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
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.
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.
My husband and I hadn't been to Anthony's for years and he said he wanted to go for our 40th anniversary. I made reservations but we arrived earlier than expected (we live in the mountains). They had no trouble accommodating us at the earlier time. Our meal was fantastic! We also shared a wonderful appetizer; the stuffed mushroom is to die for!
My ahi on pasta was fine but my friend's meal was not so much. The Asian veggies were described as having broccoli as well as other vegs. When she got it there was no broccoli and the rest was mostly cabbage. And the fish was served on top of the vegs, not plated beside it. She was disappointed and neither of us would order that dish again.
Decor was dated however having one of the booth seats overlooking the "lake" is kind of cool. You forget that you are right next to an interstate. The food not the best thing I've ever eaten. Actually was pretty meh. I had the shrimp trio, shrimp cooked well but everything accompanying just seemed very processed. The crab stuffed mushroom was a portabella with crab and a kraft single melted on top. I had never been to an Anthony's but probably will not return to one, was a last minute option after several places we tried had hour plus waits.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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