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Vivolo's Chowder House

127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
+1 831-372-5414
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (128 reviews)
“garlic bread” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
127 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
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1 - 10 of 268 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a delicious seafood restaurant in Monterey. It is easy to get to and easy to find parking nearby. They have a nice menu, great service, and nice ambiance,

Thank InternationalGal
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was our favorite dinner of our two week vacation. My husband had the seafood alfredo and I had the Boston pan soup in the sourdough bowl with the garlic cheese top. Both were full of excellent shellfish. The garlic cheese top is very rich....More

Thank MJRupp
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We visited Monterey this weekend with family (party of 7.) Made reservations, which they lost, but recovered quickly and seated us immediately in the room in the back. No windows, but comfortable. Service was friendly although not really a lot of attention to detail (they...More

Thank WaveMachine
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We've visited Monterey many times and tried the clam chowder at dozens of places, but this was the BEST. Most of the restaurants on the pier offer samples, which is fun, but none of them are this good.

Thank Jeanne B
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We both had chowder, met expectations and more. My friend had a fish taco which he liked I had the spinach salad and was not disappointed but not overwhelmed either. I say stick to the seafood here.

Thank barongruda
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

My wife wasn't walking very well this day so I stopped in here to get some take out food. This restaurant didn't disappoint me. The clam chowder was great, some of the best I've tasted on the coast. My wife had shrimp scampi and it...More

Thank hereintop
Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you're looking for a great clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, I can't recommend this chowder house enough! Definitely pay the extra few dollars for the sourdough topper that they turn into a lucious, butter-dripping garlic bread. We were in Monterey for a...More

1  Thank Kate T
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We ate here based on the positive online reviews and this place was a-ok. The clam chowder was good but I feel overrated, and most of the food on the menu is very heavy. That's great if you are big into fried seafood. Everything was...More

1  Thank moviegal226
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Midweek dinner, not busy, great service. Perfect kids menu and great entries. Definitely worth a look.

1  Thank CardinalsStLFan
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The restaurant looks non-descript from the outside but it is light and elegant on the inside. The window has a sign that says voted best chowder and it is excellent. I ordered a bowl of chowder in a sourdough bowl with an ice tea. Very...More

2  Thank Julie S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
susan s
How is the Boston pan roast?
12 September 2016|
Response from Julievdavis | Property representative |
Delicious but very rich, lots of seafood, great on a cold day or when you would like something special!
susan s
How is the Boston pan roast?
12 September 2016|
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Response from Jacob L | Reviewed this property |
Did not have this dish, but everything we ordered was excellent.
Do you have Manhattan style chowder also?
25 June 2015|
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Response from rbitner2016 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe they do. Our visit was NE chowder. Check online menu. Great food
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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