About Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa
Anthony's Fish Grotto, located on its own private lake in La Mesa, offers delicious food, amazing service, and unmatched atmosphere. A complete menu offers both seafood and other meat choices. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. You can also enjoy cocktails in the bar or on the heated lake view patio. If you want to bring your dog along, there are special lakefront tables where you and your dog can enjoy and unwind.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Located 0.9 miles from the Amaya Drive stop on the San Diego tTrolley.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa Ratings and Reviews
The appetizer was not very good. We had ...
The appetizer was not very good. We had the wantons and they were overcooked and had a minimal barely perceivable amount of filling. The entres were horrendous. My wife had a shrimp dish and the shrimp were overcooked. The shrimp had the consistency of hardened rubber. I had the swordfish that was also overcooked and dry. The swordfish steak was obviously not fresh and had a mildly unfavorable taste. The general theme seemed to be to overcook anything that was requested. The serving sizes were exceptionally small, especially when the overinflated price of the plate is taken into account. We ordered a draft beer shortly after sitting down, the waitress returned and said they were out of that particular brand. No big deal, except they still attempted to charge for the beer that was not in stock and never served. I would not recommend this establishment to anyone, unless I don't like you.
I was a little disappointed in my go-to ...
I was a little disappointed in my go-to restaurant. I specifically indicated on our reservation that our party of 11 was for a special occasion - 60th wedding anniversary. When we were being seated - it was at 3 four-tops that hadn't been set yet and was behind a large glass partition in the back of the restaurant with in spitting distance of the bus-boy's station. Not a particularly appealing set up for our get together. There was another set up for 12 on the other side of the glass partition. The tables were set and moved together as if some thought was put into seating a large party. I asked to be moved there and the hostess made a big deal about moving us there because it was set for another party. She finally relented and we sat down where we wanted to sit. The waitress was new but friendly and attentive. The other party showed up about 90 minutes after we sat down. It appeared to be a girls-night-out event. Nothing special - nothing like a 60th wedding anniversary. The hostess lack of interest in our party was quite a drawback to a special evening. It's as if my reservation was an afterthought for the hostess and she just wanted to stick us in the back.
We went to Anthony's for our 36th Annive ...
We went to Anthony's for our 36th Anniversary. We like the food quality and the view of the lake. We were almost ignored for the first 10 minutes, however, and that put a slightly negative spin on an otherwise great experience.
Both my guest and I loved the salmon. W ...
Both my guest and I loved the salmon.
We were earlier than our reservation but were accommodated with our request for a window table.
Disappointed that there weren't more ducks!!!
I chose this so that two old friends could visit over lunch. Most restaurants are way too noisy now.
THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD, WE HAD A DOG ...
THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD, WE HAD A DOG WITHAND THE STAFF WERE VERY ACCOMODATING, BRINGING HIM A BOWL OF WATER WHEN THEY BROUGHT OUR MEALS OUT TO THE PATIO FOR US. THE VIEWS ARE GORGEOUS, THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT IN SAN DIEGO AT REASONABLE PRICES. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL HERE.
Had some out of town guests & had to bri ...
Had some out of town guests & had to bring them here! The food is good & the atmosphere is unique, especially for La Mesa. Looks like an under water cave inside that overlooks a lake complete with ducks & and water fountains. The service is usually good. Some of the servers have been working there since the earth cooled, so they can be a bit crabby, but since it's a seafood establishment it's ok! :)
I am not sure what the bill was as it wa ...
I am not sure what the bill was as it was taken care of by my sister-in-law as a gift for our 46th Wedding Anniversary. Greer our waitress and Humberto, our bus boy, went above and beyond in making sure everything was perfect for our dining experience. Our Bay Side lunches were delicious with the freshest ingredients and the portions large enough that 2 of us brought home leftovers.
We celebrated my wife's 80th birthday wi ...
We celebrated my wife's 80th birthday with family. There was seven of us and all was happy. If I had to complain it would be the baked potato was a little on the cool side other than that the meal was a great success. We sat by the window overlooking the pond, very relaxing.
6 of us always celebrate our birthdays a ...
6 of us always celebrate our birthdays at Anthony's together. We love the unique architecture & decor, personalized & professional service, big windows with nice view. The clam chowder is excellent. We always enjoy the appetizers with cocktails, esp. lemon martini.The pollock with parsley lemon rice is delicious.
Anniversary dinner with friends. Wanted ...
Anniversary dinner with friends. Wanted to go somewhere that had been around a long time as have we. Menu has changed and some old favorites were not on the menu (fried scallops). Looked like they were trying to upscale the menu.
Food was fine, just not wonderful. We had a good time.
Brought our dog and sat outside. What a ...
Brought our dog and sat outside. What a beautiful place to have your meal and enjoy the surrounding. The dog upon sitting was brought a bowl of water and a treat. The food we had was delicious and all around was a great evening meal.
Been going to the La Mesa location for as long as I can remember. I love how it has evolved. Great outdoor area by the pond. Kids can feed ducks, there is an enclosure for your fur kid, and even a bocce ball court! It kept a 3 and 4 year old well occupied so we could enjoy our dinner!
My daughter got a grilled cheese with crab, the filling was wonderful, but the bread was greasy with a strong taste.
My mom ordered shrimp scampi, but received shrimp with pasta.
Other than those two cons, I love this place!
Visited for Mothers Day with 2 children 3 and 5 years of age. The view of the pond and watching the ducks kept the children entertained and allowed the adults to enjoy their meal in peace and quiet. The food was delicious and served rather quickly. We never go anywhere for fear of our children misbehaving. It was nice being able to enjoy fine dining ( steak and lobster) in a restaurant with our children. We will definitely be returning, maybe next time outside by the pond where dogs are permitted to sit with you.
As we remembered
The restaurant is pretty much the same as many years ago. Clean, cool location, and unique decor, all with the great view of the pond and of course, the ducks. Clientele was a bit old at our Sunday lunch, but maybe that is typical for that day and time. Service was excellent. Fried calamari could have been crisp, and the veggies (carrots) were a bit undercooked for their size, but otherwise the food was good.
Anthony's Fish Grotto, Grossmont/La Mesa
Always a favorite, especially with locals in the area. Friendly staff. Excellent, personalized style of service. Was a favorite of ours when we lived in San Diego County. The Margaritas are excellent. Nice selection on the menu, including for those less interested in fish dinners.
Not So Fresh Fish
We have always loved Anthony's, but their prices have increased, but not the quality of food. $18.00+ for a salad is a lot to pay, with very few ingredients. I ordered the "Fresh" halibut, but could definitely tell that is had been frozen. Frozen is not "fresh". Especially at $35.00+ dollars for a baked potato and previously frozen piece of halibut. If you are going to charge top prices, then the food needs to be top quality. My husband had the two lobster tails and he said they were salty. You really need to take a look at the quality of your food vs. what you are charging for it. I have to say, though, the bread and butter and your house dressing is always good!
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