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Abalonetti Bar and Grill, Monterey, CA

Abalonetti Bar and Grill

4.5
4.5
499 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Abalonetti Bar and Grill is one of the original restaurants on Monterey's Historic Fisherman's Wharf. Famous for Monterey calamari, we now feature more than 20 different preparations from local squid processed in-house. With ample ocean views, the Wharf's largest waterfront pet-friendly patio, a full bar, cocktail menu and local wine list, Abalonetti has been a favorite of locals for decades, providing a fun and casual waterfront dining experience.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Italian, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 373-1851
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    For more information about our group dining, visit: https://abalonetti.com/private-dining
  • Private party contact
    Kevin Phillips: (831) 373-1851
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Cross street
    Del Monte Ave
  • Parking details
    Large waterfront parking lot near entrance to the Wharf.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 499 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Kid-friendly

  • California Central Coast

    Great for scenic views

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Service

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Kid-friendly

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for scenic views

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

499 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived a bit late but we were seated promptly and we were greeted quickly thereafter by Carlos, our server. Our desire to take our time for our date night was greatly encouraged, but we soon had a fried calamari (Abalonetti style) appetizer served piping hot to our table. Our entrees were delicious and the atmosphere was warm and inviting! Outstanding service, even on a busier weeknight. There is a reason why Abalonetti is a locals’ favorite! Thank you to Kevin, Carlos, Joe, Stuart, and the rest of the staff whose names we don’t know!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we booked our reservation at Abalonetti on the Old Fishermen’s Wharf in Monterey, we had no idea what a great dining experience we would have. The quality of the food was outstanding, and I would wager that you can get any dish and be pleased. The service was excellent, and it was not loud at all. It was like an old-fashioned Italian restaurant with soft lighting and great music not played too loud. Go!!

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  3. Terry

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitstaff were friendly and attentive. The prices were a bit on the high side… $10 for 6 pieces of garlic bread is excessive. The fish (with fish & chips) was overcooked and dry, the Crab Louie salad was freshly made with a good amount t of crab, however, some of the crab meat was dry and stringy.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There are great restaurants but Abalonetti is next level up. Staff is very welcoming and willing to make customers' experience something to remember. We were a group of nine, one more than booked, some arrived early, others later, and asked for table outside when they had laid one inside. No problem, they made sure we were all comfortable and quickly tended for. Drinks came quickly and food was delicious. The nine drank and ate (lunch) for little over three hundred bucks.

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  5. JayH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really fresh seafood, and waitstaff that know their stuff with perfect recommendations.

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  6. GiseleC

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food, but the starters could be larger. Tap water with ice had a strong “taste”, had to order without the ice.

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  7. MerleenJ

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, service, food, and value on Fisherman’s Wharf!

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  8. debrap

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My scampi dinner was perfectly prepared which made it a memorable meal. We had good service and a window seat. One of our favorite places on the wharf.

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  9. 1californiadreamers

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! We always return to eat there when we visit Monterey as it's one our favorites! Fabulous seafood, the swordfish was great as well as the shrimp dish we ordered. The bread is so tasty that we ordered more to take some home. The service is very attentive and friendly!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place in Monterey. Been coming here for the last 22years. Sad that they removed the marinated calamari from the menu…. That was my favorite fo years!!

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  11. Dale

    Central Coast

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Abalonetti is one of our favorite places. Great locals menu. Great service. Great price.

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  12. SusCern

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always tasty, casual yet nice... We've come here for years.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our experience was pleasant but it was very pricey for the quality of the food.

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  14. kate21

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, location and food. The oysters Rockefeller are fantastic.

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  15. TracyV

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best calamari in Monterey. Chose it to celebrate our anniversary.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The food was great and so was the service. After I asked for a booth online, which they didn’t have, they called me a few minutes later to ask if I’d like indoor or outdoor instead and they put us by a window near the water. It was a great experience

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best fried calamari I have ever had by far!! This place appears to be a tourist trap but the food is solid and calamari cannot be beat!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Abalonetti provided an exceptional dining experience for our group of 11 for our celebration of a dear friend’s life. The food, service and overall gathering at the restaurant couldn’t have been more enjoyable.

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  19. Elds

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They were awesome — great service and allowed me to increase my number of people several times with no issues

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  20. DSAII

    San Diego

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Returned after years of living out of the area and enjoyed a wonderful night of great service and memorable food! Marty's special is, well, very special. Thanks for an enjoyable return and great food!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wood-roasted oysters were really good, server was friendly and prompt - I come to Abalonetti every time I'm in Monterey and have always enjoyed good food and great service.

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  22. DeniseD

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the wood grilled oysters and they were so so, I needed to add seasoning. Then we both had calamari over linguine and that was good. The wood fired pizza was excellent. Service was so so even though it wasn’t busy.

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  23. cfrancis

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We walked out, sat at our table for 15 minutes and not one acknowledgement, the table that was seated after us, got water and bread right away, we still sat there with no one noticing us, many walked by us not even smiling. I wouldn't go back here if I was starving, very bad customer service. Not sure about the food because I never got to try it. Walked down to another restaurant and got right in and had great food and service, even gave me a rose at the end of my meal.

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  24. Rachel

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We went over there specifically for the abalone which tasted just ok. The best thing about the ahi tuna dish was the side of rice. The oysters we ordered as an appetizer arrived at the end of the meal (they apologized and offered them to us for free), tasted somewhat off. Had really high expectations and ended up being disappointed.

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  25. SusanB

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was better than average for a tourist location. Our wait staff could use some improvement. Difficult to understand and didn't seem to be able to answer questions properly.

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  26. BobM

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant promptly fulfilled my reservation with a great table on the window. Although they were out of an ingredient needed to make an old fashioned, the bartender knew what it meant to serve a drink "in a bucket". The crab cakes for my second course were quiet good. The sauce underneath them had just the right amount of spice to offset the umami of the crab. Alas, the caprese salad was a disappointment. While well put together with the added surprise of anchovies, the heirloom tomatoes were quite under-ripe and hard. One piece was so hard I was unable to cut it with my knife. The server was quite apologetic, but the salad should not have been on the menu without properly ripened ingredients.

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  27. JennE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went here specifically for the abalone. So happy we did. Group of 10 and we all had excellent dishes. I would definitely recommend and would be happy to return. Our waiter was wonderful as well.

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  28. HannahH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great experience. My husband and I visited with our 2 small children. Staff was friendly and we got right in and sat outside on the patio. Food was great, the seafood penne was delicious. It had some of the best salmon I have ever had in it. Definitely recommend!

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  29. PamelaP

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Our server Jacob was most helpful. Great place for coupes and families. You can also bring your dog and dine out on the terrace

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  30. WinstonN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food and very good service. We will come again when we are in the area.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food and good service and a great way to spend your day with family it was a lovely evening thank you for the wonderful dinner I really enjoyed it

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  32. EdmBest

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food were very good Would return on next visit to Monteray

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  33. MaureenJ

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food very overrated. 2 orders of calamari. One buffalo sauce. It was just poured on top of some. It should be coated with it. Also had the muscles & clams. Broth was flavorless and the serving amount was small. Won't be returning here.

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  34. MikeJayBee

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Abalonetti is a great spot on the wharf for seafood. The outdoor patio is enclosed to keep out the wind, and the view of the bay is very nice. Would highly recommend.

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  35. JenM

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, however our server had the worst attitude and was very rude to my 5 year old son. She was abrasive and not in a good mood.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The abalone main course and the calamari appetizer and main courses are delicious. The cannoli was made in the old spumoni style which, I’ve never cared for. Would have loved it to be plain or perhaps with chocolate chips. Service was amazing, very attentive.

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  37. TheAfamily

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was wonderful and the host sat us as soon as we walked in due to us having a reservation. Our waitress had a short curly bob with big glasses, very wonderful service.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this place so much we went back the next day. The calamari is incredible. They have it down to a science. Amazing clam chowder. Amazing pizza too. Everyone loved the food they ordered. If you get Joe, he is an amazing server as well. Top notch.

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  39. MaryanneM

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very good meal at Abalonetti Restaurant. Service was outstanding. Food was very good. We are locals but tend to avoid the tourist areas but it was worth the traffic and parking to get to lunch here.

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  40. JudiH

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was my friend’s birthday. This is one of her favorite restaurants in Monterey.

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FAQs

Abalonetti Bar and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 373-1851.

Abalonetti Bar and Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 499 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Abalonetti Bar and Grill

57 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Del Monte Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Italian, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Large waterfront parking lot near entrance to the Wharf.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 373-1851
  • Private party facilities
    For more information about our group dining, visit: https://abalonetti.com/private-dining
  • Private party contact
    Kevin Phillips: (831) 373-1851
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