Fishwife - Pacific Grove

4.3
337 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Fishwife offers a menu of award-winning American cuisine with a Caribbean accent since 1986. With many daily specials, fresh Seafood as well as homemade pastas and dishes for children, there is something for everyone. Daily specials spotlight fresh catch and seasonal fish. Desserts are homemade as well. The atmosphere is casual with a FULL BAR and friendly service, making it a great place to visit with groups and family. Just a short walk from Asilomar Beach and Conference Center. Some of the most popular dishes are Clam chowder, Calamari, Alfredo Combo, Green Lip Mussels, Barramundi and famous homemade Key lime pie. You can also enjoy surf and turf or gluten-free options like the vegetarian bowl.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 337 people are saying
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MayaY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Disappointing. The seafood dishes were ok but far from amazing, but the steak was really bad. Overpriced.

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MaryL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was good and food was good!

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JaneSV
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last visit before we move to the east coast was a bittersweet pleasure. We sat by the window, were served graciously yummy food, good wine and creme Brule for dessert. Our go to place for special occasions never disappoints!

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was outstanding. Everyone was so very nice, thoughtful, and interested in who we were. They were truly lovely. The fresh oysters were outstanding. We both had sole piccata so we didn't experience a wide range of food. It was good, pleasant, but not outstanding. It's a cute place and I would definitely go again.

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DianaR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went here dinner for his birthday! I am not a fish person, so I had the chicken piccata and it was very good. My husband had the portofino and loved it. Our server Tony took great care of us which made for an even better experience for us! I would definitely go back! It’s a relatively small place for eating indoors, so make reservations ahead of time!

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EarlyBirthday
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fresh fish and house made pasta. Excellent service.

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PeterB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to your restaurants many times but not for many years. Short walk from Asilomar, table was ready for us. Server was perfect; margarita was wonderful. We appreciated that the calimari was grilled not fried. Green lipped mussels weee outstanding with a fabulous sauce. I had Baramundi which was multi layered and excellent; my wife had the sole which was so fresh. Key lime pie was perfect. Wonderful dining as good as we remembered. Can’t wait to return
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Till
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A bit disappointed in the quality of food here. The pasta noodles fine and some of our group had good fish but the pasta additions were lacking in quality. The service was slow, but it was busy. The waiter had a hard time hearing our orders and one entree was incorrect but after the long wait for food we let it go. Really good calamari starter. Good drink options.

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NoelG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great place to eat good food and Richard is a great bartender. The only problem was the service. Took us an hour and a half to get our food. Place was packed ill admit but
it is still a long time for a simple meal.

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MPat
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place, awesome food. Friendly staff & Richie is the best bartender in Monterey/ Pacific Grove.

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Sharmila
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent barramundi!! Colorful, hot and delicious!

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JitR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

The fish was rubbery with no flavors at all. We went here based on previous reviews but did not enjoy anything.

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charlesb
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I have been going to the Fishwife for over 20 years the food is very good the service is very good and it is right down the street from the beach.

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Lise
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal at Fish Wife. The two waiters taking care of us were excellent and attentive and made the evening even better than we had expected it would be!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food came out super fast. Our entire meal with appetizer was 40 mins. Ordered the mahi fish bowl. Bland, no seasoning on the mahi, the black beans were cold. The veggies were barely cooked and no seasoning as well. I left hungry

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JohnB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great local and affordable seafood restaurant in Pacific Grove

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Sugar
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!! So much flavor. Staff was so nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mahi mahi bowl is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food!!!

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phillygirl
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We ordered fish and it was just ok I think we should have tried the Caribbean items

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed our evening dinner very much, great service, great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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LaurenF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent excellent EXCELLENT food!!! There wasn't even time to take a picture of it. Drinks were great as well, generous pours. Loved the seaside, Caribbean vibe and the friendly service.

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MarshaB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the 3rd time I've eaten here while on a trip to this area. Food has consistently been excellent. Will be back again.

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RobertK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best calamari steak in the world, and at a very reasonable price!

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Profkc
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Average all around

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ArtP
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was the first time to eat here. Service was the best, especially while other establishments are having staffing issues. There were several different people stopping by the table to see how we were doing. Loved the attention. I had the Cajun sea bass over lobster ravioli, I highly recommend it to anyone. My wife had the Baja bowl and she couldn’t finish it due to the fact it was a large portion. The only knock on the food was the clam chowder, it reminded us of a gravy. Not the best we have had in Monterey. But over all our first experience was fantastic. We will definitely be back.

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JorgeA
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a favorite when visiting Monterey. Outstanding clam chowder, tostaditas, lobster ravioli with a Cajun seabass, and of course the key lime pie. We’ve been coming here for years and it’s always consistently outstanding. It’s an old building but we come here more for the food and not the atmosphere.

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JazzyJ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great, the service was below average. I would eat there again.

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barbarad
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very welcoming and friendly. We had the Asian Ginger Salad and 1 Barramundi Dinner plus 1 Lemon Caper Sole Dinner All were delicious and the presentation was very colorful and appealing. Highly recommend.

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vipKHill
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great service and delicious food! One of my favorites. I recommend it to everyone.

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SharonF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was apparent this is a favorite of locals. Service was excellent. The chef really knew how to prepare the fish, not overcooked and the wine and cream sauce was delicious. I quizzed the boss, most of the staff have been there 15-20 years. I think that speaks volumes! Definitely a good find.

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vipIndyResident
Indiana
74 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Menu selection combined with quality of preparation makes Fishwife a go-to place. Like the fact that we fit right into the front door with the locals - just far enough away from the tourist side of Monterey, that it retains a full house of locals. Worth using the GPS...

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CaLauryl
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fresh fish was very good and we appreciated the recognition of our anniversary. We will return again and recommend this place to anyone wanting good value for fresh fish meal.

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vipGaryJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a neighborhood type place, very unfancy. Service was attentive. Food was good, hearty. But not fine dining.

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vipMikeA
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The restaurant is very simple, the food quite enjoyable. Very fresh and original. Always enjoy coming here when in PG

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Local
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Hawaiian bowl and seafood alfredo were both good. Service was good.

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DanielE
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of all the places to choose from, we chose Fishwife-and weren't disappointed. Their take on seafood pasta was imaginative and delicious. Parking was a little problematic, but not worth missing a unique meal over.

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Fiyrman
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite of ours for over 20 years. The food is always fresh and I like the diverse menu and atmosphere. You can't go wrong and the prices are very reasonable!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great time ., very friendly

FAQs

Fishwife - Pacific Grove does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Fishwife - Pacific Grove also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 375-7107.

Fishwife - Pacific Grove is rated 4.3 stars by 337 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.