Old Fisherman's Grotto

★★★★★
  • 39 Fishermans Wharf

    Monterey, CA 93940

    Cross street: 39 Old Fisherman?s Wharf #1 across from Pirate?s Cove Gift Shop

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  • 831-375-4604

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FOOD POISONING!!!\r
My husband and I ate there for the first time yesterday early afternoon for what was our Valentines Weekend celebration. He ordered the NY Steak and Crab and I ordered the Captains Plate (I believe that is what it is

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FOOD POISONING!!!\r
My husband and I ate there for the first time yesterday early afternoon for what was our Valentines Weekend celebration. He ordered the NY Steak and Crab and I ordered the Captains Plate (I believe that is what it is

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CAUTION! All it takes to ruin a dining experience is one nasty exchange with an officious employee. Watch out for a short blonde hostess with an attitude. We are far from wealthy and our dinner here to celebrate our 25th Anniversary along

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CAUTION! All it takes to ruin a dining experience is one nasty exchange with an officious employee. Watch out for a short blonde hostess with an attitude. We are far from wealthy and our dinner here to celebrate our 25th Anniversary along

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Service was supberb. Food was excellent. Thank you. =) Thank you for a great night

3
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Service was supberb. Food was excellent. Thank you. =) Thank you for a great night

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I had swordfish and it was the best I have had in years! The calimari appetizer was excellent as usual and my boyfriend had the Petrole Sole with risotto and said it was excellent as well, and the dessert was as beautiful as it was

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I had swordfish and it was the best I have had in years! The calimari appetizer was excellent as usual and my boyfriend had the Petrole Sole with risotto and said it was excellent as well, and the dessert was as beautiful as it was

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We mentioned that we were celebrating our 25th anniversary and they went out of their way to make it a memorable evening. The food was great, we had a wonderful window table and they comped us an appitizer and dessert. They really know how

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We mentioned that we were celebrating our 25th anniversary and they went out of their way to make it a memorable evening. The food was great, we had a wonderful window table and they comped us an appitizer and dessert. They really know how

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The food was great :) Treated well & a great view of the ocean.

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The food was great :) Treated well & a great view of the ocean.

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We have eaten at Old Fisherman's Grotto three times now. Every dinner was delicious and prepared perfectly! We do not live in Monterey, but will come to eat there whenever we are in town.

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We have eaten at Old Fisherman's Grotto three times now. Every dinner was delicious and prepared perfectly! We do not live in Monterey, but will come to eat there whenever we are in town.

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The food here is excellent! The service is top notch. The views are incredible. This is a true icon of Monterey, well known for the great food. It is not cheap, but it is reasonable. We always get full, they portions are large, just the

3
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The food here is excellent! The service is top notch. The views are incredible. This is a true icon of Monterey, well known for the great food. It is not cheap, but it is reasonable. We always get full, they portions are large, just the

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Great food. great service! Will definitely return.

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Great food. great service! Will definitely return.

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We stumbled upon this gem while shopping along the wharf. With all the handing awards saying ' Best clam chowder' - it wasn't difficult to decide. We weren't disappointed! We had the best oysters there, the seafood was fresh and not to

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We stumbled upon this gem while shopping along the wharf. With all the handing awards saying ' Best clam chowder' - it wasn't difficult to decide. We weren't disappointed! We had the best oysters there, the seafood was fresh and not to

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Having checked out the restaurant on Tripadviser, we specifically made a reservation for dinner at the Grotto. The waitress attended to our every need and the meal was as wonderful as had been recommened on Tripadviser. The manager- owner

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Having checked out the restaurant on Tripadviser, we specifically made a reservation for dinner at the Grotto. The waitress attended to our every need and the meal was as wonderful as had been recommened on Tripadviser. The manager- owner

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Exceptional service, nice atmosphere and kid friendly. Wasn't sure at first but after we were seated, the waiter was gracious and on top of things. No wait, and food came pretty quickly. We all enjoyed our meal. Especially the organic

3
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Exceptional service, nice atmosphere and kid friendly. Wasn't sure at first but after we were seated, the waiter was gracious and on top of things. No wait, and food came pretty quickly. We all enjoyed our meal. Especially the organic

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The Macadamia Nut Halibut dish was fantastic and our table on the second floor by the window made for a great romantic evening. A nice way to wrap up a quick get away trip for my wife and I. We will definitely be back when we head to

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The Macadamia Nut Halibut dish was fantastic and our table on the second floor by the window made for a great romantic evening. A nice way to wrap up a quick get away trip for my wife and I. We will definitely be back when we head to

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Awesome food and very friendly service. Will be back again. It is a little pricey but you have to consider the location, the amount of food you receive, and the quality of food. No Budlite on here but Millerlite was a great substitute.

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★★★★★

Awesome food and very friendly service. Will be back again. It is a little pricey but you have to consider the location, the amount of food you receive, and the quality of food. No Budlite on here but Millerlite was a great substitute.

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So friendly and accommodating to our time restriction.

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★★★★★

So friendly and accommodating to our time restriction.

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Great service. Great food. Best clam chowder in the world! Would defiantly come again!

3
★★★★★

Great service. Great food. Best clam chowder in the world! Would defiantly come again!

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The food was nicely presented, the service was great, the local menu was super!

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The food was nicely presented, the service was great, the local menu was super!

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Excellent experience as usual - Our servers were very attentive. Meal was awesome!!

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Excellent experience as usual - Our servers were very attentive. Meal was awesome!!

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I loved my clam chowder sourdough bowl. It was delicious.

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I loved my clam chowder sourdough bowl. It was delicious.

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Relaxed, gratious ,friendly service complimented with excellent food and atmosphere. I will be back with my friends.

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Relaxed, gratious ,friendly service complimented with excellent food and atmosphere. I will be back with my friends.

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Enjoyed our meal (Tuna) very much. Good presentation, excellent taste, good value.

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Enjoyed our meal (Tuna) very much. Good presentation, excellent taste, good value.

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Very good from start to finish. Quality service, Quality Food & nice atmosphere!!

3
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Very good from start to finish. Quality service, Quality Food & nice atmosphere!!

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Abel is fantastic! It was such a pleasure!

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Abel is fantastic! It was such a pleasure!

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Attentive staff & great food. Clam Chowder is a must. Very enjoyable dining experience.

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Attentive staff & great food. Clam Chowder is a must. Very enjoyable dining experience.

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Best crab cakes I have ever tasted! Our server Iman was very personable and prompt with service. Thank you!

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Best crab cakes I have ever tasted! Our server Iman was very personable and prompt with service. Thank you!

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Food was amazing! Every time we come here we leave satisfied. Our server Iman, was very cautious and helpful. We'll be back.

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Food was amazing! Every time we come here we leave satisfied. Our server Iman, was very cautious and helpful. We'll be back.

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Our waiter Iman was fantastic. He made sure everything was perfect he is a amazing employee. The food was unbelievable I never had seafood taste this amazing. Thank you I look forward to coming back and recomending the place.\r
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Our waiter Iman was fantastic. He made sure everything was perfect he is a amazing employee. The food was unbelievable I never had seafood taste this amazing. Thank you I look forward to coming back and recomending the place.\r
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Great clam chowder-best on Fisherman's Wharf. Just pass those other places and go straight to Fisherman's Grotto. BTW, the rest of the food ain't bad either!

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Great clam chowder-best on Fisherman's Wharf. Just pass those other places and go straight to Fisherman's Grotto. BTW, the rest of the food ain't bad either!

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the food was great, next time i'm in Monterey will go there twice, at least.

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★★★★★

the food was great, next time i'm in Monterey will go there twice, at least.

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The clam chowder was one of the best compared to the other restaurants. The menu was a bit pricey but the service was great. We shared an appetizer of calamari and shared one of the specials which was more than enough food. I am glad we

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The clam chowder was one of the best compared to the other restaurants. The menu was a bit pricey but the service was great. We shared an appetizer of calamari and shared one of the specials which was more than enough food. I am glad we

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Lots of choice in chowder and theirs was delicious.Great with cheese toast.My friend had the lobster and gave it thumbs up.Worth a try at $7 for chowder and $24 for lobster,chowder and bread.

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Lots of choice in chowder and theirs was delicious.Great with cheese toast.My friend had the lobster and gave it thumbs up.Worth a try at $7 for chowder and $24 for lobster,chowder and bread.

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Tourist trap at fishermans warf, nice view though.

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★★☆☆☆

Tourist trap at fishermans warf, nice view though.

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Old Fisherman's Grotto: You WILL love it! The food is way beyond expectation for a restaurant on the Wharf, and TOP NOTCH BY ANY STANDARD! Great Service, really- I don't think many know the standards by which to judge what great service is! It seems the server is reading your mind and anticipating what you want- and has it at your table before you'd ask for it!
There's a real presence of mind in everything they do, the well trained Staff is a natural extension of their excellence in the kitchen. I have dined here many times, and I have even had several of their Steaks. I can honestly state that their New York is superior to any I've had in the highest rated restaurants from Big Sur to San Francisco.
The restaurant also espouses a world awareness that I agree with. Printed on their menu is the phrase "Old Fisherman's Grotto serves only Sustainable Seafood, harvested in a manner that is non-destructive to the enviroment. We proudly follow the guidelines of The Monterey Bay Aquariums SEAFOOD WATCH program".
Chris Shake, the owner, has greeted me every single time I've been there- spanning since I first went in 1980 and his Father ran things.
If you are visiting Monterey's Wharf, go to Old Fisherman's Grotto (half way down the left- the yellow building). It is, as my ranking states, "World Class".
Please Note:I am NOT an employee of Old Fisherman's Grotto.

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Old Fisherman's Grotto: You WILL love it! The food is way beyond expectation for a restaurant on the Wharf, and TOP NOTCH BY ANY STANDARD! Great Service, really- I don't think many know the standards by which to judge what great service is! It seems the server is reading your mind and anticipating what you want- and has it at your table before you'd ask for it!
There's a real presence of mind in everything they do, the well trained Staff is a natural extension of their excellence in the kitchen. I have dined here many times, and I have even had several of their Steaks. I can honestly state that their New York is superior to any I've had in the highest rated restaurants from Big Sur to San Francisco.
The restaurant also espouses a world awareness that I agree with. Printed on their menu is the phrase "Old Fisherman's Grotto serves only Sustainable Seafood, harvested in a manner that is non-destructive to the enviroment. We proudly follow the guidelines of The Monterey Bay Aquariums SEAFOOD WATCH program".
Chris Shake, the owner, has greeted me every single time I've been there- spanning since I first went in 1980 and his Father ran things.
If you are visiting Monterey's Wharf, go to Old Fisherman's Grotto (half way down the left- the yellow building). It is, as my ranking states, "World Class".
Please Note:I am NOT an employee of Old Fisherman's Grotto.

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We're italian and you all should know we are very exigent about food. During the september 2008 me and my partner had a trip in California and this was the best place we tried. Thanks fisherman!

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We're italian and you all should know we are very exigent about food. During the september 2008 me and my partner had a trip in California and this was the best place we tried. Thanks fisherman!

Pros: Only fresh fish

Cons: You can't go there without the car

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The best clam chowder and calamari that I've ever had. If either one of these dishes is your favorite, you MUST go to the Grotto. The Shake family makes everyone feel so welcome. The view is beautiful and the service is great.

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The best clam chowder and calamari that I've ever had. If either one of these dishes is your favorite, you MUST go to the Grotto. The Shake family makes everyone feel so welcome. The view is beautiful and the service is great.

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Great sea food! The atmosphere is lovely. It is quite romantic at night with all the candles and low lighting. Linguine and clams are my favorite seafood and they came through with some huge clams. Great service and reasonably priced for seafood.

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Great sea food! The atmosphere is lovely. It is quite romantic at night with all the candles and low lighting. Linguine and clams are my favorite seafood and they came through with some huge clams. Great service and reasonably priced for seafood.

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I love the seafood and the setting at the Fisherman's Grotto makes it more enticing to eat. I have eaten here twice with my family and best friend. We were visiting my best friend at Salinas and decided to go to Monterey for a quick tour and spend quality time with our families This place is great! It is a bit pricey, but well worth the money paid for the quality of food and service provided.

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I love the seafood and the setting at the Fisherman's Grotto makes it more enticing to eat. I have eaten here twice with my family and best friend. We were visiting my best friend at Salinas and decided to go to Monterey for a quick tour and spend quality time with our families This place is great! It is a bit pricey, but well worth the money paid for the quality of food and service provided.

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A bit pricey but well worth it! Not a place top bring the children but great for a nice dinner with your spouse or siginificant other. Excellent Wine list and if you bring your own it is only $10.00 to uncork it.

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A bit pricey but well worth it! Not a place top bring the children but great for a nice dinner with your spouse or siginificant other. Excellent Wine list and if you bring your own it is only $10.00 to uncork it.

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We were visiting Monterey and went to this restaurant for the first time. It was amazing. The halibut is unbelievable, easily the most tender and best sauce ever anywhere. Pairing with sweet potatoes is genius. They have great wine at decent prices also. We had the VIP card from our hotel and received an excellent calamari and egglplant appetizer. Everything was delicious. The atmosphere is romantic, they have tables overlooking the water. There are candles on each table and they handed out single roses to the women customers. The service was outstanding, very attentive without being annoying or overbearing in any way. We would definitely come back here when visiting Monterey again.

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We were visiting Monterey and went to this restaurant for the first time. It was amazing. The halibut is unbelievable, easily the most tender and best sauce ever anywhere. Pairing with sweet potatoes is genius. They have great wine at decent prices also. We had the VIP card from our hotel and received an excellent calamari and egglplant appetizer. Everything was delicious. The atmosphere is romantic, they have tables overlooking the water. There are candles on each table and they handed out single roses to the women customers. The service was outstanding, very attentive without being annoying or overbearing in any way. We would definitely come back here when visiting Monterey again.

Pros: Food, prices, service, ambience, everything!

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Looking for a nice romantic dinner this is the place. Every seat has ocean view and dinner by candlelight. Very cozy and staff and food are extraordinary. A little pricey but well worth it.

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Looking for a nice romantic dinner this is the place. Every seat has ocean view and dinner by candlelight. Very cozy and staff and food are extraordinary. A little pricey but well worth it.

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On my first visit to monterey a friend and I chose to eat here based on some of the reviews and we were very pleased. The owner stands outside with samples of clam chowder and is very polite and welcoming and so are the staff. The food is delicious (probably the best clam chowder i've had). I highly recommend this place!

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On my first visit to monterey a friend and I chose to eat here based on some of the reviews and we were very pleased. The owner stands outside with samples of clam chowder and is very polite and welcoming and so are the staff. The food is delicious (probably the best clam chowder i've had). I highly recommend this place!

Pros: Excellent service, great food, great scenery.

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NEED I SAY MORE?! This is the best place for seafood. I've lived on the Monterey Peninsula all my life (28 years) and this is the ONLY place I would go out to eat. The staff is great, the food is great, and OOOOHHH! the deep fried cheesecake... I have diabetes, and sugar is a big NO NO, but when i go to Fisherman's Grotto, I CAN'T RESIST!!!!!!!!!!

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NEED I SAY MORE?! This is the best place for seafood. I've lived on the Monterey Peninsula all my life (28 years) and this is the ONLY place I would go out to eat. The staff is great, the food is great, and OOOOHHH! the deep fried cheesecake... I have diabetes, and sugar is a big NO NO, but when i go to Fisherman's Grotto, I CAN'T RESIST!!!!!!!!!!

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We sat down by this big window looking over the water. The service was great and so was the food!! Would come back again.

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We sat down by this big window looking over the water. The service was great and so was the food!! Would come back again.

Pros: Great view, good food

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Old Fisherman?s Grotto is a nice little place to have lunch or dinner on Fisherman?s Wharf when you?re in Monterey. They have yummy clam chowder (they offer free samples if you take a walk down the pier) and fresh seafood of course, but they also have steak and pasta. The inside is decorated to look like you are under the sea ? be sure to take a peek at the stairwell in the center of the lower level. If you get a table next to the window, look for harbor seals on the rocks and sea otters in the water in addition to sea birds. If you visit the convention & visitors bureau for the area you can score coupons for a free appetizer there and get a VIP card at the restaurant.

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Old Fisherman?s Grotto is a nice little place to have lunch or dinner on Fisherman?s Wharf when you?re in Monterey. They have yummy clam chowder (they offer free samples if you take a walk down the pier) and fresh seafood of course, but they also have steak and pasta. The inside is decorated to look like you are under the sea ? be sure to take a peek at the stairwell in the center of the lower level. If you get a table next to the window, look for harbor seals on the rocks and sea otters in the water in addition to sea birds. If you visit the convention & visitors bureau for the area you can score coupons for a free appetizer there and get a VIP card at the restaurant.

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I was recommended to Old Fisherman's Grotto by my hotel. I didn't want formal dining, just really good seafood. This was just the place! The owner Chris was standing out front, passing out samples of clam chowder (which I give a perfect 10!) He was very gracious. The staff was very pro, and the food fantastic! My hotel sent me a Calamari appetizer (I had a VIP card), and I've never had better. Nice ""local"" feel for a restaurant in the middle of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf!

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I was recommended to Old Fisherman's Grotto by my hotel. I didn't want formal dining, just really good seafood. This was just the place! The owner Chris was standing out front, passing out samples of clam chowder (which I give a perfect 10!) He was very gracious. The staff was very pro, and the food fantastic! My hotel sent me a Calamari appetizer (I had a VIP card), and I've never had better. Nice ""local"" feel for a restaurant in the middle of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf!

Pros: Owner and Staff, The Food, The Service

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Even if you just want a burger, they go ALL out. Gormet food, personalized service, owner is always there, reasonable prices, best chowder on the warf, family owned for ever. They even have a kids menu.

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Even if you just want a burger, they go ALL out. Gormet food, personalized service, owner is always there, reasonable prices, best chowder on the warf, family owned for ever. They even have a kids menu.

Pros: Inexpensive, good location, great customer servce

Cons: never found any cons

 

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