Old Fisherman's Wharf

Pier, Harbor / Marina, and Scenic Lookout
  • 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!"(22 Tips)
    Lizzie E.
    "Best sourdough bread bowl clam chowder at crabby jims"(2 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • clam chowder
  • sea lions
  • whale watching
  • bread bowls
  • caramel popcorn
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  • Pelin G.
    Kind of like a small version of the fisherman's wharf in SF
  • Majed A.
    The best area in city to walk, dine & most attractive area.
  • Art R.
    Art RobinsonJanuary 29
    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 RMay 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!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 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 ROctober 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
  • Ruth C.
    Ruth CheesleyNovember 22, 2012
    Whale watching tours leave from the end of the wharf, but you have to run the gauntlet of chowder sellers and touristy shacks to get there! Well worth it, watch out for the pelicans and sea lions!
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila MSeptember 9, 2012
    Beautiful day!!!
  • emily a.
    emily andrewsSeptember 7, 2012
    Yawn! Very quiet area
  • Delia C.
    Delia CarrascoJuly 31, 2012
    Free 2 hour parking is Mon.-Thurs. only
  • Alanna O.
    Alanna O'BrienApril 9, 2012
    Clam chowder wars!
  • Tonia E.
    Tonia EFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Benihana has a great happy hr - rolls, soup and tempura plus drinks between $1.50 to $5 DAILY 5-6:30
  • Mikey Swift
    Mikey SwiftFebruary 10, 2012
    Try the clam chowder in a bread bowl.
  • Cindy A.
    Cindy AbellaDecember 30, 2011
    Caramel popcorn at the candy store is awesome! Must buy!
  • Tonia E.
    Tonia EDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best fish n chips are at Crab Louie's!
  • Olivia W.
    Olivia WilderOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Touristy, but fun!
  • Vu T.
    Vu TranOctober 2, 2011
    Best clam chowder is old fisherman's grotto
  • Dan S.
    Dan SlateSeptember 16, 2011
    Walk down the pier and sample all the chowders before deciding. Delicious!
  • Kirsty P.
    Kirsty PMay 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Old wharf has seals n otters n jelly fish to see. Fresh fish is available. The new wharf is further south and has shops n restaurants. Enjoy the chowder and toursty atmosphere there.
  • Stefanie H.
    Stefanie HApril 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If u want a free lunch go up and back down trying all the clam chowder samples a ton lol
  • Landon H.
    Landon HowellMarch 29, 2011
    Sea lions are free. Take one home.
  • David
    DavidFebruary 24, 2011
    Free clam chowder samples as you walk past the restaurants on the boardwalk!
  • Debbie
    DebbieAugust 19, 2010
    Great deals on lightweight jackets.
  • Jason N.
    Jason NothdurftAugust 8, 2010
    Not too much to see here, but, as a tourist, it was nice to see the local fishermen unloading their boats. Stop over to the other wharf for more activity.
  • Jose C.
    Jose CJune 30, 2010
    2 hour free parking if you're a local! Show your drivers license upon exit to get it!
  • Cande B.
    Cande BorgheMarch 22
    Como un viaje al pasado
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoDecember 16, 2016
    Excelentes vistas de la bahía especialmente del mirador gratuito del restaurante del fondo.
  • Maria Marcia
    Maria MarciaSeptember 20, 2016
    Comida sensacional!!!camarão delicioso!!! Recomendadíssimo!!!!!
  • Nika B.
    Nika BlankSeptember 6, 2016
    Солнце, паруса, романтика
  • P Chuy O.
    P Chuy OrtegaJanuary 25, 2016
    Hay focas salvajes!
  • Dani R.
    Dani RSeptember 7, 2015
    Ponto turístico com leão marinho e comidas típicas!
  • Sada
    SadaAugust 7, 2015
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AguilarJuly 13, 2013
    Excelente comida!!
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