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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.
La Mesa, CA 91942
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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa Ratings and Reviews
The food was great, the ambience was nice, if not a bit noisy. We have eaten at Anthony's several times, and enjoy it very much. The food selection is great. But now that the one in La Mesa is the only one in San Diego, it gets pretty crowded. Glad to be able to make reservations in order to get seated in a reasonable amount of time.
We finally got our usual back area after the manager moved us but our group of 10-16 always sits along the back wall. Our server, Gio was wonderful, great mood, friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive! She was one of our best servers. The manager Gina was very nice and helpful, too.
I have heard about this restaurant so I decided to try it for our 13th wedding anniversary. Everything was great. Even though I told the waitress it was our anniversary we did not get anything extra, like a small desert. Overall I loved it, will return again when I am in San Diego.
I have eaten at Anthony's several times and have never been disappointed! The only complaint I have is the surcharge for their payroll expenses! This will probably keep me from ever eating here again! Their prices are a little high compared to other seafood restaurants I visit and feel that the surcharge is a rip off!
All 8 of us had a wonderful meal celebrating Don's 83rd Birthday and Don most certainly enjoyed his wonderful dessert! Thanks to your server, who was delightful and so helpful to each of us. We will all be back to the BEST RESTAURANT near San Diego! Thanks again!
It was a Monday evening and the day after Father's Day, so we weren't too surprised to find the restaurant fairly empty. The décor is really dated and the music being piped reminded us that the normal customer base is in their 60's. We would have liked a bit more time to enjoy our drinks before our dinner was served, but the food was good and would have suffered if we delayed eating.
I had indicated when making the reservations that we were celebrating a birthday. No mention or acknowledgement was made of this at any time during our visit. Rather than embarrass my husband, I didn't pursue this with our server.
Good overall, as always, but not outstanding. Octopus appetizer was fabulous - a pleasant surprise. I ordered ono, which means "the best fish" in Hawaiian. Waitress assured me it was fresh. Came out over-cooked, rubbery, and tasteless. I sent it back; she suggested having it grilled, and I said OK, but not cooked so much. Came back a little better, but still not up to snuff. My wife ordered a shrimp/crab Louie salad, and was disappointed - not up to the standards we've been used to in eating there for 50 years. Service and ambience were great.
As always it was delicious. Our waitress was outstanding, my husband loves to tease and she gave back as good as she got which made the evening even more fun. I am sorry I don't remember her name but she was wonderful Our reservations were for 6 PM Sat. night.
Even though it was kind of busy, our server did a great job of keeping up with our needs. He was helpful and pleasant. The food was good, as usual. Their fish is always fresh, and I like the variety of the Shore Combo with 3 different types of fish. We also like the cole slaw with the pineapple dressing and their red-skinned mashed potatoes are tasty.
Made reservations for 5:30 on Mothers Day, which also happened to be the day my daughters graduated from SDSU. Restaurant was very busy but we were seated in a very timely manner on the patio. Our waitress was extremely friendly and gave us great suggestions on the menu. Sitting on the patio was a bit cool but we were offered warm blankets for laps and there were numerous propane heaters around the area. The appetizers, the food and dessert were all very good . Anthony's Fish grotto was an excellent choice for us to celebrate with my daughter.
We celebrated mother's day. Upon arrival hostess told us we would have to wait 45mins even though we had reservations. Ended up with a table 20mins later aftet i complained to the manager. Food was OK, soup was not hot, coconut shrimp we ordered had no flavor, barely any coconut, along with cold frys. A little pricey plus a 4% surcharge to our bill for unknown reason. Not sure if we'll go back.
Very disapolnting! We checked in before our reservation time but after an hour wait I went up to them and they couldn't find our name. They then set us where I had requested not to sit, right next to a door so we were cold everytime anyone went in or out of the patio. All in all it was a very disappointing mothers day dinner!
The restaurant is great. The reservation process is a joke. This restaurant shouldn't be on Open Table. Although I had a confirmed reservation at a specific time and arrived early, the response was that I would be put on a first come first served list. Consequently the one hour wait was due to the many walk-in people. Had I known that would be their process, I would have made a reservation somewhere else where reservations mean something.
Anthony's has been around for as long as I can remember, and it's always been one of the best places in town for a seafood dinner. Whether you want crab, lobster, shrimp, or just a good old fashioned fish & chips plate, you can find it here.
The decor is definitely... well, let's just say it reminds me of the Disneyland submarine ride from the 60's or 70's. But that's part of the place's charm. I love to sit by the window and watch the ducks on the lake while the family has dinner.
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