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
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.
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!
Anthony's Fish Grotto never disappoints ...
Anthony's Fish Grotto never disappoints . The traditional favorites are consistent. Yummy Clam Chowder, Light and Flaky Fish & Chips, and Shrimp Louie Salad. Sclosing in 2017. We want to go a few more times before it closes forever on Jan. 31, 2017.
Parking can be challenging, so plan to make a couple of loops through the one-lane diagonal parking strip just before the Maritime Museum.
We were in San Diego for a conference an ...
We were in San Diego for a conference and the hotel recommended Anthony's for a nice dinner. We were eager to try local seafood so we headed there one night. Big mistake. The place was so loud, there were kids everywhere.
And the food. So bad. I've had way better fish in landlocked Oklahoma. What I ate looked and tasted like it had come out of a bag from Costco. 2 bites and I was done. Crab cake was just mush. Wine pours were tiny. My companion's skewer was inedible due to the "barbecue" sauce they had dumped on it. Total and complete waste of time and money. Hated
The only reason I did not give them 5 st ...
The only reason I did not give them 5 stars re the food is my son's kid meal, "chicken" was truly awful - it was rubbery and too oily for his consumption - he ate his fries, so the kid's meal was a bust, but the salad I had was wonderful....
Excellent food - the squid steak is outs ...
Excellent food - the squid steak is outstanding. Our waiter was also great as he provided an extra portion of sculpin to one of us as he thought the amount provided was not sufficient. Good value for the quality and quantity of food. A little loud for atmosphere. We will be very sorry to see the restaurant close, as they have lost their lease.
We had reservations so seating was easy, ...
We had reservations so seating was easy, and we asked for a table by the window when I made the reservations, so the view was gorgeous. The food was very good and the server was friendly and accommodating. It was a fun evening.
I have eaten here more times than I can ...
I have eaten here more times than I can remember and each and every time it seems the quality gives a little more. The food quality is not what it was 10 years ago. Don't get me wrong it's still pretty good but for the price or a little more their are much better places. But this is a landmark in SD so at least try it once and make your own decision after that. Don't go when it's busy if you can avoid it. That would probably help.
Good solid seafood at reasonable prices. ...
Good solid seafood at reasonable prices. Nothing over-the-top special, but it was nice to have a view of the water while we ate. It was in walking distance of our hotel, so it was convenient, but I'm not sure I would seek it out as a dining experience.
This used to be our favorite place to ea ...
This used to be our favorite place to eat when in San Diego, but the quality of our meal was not like it was the last time we visited. The appetizers were great, but our dinner was disappointing. My salmon was dry and thin, and the green beans were dry, too. Will not be coming back and will find a new seafood place for our next trip out here.
I went to Anthony's Fish Grotto for my b ...
I went to Anthony's Fish Grotto for my birthday. I had heard great things about this place and had wanted to try it out. I also was in the mood for good seafood and a steak and this place offers both. We arrived about 30 minutes before our reservation and were seated early, about after waiting just ten minuets. We were seated at a window table as I had requested. Up to this point all is very good. The noise level was a bit intense but that is because the place was packed and the dinning room is very large.
We ordered a bottle of prosecco, which was very reasonably priced, and an appetizer of a half dozen oysters on the half shell. The oysters were delicious and went well with our wine. All good up to this point. Then we ordered dinner. I ordered the Filet Mignon and added the scampi for another 7.95. I ordered the coleslaw and the smashed baby red potatoes for my sides. My partner ordered the Halibut with a fruit salsa on top. She ordered the fresh green beans and french fries for her sides.
It took a while for the food to arrive. I had ordered my steak to be cooked rare, which it was, but when it arrived it was cold. My partner's fish was also barely warm. It seems as though the food had come off the grill and just sat there for about ten minutes. This made the whole experience a bummer. The food was of good quality and we were hungry so we ate the meal. The sides were also good. The green beans were especially delicious and fresh. We told our server that the food was cold and she offered to go get "another one" for us, but after having waited so long and having nearly finished the bottle of prosecco we just wanted to eat.
Could have been a fluke, the place was packed. We came here because we heard good things. The prices are lower than other places located on the water. But all in all it wasn't worth the 140+ dollars we spent for dinner. I would have easily spent another 50.00 for a better experience and food that wasn't cold!
This place is both amazing and memorable ...
This place is both amazing and memorable. My fiance and I are both in our early 20s and we go here every year for our anniversary. The seafood and waterfront view is unmatched. We drive all the way from Anahiem, Ca because it's worth it and refuse to go anywhere else. And the outstanding guest hospitality are the welcoming touch to this one of a kind landmark and piece of San Diego history. Hope to visit Anthony's for years to come.
The service was great our server was pat ...
The service was great our server was patient with our guests because they cannot hear too good. You would think that being so close to all this Seafood they could do more with their fish dishes other than breading and frying it. Hawaiian Ono breaded really.
We have started a tradition of eating at ...
We have started a tradition of eating at Anthony's when we visit San Diego from Arizona. We understand that the one at the Downtown ocean view location may not be there next year which would be sad if true. We hope it works out that you can stay there but will try our best to drive to where ever location you are. We truly enjoy the great flavors that are in all the dishes we have tried so far and want to continue eating at your restaurant whenever we can. Thank you.
Making the reservation was easy. Seati ...
Making the reservation was easy. Seating was as requested, by the window. The noise level was so loud moved to a booth, a little better. Our waiter, Alphonso was excellent. It was a bit noisy but the food was good, good service.
Our service was extremely slow, which is ...
Our service was extremely slow, which is hard for me to say because I am the type who likes to be left alone while on our rare occasion of having a night kid free. However, I do not like waiting for refills or having to wait 25 minutes for a bill and etc. The food was not good, especially for those prices. I ordered Halibut and it was almost like eating a fried fish stick. Very bland and basic. My husband ordered steak and shrimp. The husband who never complains about food and loves to eat anything, said his steak was dry and not very flavorful. Unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment to us. We even made a reservation and went to the one by the Bay thinking it would be perfect for a date.
I am a long-time patron of Anthony's, ha ...
I am a long-time patron of Anthony's, having grown up in San Diego. I am very sad to hear that they will be moving out of their location on San Diego's Embarcadero, but have high hopes that their new location will be even better. Anthony's never disappoints, the food is always outstanding!
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