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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Anthony's Fish Grotto Ratings and Reviews
I can't believe that this iconic restaur ...
I can't believe that this iconic restaurant is going to be closing soon. Anthony's has some of the best seafood and chowder in San Diego along with a fantastic view of the harbor. It's a place I have been visiting each year for the last 30 years. On my last visit we had a fantastic waiter named Paul. Our food was delicious as always. We had the ahi poke which was fresh and not too heavy and then we shared the crab and melted cheese sandwich, which was very yummy.
The decor is not fancy, but the view of ...
The decor is not fancy, but the view of the water makes up for it. Since they are closing the restuarant in January, we wanted to eat there one last time. The prices during lunch, until 4pm, are very very reasonable. Worth eating there.
Anthony's is closing on January 31, 2017 ...
Anthony's is closing on January 31, 2017. It has always been a favorite of mine, and will be sorry to see it go. I don't know if it is because of the short term remaining, but for the first time I was not 100% thrilled by the meal. I ordered Clam Chowder; it never came until I asked about it - and when it was brought it was while I was eating my entree. I sent it back. I had a fish/shrimp combo, and the breading seemed to me to be greasy. I have never had that problem here before and was disappointed in the feel it left in my mouth. Would I go back? Definitely, but the atmosphere is more a draw than the food these days.
Anthony's is and been part of San Diego ...
Anthony's is and been part of San Diego for 70 years and it is tragic that the greedy San Diego Port District is replacing them with two very mediocre, pricey chain restaurants. Many long time San Dieigans have considered Anthony's to be the best and most reliable fish restaurant in San Diego. It's location is wonderful with gorgeous harbor views, it's menu is extensive, the food is excellent and fairly priced and the service is good. Our extended family has dined their often for over 50 years. We are very disappointed that they are being forced to closed by a short-sighted port district.
Went there because of convenience for ou ...
Went there because of convenience for out of town guests who were staying across the street at the Wyndham. We had not been there for a couple of years.
The service was excellent, but the value was akin to a place ripping off visitors by a place closing on January 31, 2017. A four ounce salmon with an extra cost mini salad wedge was $32. I am sorry, but at an alleged family restaurant that is outrageous. I have had bigger portions at nicer restaurants in NYC for less. At least the children menu was reasonable. The food was fine, but the portion sizes and cost took away from the experience.
When we heard this 70 year old San Diego tradition was closing we were sad. Now, we are apathetic.
This was the worst meal I have had in ye ...
This was the worst meal I have had in years. We should have known there was going to be a problem when our dinner rolls were brought to us burned on top. The waiter was horrible. He left and did not come back, we had to flag him down. My husband's halibut was so over cooked, it crusted on top!! You could pound on it. My sole and halibut fillet was so over cooked it was hard on the bottom. This meal was horrible. They called my baked potato loaded and it only had butter and sour cream on it. The restaurant smelled fishy. Unfortunately paid over $70 for this awful meal. It a good thing they are closing.
Overall we were not blown away by the fo ...
Overall we were not blown away by the food. It was good, not bad, but also not a WOW factor. I was expecting a more impressive food selections and a more flavorful experience. The view was awesome, service was fabulous.
Everything was good, the service was a l ...
Everything was good, the service was a little weak because we had a new waiter that really wasn't very good but not terrible. He didn't do anything really wrong, just long waits between water refills and forgetful. This is a easy place to grab a decent seafood meal if you are in the area, not fancy or expensive. We had the crab cakes, squid steak, shrimp trio, and lobster tail, everything was good for the price and I would not say this is the best place in the area, but it is far from the worse. The atmosphere was pretty good as well, I scored it a three on all categories, & don't consider that bad, I just try to really make places earn a four or five stars grade and they really have to be terrible to hit a one or a two. So, overall it was good
Our waitress was wonderful. She brought ...
Our waitress was wonderful. She brought things, unprompted, that improved the meal, kept our water glasses full, made great suggestions, and was overall very friendly.
The view out over the bay was rather pleasant as well.
The decor is in need of some help though. Losing the ugly carpet, making the ceiling black (or at least not white drop ceiling tiles), swapping out some of the booths for better color schemes, and losing the chairs with the awful hunter green cushions would go a long way towards making this place feel better. As it is, it seems it hasn't been updated since the 90's. The place has been here for 70 years or so, so it's understandable. (However, keeping modern decor might have helped them stay in business - it seems that their lease is not going to be renewed because the developers want to put some more modern things in that spot.)
The food was quite tasty. We both chose entrees from the fresh seafood menu and were both happy with our selections. Overall a good experience.
Great find, my co-workers and I were in ...
Great find, my co-workers and I were in town on business & a local told us to check it out. We had the charred octopus to start & for our entrees we had the fresh scallops, swordfish & the steak/crab legs combo - everything was cooked to perfection, we all left pleasantly full & very happy with our meals. Our server, Noemi, also gave us great suggestions - would definitely come back, but disappointed to hear this location is closing - visit before it's gone!
Nice view of the water and surrounding l ...
Nice view of the water and surrounding lights of the seaport in the distance. Would be much better in daylight to see the harbor. Menu has wide assortment, but lots of fried type dishes, would have preferred more grilled health options. We had a group of 12 and was easy to seat us having a wide open space with many open tables to chose from.
Tried and true but tired...... We wanted ...
Tried and true but tired...... We wanted to dine once again at Anthony's at the Harbor, before it is removed and replaced by the Brigantine. Yes, it does bring back many great memories of special occasions spent there, however, the restaurant is just tired. There has been few, if any, upgrades and it all looked rather dull. Service was quite good - when a waiter saw I had hair in my salad he not only comped the salad but brought over the manager to apologize. Good for a last good-bye, but I doubt I go to Anthony's again.
We went to Anthony's for my mom's birthd ...
We went to Anthony's for my mom's birthday celebration. She has eaten here many times over the years so it is nostalgic for her. We had a table right by the window with a wonderful view of the water. We saw a seal swim by so we all loved that. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The portions are very large. We will be very sad to see Anthony's go.
We haven't been back to SD in about 20 y ...
We haven't been back to SD in about 20 yrs so we decided to add a couple of days ahead of our conference to visit SD again. We remembered dining here several times before decided to come back.
We got a corner table by the window and it was nice to watch the sunset. Our wait staff, Liliana, was so nice and genuine. One of the nicest person we met on this trip. Even nicer than the pretentious hipsters working at our hotel.
We found a coupon good for up To 4 free clam chowders in one of the tourist pamphlets as long as you order an entree for each person.
The chowder was good but not the best I've ever had. More potatoes than clams in it.
Hubby got a coconut fried tilapia which only came with rice pilaf. The outside of the fish was charred and over cooked. My fried prawns were large and crispy with a great baked potato, asparagus. After 2-3 of the shrimps, it got nauseating with the oil. So I pulled off the batter and ate the shrimp.
OK food without too much of a wait if you make reservations.
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