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Vivolo's Chowder House

127 Central Ave, 2 blocks up from the Aquarium, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
+1 831-372-5414
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“chowder” (139 reviews)
“fish and chips” (36 reviews)
“garlic bread” (14 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
127 Central Ave, 2 blocks up from the Aquarium, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here on Thursday and street parking was not an issue. We were immediately welcome to any table when we enter this small restaurant. Casual and fun artwork on the walls. After reviewing their many selections, (we missed the front door white board...More

Thank napavalleygal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are not foodies, but this satisfied our pallets for sure! Fish was fresh, service attentive, decor interesting. Best part though, was homemade bread pudding for dessert. Chef knows he is good at this one, so piles on the price. Worth it!

Thank Dandre D
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We come to Carmel Valley/Monterey 2-3 Times a year for long weekends and we ALWAYS make sure to go to Vivolo!!! They never disappoint on their service, food and value. It is the best place for families - Fresh seafood in a very simple, clean...More

Thank StarwoodLoyalist
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

We ate here before & wanted to come back because the food & service were both good. This time the service was good, but the food was average. We found the clams in the chowder soup to be a little chewy as well as some...More

Thank michael g
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

My wife had their chowder and a shrimp salad and pronounced both to be excellent, commenting especially on how fresh the shrimp was. I went further afield and had their house specialty linguine pescatorie, a mixture of fish, calamari, scallops and shrimp. I chose the...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The clam chowder here is every bit as good as you would find in New England. It's located about three blocks away from the Aquarium where street parking is readily available. The rest of the menu features an excellent assortment of fresh fish. As a...More

Thank D0dgerDan
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Arguably about the best chowder my wife and I have ever had. A few blocks from Cannery Row crowds, we were thrilled to easily park and find plenty of seats. The New Clam Chowder was tops - just wish we had time to finish before...More

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We were in Pacific Grove after a full day of sight seeing and needed to eat soon. My wife looked online for somewhere to get good chowder & Vivolo's was the closest place with a good rating. What a great experience! We started with the...More

Thank c c
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We went as a family here for dinner and found plenty of choices that pleased everyone. The chowder bowl is very generous so order one to share. We also enjoyed the side salad with shrimp (the tomato vinaigrette is lovely!) and fish and chips. The...More

Thank vulchie
Reviewed 26 July 2017

If you are looking for a place to eat seafood and chowder, this place is it. It is a quaint restaurant, nothing fancy and the service is average, but the food is good. We had the chowder and Fish n Chips. All tasty and reasonably...More

Thank JonJonMontreal
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Questions & Answers
susan s
11 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
11 September 2016|
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Response from Jacob L | Reviewed this property |
Did not have this dish, but everything we ordered was excellent.
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$22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Central Ave, 2 blocks up from the Aquarium, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-372-5414
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Voted best clam chowder for many years! Enjoy fresh sustainable seafood at affordable prices. A local favorite and a must for visitors. Two blocks up from the Montetey Bay Aquarium. Family friendly with a children's menu. Enjoy local seafood, pasta, burgers, soups, salad and house made desserts!
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