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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
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.
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!
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.
The view is just lovely. Dog friendly patio also lovely. Bocce area too cute. Attentive service if not always accurate.
It's old fashioned and a bit blue haired but nice for lunch. The coleslaw has a nice pineapple tang. The fresh seafood counter is very expensive.
We were celebrating our 40th anniversary with our son. My son and i are amateur chefs and enjoy good food. The service was excellent and the food was great. We had appetizers and meals finishing with a shared hot fudge sundae. Thank you, our special day was a little more special at your restaurant.
Love the waterfall on the lake in the back. Beautiful views. Had a difficult time getting waited on. A new employee brought us bread, and no one came to take our drink order or food order. Servers just kept walking past. Finally I said is there a server for this table. The manager came over appolized. The servers thought someone was taking care because the bread was on the table. Policy is not to put bread on table till you take order. The manager gave us a free dessert. Yummy mud pie. Love when management cares, and doesn't blame the victim.
We have always gone to Anthony's at the embarcadero, and were heartbroken when they closed. It was such a delight to discover La Mesa. We loved the ambiance. the water view is wonderful, and watching the ducks was great fun. We bought a gift certificate for some friends and they went the next day. They loved it as much as we did.
We will be back many times. We are so glad that you are there. The inside Grotto decor is so welcoming.
My Mother and I took a dear family friend for her 95th birthday dinner. She choose Anthony's as her favorite place. The food was excellent, as we anticipated.
Service was ok. We got our salads and food timely, but then it got busy and we were left waiting for drinks , to go boxes, and the check. A few minutes I don't mind, but this was much longer than it should have been.
Overall though, a most pleasurable celebration for us.
I love lobster but haven't had any for 25 years. This was a special occasion, my 70th B-day, and it seems that everyone on staff knew it and greeted me. Greer was a very special server. The lobster was great, and dinner overall was perfect for all in my party. Thanks for a happy memory. JT
Our family has been dining at Anthony's La Mesa regularly, since we moved to La Mesa in 1965, so it was no surprise when my Mom requested to have her 94th birthday lunch there, with our longtime neighbors & best friends. Our request for a window table, overlooking the BEAUTIFUL lake & scenery, was honored. Our waitress was patient & very accommodating, as we had a lot of "catching up" to do, having not seen each other for a while. Our food was just as described in the menu & everyone enjoyed their delicious selections. Our waitress brought their signature cake & spumoni ice cream to the table for my Mom (Anthony's spumoni ice cream is her favorite dessert) & the manager came over to wish my Mom happy birthday, which was a very nice gesture! Anthony's is a La Mesa landmark & a McRae family "tradition." I hope we'll be enjoying birthday lunches there for years to come!
Anthony's delivers exactly what you would expect, nice sized portions, nothing fancy, professional staff. Only negative of our visit was the seating we were given in what was clearly the overflow/kid section. Asked about other options, but they were "reserved", hmmm guess I didn't know the secret handshake for a choice table. Note to hostesses everywhere, placing a group with an average age of 60+ amongst tables full of kids, when it is not necessary, equals little chance of repeated patronage.
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.
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