Shake's Old Fisherman's Grotto

Shake's Old Fisherman's Grotto

Seafood Restaurant and Steakhouse$$$$
Monterey
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    Jinnie L.
    "yumyumyum♡ loved their bread bowl clam chowder & creme brulee!!"(45 Tips)
    Erin D.
    "Delicious clam chowder in a bread bowl."(8 Tips)
    Yulia S.
    "Amazing chowder and hot crab sandwich (also big portions)."(2 Tips)
    M
    "Grilled artichoke is to die! Calamari, totally delicious!"(11 Tips)
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  • Jennifer W.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer WalterDecember 30, 2016
    We had steak and lobster and both meals were absolutely delicious. A perfect place for birthday celebrations or other special occasions. Staff is super friendly.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 18, 2014
    Had an amazing meal here and really you must get the giant pineapple drink because you only live once. Steak was good but the scallop potatoes were out of this world!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterAugust 12, 2017
    My Monterey go-to for seafood for 20+ yrs: NE clam chowder in a bread bowl, bucket of steamed clams, Cioppino + always a great view of the Bay & abundant marine life below Fisherman's Wharf!
    Upvoted Apr 1
  • Kristina
    KristinaOctober 14, 2013
    Hot crab sandwich w soup is a perfect portion. The clam chowder is one of the best on the boardwalk. You can try it before walking in. Ocean views from all seating. Overall a decent place to eat.
  • Ashley C.heart icon on user image
    Ashley CherryFebruary 17, 2014
    Outstanding service, amazing chowder and the Pesto salmon was outstanding. Ask for Efren. I love that the women get a rose at the end of the meal!
  • Alekseyheart icon on user image
    AlekseyJuly 14, 2016
    The food is very delicious. Try the soft shell crab - I loved it. Prices could be a bit steep, and the service could be a bit slow.
  • Irina L.
    Irina LadOctober 25, 2014
    Best clam chowder of all and perfect steak in surf& turf!!! Looks much better from inside than outside. No kids are allowed, so have to come next day without them. Candle type dinner
  • EJ
    EJMarch 28, 2013
    The chowder really is fantastic, as is everything else we had. The steak was cooked perfectly. The lobster, scallops, and shrimp were superb. In addition to the great food, the service is outstanding.
  • Alex L.heart icon on user image
    Alex LeungDecember 31, 2012
    The atmosphere at night is romantic: dimly lit, with candles at each table! :). We got a calamari appetizer on the house...a surprise to us, given that we ordered an seafood appetizer platter!
  • Shari
    ShariApril 14, 2014
    Great restaurant. The food is excellent and they play awesome music like Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald. Do t miss this place.
  • Mark D.heart icon on user image
    Mark DregerDecember 11, 2016
    Sometimes it's nice to dine with such old fashioned charm — nothing fancy here, but the food was tasty and staff friendly. The surf and turf was great.
  • Francisco F.heart icon on user image
    Francisco FranetovicMarch 18, 2015
    Salads and sea food pasta were amazing. Brian was extremely attentive and kind. We felt like home because of him. My girlfriend received a rose :)
  • Sabrina
    SabrinaAugust 15, 2010
    If you come often sign up for a frequent diner card and you get a free ap w/ every meal. Best chowder and calamari in the world. And the grilled artichokes are amazing. Entire menu will not disappoint
  • DeBB R.
    DeBB RFebruary 2, 2013
    Ask for the Locals menu, Monday - Thursday. It includes: clam chowder or salad, entree & desert. P.S. a bottle of wine to compliment 25% off. Show you're license to parking Attendant for 2 free hrs
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    _December 8, 2014
    Get a free appetizer outside from the clam chowder sampler! The lazy man cioppino and jambalaya are a good place to start.
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila MSeptember 9, 2012
    Talk to the person at the front who is offering samples of the chowder before you go in to eat, they will give you a coupon for a free appetizer :)
  • Kristie P.heart icon on user image
    Kristie PapApril 30, 2019
    Delicious food, we tried both meat and fish and the plates were great. Big portions and very friendly staff!
  • Andrea C.heart icon on user image
    Andrea CampiAugust 17, 2014
    Really nice. Don't expect authentic Italian, more fusion; but very tasty and prepared well.
  • Airton L.heart icon on user image
    Airton LibórioJune 6, 2017
    This place is awesome, great food, waiter was super helpful, delicious oysters, clam chowder and jumbo shrimps
  • Filbert W.heart icon on user image
    Filbert WJanuary 4, 2018
    Had the blackened Hawaiian swordfish with polenta, grapes and walnuts. So good combo! Was on fresh catch menu
  • Katie M.
    Katie McCourtJanuary 8, 2013
    Seriously... The BEST clam chowder!!! Also try the grotto pineapple... Pretty boozy drink, served in an ACTUAL pineapple! :D
  • La C.
    La CjargneleMay 29, 2013
    Clam chowder is a must! Then choose an entree (I suggest tuna), then finish your meal with delicious Frangelico, it is made w/ almonds
  • Miss Courtney G.
    Miss Courtney GAugust 1, 2011
    Get a card for a free calimari app at the store at the end of the wharf, left side (sometimes they give them out at the door). Massive calimari dish, and the coconut shrimp is amazing!
  • DeBB R.
    DeBB RFebruary 2, 2013
    Great food &wonderful hospitality Chris, the owner plays at doorman and does a fabulous job of making you feel like family, or better yet an old friend:-)
  • Drewskiheart icon on user image
    DrewskiOctober 19, 2019
    It's a little dated, but great setting and excellent service.
  • Bev S.
    Bev SykesMarch 19, 2013
    Call ahead to get window table. Roast Dungness crab with garlic butter is great. Creme Brulee one of the best I've had.
  • Gabi Q.heart icon on user image
    Gabi QuigleyJune 18, 2019
    I kid you not, the special sourdough clam chowder was the best soup I’ve ever had
  • P S.heart icon on user image
    P SNovember 17, 2014
    Ask for a table by the window. Note that they don't have baby chairs and ask to keep quiet.
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LFebruary 16, 2015
    their fried calamari was light n crispy. yumyumyum♡ loved their bread bowl clam chowder & creme brulee!!
  • Simone M.heart icon on user image
    Simone MaccaferriJuly 26, 2015
    Good and huge portion of chowder, good calamari, quite expensive and a bit touristy but the quality is better than other similar spots
  • Filbert W.heart icon on user image
    Filbert WJanuary 4, 2014
    Yes, they have won best chowder 9 yrs in a row. Very creamy. "Bowl" is clamshell tureen shareable for two.
  • Kat .heart icon on user image
    Kat 🐱May 12, 2016
    Clam chowder is DELICIOUS but other main dishes (seafood pasta, macadamia crusted halibut) are mehhh...😐
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MadisonOctober 4, 2015
    Ask to be seated upstairs for the best view! #nokidsftw!
  • D
    DApril 2, 2015
    Stuffed half lobster with shrimp and cheese. So good!!
  • Stasys B.heart icon on user image
    Extremely god value: delicious food, perfect service, reasonable pricing. Don’t miss ur!!!
  • Kymm N.heart icon on user image
    Kymm N.March 11, 2013
    If your local say so....you get a free appetizer....if you are on Open Table make points...service and food is the best on the wharf.. .
  • Giles D.heart icon on user image
    Giles DouglasOctober 4, 2015
    Possibly least touristy place to eat on the wharf. Nice and quiet inside and food was good.
  • Cristal C.
    Cristal ClarkMarch 7, 2012
    Are you a Monterey County local??? Be sure to ask for the special menu!!!! Half the price, nearly twice the food! But be prepared to prove your residence with your ID!!!!
  • Nathan
    NathanSeptember 3, 2019
    Get the garlic bread bowl of clam chowder. So gluttonous but worth it.
  • Elisa V.heart icon on user image
    Elisa VazquezNovember 4, 2013
    Great wine list & cocktail menu. 25% of half or full bottles (lunch)
  • Larisa G.heart icon on user image
    Larisa GrollemondFebruary 11, 2017
    Old school seafood place, perfect if you want a view + classic dishes.
  • Michael O.heart icon on user image
    Michael OnoratoApril 11, 2015
    Fried calamari, bay shrimp cocktail, grilled prawns, seafood caesar salad
  • Andy W.heart icon on user image
    Andy WangMay 29, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Seafood always fresh and reasonably priced for a touristy spot.
  • Penny H.
    Penny HalvorsenOctober 29, 2022
    The Clam chowder is amazing and the salads fresh and organic .
  • Alex L.heart icon on user image
    Alex LeungDecember 31, 2012
    Overall, great atmosphere: awesome chowder; tasty calamari appetizer; grilled sandabs were great :)
  • Kelly W.heart icon on user image
    Kelly WinklemanApril 7, 2014
    The dining room is dimly lit and the food is superb. Very ideal for a date.
  • jov a.
    jov anchetaMarch 4, 2014
    Best chowder...Also good food..nice place to bring family for a lunch or dinner..
  • Brian B.heart icon on user image
    Brian BrittonJanuary 22, 2014
    I love the clam chowder and dungeness crab! Best place at the Fisherman's Wharf!
  • Cia
    CiaOctober 3, 2012
    This restaurant has a stated NO STROLLERS - NO LOUD CHILDREN policy, which is delightful. An adult dining experience with generous pours and excellent food.
  • Jared
    JaredDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Nothing better than a week night at the Grotto eating of the local's menu. Crab cakes w mango chutney and carmelized onion risotto.
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