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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432 (Scott Street)
+1 831-375-4604
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Benicia, CA
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best of the restaurants we tried in Monterey. My wife and I shared the seafood sampler, house salad, and rib eye dinner. We also had a few adult beverages. My wife really enjoyed the seafood sampler. I prefer the calamari to be a little crispier. I didn't try the shrimp, my wife ate both- said they were outstanding! The rib... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just tried the clam chowder bread bowl and I would definitely recommend a visit, just for that! The best ever!

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Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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80 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We followed Trip Advisor's recommendation for the best restaurant in Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. It seemed that others did the same because Old Fisherman's Grotto was the only restaurant on the wharf that was full, all the rest were almost empty. The place was crowded with a good vibe ... people seemed to enjoy their dinner and plates looked promising. The... More 

Thank Dan O
San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel recommend us to go for dinner at this restaurants. It was excellent service. The food delicious. We tell them that our hotel send us and they give us a free dessert. We were not expecting that.

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New York City, New York
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450 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch in a window booth of a gorgeous day in Monterey. That was the highlight of the lunch. Ebullient if a bit frenetic service, which was pretty slow in delivering the food. It would have been irritating if not for the view - but get a window seat! I had a badly overcooked and fry burger (I know,... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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501 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sign out front tells you all you need to know, it's not a place for young children. That is fine with us, we have a well behaved teenager and I prefer not hearing the yelling and carrying on of toddlers these days. So yes! Ordered a whole crab while the family got chowder, and crab cakes. All of the... More 

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verde valley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

where to start?? the sandabs fish was just outstanding. the thanksgiving turkey dinner was probably the best restaurant turkey dinner i have ever had. the clam chowder was probably the best i have ever had anywhere. for as many times i have walked by this place, i had no idea it was so excellent. and thank you Giovanny for the... More 

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Carmel, California
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121 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a nice surprise when we tried out a local restaurant on the wharf in Monterey. Not only was the food and ambience great , but the view was the best. Good fresh portions and friendly staff. Server was a little to animated which was the only negative of the whole experience. As a bonus, we got to chat with... More 

Thank Indyboy_10
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to choose a single place for a sea food meal when you are surrender by some many good ones. After reading reviews I settle for the fisherman's Grotto. Not disappointing at all. My husband and I were welcoming with a free appetizer, you can select what to get according to the options given by your waiter or waitress. I... More 

Thank Tugabiota
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing meal (cod ling) with double baked potato and beautifully cooked veg. Friendly attentive staff and discounted bubbly. Would thoroughly recommend. Best tiramisu I've ever had - and I'm not a big fan of it usually.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
    (Scott Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-4604
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, 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, 2015 Wine Spectator Award Wine list with over 200 selections specializing in local vineyards. AAA 3 Diamond Rating, Monterey Peninsula Chamber "Business Excellence" Award Winner. 2010 1St Place "West Coast Chowder Competition", "Best Chowder" Monterey County for 12 consecutive years , Winner "Best Calamari" three consecutive years in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award". No high chairs. No strollers. No booster chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners and as such not permitted in the dining room.

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