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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
11:00 - 22:00
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a number of places to eat on Fisherman's Wharf - so it's pot luck what you end up with...we went for this place and were fortunate! Slight dark interior and fine dining from a huge number of appetizing meals on the menu. Our waitress [think they call them servers in the USA] was so friendly and welcoming it... More 

Thank GavinA76
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect food, perfect service, perfect location!!! The clam chowder & BBQ oysters were amazing for appetisers. We loved the Surf & Turf as Main courses & complimented by a couple of bottles of local Californian wines. Our wives were even given fresh roses on departure. A truly enjoyable night. If you want an amazing meal with a great view (including... More 

Thank BenKylieThornton
northern virginia
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we enjoy properly prepared fresh fish. the daily catch menu is why we had to try here. wife had true cod ... i had halibut. both were perfectly prepared and presented. I highly recommend.

Thank lbshes
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the few places that know how to cook scallops. Nice and tender grilled scallops, vegetables that were lightly steamed and not overcooked. A healthy green salad with lots of extras and portions were just right. All of this followed by a desert that was fit for two. After dinner they brought my wife a rose. Nice elegant atmosphere.

Thank L8184GAjohnc
Fresno, California
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141 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monterey friends took us to their favorite restaurant where they frequently dine...excellent service, ample portions and clam chowder which ranks with the very best on the west coast...every meal in our group was perfect

Thank Calif_wino
Richmond, Virginia
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203 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went a bit late, on a Tuesday and they were not busy. Waiter got my friend's order wrong, which was the prime rib which was raved about in most reviews. He ended up being served at NY strip, which at about $40, an order shouldn't be misplaced. Got mine right, with some alterations I asked for, had the seafood platter.... More 

Thank 1alwaystraveling
southern oregon
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179 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant for a birthday dinner for my mother and were very surprised at EVERYTHING! The service was professional and attentive. The food was great, especially the calamari and the artichoke appetizers. The presentation of the deserts, which were included with our meals was also spectacular. The Philly-steak sandwich was enough for two people! Bring your appetite! There... More 

Thank benddragon
Los Angeles, California
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146 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Read great reviews so we decided to give it a try. It's located at the wharf in between some cute candy and souvenir shops. Service was great, food ok. The restaurant itself seemed dated. At the end of our meal, our server handed me a pink rose. Very touching.

Thank Isunwin
Livermore, California
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bunch of restaurants on the wharf had clam chowder samples they were handing out, and we thought this was the best. We went in, got a beautiful table, with wonderful view over harbor. We only ordered the clam chowder in bread bowls, but we were treated like we had ordered the whole menu. Very kind, considerate. From jeans to... More 

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Hutchinson, Kansas, United States
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic service and food. Had the top shelf bloody Mary's, fried shrimp appetizer, jambalaya and grilled fish platter. Huge portions of deliciousness...I would highly recommend.

Thank Jeff A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
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
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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