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Best Seafood in Monterey

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Old Fisherman's Grotto

This beloved waterfront seafood restaurant is a famed Monterey institution. Established in the 1950s, Old Fisherman's Grotto still buys the catch of the day from local fishermen and sources its produce from the nearby fertile Salinas Valley. The menu features a large selection of seafood pastas as well as succulent steaks, lobster tail, Dungeness crab, salads, clam chowder and more. The floor to ceiling windows allow diners unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and perhaps a sea lion or two.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Louie Linguini's

Seafood doesn't get any better than Louie Linguini's! Located on the Cannery Row in an oceanfront setting offering panoramic views of the sea and skies, this quaint restaurant is an idyllic venue for casual lunches and family dinners. The setting is very shack-like yet elegant, exuding a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Coastal favorites are predominant on the menu which features highlights like the house-specialty Ciopinno, Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab Legs, Shrimp Scampi and Peppered Seafood Stir Fry. Their pastas and pizzas are also must-trys. Light desserts and good beers round off each course with a flourish. Service is personalized and prices are grounded. Reservations are recommended.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Sardine Factory

Longstanding popularity with locals and tourists alike, this restaurant has several special features--each with its own appeal. The oak bar is nearly 200 years old, while the Cannery Row room has a pirate-like atmosphere; the conservatory is alive with statues, and the Captain's Room captures days-gone-by with its Barbary Coast feel. Food-wise, this restaurant is diverse as well; the Abalone Bisque is world famous, and the venerable eatery specializes in create-your-own banquet meals. The service will be professional and personable. More than 1000 wines are at the ready in its wine cellar, which can be rented out for parties of up to 16 people. Join the star-studded list of celebrities who have also dined here.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Fish Hopper Restaurant

Located right on the waterfront at Cannery Row, this elegant steak and seafood restaurant provides a spectacular view of the ocean. Along with several specialties of the house that change on a daily basis, the menu includes such show stoppers as Pacific Bay Snapper with with Gulf shrimp and Caribbean seafood pescadore. Order a drink like the Bucket of Fire and enjoy the rustic decor while you chow down a huge plate of seafood and check out the incredible view. The place is also a great one for parties and the service is excellent.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Passionfish

In spite of its somewhat suggestive name, this restaurant is a model of propriety. The dining room is comfortable yet sophisticated. The cream-colored walls are adorned with just a bit of artwork, but not too much. Low lights and proper white table linens add a refined touch. The specialty of the house is its ever-changing selection of fresh, locally caught fish. The wine list has won awards in the past, and the restaurant is proud to offer many of the vintages at very affordable prices.

Pacific Grove, CA, United States
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