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About Permanently Closed - Anthony's Fish Grotto
San Diego, CA 92101
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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 - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We had an early lunch on Sunday, to celebrate my friend's birthday and to say goodbye to Anthony's. We had a wonderful time, but we were very sad knowing that this wonderful restaurant is closing,, and we will no longer see the historical sign while driving down Ash. I have lived in San Diego since 1969 and have many, many delightful memories of wonderful meals with friends and co-workers. I am happy they will continue to operate the restaurant in La Mesa. Since I live in East County, I will continue to be a loyal fan!
We were there over the weekend. We were a little disappointed that you were out of King Crab. My husband had the Fried fish and shrimp combo. The food was way too oily. My husband got physically sick before we could even get the check. On the plus side though, it was a nice setting, the server was very good. Just wish we could have enjoyed our meal and my husband didn't get sick.
Kinda expensive nowadays. I know you need to pay your staff but for fish and chips and a sandwich or two and no alcoholic drinks $104.00 was alot. But, it was closing. Also.....Mama Ghia's red chowder recipient has been altered. I am going to try it again at La Mesa! I used to eat it alot when I worked in LA Mesa.
This restaurant is immensely popular and has established itself on the San Diego waterfront for 70 years. I've eaten there with family since 1960. However, due to the City awarding the new waterfront restaurant lease contract to another bidder, Anthony's is being forced out. The replacement restaurant will no doubt be pricier, trendier and fancier, but it will not be able to for the waterfront what Anthony's restaurant has done. Anthony's reputation is built upon its ability to expertly prepare and serve seafood at a reasonable price, making this place one of the best values in town. I urge diners, now that the waterfront facility is closing tomorrow, January 31, to check out the other Anthony's sister restaurant location in La Mesa. Same good food and service.
This was an outstanding dinner time. We had to go one last time before Anthony's Fish Grotto closes on Jan. 31, 2017. We got to have a window table, fight on the water, and watched the sun set, one of my favorite things !!! the food was excellent, and a good size for the price. The service was excellent, we had the exact type of dining one would hope for ! making reservations through this site made this an easy experience.
Love Anthony's, been going to the restaurant since the 70's. Beautiful scenery, great staff & delicious food. Very sadden that the restaurant is closing. A historical landmark in our beautiful city, the waterfront will not be the same! Goodbye to all the delicious one of a kind seafood taste.....you will be missed!
Open table made a "reservation ". Rude hostess said that reservation was actually preferred seating. Went through the reservation tab on the official website for Anthony's. That felt really shady especially since it was to celebrate my birthday which I noted in the comments. No special treatment. Should not offer to make a reservation if you will not honor it. Nothing at all said preferred seating. Such a joke. Really set it off for a bad mood to celebrate for my special day. Other staff was okay but we spent enough money where you should be treated better. Management needs to reevaluate especially since they are losing this location. Hopefully la Mesa fares okay.
It's always sad to see a part of the family say so long. A part of many families of San Diego for almost 71 years! I paid my last respect to sit and go back on memory lane with the same loved ones gone before me. I stuck to the never disappointing clam chowder, gorged on the bread and sun dried tomato butter while diving into the crispy calamari. By the time our entrees arrived, i was more than satisfied and stll mesmerized by the ocean bay view. Unfortunately, the decor or should i say, the furnishings are still time warped in the 50s diner look and out dated ambiance. Recipes should stay intact, not the furniture. I almost sank in the split cushioned booth and thought it was time to rip. The passion had died.
Anthony's delivered everything we hoped for. We came for a late Christmas family get together. Anthony's is an iconic San Diego restaurant that brings us lots of memories. The food was exactly what we hoped for. Mama Ghio's batter on the shrimp was just as we remembered: crunchy, tasty, not too thick, just yummy and delicious cocktail sauce. We all dined on different items from the menu and we all enjoyed our choices.
We are sad this iconic San Diego restaurant. It will be missed.
Wanted to eat seafood and this was close by. Restaurant is very casual. Have been here before and the restaurant seems to have gone down hill. You can get better seafood in San Diego but the prices were good for the limited menu offerings. View is the best part of the restaurant.
Great food and great friendly service. Sorry to see them go at the end of the month. Shared a bottle of wine, house white zinfandel with my mom. Delicious. Pot stickers appetizer was perfectly cooked and very tasty. The salmon was cooked perfectly. Thank you Anthony's for being there for so many years!
Wanted to go here once more before they close for good. We went after the Women's March and they were slammed with visitors and a huge waiting list. Thanks to Open Table, we walked right in. Our server forgot the clam chowders 2 of us ordered, but given the deluge of customers, we understood.
We decided to eat at Anthony's before they close but the food was horrible. We were so disappointed. The window looking out to the water was very nice and im looking forward to the next restraunt that moves in. I live by the Anthony's in La Mesa and I don't remember the food a disappointment.
Great service and food. Very loud (think there was a football game on?). We sat near bar area which was a lot more casual than we envisioned. We asked for a window seat as we're hoping to overlook water but only saw our reflections in glass (at night ) so not really the ambience we were hoping for. Good for a casual night with friends not a romantic date or anything.
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