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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%
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“chowder” (240 reviews)
“seafood” (201 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 22 June 2016 via mobile

We were told to try the clam chowder there. It was very good, a bit pricier than if we had eaten along one of the outside shops. We were bombarded by a large group with very noisy children who ran around the restaurant without being...More

Thank Yndiabonita
Reviewed 22 June 2016

I am sure once upon a time, this place was the talk of the town. Now, I would suggest it is more of a memory of what once was. The service is slow, the food is fair, and it has a very dated feel with...More

Thank Randy E
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was easily the best romantic spot I have found in the fisherman's wharf /cannery row area. The only way to beat it is out at peddle beach. The calamari was unlike any I have ever had the privilege to consume. .. light and...More

Thank TheJeffer
Reviewed 22 June 2016

From the greeting at the door to the owner-manager bidding us "arrivaderci," this restaurant has all the old world charm of caring staff with fresh tasty food and a spectacular view. No wonder it is usually full--but worth the wait! We splurged on the abalone....More

Thank MarcieLeach
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Old Fishermen's Grotto is the Best! Best Clam Chowder Ever!!! The staff is wonderful, the food is fantastic. I go there every time I'm in Monterey since 1985.

Thank d4avon
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

We spent 3 days in Monterey and ate here twice. Great clam chowder and wonderful service. We sat at the bar and had chowder one Sunday at lunch. Bartender was attentive and pleasant. Definitely a good place to eat.

Thank mergae
Reviewed 17 June 2016

I eat here every time I travel to Monterey. Their food is always fresh and tasty. The clam chowder is delicious. Their servings are generous and service is excellent. They have multiple dining rooms, but I like to sit by the large bay windows downstairs....More

Thank Nellie M
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Some people might come to Monterey and expect McDonalds...but the OLD FISHERMANS GROTTO is a cut above. Fresh seafood, prepared by a chef that knows how to cook....homemade pasta, With many types of seafood and real creamy pesto sauce...OMG!!! It was a place to bring...More

Thank Hal D
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Yes, this is a very good Seafood restaurant on a very BEAUTIFUL pier, with other good/great seafood restaurants steps away. What set it apart? How they plainly said No booster seats,no high chairs. Love my kids, but am on vacation and I want to enjoy...More

Thank 1SueDu
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

The wharf is designed to get you to buy, buy, buy....but there are cheaper and better ways to get that bowl of clam chowder. You will pay no less than $15-20 per person at minimum....and it's not that good. The menu does say $10 per...More

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Michael U
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Response from Tripsasia | Reviewed this property |
Just walked in and got a friendly reception
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Romantic
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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