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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 good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (229 reviews)
“seafood” (196 reviews)
“calamari” (152 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We walked the commercial pier and then went to the Monterey Bay pier. Parking is $1.50 per hour, pay at kiosk. Parking guard does check to see if all have paid. The pier is full of small eatery and tourist shops. We ate at Old...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Crab sandwich was slightly disappointing – too much garlic and as such not crab-tasting. Other sandwiches were okay but nothing exceptional.

Thank SavertFamily
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went in off the street, and they had a booth ready for us in about 10 minutes. Really hopping place - staff running all over the place. Wait staff as very cordial and helpful. The food was wonderful. I got paella, and I only...More

Thank PRHPage
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a failed meal at the restaurant across the wharf (read my Crab House review) we settled on this place. As a couple we loved the no stroller, noisey children policy, a real change from eating a meal with screaming kids. The food was excellent,...More

Thank MeinMaui
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had never had abalone and they had it on their menu. Using a reservation, we were seated immediately, got bread and water in a reasonable time along with our alcoholic beverages. Our salad was served almost commensurate with our calamari within a very short...More

Thank Donn D
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a reason why there is always a line in front of this establishment, the food is excellent. If you don't have a reservation you will wait. The seafood is excellent.

Thank erodrig26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having arrived late in Monterey, we were just glad to find somewhere still serving. This faux antique establishment seemed no better or worse than others on Fisherman's wharf. My wife really enjoyed her macadamia-crusted halibut, but my calamari was no better than average. Service was...More

Thank John-frae-Banff
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to eat with good food and good service. And I for one applaud the no stroller policy and yes well behaved children are welcome which makes for a lovely dining experience. A good go to place.

1  Thank milotian
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so excited to try this place that seems to be very popular and old school. We were underwhelmed with our food. The best part of our meal was a starter salad. We ordered the garlic bread as an appetizer and it was dry...More

Thank LauraineMarie
Reviewed 1 week ago

I brought my daughter here, her first time to it. We enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the great view from our table. The gift of a flower after dinner was a nice surpise!

Thank QueenGlenda
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Questions & Answers
11 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
2 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
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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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