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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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Shanghai, China
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200 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

We had our Thanksgiving dinner there. It was very busy but we were seated quickly at our reservation time. The waitress was very good. She recommended several seafood dishes( Calamari eggplant Parmesan, Grilled Scallops, and Macadamia crushed Halibut) which were very nice indeed. For Appetizers, we had grilled Artichoke( so so) and Fried Calamari( good).We order a bottle of local... More 

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New Hope
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259 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

There were four of us for lunch. We began with an appetizer that had calamari, artichoke and shrimp. All were delicious except the calamari was very average. It was a little soggy and rubbery. Next we had clam chowder which is the best we have ever had. For our main courses we had Caesar salad topped with shrimp and calamari.... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

Worth the wait. Menu outside is not what is available be prepared for a surprise. All that we eat was very good. Be warned the deserts are massive.

Thank Cyril-Mundy
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

OMG Never in all my travels have I encountered such rude, unaccomodating staff...seriously people? Yeh, the food is good, but do u really want to give your hard earned money to people who don't value their customers ? Please , so many good restaurants elsewhere ....DON'T GO

Thank Rikki N
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

Delicious seafood upstairs overlooking the water in the harbor. Quiet setting and wonderful selection of food. We were even served a complimentary bowl of clam chowder. Yum!

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San Francisco
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

Red leather couches, dim lighting, Sinatra playing, and cioppino on the menu. Classic stuff. But nicely done, friendly service, good portions and a decent well priced wine list...oh, and romantic sea views from the pier location. Try it for a good retro dinner. Worth every penny.

Thank daithesong
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179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 628 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

We’ve been here a few times. It’s our favorite place on the wharf. The creme brulee is awesome. On our most recent visit, there was cold A/C blowing on our legs, and it wasn’t even a hot night. That was uncomfortable. We complained, but I guess they weren’t able to do anything about it. One of the things I really... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

This looked like your average tourist type restaurant on the wharf. Our waiter, Joel, greeted us in a quiet room facing the water. We asked for some recommendations and he suggested some very good food. His wine suggestion was also well paired. This very good restaurant gets an "excellent" rating because Joel did an excellent job and helped make this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

I have to confess when a read the sign in the entrance of the restaurant where it says "no strollers, no high chairs, no buster seats" I felt a turn in my stomach but since my younger son is 12 we decided to try it, no regrets!!! The service is exceptional, the atmosphere is so relaxing, and the clam chowder... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

The servers were friendly and polite, the food arrived in a timely manner, and the atmosphere was very nice (although very dark inside). However, the food was only so-so. Our entrees were the Hawaiian ahi tuna and the shrimp/steak skewers. The skewers were edible but the shrimp were a bit overdone. The ahi was not very tasty at all. All... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
View, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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