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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
I LOVE this Anthony's!! I'm sad it's the only one now. I hope it never goes away. The staff is wonderful, courteous, helpful and fun. The food is delicious. The only down fall is that the grilled sandwiches are really greasy on the outside. But I had no problem eating it! Thank you for everything!
My family loves this restaurant. The food is good and the ambiance is even better. We really enjoy sitting out on the patio around the lake. Within our group, we had fish and chips which were really perfect, the crab/shrimp Louie Salad, clam chowder, and the chicken piccata (for the non-fish lover). We were celebrating a birthday and the waiter brought an enormous piece of cake with spumoni.
Celebrated a birthday low key. Sat on dog friendly patio! With the lake right in front of the table- great ambiance. The waiter was on point all night and the food was very good and high quality without being overpriced. I ordered the swordfish, brought half of it home- great portion size. Would recommend and will come back! I love that I can dine with my dog!
Wonderful food with along service. We were also happy to find out that we would be able to bring our dogs with us to dine in a special area. This restaurant was recommended by my grandmother who visited the previous location 40 years ago. We are so happy that we took her advice. We will definitely be coming back. The Crab stuffed Mushroom is a sharable appetizer with great flavor. My husband had the fried calamari and loved it as well. We highly recommend this location.
First off, the wait staff was excellent. We sat by the lake for Happy Hour, which was nice except it was unusually windy that day. The food was good and I especially like how they mince the celery in the shrimp cocktail. I thought it was a bit pricey (for two people during Happy Hour, I spent $102 including an 18% tip).
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.
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