Fishwife - Pacific Grove

4.3
320 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 320 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mahi mahi bowl is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food!!!

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phillygirl
San Diego
8 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.

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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
73 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
61 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
32 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
10 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

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Mortf
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The fish in the fish 'n chips had a heavy coating, cornmeal the menu said. The fish also seemed a bit moister than I preferred. I tried their coleslaw, vinegar based and had a good amount of unexpected heat.

My next visit I will probably try something not coated and deep fried.

Deserts look great but I just did not have room for one, sadly.

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ShaneP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good drinks and food good, not great. However, i would go back for dinner.

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KathleenN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great local establishment with great service and delicious food.

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MayaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat! Great service, delicious food and drinks. We had mahi-mahi and the Tilapia, both were wonderful. We also started with the chowder, also delicious!

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vipLaina
Central Coast
89 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

We have eaten here before, and really liked it. This time, there were problems. It became terribly crowded and very noisy. The servers were professional but the food did not seem as good as previously.

I think it is probably best to go for lunch, when it is generally quieter and the cooking is better.

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RaneeH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had a reservation and arrived to a very friendly staff and our table already prepared. We ordered a couple appetizers and main dishes- everything was then brought at once-10 minutes after we ordered. Typically this quick turn around would be appreciated. Except when trying to enjoy a starter prior to our entree. One of us tried the seafood Alfredo. It was not Alfredo sauce- only watery cream. There were small frozen shrimp and one big scallop. The sesame ginger salad was lackluster, very little flavor. One of the people in our partys food which was his main entree was never brought. A couple arrived shortly after we arrived for desert only and was told the restaurant was closing. It was not closing, we had only been there for 5 minutes. Everything seemed rush- as if the staff wanted to close early and did not give us a traditional restaurant experience. Overall it was a very disappointing dining experience and unfortunately no one in our party intends on returning.

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MichelleH
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bartender/server was the best! He was attentive, friendly and made my cocktail as requested. I had coconut shrimp and cup of clam chowder. Both were delicious!

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vipNapili
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We love the Fishwife!! This trip it was just OK! My beans weren’t warm, the rice was plain white rice…hohummm!

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JaneSV
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and the food, service was impeccable!

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Cotman
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been one of our “go to” places for years. The staff is friendly and helpful. The service is top notch. The food is very good, with an extensive menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. The seafoods Alfredo was so packed with seafood you could barely find the pasta. Sauce was beautifully matched to let the seafood shine through.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a 7 pm reservation but had to wait 15-20 mins for an outside table. But, the oysters, coconut shrimp, sole were excellent! The bread pudding with bourbon cream sauce was to die for. We were very happy and got to be with our dog as well.

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PatrickO
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Fishwife used to be one of my favorite restaurants. However during our recent visit we found the food to not have much flavor at all and probably won't return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, unique recipes

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had not finished our appetizer and salad, but our waitress brought our entrees. When asked to wait until we we’re finished with our appetizer and salad, the waitress complied.
The food was fine, we had the sole piccata, but the portions were small.
My water glass was empty and I was not offered a refill.

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vipkarenm
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Delicious food and fantastic, friendly service!

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 320 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.