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Old Fisherman's Grotto

39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
+1 831-375-4604
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“chowder” (245 reviews)
“seafood” (203 reviews)
“calamari” (160 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 6 days ago

visited with friends who have lunched there before. We were not disappointed. Loved the fried calamari. My friend had the coconut shrimp and he said it was delicious. A little pricey, but worth it.

Thank litsausa
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I gave this 5 stars for all the restaurants on the wharf. However still not the best I ever had food wise.. about the clam chowder it's definitely the best there is on the wharf, full of clams rich and creamy thick.. there's free samples...More

Thank mdauth58
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a drive and getting into the area, Fishermen's Wharf is a peaceful visit. My husband had the bread bowl clam chowder and I had a seafood platter; he loved the clam chowder since it didn't taste as heavy as when we visited Massachusetts. The...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We often go to Old Fishermans Grotto. It is a bit run down looking but still try’s to pull off an elegant vibe. The building’s on Fishermans Wharf are very old so I’m sure it’s difficult to really update but it might be time for...More

Thank textornado
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not kid friendly. Chowder was so so. Service was friendly enough though felt mechanical. Had to leave our friends and come another night because they had kids and this place doesn't like young children due "to noise". Time to move on.

2  Thank enjoyLIFE40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After driving up from LA for an overnight stay in Monterey we decided to stop here for dinner based on the reviews of the clam chowder. We were not disappointed. I ordered a bowl as a starter knowing I was sacrificing dessert space 😏 and...More

1  Thank Askani
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely Christmas ambiance. Nice view. Had yummy sea food pasta. Wife had excellent egg plant parmegon. Waitress was very personable and provided prompt service. Thoroughly enjoyable lunch.

Thank Lancesba
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a classical restaurant, service very friendly, fast and efficient. The food is good quality. Clam chowder was very good, dessert was excellent. Price would be moderate/high. The combination of location, good quality is worth the price.

Thank DS-BR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Taking lunch one day from the conference, we found ourselves wandering on Fisherman’s Wharf. Many people offered a taste of chowder as you walk the wharf, but the tastiest temptation came from Old Fisherman’s Grotto. Having a bread bowl of chowder hit the spot, and...More

Thank Gina A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed a great time with some good wine in a very nice atmosphere with work colleagues. The Oyster Rockefeller appetizer and a Sea Scallop entrees were both very tasty

Thank Scott M
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Michael U
12 October 2017|
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Response from PRHPage | Reviewed this property |
I don't think reservations are necessary, although if you have time to make them, it would help. We were seated relatively quickly without them.
10 May 2017|
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Response from L8184GAjohnc | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is seasonal. I did not see it on the menu.
Sandra H
1 October 2016|
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Response from Jkahn059 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have separate area for groups
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Restaurant Details

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