Old Fisherman's Wharf

Pier, Harbor / Marina, and Scenic Lookout
  • Don't forget it is Presidents' Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Ruth C.
    "Well worth it, watch out for the pelicans and sea lions!"(7 Tips)
    James M.
    "... Historic shops: Taffy, whale watching, seafood (each with "the best clam chowder"..."(4 Tips)
    Derek S.
    "Clam chowder best on the wharf, possibly in Monterey all together!"(23 Tips)
    Lizzie E.
    "Best sourdough bread bowl clam chowder at crabby jims"(2 Tips)
76 Tips and reviews
  • clam chowder
  • sea lions
  • whale watching
  • crabby jims
  • bread bowls
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  • Art R.
    Art Robinson3 weeks ago
    Scales restaurant...Great atmosphere delicious clam chowder..
  • Sung C.
    Sung ChoeDecember 30, 2016
    It was a nice place to stroll, checking out shops & restaurants.
  • James M.
    James MichelOctober 29, 2016
    Locals call this Wharf #1. Start exploring Monterey CA here! Historic shops: Taffy, whale watching, seafood (each with "the best clam chowder" sampled on your walk), dancing monkey and sea lion song.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BoucherOctober 17, 2016
    Loved the scenery. Lot's to do, see and eat nearby.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WolfeSeptember 29, 2016
    This wharf is adorable. Lined with great restaurants and stunning views, there's nothing to not love about it. Everyone is super friendly and the wharf is very clean.
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueSeptember 4, 2016
    Tourist infested pier. Steer clear stranger!
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithAugust 22, 2016
    Great place for lunch
  • George Y.
    George YiuJuly 5, 2016
    great fishing spot
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱May 9, 2016
    Get the clam chowder from Old Fisherman's Grotto and coffee from Water+Leaves (They have a small outdoor patio where you can sit and look at this view)!
  • Ivan Z.
    Ivan ZhangFebruary 21, 2016
    A mini version of Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Timothy P.
    Timothy ParrisFebruary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Feed the homeless, they give the best local info.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengDecember 26, 2015
    Free clam chowder samples all the way down the wharf! It also has quite a few tourist shops, whale watching, seafood restaurants, and a man with parrots near the end of the wharf.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BDecember 16, 2015
    Typical tourist spot but with decent food options.
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EvansNovember 29, 2015
    Touristy but fun to walk around. Don't bother eating or shopping there though. Overpriced and much better places nearby.
  • Derek S.
    Derek SlavyOctober 10, 2015
    Clam chowder best on the wharf, possibly in Monterey all together! Bread pudding desert also an absolute MUST TRY. Great service, staff, and decor/Sanatra music!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 25, 2015
    Cute little pier walk
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah ReesMay 28, 2015
    Come here to see sea lions
  • Denise
    DeniseApril 2, 2015
    Great place to watch the seals.
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BodnerMarch 23, 2015
    Clam chowder
  • Monterey Bay Inn
    Monterey Bay InnMarch 18, 2015
    There are tons of choices for clam chowder. Enjoy!
  • Jackson T.
    Jackson TsaiFebruary 25, 2015
    Fisherman's wharf! Come here for many of the greatest restaurant selection! Almost every restaurant serves samples of their chowder outside their door!
  • S_J L.
    S_J LFebruary 16, 2015
    lots to see n enjoy♡ must to do the glass boat! also try free clam chowder samples from restaurants tout! ;)
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OchoaFebruary 15, 2015
    It's a good walk. If you have a skate, it's time to show your skills.
  • Kenneth F.
    Kenneth FarotteJanuary 8, 2015
    Going during the week was great . Not crowded at all! Had samples of chowder thought they were all pretty good. Very nice place if your looking for something to do
  • Javier H.
    Javier HernandezJanuary 5, 2015
    Clam chowder & clams
  • Amélie B.
    Amélie BeerensDecember 9, 2014
    Disney wotld of wales watching... good clam chowder
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LoaizaDecember 7, 2014
    Great place to walk around. Pet-friendly. Yummy clam chowder samples. #mustvisit
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongDecember 7, 2014
    Free clam chowder samples along the wharf!
  • Pavel S.
    Pavel SirotinNovember 17, 2014
    A lot of wild animals and birds to watch.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah ReesOctober 28, 2014
    Good place to see sea lions
  • Marni
    MarniOctober 20, 2014
    Fun for a walk, and to see the sea lions. Sometimes you will get lucky and they will be VERY close, sunning themselves on the lower docks.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraSeptember 27, 2014
    Similar to one in Sf but not as tourists heavy with local owned businesses
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakSeptember 2, 2014
    very touristy/ smells bad/don't eat here
  • Krista V.
    Krista VogelSeptember 1, 2014
    Everything is really touristy here, but it is cool to hear the sea lions barking and watch them swim around.
  • Meow
    MeowAugust 23, 2014
    Clam chowder
  • Tristan L.
    Tristan LoveAugust 17, 2014
    Great views
  • Shane B.
    Shane BarkerJuly 7, 2014
    Just a great place to come for chowder or amazing seafood! Enjoy!
  • Nitin C.
    Nitin ChhabraJuly 5, 2014
    3$ margaritas
  • Irina N.
    Irina NovikovaMarch 20, 2014
    Whale watching at 10 and at 13:30. 2,5-3 hours trip.
  • Conniechiwaaaa
    ConniechiwaaaaMarch 10, 2014
    All I gotta say is. ..FREE CLAM CHOWDER SAMPLES!!!
  • Gemma
    GemmaMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Linguini Isabella
  • Luis M
    Luis MNovember 23, 2013
    Good Service And Good food!
  • yuran
    yuranNovember 20, 2013
    parking is free for only locals, quick money!
  • N. C.
    N. C.September 11, 2013
    Fishermans grotto has better chower than jims but their other food not so good
  • Michael H.
    Michael HernbrothAugust 3, 2013
    The sun WILL burn off. I promise
  • Eric
    EricJuly 29, 2013
    Pretty much a tourist attraction, but a nice one at that -if you like history there are some really nice historic buildings just before the wharf -you could make a meal out of all the free samples
  • Gipsy B.
    Gipsy BloodJune 17, 2013
    This place is not What it used to be re food quality. B4, the clam chowder was really smtg to die for, now the places are Just in a battle 2get customers in with their huge tasteless chowder caldron.
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GormleyMay 26, 2013
    Slow service this weekend.
  • Jesse F.
    Jesse FuentesMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Abalonetti has $2.99 drafts and margaritas.
  • Lizzie E.
    Lizzie EncinasMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sourdough bread bowl clam chowder at crabby jims
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