About Anthony's Fish Grotto
Anthony's Fish Grotto is San Diego's original seafood restaurant. Founded in 1946, Anthony's still uses original family secret recipes to serve what Zagat's 2013 City Guide calls San Diego's Most Popular Seafood.
An extensive menu of seafood is complimented by chicken, beef, and even an incredible hamburger, ensuring that there is something for everyone. The building is built over the water of San Diego Bay and it offers diners some of the best views in the city.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday through Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered parking directly in front. Paid parking lots also available in walking distance at County Administration building, Wyndham Hotel, and at the Lane Field Cruise Ship Parking lot.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Anthony's Fish Grotto Ratings and Reviews
The food is awesome! But the restaurant ...
The food is awesome! But the restaurant needs an URGENT upgrade and renovation. With that location, that service and that food, could be a fist class restaurant and it is not.
The food is fabolous with a lot of choic ...
The food is fabolous with a lot of choices - for fish, seafood and some meats, the quantity of food is large and the view of the water right outside the window is great.
We had not noticed this restaurant even ...
We had not noticed this restaurant even though right opposite our hotel on the San Diego Embarcadero between the USS Midway Museum and the San Diego Maritime Museum. What a find! The seafood we ate was absolutely fantastic and just about #1 of all the eateries we used in 2 weeks travel from San Francisco to San Diego. That is some statement. The cost was no more expensive than in any other decent restaurant serving like-for-like. I splashed out on the Alaskan King Crab legs, one of my favourites, and the best example of that I have had. My wife's fish dish was just perfect and delicious. There is no doubt that on any return trip to San Diego I shall be back there!
Service was terrible and the food just d ...
Service was terrible and the food just didn't impress me at all. The view was beautiful though.
I took my sister from Colorado for what ...
I took my sister from Colorado for what I expected to be a great meal and I was very disappointed and embarrassed by the food. We both had the fried fish combo, which came with, what we decided to get as a side, the coleslaw. It had way too much dressing (mayo) on it. When the dinner came, the fish batter had no taste and was just warm and a little soggy, and the crab balls were very fishy. I was too embarrassed to say something to the waiter because of my sister being there. The bar on the other hand, had an excellent bar tender (David) who knew how to mix a great Mai Tai. I have eaten here numerous times over the last 20 years and don't think I would go back.
Still one of my favorite spots to go. Fo ...
Still one of my favorite spots to go. Food was fantastic. Service was outstanding.
We spent our 42nd Anniversary at Anthony ...
We spent our 42nd Anniversary at Anthony's over a FABULOUS meal and a wonderful glass of wine. Our server was so sweet. She took exceptional care of us, and even brought us a special dessert for our celebration! It was a wonderful evening thanks to Anthony's Fish Grotto!
Horrible food. Can see why the city want ...
Horrible food. Can see why the city wants to close it down. This restaurant may have been good 20 years ago. Not now.
We enjoyed a delicious fresh seafood din ...
We enjoyed a delicious fresh seafood dinner while on vacation. The scallops were sweet and very fresh, as were the sides. Our server was pleasant and efficient. You can't beat the location or the view.
For 30+ yesrs the food is always great a ...
For 30+ yesrs the food is always great as is the ambiance and views. On rare occasions, like this time, the service is a bit off (the waitress, whose name started with Mor..., was not that interested in waiting on us) but the food always outweighs any problems. Highly recommended.
Anthony's is a longtime dinner venue in ...
Anthony's is a longtime dinner venue in SanDiego. Scenic view overlooking the bay, great seafood with excellent service. For that must have window view make sure to make a reseservation online.
I loved the food and the ambience. Great ...
I loved the food and the ambience. Great place! Worth the price!
Deep fat fried food. Have not made the ...
Deep fat fried food. Have not made the necessary menu changes over the years.
I wish this restaurant wasn't going away ...
I wish this restaurant wasn't going away. It is a historical landmark.
The people at the restaurant were very a ...
The people at the restaurant were very accommodating for a change we needed to make. The food was great, the waiter did a great job. The next time I am in town, I will go back.
I specifically asked for a table with un ...
I specifically asked for a table with unobstructed view to the water - they had it waiting for us. Our waitress, though more than adequate, was out of a diner! She is old-time, no fuss. We've been to Anthony's many times, but for some reason this visit was the best. The artisan salad I had was way beyond delicious. I have to say, I walked out without leaving a tip. I realized it several minutes later, and ran back to find our waitress. She was totally gracious, as if I was doing something fantastic.
Took my wife for our anniversary. Reques ...
Took my wife for our anniversary. Requested a window seat, guess I should have specified dining room. We were seated in a corner in the bar. There was a table on the patio right next to ours. I didn't realize we would have another couple right next to us taking selfies blocking our view and making out, all while we were trying to enjoy our anniversary. We also had to listen to some loud guy at the bar talk about his ball surgery with the staff. Normally we enjoy coming here but was not impressed this time.
This restaurant has been in its spot for ...
This restaurant has been in its spot for 50 years. My husband was feeling nostalgic so we went for dinner. Stepping into the restaurant took us back to 1980. Literally. The food was good but its not unique or very current. I had a great margarita and my husband had a strong Dark and Stormy. The olive, salty buttery was delicious on a warm roll. That is a must try. Its a casual restaurant with a lot of families, tourists and locals.
Heard wonderful things about Anthony's a ...
Heard wonderful things about Anthony's and our experience was far from wonderful. Undercooked fish, everything had a sauce or was fried. Bland tasting food. Will not be returning.
Great venue for family and business. Gr ...
Great venue for family and business. Great place to celebrate any type of occasion
This is a long-time San Diego institutio ...
This is a long-time San Diego institution, located right on the waterfront. It is well worth having lunch or dinner here. There is a wide variety of fresh and delicious seafood dishes available. The prices are extremely reasonable. Service is outstanding. This place has never disappointed me.
Dined at Anthony's Fish Grotto for my boyfriend's birthday. Food was fantastic. Ambiance perfect. Service was excellent!
Decent food, mediocre service
We just had clam chowder and salad and the food was pretty good although I would have expected a little more flavor from the soup being a seafood restaurant. Our waiter was pleasant but too rushed. Never stopped to ask how things were. I would go back to try a full meal. Others we saw looked really good.
Contrary to the posted 4-5 star rating, ...
Contrary to the posted 4-5 star rating, this is a place to avoid. My server was not interested in providing information about the menu items. She had a lack luster personality. The item I ordered was scallops with sautéed spinach, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions. Unfortunately, I left my magnifying glass at home to find the mushrooms and tomatoes! The spinach was swimming in a pool of a tasteless sauce, and I could count on one hand the Portobello mushroom and tomatoes pieces drowning in that sauce. I have shared my experience with colleagues and warned them to avoid Anthony's.
Food for thought
The clam chowder and crab cakes were excellent. The rest of the platter was bland in flavour. The cold slaw was not very tasty. The serving portions were adequate but not great. They should add some small shrimp to the platter. Would probably go back again but not for a special occasion.
we loved this place people very friendly ...
we loved this place people very friendly and food was awesomne!!!!
Great recommendation from a friend
A friend recommended Anthony's to us. Boy, he was right...great view of the bay, as well as, great food.
We were celebrating our anniversary and everything was perfect. It was very crowded because of Prom night but we were seated without much wait from our reservation time. The food was excellent and the server, Noemi was very attentive and friendly. Will be back before it closes in January.
I feel bad this place is closing, but it ...
I feel bad this place is closing, but it seems they have lost their gusto. I have no problem paying a premium for a fantastic view. The service was excellent. The food was fair at best. There are so many options for seafood in San Diego that outshine Anthony's. The view just isn't making up for it any longer.
For some reason, I thought that this was going to be a really lovely seafood restaurant on the water. I guess I didn't do my research! Yes, is it seafood, and yes, it is on the water - however, it's a tourist dive/ factory. Our sweet, air headed waitress got my order wrong - twice (and did that slooooowwwly). And then the food was just not good. Perhaps their fried fish is better. I was trying to order grilled sole, and it actually tasted like they microwaved it. It was bland with zero grilling. Don't come here unless you are just in a hurry.
Great location with reasonably priced food.
Good food and location. It's a shame it's being replaced, it's a local landmark and will be missed.
Went here with mom visiting from the eas ...
Went here with mom visiting from the eastcoast. I had an entree that consisted of shrimp, salmon, crabcake, and two sides. Nothing spectacular and definitely got a lot of food from it. My mom said her salmon reuben had way too much sauerkraut. View was awesome and service was very prompt in this busy dinner setting.
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