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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
+1 831-375-4604
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (268 reviews)
“seafood” (222 reviews)
“calamari” (173 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We love lobster tail and I love fried calamari. Both were excellent. Service was great. Wife was given a free cheesecake for her birthday.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Albert K
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I celebrated her birthday the day after Thanksgiving here. Had a great meal and were very well served. Ask for the upper floor. Better views and quieter.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lukebabs
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't try the clam chowder even though that's why we decided to eat at a restaurant on the wharf. We tasted another restaurant that was handing it out and as it was lunchtime, decided to pick a place to eat. I read the reviews...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sweetra
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I say part 2 because this was the second great place we went in as many nights (see my review for the Fish Hopper). Excellent seafood, a lot of it locally caught. Very good service, I had the paella and it was outstanding! Another solid...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DougS649
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only is the atmosphere luxurious, you get an intimate experience at Old Fisherman's Grotto from the moment you are greeted. The service is beyond polite and the staff swiftly takes care of any request you may have. The entire menu gets a 10/10 from...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Victoria S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

tried all the free give away on the wharf and this one was the best. not too clumpy and smooth consistency.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank charles n
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was a pre-set Thanksgiving menu that we ate and it was very good. We were able to add more of some things and delete others to please out taste. The pumpkin pie with pecans was amazing. They also served the regular menu which offered...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank travelinm2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start with the good things. The clam chowder, which they’ve won numerous awards for was very, very good. But a bowl of soup for $17 is a little egocentric, if you ask me. The shrimp were huge. We had some shrimp cocktail, grilled...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mauiwolf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was recommended by the staff at the nearby Portola Plaza where I was staying. All I mentioned was how much I loved clam chowder and this is where they sent me. Absolutely awesome. Full of flavor and loads of clams. The ice cold...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank therealS1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the old fishermans warf and stopped here for lunch. Delicious, great service! A little pricey, but a great view of the boats. Etc.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sharon B
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17 October 2018|
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Response from H7498CQjasona | Reviewed this property |
I don't know for sure but I did not see any dogs on the wharf area at all.
12 October 2017|
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Response from peter831grove | Reviewed this property |
I've never had a reservation there. But around the holidays - especially Summer, a reservation could make life easier.
10 May 2017|
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Response from peter831grove | Reviewed this property |
I've never tried their abalone.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, View
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
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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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