About Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa
La Mesa, CA 91942
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, 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 good. The ambiance was fin ...
The food was good. The ambiance was fine. The restaurant was relatively quiet; not noisy or dominated by TV screens as some places are. We enjoyed our dinner. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable about the dishes on the menu. All in all, Anthony's is a fine restaurant and a great value for your dining out experiences.
My past experiances have always been goo ...
My past experiances have always been good (birthdays, anniversary, special occasion) and thought that treating our out of town reps to this for a business meal was a sure thing. Made reservations 2 weeks in advance for 25 people. Received 2 calls from restaurant to confirm this and upon arrival did not have area set for seating the guests and were short staffed. We had to move tables around for seating. Had a preselected menu done so that the amount of foods requested would be minimized and not all over the entire menu. 3 appetizers, 3 main courses, 3 pre selected wines, 2 desserts. Hoped this would make things easier for staff. Slow for drinks and refills. Upon arriving with entrees the staff "auctioned' off the plates - did not know who had ordered what. Some plates piping hot, some luke warm. Spoke to manager and received a discount, but that was not the anticipated outcome, had hoped my group would have the same great experience that I usually receive. Note to self: Good for parties of up to 5, but more than that will be difficult for staff to accommodate well.
Just a wonderful place to take a date or ...
Just a wonderful place to take a date or be with friends. Dog friendly and WONDERFUL Seafood that is always consistently prepared. Squid Steak is a favorite along with the Shore Combo. Coleslaw & Brussel Sprouts are the best. Just a Gem.
We so enjoy Anthony's. The service is a ...
We so enjoy Anthony's. The service is always the best as well as the food. We were enjoying our Christmas get together and the decorations were so pretty. Helped to make this a special place that we love to come to...holiday or not. Thank you
Have been going to anthonys since I firs ...
Have been going to anthonys since I first came to san diego in 1960 downtown. Have liked some things over the years but they went away and somethings are still there like shrimp Louie. Aways enjoyed the food and atmosphere at all Anthonys even LaJolla which is gone. Remember the lines in LaMesa on the weekends but it was always worth waiting. Still love your white clam chowder.
We have been going to Anthony's for over ...
We have been going to Anthony's for over 40 years. I do not believe I have ever been disappointed with a meal there. This was no exception. My wife and I had a quiet dinner with my son and his wife. We all left very satisfied. A feature Anthony's has that we did not take advantage of this time is dining outside with your dog. They even have a menu for canines. Especially on a nice summer day, it is great to have a relaxing meal outside and to be able to bring your dog along and get him his own meal.
-Great outdoor dining complete with a do ...
-Great outdoor dining complete with a dog park, doggie menu, bocce ball court.
-Inside bar area and lobby has a cool under the sea cave theme that manages to be contemporary, but retains some mid-century charm.
-Great service and an expanded wine menu.
I haven't eaten at Anthony's for many ye ...
I haven't eaten at Anthony's for many years and had my doubts about returning as I did not remember being that impressed the last time I was there. I was recently visiting from out of town and went to dinner there with my family. I have to say overall it was a very lackluster meal. The only parts of it that were good were the coleslaw and the halibut filet. The service was decent but, given the multitude of other options, I don't plan to return the next time I am in town.
It use to be wonderful, but something ha ...
It use to be wonderful, but something happened with the new menu and after Mama Ghio died. Went there to eat in the Seventies all the time. Loved the Crab Louie salad and all the great fish dishes. The decor is very tacky and the food just isn't the same. I know times change but with The Brigitine across the freeway I am surprised they are still in business.
Sorry, but I was trying to entertain out of town inlaws last minute and with no reservations at the Brig. I had no other easy choice available but Anthony's.
We decided to go to this location rather ...
We decided to go to this location rather then then one in downtown San Diego and was pleasantly surprised. It is a lovel location on a small lake with both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu offered a large amount of options and everything that my group of 3 had was delicious. Our server was very attentive and the whole experience will definitely bring me back.
I absolutely adore this place! The food ...
I absolutely adore this place! The food is absolutely wonderful, but the service tops all. I took my parents here for my mom's birthday and they made it above and beyond special. We were the last people in the restaurant on a Saturday night and we did not feel rushed one bit. Such kind accommodating staff with out of this world food. I will be coming here many many more times!
I marked this restaurant a little low be ...
I marked this restaurant a little low because I had some issues with the food and our waiter. That being said, I think this is a lovely restaurant and the rest of our party was happy with their food once they received it. I think the issue was that we had an inexperienced waiter. I don't want to disparage the restaurant because of one incident and I did call the management later to discuss the issues. I was assured that someone (the Owners) would reach out to me. If that happens I would change my rating.
The restaurant did reach out to me and apologized for the issue we had. They even gave me a $25 gift card!! I really didn't want/expect anything I just wanted to discuss my issue so that they would be aware. Great customer service, Great restaurant - Am most appreciative that they responded to my concerns positively!
We made a reservation of a party of 9 fo ...
We made a reservation of a party of 9 for 6:30 and received a confirmation. We arrived at 6:25 and was advised that due to an unexpected crowd of people we would have to wait about 30-45 minutes. We were not seated till 7:20. No apology's except the hostess that was trying to do her best to keep everyone happy. Sadly a manager never showed their face. Wait staff was good.
Went there to celebrate my birthday and ...
Went there to celebrate my birthday and it happened to be during Restaurant Week. It was very busy, but we were seated about 10 minutes after we arrived. I had the 3 course lobster special dinner and it was outstanding. Our family's been dining at Anthony's for over 40 years and we've never been disappointed.
I table outside on the mail open table ...
I table outside on the mail open table site. We got there an half hour early to make sure it was set up. It was not, but the hostess said that they would set a table for us. We waited 40 minutes and then asked if the table was ready. We were told "inaminute". Then we were taken to a table inside. When I said we have a table outside, the waitress went back to the hostess. The hostess said not possible because they were so busy. While we ate there were empty tables by us and definitely outside. I guess the staff did not want to be bothered during restaurant week in San Diego. Fine, we will go across the freeway to the Brigatine. Their service, ambience, and food are always very good.
We had to wait around 20 minutes for our ...
We had to wait around 20 minutes for our reserved table but hostess apologized due to it being restaurant week. Service was excellent. Food that we ordered (Filet with garlic Shrimp) was under seasoned, warm (not hot) and Filet was placed on top of Mashed Potatoes leaving an unappetizing 1/8 cup of blood pooling over my Mashed Potatoes. Pink Potatoes anyone? LOL. I believe if the Filet had time to rest after being grilled, that would've eliminated the pink mashed potatoes. I'd come back. This was the first time the food was off. Service was excellent though.
One of the most delicious, relaxing, coz ...
One of the most delicious, relaxing, cozy dinners I have had. The service was superb! The staff were friendly, attentive and understanding of little ones and their needs. There is also a dog park that can be reserved (away from other diners, so quiet) and several ducks on the small lake that make it wonderful to watch. They also have a fish market with fresh selections. The menu item we wanted was not in the kitchen so they went to the market and acquired it for us. There are heaters outside and also blankets are provided.
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