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Old Fisherman's Grotto

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39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432 (Scott Street)
+1 831-375-4604
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Littleton, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First a little explanation......My wife and I ate several times at this restaurant over 50 years ago when I was in the Army. I mentioned this to our server and she took our and then said that the manager wanted to present us with a special appetizer. She brought out a large platter of calamari and veggies and dips. The... More 

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Tracy, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our favorite restaurant on the wharf. Always have their marinated artichoke appetizer. Just to die for and healthy too. Topped off with clam chowder and half of a bay shrimp sandwich. Actually really too much food with the bread and butter. But will definitely fill you up! Just wonderful sitting there looking out at the water! So peaceful.

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Minneapolis MN
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I called a couple of restaurants for reservations and couldn't get in. This place said just come on over as we have tables available. It was dark and we got lost finding the place but once we parked (fee for wharf parking) we were relieved. They took us immediately upstairs to a lovely window booth overlooking the water. Even though... More 

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Anaheim, California
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235 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sign outside the entrance clearly states no high chairs, booster seats and noisy children will be asked to leave. That means it really does cater to adults in a romantic setting. Many tables overlook the bay. Service was very attentive. Prices for a tourist area were reasonable. Each of our entrees were delicious. They only draw back is very small... More 

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Loomis, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best clam chowder in all of Monterey, so all of California, so all of the world! All the others claim to be the best but this one really is the best. The atmosphere was very nice also with a nice view of the harbor.

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South San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must. The best seafood restaurant in Monterey. Have been going since 1973 still wonderful. Best fried calamari ever

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San Jose, California
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229 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Before we left Monterey - just needed some clam chowder ... it was too early for many of the Wharf restaurants to be open. Went to the Cafe and grabbed some clam chowder ... it was just ok. I don't like bacon in the chowder and the bread was day prior's that had been wrapped in plastic wrap so the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an excellent lunch with a booth with a window view. The Chinese chicken salad was delicious and my husbands choice of the half sandwich and soup (clam chowder and piled high shrimp salad) was also a good choice. We are non-drinkers but the wine choices looked good as well. Old world ambiance was also special as was the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old Fisherman's Grotto is the standard for any eatery on the wharf. Dark, classic décor and quiet, yet very friendly. The service here is very customer centered and hard to beat. I've always been on the look out for a good paella dish and found it here. Despite being billed as chorizo flavored, it wasn't overwhelming. The portion is more... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for lunch following a historical walking tour of the Wharf and had a very nice experience. My husband is an Army veteran and happened to be wearing a hat indicating that. After we were seated, a hostess approached us thanked my husband for his service. She placed a small American flag on our table. We ordered shrimp... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Cuisine
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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