Monterey >Food & Dining > Old Fisherman's Grotto
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 with my sister from Wisconsin as well as a dear friend was a major extravagance for us. It was also, obviously, an important occasion for us. We had our little (15 pound) service dog with us. Only the short blonde hostess had any issue with it, and lectured us on "the rules" regarding a service dog in a restaurant. (We have him with us everywhere we go, and this was a first - most people recognize that a person with a service dog faces enough difficulties in life). This hostess was clearly a major hiring mistake. She no doubt would be happier serving in the military than serving customers. To be fair, the food was some of the best we've ever had, and our server, Christine, was gracious and attentive. We could have left with smiles in our faces and memories to treasure had it not been for the short blonde hostess who felt no need to be kind.
Service was supberb. Food was excellent. Thank you. =) Thank you for a great night
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 delicious.
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 to please their customers.
The food was great :) Treated well & a great view of the ocean.
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.
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 way we like it.
Great food. great service! Will definitely return.
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 mention the chowder - we would come back again! It's our no.1 rated restaurant for our entire US roadtrip!
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 was very welcoming to all guests and spent some time chatting to us about our travels. He was glad to hear that we had made a special effort to dine at his restaurant. We really enjoyed the seafood, the ambience and service.
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