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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 service was extremely attentive. The ambience was perfect for outdoor dining. The interior was too dark, so perhaps indoor tables would be romantic for some diners, but we had a large family affair and our lakeside patio setting was outstanding. Thanks Anthony's for a truly perfect dinner!
Very beautiful venue. I am very disappointed in the quality of the food. In addition, I had asked my plate to be prepared gluten-free and dairy-free, and they completely ignored both requests.
The food reminded me of cafeteria or hospital food quality, with hard clumps in the rice.
We came for a family reunion and to remember a lost sibling, and so it was good that we had to wait a long time to get served, first the drinks, and onward from there. There was lots of time to talk, and in our case, that was good. But if you are hungry, you could get grouchy. The food is worth it, really good, and service when it does finally happen is pleasant. My husband and I returned a few nights later to see if this was a consisent problem, and noticed that the crowd thins out, at least on weekdays, after 7:30. Our reservations were on a weekend at 6:30, so an hour makes a difference~!
We've been going to this Anthony's for going on 45 years. The food has always been fairly good and it did not disappoint this time either. Since the restaurant has implemented some policies I don't care for, we pretty much only go twice a year for birthdays.
Policies that are a turnoff.
Dog Friendly restaurant. I have virtually zero interest in going to a restaurant where people are allowed to bring their dog (s). It's fine for Anthony's to have this policy just as it's fine for me to choose to spend my money elsewhere.
Mandatory 2% service charge. Did not see this displayed anywhere until I got my bill. Not a biggie, but I don't like it, I tip less because of it, and I'm more likely to patronize restaurants that don't have this mandatory charge. I would rather they just charge me an extra 50 cents for my entree.
Suggested tipping amounts printed on the bill are obscene. 18%, 20%, and 22% tip. ALL employees from the waitstaff, to front end, to dishwashers are now making $11.50 an hour for an unskilled labor job. If I tip even $10 (10%) on a $100 dining bill, I am now paying the equivalent of $21.50 and hour for someone to take my order and bring me my food. Yes, I know all about tip pooling. Doesn't change my opinion. It's still basically unskilled labor. Suggesting I pay up to the equivalent of $31.50 and hour for unskilled labor is just asinine.
So Anthony's has me twice a year for mandatory birthday celebrations, but that's it. Too many other great competing choices for my dining dollars.
Seafood's prepared as you like, always fresh; try the salmon, med-rare & coleslaw!! Yes, coleslaw, best dressed in town. Salina & Santiago are Servers Extraordinaire!! Arturo rules the upbeat bar, always has an engaging smile! Bring your well behaved pups to dine outside in a dog-exclusive patio facing the lake & ducks/swans!! Tell them, Sheltiemomm sent you.
Had 730 reservation on Valentine's Day. After waiting 15 minutes with them seating multiple parties I finally asked what was happening. They informed that they had to seat walk ins who had been waiting a long time for a table? Finally manager came over and seated us after 20 minutes of waiting. I would not have been seated after 20 minutes if I had not made a complaint.
The seafood was excellent. We went for a Valentine's dinner date. My wife had the Alaskan cod and I had the sand dabs (sole). The service was very good considering that it was very busy. The restaurant is looking a little tired and so a little re-model maybe in order. Overall, a very good evening of food and service.
Seated in a reasonable amount of time, great server contact, wine list was good- could use a better-quality of wines by the glass. Enjoyed beautiful seats next to 'pond' (great ambiance), with a feeling of separation from other patrons and still checked frequently by waitress. Food was very good, especially having the 'Combo Plates' for variety. Also, cannot forget the wonderful dessert (Z.Cake w/ Spumoni Ice cream). Looking forward to our next visit.
Night started on a down note, reserved table not ready when promised, however the manager (Who's name I can't remember) stepped in and made things right. Table was made available, complimentary drinks and a warm and understanding attitude. Food and service were great and at the end of dinner a complimentary dessert...outstanding
I highly recommend Anthony's.
If you really do not eat any seafood - there is not more than 2-5 options, which is disappointing, as most seafood restaurants do have more choices. The seafood we did get was very good. Unfortunately we were sat next to a group of 5 boisterous, semi-drunk adults who just did not care about others around them. We chose this place for a nice, quiet dinner, and that was not what we got. Staff did not do anything about it either, which was unfortunate as it really did ruin the ambiance we had hoped for.
The service was exquisite though - we hope to go back again and give it another try. The salad dressings are made in house and are delicious!
The view of the water was beautiful and what we had hoped for!
I have been going to this Anthony's since it opened in the 60's. It really could use some refreshing as it is showing it's age. The food is still great and it is fun to meet old friend's there to reminisce about "the good old days"! I also like that they never hurry us to leave when there visiting!
We have enjoyed Anthony's for years as a place for excellent food and a unique style. The food is still excellent but the customer service is a mediocre; I got the wrong dish and had to eat my corrected order after most of my friends were done with nary an apology. Then they had the audacity to charge a 2% service charge for us four couples splitting our bills!!! I hate to be "nickel and dimes". Poorly done, Anthony's. If your food wasn't so darned good, I would not come back.
We ate at Anthony's san diego for our honeymoon 3 years ago. We were sad to hear the bay location was closing and tried to eat there, but with a 2 hour wait we decided to go to the la mesa location instead. It just wasnt the same. The calamari was luke warm and bland. The waiter had no personality. The lobster portion was tiny and crab bites were just plain disgusting. We were very disappointed and will not be returning
I made a reservation and we had to wait for our table even though there were many open tables when we were seated. Then we had to wait for a bit before our server came to our table. Evidently, they were short on staff. Our server was friendly and the food was good. The ambience wasn't that good and there were a lot of tables that didn't get bussed. It was kind of messy and unorganized.
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