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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” (231 reviews)
“seafood” (199 reviews)
“calamari” (155 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Me and my family were really willing to eat at this place until we came across this sign on the door, in short, kids are not accepted ... disappointing ...

Thank miriamsousa
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice place, glam chowder and lobster tails were ok. I got zinfandel vine . I prefer zinfandel when I am in the USA usually

Thank Bayram K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The chowder bowl is the best I've ever had. Our waiter Ricardo was so friendly. Somewhat pricey but well worth it. Stop in and treat yourself to an amazing meal.

Thank RhondaGeeesh
Reviewed 4 days ago

This ranks up there as one of our favorite restaurants ever. After reading the reviews, we tried twice to reserve a table but couldn't, both on Open Table and by phoning. However, when we called, they said to come early and we could probably be...More

Thank CruisinCherie
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wanted a nice seafood dinner with wife on our coastal trip. Grotto met that goal. First off, staff was very nice and waiter made us feel special. Had special pricing on bottles of wine to go with our meal. I had the Chioppino(fish stew) and...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Any time I go to Monterey I eat at Fisherman's Grotto. They make the best clam chowder ever. The atmosphere is casual elegance. The view of the sea otters playing, seals swimming around is always a nice way to enjoy the day. They also have...More

Thank Tami B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been there, don't have to go again. For the reviews, this was terrible, floury clam chowder. Com'on, New England doesn't make it this way! Friendly bar to wait in and I wish we'd stayed there. Dining room was a real disappointment.

Thank tmikeob
Reviewed 1 week ago

I find the way they are going out of their way to insult children at the front door with two or three huge signs whining about strollers and noise disgusting. There are other, much more polite ways of conveying the "adults only please" or "21+...More

Thank MrYu
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Fisherman's Grotto is one of several similar restaurants lining the pier. We've been to it 3 or 4 times, and find it very average - far from our favorite stop along the pier - and we are in no hurry to return again....More

Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 1 week ago

After moving from Southern California to Utah 13 years ago we include a stop in Monterey on our return visits to California. This is just so we can enjoy a wonderful cup of clam chowder at the Fisherman's Grotto and a nice walk on the...More

Thank Lucy R
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.09 km away
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Questions & Answers
10 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
1 October 2016|
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Response from Jkahn059 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have separate area for groups
17 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
Local cuisine, Groups, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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