described as a “light marinade” was like eating a piece (of regrettably excellent) steak dipped in maple syrup. No way to get rid of the over-powering sweetness and maple taste. Yuck in fact! Fortunately there was an abundance of delicious scalloped potatoes and sufficient lobster to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place I love it

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viplucyd
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent! Thank you

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Eagles
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best thing about the Grotto is how nice the people were.From the owner meeting you at the front door all the way down everyone was great.Our waiter Brad is in the top 10 servers we have ever had.I have problems eating and he was so nice to Jane and I. Everyone in the area claims to have the best calm chowder well this best maybe the best.Us being from Delaware everything in the area seems expensive but at this place it was worth it.If the owner reads this,that Brad really was special and so was the lady behind the bar.Thanks

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DOUGLAS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Monterey for Date Night. Plush ambience and harbor views. Ask for locals menu during the week...about $15 per person for a 3-course meal!

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vipcarmelcoasttraveler
Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep returning to this restaurant because they provide consistently wonderful food, service and ambiance. This time, for a birthday lunch, we opted to have the abalone meal (expensive but much less so than other restaurants and a better value than fixing it from scratch at home). We are abalone snobs and have to say that their presentation on sautéed spinach with beautifully seasoned veggies and risotto, was over the top! One of us ordered the abalone, the other the absolutely excellent crab ravioli. We opted for the mixed appetizer and ended up with two delicious desserts (that came home with us and became the topper for the evening).
Our server was engaging and totally on top of things without rushing us. We are blessed with so many lovely restaurants in the Monterey Bay area, yet continue to pick this one whenever we have a special occasion and, as always, were totally delighted by our experience. Thank you to all the staff!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was fantastic

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HaroldC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to go to Fisherman's Grotto, but got away from it for a while. We returned about two years ago and have made it a "must-stop" every time we are in Monterey. The crusted halibut is a favorite, but all the dishes are fantastic.

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ToshaMonterey
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best service, great view and very tasty food. The staff treats you like family.

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing for my fiancé’s birthday.

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vipHungryDiner
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Delicious and elegant. Thank you for the appetizer!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having a reservation always helps, we were able to get straight in. We enjoyed a complimentary appetizer, the food was more than expected. Everything we expected was well beyond wonderful. It was a memorable evening, celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. Driving the 3.5 hours was worth it. Driving home after and planning our next dining experience. THANK YOU!!!

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MarkO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Monterey for a few days and had the pleasure of having dinner here during our first night there. The food was excellent, and what really set this restaurant apart was the service. Our server, Marco H. was outstanding. He was very attentive and continuously checked back with us to make sure we were happy with our food and drinks, as well as to see if we needed anything. The restaurant is highly rated, and it is easy to see why. Oh, and the clam chowder is definitely deserving of the accolades it has received. Definitely give this place a try.

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vipScotay72
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
49 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Abilone was three very small fried pieces for $50. Halibut was overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Clam Choder on the West Coast.

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MarcV
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place on the wharf to eat. Great service and food. Quiet and cozy.

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vipFoodie
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was amazing. The food came out in a timely manner. I ordered Maple Soy Strip Steak. The steak was cooked perfectly the way I ordered it. Was flavorful but not overpowering. My boyfriend ordered the coconut shrimp dish. He said it was delicious and savored every bite. The dishes are perfect portions. They brought out cheesecake (on the house for anniversary). I’ve never had cheesecake that tasted ever so good. So smooth and with fresh berries on the side it just completed the whole dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite a wonderful evening with great food and service. This will be our go to place when we hit that town again.

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LisaG
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet with a beautiful view. Iman and his staff took such great care of us!!

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vipPete
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Dinner with great service, and a table overlooking the water. Couldn't have been better.

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vipLynnW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Dinner was amazing. Loved the atmosphere and the waiter was great.

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best customer service I’ve ever experienced....not exaggerating. It’s like the server could read our minds.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday vacation

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the sand dabs, appreciate that they will mske substitutions on salad..i get more vegies instead. Attentive, gracious and friendly service. Always a joy to come here on a weeknight with friends and order off locals menu.

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vipTimW
Tahoe
26 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our anniversary celebration was fantastic!! The appetizers were very good. Jumbo fried shrimp was so good. They were moist with just the correct amount of crunch. The clam chowder was one of the best I ever tasted. My striped bass was so fresh and prepared perfectly. The sorbet was very generous and sweet.

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NoniGT
Austin
62 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First let me say - we rec'd a wonderful free appetizer because we used Open Table for our reservation. The service and staff could not have been more delightful. We are visiting from Texas and wanted to eat as much fresh seafood as possible while here. This is a MUST to go to. Everyone deserves at least one fine dining experience when on vacation.

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vipNorthShoreGirl
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a pleasant surprise! Wonderful service, good food, complimentary appetizer platter and a rose presented with the bill.

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JanelleH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Second time I've visited this restaurant and it's been an excellent experience both times.

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Old Fisherman's Grotto is rated 4.4 stars by 939 OpenTable diners.

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