Old Fisherman's Grotto restaurant on Monterey Wharf

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About Old Fisherman's Grotto
~ Hours:
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Dinner: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
~ Breathtaking Harbor Views
~ Full Bar, Award-Winning Wine
    List, Exotic Libations
~ Payment: Major Credit Cards

Best Clam Chowder 2004-2018
Readers' Choice Awards
Monterey County Weekly & Monterey Herald

Best Restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf 2018
Readers' Choice Awards
Monterey Herald

Best Calamari 2013-2014, 2018
Readers' Choice Awards
Monterey County Weekly & Monterey Herald


Award of Ultimate Distinction 2009
Wine Enthusiast

"a quintessential family restaurant, presenting seafood and Italian comfort food, prepared simply and traditionally...  The clam chowder is extremely popular here, and you can sample it out front ...  This version is super-rich, made with high-quality manufacturer's cream and plenty of clams."
Martin Meursault,
Monterey County Herald

A 50-year Legacy
The tiny family eatery founded in the 1950's by Sabu Shake, Sr. has endured and grown into one of the most beloved restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula. Like Fisherman's Wharf, the flagship Shake restaurant has kept up with changing times and tastes and has outlasted almost all of its contemporaries.

Sabu was a hands-on restaurateur of the first order, negotiating daily with local fisherman, purchasing fresh produce from  Salinas Valley farmers, and procuring beef directly from cattlemen. Today, because the Monterey area is blessed with proximity to both the Pacific Ocean and the incredibly fertile Salinas Valley, the chef is able to choose from the finest seafood and produce available anywhere.
Chris Shake continues in his father's footsteps, serving innovative, internationally-inspired cuisine in an atmosphere of superb, genuinely warm hospitality.

Sabu Shake, Sr. supervised every detail of
the restaurant. "He was everywhere in the restaurant ... my dad was a dynamo." says Chris. Perhaps the most defining of Sabu's innovations was the idea of handing out free samples of his clam chowder to passersby. It was common to see him in front of the restaurant. Chris has taken up the tradition, and most days he can be found with an apron around his waist holding a tray loaded with cups of chowder while greeting people and welcoming them to Old Fisherman's Grotto.
Stories of Sabu's generosity are many. He was dedicated to seeing that no one ever went hungry and was always quick to share food and comfort to those less fortunate. Today, Sabu's sons are carrying on his example of working hard, offering a hearty welcome to all and giving back to the community that has been so good to them. Sabu's vision of Fisherman's Wharf as a world-famous tourist destination has come to fruition, and the Old Fisherman's Grotto is going strong.

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Old Fisherman's Grotto . 39 Fisherman's Wharf . Monterey, California 93940 . Phone 831.375.4604 . Fax 831.375.0391
A Seafood, Steak and Pasta Restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf  in Monterey

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