Old Fisherman's Grotto
Original 'Monterey Style' Clam Chowder
We are proud to be the originators of the "Monterey Style" Clam Chowder that has become world famous!
Fisherman's Wharf Platter
1/2 Dungeness Crab, Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Scallop and Crab Cake. Served with caramelized onion risotto and sauteed organic vegetables
Macadamia Crusted Halibut
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
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
Great Food, and great service. Service was exceptional.
It was a great experience
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
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
Muy mala comida la persona que nos atendió muy amable pero no volvería jamás
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.
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!
The food and service were excellent!
Our server Giovanni was great as was the food and setting. We will definitely come back
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.
It was a great place I love it
Everything was excellent! Thank you
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
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!
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!!!!!
Excellent service and food was fantastic
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.
The best service, great view and very tasty food. The staff treats you like family.
The service was amazing for my fiancé’s birthday.
Delicious and elegant. Thank you for the appetizer!
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!!!
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.
Great food great service.
Abilone was three very small fried pieces for $50. Halibut was overcooked.
Best Clam Choder on the West Coast.
Best place on the wharf to eat. Great service and food. Quiet and cozy.
As always, excellent food and service.
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.
Quite a wonderful evening with great food and service. This will be our go to place when we hit that town again.
Quiet with a beautiful view. Iman and his staff took such great care of us!!
Excellent Dinner with great service, and a table overlooking the water. Couldn't have been better.
Great place! Dinner was amazing. Loved the atmosphere and the waiter was great.
Best customer service I’ve ever experienced....not exaggerating. It’s like the server could read our minds.
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.
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.
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.
What a pleasant surprise! Wonderful service, good food, complimentary appetizer platter and a rose presented with the bill.
Second time I've visited this restaurant and it's been an excellent experience both times.
Old Fisherman's Grotto is rated 4.4 stars by 939 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.