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Vivolo's Chowder House

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127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
+1 831-372-5414
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Sao Paulo
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Checked the reviews and decided to try it. Portions are big. Family atmosphere Food is very tasty. Loved the clam chowder Worth coming while in Monterey.

Thank fjancso
Danville, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is by far the best seafood restaurant I have eaten at in Monterey. Prices are the same as Sea Harvest Market but food and service are much better. This is a small 40 seat restaurant, same menu you will find at Wharf or Cannery Row seafood restaurants but about 1/2 the price. I've had chowder at 5 restaurants in... More 

Thank Rosanne925
East Bay, California
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141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our meal at the Vivolo's Chowder House. Fish and chips were delicious. Chowder was filling and very good also. Casual atmosphere that worked for our younger children. Good variety for kids meals. Paper on the table to keep them coloring while waiting for their meal. Good service. Prices good. Would recommend.

Thank theheatonfamily
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chowder, bread bowl, cheese lid. Nothing else needs to be said. Place is great for kids with the paper tables and crayons

Thank Kevin P
Suffolk, Virginia
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found Vivolo's from browsing places that had good reviews near the Monterey Bay Aquarium where we were visiting. There was a group of 15 of us so we would never get a seat together at the aquarium's cafe or anywhere near the entrance on the Friday before Christmas. This place is about 3 blocks from the aquarium entrance and... More 

1 Thank Samuel E
Union City
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I walked from downtown to Vivolo's just to try their clam chowder. I was walking with my dog and ordered a cup to go. Sat on a big boulder with a view of the ocean and ate. It was delicious! Creamy and full of clams.

1 Thank Angela M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent chowder! 5 minute walk from the aquarium. There was no shortage of clams in their chowder and it was so tasty!! Whether you get the bread bowl or just a bowl, you can't go wrong! The staff was top notch as well, quick and friendly.

1 Thank Jeff W
Branson, Missouri
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We eat here every time we make it to Pacific Grove. Their clam chowder really IS the best on the Monterey Peninsula. A bowl of that and a half order of garlic bread makes for a fabulous lunch. All their seafood is fresh and is delicious. I love the breading on the prawns and chips and fish and chips. It's... More 

1 Thank midwest3333
Stockton, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

A 5 minute walk from the house we were staying in, returned four times during the week. Prices were excellent, food was outstanding. Going to miss it now that we are gone.

1 Thank naphipps
Lake Tahoe (California), California
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343 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We were in search of an affordable restaurant and found this place by chance! Quick peek showed a packed dining restaurant ! Loved all the wall art all around the restaurant - gave it the Monterey vibe ! We shared a bowl of chowder and split a calamari sandwich between two people and it was just right ! The sandwich... More 

1 Thank MLAbug

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-372-5414

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?