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
The view was amazing and the food was de ...
The view was amazing and the food was delicious . My husband and I were there celebrating our honeymoon and it was the perfect setting. They gave us a complimentary dessert to congratulate us. It's a great place with a great atmosphere and amazing food. I wish I could try more!
I am so disappointed that this iconic Sa ...
I am so disappointed that this iconic San Diego restaurant is closing it's harbor side location. I am thankful for the La Mesa location and am not planning on visiting whatever restaurant ( the Brig -- honestly😡) takes this choice harbor venue!!!!!
This was a special occasion in that it w ...
This was a special occasion in that it would be a final visit to Anthony's before it closes. My family has been going to Anthony's for 50 years. Their LaJolla restaurant was a gem and were sad when that closed. Since opening on the harbor, Anthony's has been a special place to go for wonderful seafood and a lovely atmosphere. This final visit was outstanding!
Asked what kind of crab is in the crab c ...
Asked what kind of crab is in the crab cakes. It says 100% lump crab. The waitress had no idea. So I asked Dungeness, Blue crab, snow crab. She walks away comes back - deep sea red crab. Ummm where is that from ?? Leaves comes back Indonesia. Ummm that's not fresh. I'll get the shrimp.... booo. Your motto is fresh from the sea to the table. Ummm HECKA FAIL !!!
After 70 years, this restaurant is showi ...
After 70 years, this restaurant is showing her age....please renovate the decor and get a better staff....everything served that was supposed to be hot was lukewarm and everything that was supposed to be cold was room temperature. What a disappointment. ;-(
The best meal was the lobster tails, alt ...
The best meal was the lobster tails, although they were also the most expensive. Calamari appetizers were enjoyable. The rest of the dinner plates were as expected. We did wait a little longer than expected before our dinner order was taken (about 45 mins after we arrived). Maybe it was because we had 12 people at our table.
Haven't gone to this restaurant for many ...
Haven't gone to this restaurant for many years. We attended restaurant week - for a deal. I remember when (1) the drinks were good - still are; (2) the food was delish - not so much so now; (3) the service was superior - a far cry from that now. Sure, the restaurant was busy - but TOO BUSY to pick up our dishes AFTER we cleaned them? C'mon - that's non-service! For a restaurant that's abut 70 years old, some training is in order.
Excellent customer service, great food, ...
Excellent customer service, great food, reasonable prices for the portions, and beautiful view of beach. Ambience was okay, restaurant isn't too nice inside, and outside was the worst, there were drunk people causing a ruckus right outside the entrance.
We went during restaurant week. The choi ...
We went during restaurant week. The choices on the menu was great, from the appetizers to the dessert. We ordered calamari on top of what they had on the menu choices and it was delicious! The waiter was great and the service was fast. The ovean view was awesome. We are definitely coming back to try whatever is on their regular menu.
I will truly miss this San Diego icon wh ...
I will truly miss this San Diego icon when the restaurant closes. I have many great memories here and have thoroughly enjoyed the food and view! Many of the staff members have been with Anthony's for 20+ years. I hope they are retained when the new venue opens.
Loved coming back to Anthony's Fish Grot ...
Loved coming back to Anthony's Fish Grotto- I've been a customer since the 70's! All of us enjoyed our restaurant week meals from a window seat right on the water during sunset. I wanted to come here one more time before they close in January . Can't believe this place is going away- it's a San Diego institution!
We made a reservation and good thing i c ...
We made a reservation and good thing i called because we were gonna be 10 mins late because they were closing when the app let me make a reservation anyway. The girl on the phone wasnt helpful at all. I told her what the website said and her response was yeah i know but we are closing so i dont know what to tell you. So had we driven there with a reservation and not been able to eat we would have been so mad. Im not sure what caused this mixup but the hostess needs to be a little nicer in explaining things, to make me the customer feel like I was wrong for even stating what the internet and the reservation time and for her to brush me off was rude.
With our reservation got to our table wi ...
With our reservation got to our table within 3 minutes of arrival. Waited three more for our waiter to come around so placed drink and dinner order at the same time. Food arrived in due course and was very good. Best scampi I have had in years! Bread was and delicious with the garlic butter which was outstanding. My partner had the halibut which I thought was kind of small but he says it was tasty. We had a dish of the Neapolitan spumoni, also very good. Overall, the meal was worth enduring the deafening noise at the peak of the dinner hour. Reminded me of being at a crowded school cafeteria. One can only imagine what it would be like at normal decibels when one can actually speak to one's dinner partner instead of screaming. Part of their atmosphere I guess. Still I might go back for the scampi!
The overall experience was good. However ...
The overall experience was good. However we specifically requested a window seat. We arrived on time for our reservation and were told we needed to wait about 10 minutes for the window table. No problem. We waited because we wanted the window table. When the host went to seat us someone had taken the table, so no window table for us. As we dined, we saw this happen a few more times. Not cool. Anthony's needs to take control of this situation and train staff. Perhaps reserved signs should be placed on window tables as they are being bused. We specifically chose the downtown location for a window seat at 6:15. It was upsetting that this happened to us, but unbelievable that it continuously occurred throughout the evening.
Will greatly miss you when they close yo ...
Will greatly miss you when they close you at end of Jan 2017. Used to work across the street and often had lunch at your take out area. Best fish tacos in town. All your food is good and service has always been very good. Ocean view is a plus but not a necessity. We have been trying to go more often before you close. Strongly disagree with SD City Council decision on this one.
Anthony's provides consistently excellen ...
Anthony's provides consistently excellent seafood and accompaniments with a wonderful view of San Diego Bay and perhaps a sunset. The swordfish (Mediterranean preparation) was delicious, as was the coconut shrimp appetizer with fruit. Service was attentive but not at all pushy. Tables are far enough apart that it is possible to have a quiet conversation. We hope to go back again later this fall.
It was really tough to find a place to p ...
It was really tough to find a place to park for dinner, but they had some great specials for restaurant week and it was worth the trip. I had the filet mignon with coconut shrimp and liked both dishes quite well. My son ordered the lobster with shrimp and he really enjoyed the lobster. They had great mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus as well. Dessert was ok, but I would not have ordered it if it was not part of the special restaurant week menu. The view was great!
I went to Anthony's for Restaurant Week ...
I went to Anthony's for Restaurant Week and was very pleased with the menu choices. The bread was served with a flavored butter which I enjoyed very much. I ordered the clam chowder which was a little disappointing, but my entree of lobster tail with 2 large coconut shrimp was very good. I had eaten more than enough so I took home the zabaglioni which was delicious the next day. My waiter was Jose and he couldn't have been more attentive without overdoing it.
As always the food and service were amaz ...
As always the food and service were amazing! I cannot believe that this fabulous restaurant will be closing at the end of January 2017!! San Diego has decided that they want to redo that harbor area and Anthony's has no place in it. My visits to San Diego will never be the same after they close. I always go there when I am down in the area. It will be a sad day indeed!
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Wa ...
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Waterside location affords beautiful views. We were a little concerned that this would be a "tourist venue" and it may be but the food was absolutely excellent!! Service was delightful despite sharing our server with a very large and demanding party. We were there for a magnificent sunset which made it all the more enjoyable!!
We made reservations for a Friday night ...
We made reservations for a Friday night at 5pm and had no problem being seated quickly. Being there that early, ensured getting a table right on the water. The service was wonderful the whole night; our waitress was very friendly and prompt. The food was delicious!! I would definitely come back here to try other things on the menu; none of us were disappointed. The drinks were also good. The only downfall is the atmosphere is definitely a bit dated. It doesn't look like a pricey seafood place, which is both good and bad - it makes it very approachable for the everyday person, but leaves a little to be desired if you are going for a special occasion. Overall, I would def recommend this restaurant, though!
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