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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” (229 reviews)
“seafood” (196 reviews)
“calamari” (152 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940-2432
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely outlook and food was average...not special but did the job. Many to choose from and all looked similar. Not disappointed. A must to have a meal when at a Fishermans Wharf. Give it a go.

Thank melinda e
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and service The wild alaskan salmon was delicious. Our waiter Giovanni was outstanding Highly recommend

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While in Monterey on business, my coworkers and I decided to eat on the wharf. We chose the Old Fisherman's Grotto for its excellent reviews. Upon arrival we were seated fairly quickly in the upstairs dining area, and were provided some wonderful bread and butter....More

Thank Jim G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want great seafood with a great ocean view - this is the place. We arrived when the sun was setting. Food arrived quickly. Presentation was first class. Four of us ate. One bottle of wine. Two deserts. 3 entrees. Cost approx $230. Will...More

Thank AudaciousOne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything is a bit overpriced but the food is tasty, the portions are generous and nice service. Some tables overlook the bay and you can't get much fresher seafood.

Thank Chiefly1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I used to come here as a kid with my parents, aunt and uncle and cousins. Great memories. But honestly quite surprised to have such a pleasant meal 40 some years later. Everything was very nice and our server Giovanny did an awesome job. Thanks...More

1  Thank fresnomo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During our recent stay in Monterey, we followed some TripAdvisor recommendations and had dinner here. They gave us a coupon for a free appetizer and were able to seat is upstairs at a window seat looking out over the water! We Decided on the fried...More

1  Thank MexRazor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to hit the Grotto late on a Tuesday night and there wasn't a lineup to get in, as we have heard it can be quite long. The good news is their pagers extend the length of the pier so you can walk...More

1  Thank Lance E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped at this restaurant for a birthday lunch with our adult daughter. It is hands-down the best chowder on the wharf...thick, creamy, great flavor and generous portions. They gave us a coupon for a free appetizer as we walked by which we used for fried...More

1  Thank DiznyGirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When you are walking along the wharf, many of the seafood restaurants have clam chowder for you to sample. For us, this one is the best. The restaurant does not seem to want children to eat there. They have signs posted that they do not...More

Thank stephp
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, 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
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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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