Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

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Hours
Sun
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mon
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tue
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wed
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thu
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sat
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$27.00 – $74.00
CUISINES
Steakhouse, Seafood
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
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About
Thank you for considering Monterey Bay Fish Grotto for your affair. This award-winning restaurant has always taken pride in its level of standards and excellence. These exceptional standards are reflected in the mouth-watering fresh fish and impeccable service. Guests have come to expect this level of quality in every aspect of the main dining room as well as the private dining room. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto's fish is fresh and flown in from a number of locations on the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaiian Islands. For this reason we are the regions Premier Fresh Fish Restaurant offering 20 kinds of fresh fish in an array of original, delicious styles.
PRICE RANGE
$27.00 – $74.00
CUISINES
Steakhouse, Seafood
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,063 reviews
Excellent
669
Very good
247
Average
88
Poor
27
Terrible
32
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

JohntheLast
Barrington1292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
I was a bit worried after reading some of the bad reviews. For this class of restaurant, the comments were worrisome. But, no worries. It exceeded our expectations. The views are great (even from the tables that are not directly next to the windows. The food is just fantastic. There was not a single issue that I could think of with the meal. We had a dozen oysters to start which were superb. The Norwegian trout and sea bass that we had were cooked to perfection with great sauces to complement. The the angel food cheesecake sandwich was indescribable. You want to get another just to see if the second was as good as the first. Yes, you are going to pay around $100 a person but it is worth it.
Written January 15, 2020
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Frequent_Flyer_2011
Washington DC29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 none
Most restaurants with a world-class view live off that, and have mediocre food and service. Not this one. The view of the start of the Ohio River and downtown Pittsburgh is just amazing, and the decor of the several rooms is very pleasant. We've been there four times and the food has been consistently excellent; the fish is fresh and expertly prepared, the side dishes are equally good and the service is professional. It's expensive but still a good value, especially for anniversaries, birthdays, etc (when the staff goes the extra mile and often gives you a free dessert). You absolutely need a reservation, and it serves so many people it doesn't feel intimate, but it's still a fun and worthwhile place. No hesitation in recommending it!
Written August 22, 2021
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Flanaganz
Auckland520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
There were five in our group and we enjoyed our meals after a couple of hiccups. We all ate fish and had varying experiences with our meals. One meal had sauce that was so salty it couldn't be eaten. It was sent back and the staff agreed that the sauce had been over seasoned ruining the fish. A replacement meal was provided which was perfectly seasoned. The staff handled this in an excellent manner and we didn't end up paying for that meal. Another fish dish had been overcooked and was a bit dry. Although edible it detracted from the meal and we should have said something at the time. The other three meals were outstanding. The wine list was excellent and the desserts sublime. Coupled with the terrific views over Pittsburg, and great service, the dinner was successful.
Written January 8, 2020
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MCM007fl
570 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 couples
I really really wanted to have a great experience here. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and wanted it to be special. The view from the restaurant is absolutely spectacular. However that was the best part of the experience. My husband’s steak was over cooked and that really disappointed him. Topping that was the $60 we spent for my Lobster Romano. When the plate arrived I didn’t even recognize it as lobster. Coming from Florida I am used to a beautiful tail with succulent lobster meat. Instead I was served two flattened and battered (?) pieces of lobster that had so much lemon that it was nearly inedible. I only ate 1/4 of the two tails and the server never asked how the meal was or if there was anything wrong (despite all the food remaining on the plate). It was terribly disappointing.
Written March 13, 2021
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subwayrider13
New York City50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 couples
Views were excellent, as expected. Service was friendly and perfect. Very nice staff all around. Most customers were dressed very casual (jeans and sneakers) which was a bit surprising. Some food was excellent, while some other food did not meet expectations. For example, the filet mignon was chewy with little flavor, certainly not worth $48. Salad to start was tasty. My date said thr crab cakes were as expected, average. We tried two desserts, the cream cheese special was amazing...the waitress said it has won awards in Pittsburgh. The lime dessert was just OK. Drinks from the bar...liquor and wine...were delicious. Overall nice experience.
Written March 30, 2021
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Linda P
Colorado9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 family
We were a party of 6 and seated promptly by the window with an amazing view. Our server was pleasant but not well trained or professional. Our drink delivery was in spread out stages. For appetizers, some had oysters and some had fried green tomatoes and both were good. However, our entrees were delivered before we had finished our appetizers. Therefore, the dishes hadn't been cleared and we had to ask for clean silverware. My husband had Bronzini which he said was very good! I had shrimp over mashed potatoes - it was OK - not bad, not great. Can't speak for the other entrees! We were quickly served complimentary desserts for we were celebrating 2 anniversaries and 1 birthday. I remember them being good but I don't remember what they were. For a high-end restaurant, we felt rushed and poorly served. I would recommend this restaurant only for it's view!
Written September 26, 2021
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c12pilot
Cranberry Township363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Decided to give Monterey Bay a try during restaurant week. Had a pre-dinner drink in the bar and enjoyed the wonderful view of the city lights. We were seated next to a window and the staff remembered to congratulate my wife and I several times for our anniversary. We ordered the tuna poke app to start things off. A little different than what we expected but fresh, tasty and enjoyable. We decided to order off the special menu. We both selected the seafood sampler. The ichi skewer was overcooked. The crab cake full of fresh crab meat but lacked some flavor. The shrimp was very good but only got one! Had the angel food grilled cheese desert and loved it! The waitress then gave us our choice fo desert on the house for our anniversary which we ended up taking to go to eat later. Overall the dinner was nice and enjoyable. I do feel the food quality could be improved for the prices they command. The view and environment is priceless. We will probably try it again for another special occasion.
Written January 23, 2020
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EMILY O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 none
View was stunning! Atmosphere was calming, light and happy. Our waiter, Anthony, was the best of the best. Literally so kind and helpful when needed. Food exceeded expectations. We ordered the mac n cheese to share as an appetizer. Delicious! For my main meal I ordered the crab cakes which were phenomenal. I cleaned my plate haha! My friends had the fried chicken and salmon, which I got a taste of and was also beyond impressed. Thank you Monterey Bay for an amazing experience and incredible food!
Written February 26, 2020
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Mc
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 none
Went to Monterey Bay for my wife's birthday. We were seated at a window table with a great view of the city. That is the only good thing I can say about this restaurant. We ordered the seafood trio for at appetizer. The fish skrews were raw and the crab cake was tasteless, all filler, no lumps of crab meat. My wife ordered the lobster mac and cheese, which was to be a 12oz lobster tail with mac and cheese. what she got, was a bowl of mac and cheese with minced seafood of some type. No lobster tail. I ordered the Bronzino which was not fresh, rubbery and very fishy tasting. The brussel sprouts were cooked to the point that we had to peel off the outer leaves to eat them. We complained to the manager who promptly told us to never come back, very abrasive and rude.
Written September 28, 2022
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biglindy
Murrysville96 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
Stick to seafood the chicken was uneatable. Dark meat with a bone and socket joint. Seared with carbon taste to skin. Chicken was watery and completely tasteless. No onion or garlic taste whatsoever.
Written August 29, 2020
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rt113
Birmingham301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
Three for dinner mid week. Beautiful setting with great views of Pittsburgh and the three rivers. Get a reservation time, so you can see during daylight and after dark. Restaurant sits high on Mt. Washington. Not really a bad table. Excellent service and very good food. She Crab soup a must. We had Chilean sea bass, crab cakes, and the shrimp/scallop etoufe. This is not a cheap restaurant, so be prepared for a pricey bill, but worth it for the service, food and view. Valet parking only.
Written July 17, 2021
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Pittsburgh_cyclist
Pittsburgh572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 couples
It would be very easy for Monterey Bay to rely on their amazing location to bring in customers but the food, service and overall experience are all excellent. This was our first visit since the pandemic shut things down and we were pleasantly surprised that the menu had been simplified and improved. Little things like a complementary glass of sparkling wine to celebrate our anniversary and a careful wine recommendation really made this a special occasion.
Written August 16, 2022
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Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
We love being your favorite restaurant! We're so delighted to read this, and hope you'll come back again soon. Thank you!
Written September 10, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ViajeroJBW
Maple Grove637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 solo
Excellent dining experience high stop Mt. Washington with a wonderful view of the city. Great location with unrivaled views of the three convening rivers and downtown. Our business group had a spacious private dining room where we started off with fruit, veggie, cheese, and cracker trays while enjoying cocktails. I enjoyed the filet mignon, a nice salad, bread, and potatoes. After dinner we enjoyed an assortment of delicious finger-sized desserts. Our two servers, one named MK, took very good care of us. All the while, not only did we enjoy great food and drink but wonderful conversation, service, and evening storm views of the city. A very special place. Although ima carnivore and this establishment caters predominantly to seafood lovers, there are non-seafood options, and I highly recommend and would return.
Written June 11, 2022
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Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
We're so delighted to read this, and hope you'll come back again soon. Thank you!
Written September 10, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

StellaOnPoint
Pittsburgh126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
The celebration of my son's birthday could not be described anything less than sheer perfection. The view is only surpassed by the dining experience! From entering and greeting from Anthony, to our talented and knowledgeable bartender Alex and then our fabulous server Cheyenne. It made our evening extra special. She was so helpful in our selections and knew everything about each item on the menu. We enjoyed a pinot grigio from an extensive wine list. I selected as my entree the Big Eye Tuna and my son had the Branzino. They were done to picture perfect perfection. The shareables of brussels sprouts and truffle mashed potatoes were indescribably delicious. We started off with the delish crab soup. And the birthday dessert brough out with our coffee and after dinner drinks was incredible and only left one polite bite. Thank you Monterey Bay Fish Grotto! Can't wait to see you all again.
Written February 10, 2022
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Kevin O
Land O Lakes223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 couples
This restaurant has become a must during each of our visits to greater PIttsburgh. Everything that happens here is first rate and performed professionally. On a previous visit we met some of the management team. They make every effort to deliver a memorable experience. This visit was no different, I reached out to one of the managers, Thomas, who not only arranged for a teriffic table (see photos) but seated us in a section with a great server, Cindy. Before I get into the details of our evening I should mention that valet parking service is available and reasonably priced. We began our dinner with a bottle of Piper Hiedsieck Brut which paired wonderfully with the lump crab cake (see photo) and the warm bread. The crab cake had a generous amount of lump crab and we loved the texture provided by a few crispy edges. For entrees my wife selected the halibut, but asked for a slight modification from the kitchen. The request was granted and the lemon-pepper cream sauce was added over the panko crust and it was delicious. I also chose the halibut but kept things simple and ordered it just as it appeared on the menu, with Sicilian hot sausage, San Marzano tomato, blistered tomato. The portions were more than generous and really we made every effort finish everything. There were some fantastic desert items to choose from, but we decided to enjoy an after dinner drink, Sambuca in a snifter for my wife and a 10 year tawny port for myself.
Written April 12, 2023
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