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Old Fisherman's Grotto

) #9 of 219 Restaurants in Monterey €€ - €€€ Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
+1 831-375-4604
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“chowder” (226 reviews)
“seafood” (192 reviews)
“calamari” (147 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're looking for a great meal while near this pier, then this is the place to stop. If you're looking for cheap or just a snack then this may not be right for you. You'll want to check in early or make a reservation...More

Thank radmarc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grotto is a local's favorite and it has been around for a long time. It gets my less than perfect rating because of it's "no children" policy. While I realize some diners feel that is a plus, it offends me in principle. Having said...More

Thank Maja057
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food are delicious! I think the seafood dish are fresh. I cant really tell but according to my friends they are. I do remember a cocktail I ordered, shark tooth i think thats the name. Very good, not too sweet and nice amount of alcohol....More

Thank Remix0
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate dinner on this place and we loved the food. When we went there the place was packed with people. Service was fast and the staff very courteous.

Thank Joy R
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you dont want to wait go a little before the crowd time. It is worth the wait though. The clam chowder bowl is fabulous. I had a salad with barrata and tomatoes and toast points with fig jam. It was amazing. Even the balsamic...More

Thank Shelly K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The clam chowder lives up to it award winning reputation! It was the best we've ever had! Everything else was also delish-grilled artichokes, grilled shrimp, fried squid, and sea bass. Even the desserts were wonderful. We had the chocolate cannoli cake and lallilberry pie. And...More

Thank MomtoAmanda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had loved this place when I visited years ago and was looking forward to coming back. The chowder is fantastic. I ordered an assorted seafood platter. It was mediocre. The calamari didn't taste fully cooked. The crab tasted weird. In a few minutes, I...More

Thank Daniel V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have kids, don't even bother. I can understand if you are wanting to have a more mature atmosphere, but that can be said with "21 and up" or just "no kids please". Instead there are not one, but three very large signs stating...More

1  Thank Steven M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you walk along the old Fisherman's Wharf you are offered many free samples of New England Clam Chowder - we tasted at least 5 and this place was the tastiest and we liked the menu so we made reservations and came back at 8pm...More

Thank nadler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is good. It's not a Michelin star restaurant, and the prices are more to the high end, but that's because it's in the spot of a very touristic area. The place itself is a bit surprising - The inside is a two-story building,...More

Thank IlanB
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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
18 June 2016|
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Response from Will P | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anything about that. I'm sure if you called they'd be happy to answer your question.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
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
View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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