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About Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington
Thank you for considering Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. This award-winning restaurant has always taken pride in its level of standards and excellence. These exceptional standards are reflected in the mouth-watering fresh fish and impeccable service. Guests have come to expect this level of quality in every aspect of the main dining room as well as the private dining room.
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto's fish is fresh and flown in from a number of locations on the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaiian Islands. For this reason, we are the regions Premier Fresh Fish Restaurant offering 20 kinds of fresh fish in an array of original, delicious styles.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Hours of Operation:
Lounge: 4:30pm Daily
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is $6.00 per car
Private Party Facilities:
Private party options are available
Private Party Contact:
John Bellan: (412) 481-4414
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington Ratings and Reviews
Had not been there since the renovations. Very nice job. Seems as though the menu is tremendously limited compared to the way it used to be. I was very disappointed in that. Our waitress was exceptional and the food we did order was very good. The area manager did check in on us several times and seemed genuinely concerned that we had all that we needed. All-in-all, it was a very pleasant experience with good food and exceptional view and service.
This was an excellent choice for a special occasion dinner. The view of the city was beautiful and the food was delicious. Our server was helpful and attentive. Our group had the bisque and salads to start our meal. For main courses we had chilean sea bass, swordfish, scallops, and the crab cakes. All of the meals were perfectly prepared and full of flavor. The highlights of the evening were the desserts! Our server helped us with our choices - - creme brulee, carrot cake, and the best was the angel food grilled cheese sandwich! We were so glad that we had saved room!
Very good food and service; exceptional view over 3 rivers and a Point. We reserved for 7 people for graduation party; when we get there the table was by the window without asking. We ordered 6 different fish/crab dishes and they all were very good and tasty. Fish Parmesan was probably the best but all others were very good as well. Parking was easy on the side street around the corner or you can do valet for $6. All staff was very attentive and helpful - and did not bother us with stupid questions "Is everything good?" - in a good restaurant it goes without saying that everything is good. Considering the quality of food and service and the location - this place is not that expensive; we ordered 7 main course fish dishes with wine and 7 desserts with some port - all for about $370 before tip. I would definitely go there again.
You are paying for the view, not the food or service.
The view of the three rivers and Pittsburgh from this restaurant is exceptional.
Service is poor as waiters were all young and inexperienced. Definitely don't order the ceviche, can't even describe how bland it was. Their signature crab cakes were exceptional, probably the only item on the menu that was. My "steaming chocolate latte" dessert was a COLD cupcake in a coffee cup.... seriously!
I would not recommend or go back to this restaurant.
The food and cocktails were great, service good; my only real complaint was that the bread was stale and had obviously been reheated. Very disappointing for such an otherwise top-notch restaurant. I thought the butter spread was kind of bland also, but it was the bread that really bothered me.
Our waitress was very professional and knew the menu. She had recommendations and was confident in the product. Her name was Allison. Appetizers -great . Salads-great. Husband loved the crab cakes and I liked the scallops. I ordered them plain instead of the recommended version.
I work in a hotel here in Pittsburgh. Prior to my date Thursday, I recommended Monterey Bay to 5 of my guests. They expressed to me on Friday that it was ok price vs cost . I'd still say it's good just not great how I once remembered it.
My husband and I were looking forward to taking my daughter and future son-in-law for their first experience at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. This was the first time I can say I left disappointed. They honored a window table request so the view was spectacular.
We went for Mother's Day so maybe that's why the menu seemed limited compared to other visits. My husband and I had been there 6 times and for the first time were not impressed. The fish choices were very limited and more spicy.
The food was good but not the wow factor that we had come to expect.
Our server was attentive but in general the staff did not seem as polished and knowledgeable as past visits.
I had never gone where the restaurant wasn't at full capacity and maybe because it was Mother's Day Sunday dinner there was a lot of open seating.
Dessert as usual was awesome and we had a great time and I'm happy that my daughter and her fiance' enjoyed the experience but I might have to rethink if this will remain our "special occasion" restaurant. I don't mind spending more when you walk away with a truly special experience, for the first time, this was just good.
We started our meal with appetizers the ceviche and the carpaccio. the carpaccio was warm and it had brown spots throughout. The ceviche was covered with foam, it was very unappetizing . My entree was the fresh catch, a whole Branzino. It was absolutely delicious but it was not f filleted table side by our server which is standard. The view of Pittsburgh was the highlight of the dinner. Gorgeous
Took my mother here for Mother's Day this year. Have been here before a few years back, and remember everything being great. This time was very different. The service was absolutely terrible to the point where we said something to the person in charge. The waitress took FOREVER to do even the simplest requests and never once came back to see how we were doing. She also seemed to walk away and scoff at everything we said we other employees. Even the MANAGERS here didn't care about our table at all--walked right past us without even checking to see how things were. The food was sub par as well (parm crusted swordfish.) Asked for capers on my dish and my waitress acted like this was a hilarious request and there is no way the restaurant would have capers...needless to say, they had them, and the saltiness made my bland dish 10 times better. Waitress left crumbs all over the table in between courses, and asked US to hand her the plates from our table as she waited with arms outstretched. Especially terrible for the price we paid. Will NOT be dining with Monterey Bay any time in the near future.
My experience at this restaurant was beyond disappointing. Had reservations for 8:30 and table was not ready until 9:15. The atmosphere and view were great; however, I will say that this is what you are paying for. After reading the reviews and recommendations I thought this would be the perfect place to take my out of town guests for a special evening. The server was polite and attentive and did her best to try to make the evening enjoyable. There are no words to describe how terrible the food was. The lobster tail was so small, had no flavor and was so tough it felt like you were chewing rubber. It was evident that the tails were not fresh, most likely frozen, thawed, then repeated again before finally being served. We also ordered a crab cake dinner which was was completely cold. They offered to take it back and heat it up. It was returned in less than a minute after a quick microwave heating so they were even more dry. The oyster appetizer we ordered was also far from fresh, had an odor and were prepared with some gin recipe that doesn't even go well together making it even worse. I do not think that any of their seafood is fresh caught, I wouldn't be surprised if they purchased their supply at Costco. I understand Pittsburgh isn't located on the coast line but I have had seafood at other restaurants that are not on this class level that was far more edible. I never would have expected this result out of this restaurant, especially for how expensive it is. Major disappointment, don't waste your money.
My daughter requested we make reservations at Monterey Bay, for dinner, after her commencement. We had an elderly family member who we hoped would make it through the entire evening but he was tiring. The restaurant was kind enough to accommodate us earlier, (despite the busy time for them) and then treated us wonderfully. My elderly uncle never experienced an nicer evening, better meal or view of the city and we are so very thankful. The food was excellent, the wine was excellent and the ambiance perfect! Excellent experience all the way.
I expected more from the food. It was not very well seasoned and they forgot my asparagus but charged me for it. They did at least not charge for the bland and skimpy lobster bisque that I did not care for. Overall the experience was not worth the cost. These are very high prices for average food. I've traveled quite a bit and Monterey Bay just can't compete food-wise with other similarly priced restaurants around the country.
My husband and I each had the lobster bisque and signature crab cake. Mine had a side of shrimp and my husband, the scallops and they were grilled perfectly. The crab cake was all crab & spices w/ no fillers. Our wine was a Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand which was crisp, clean & dry. The view was outstanding. This was perhaps one of the best meals I have ever had and we go out frequently esp to upscale restaurants in center city Phila and other large cities. It was a wonderful experience and one I hope to replicate in the future.
We had a most memorable experience. The views were outstanding, but more importantly, the food was exceptional! Our server, and I have forgotten his name was fabulous. He helped us make decisions with his recommendations. We were there 17 years ago and loved it then too!
We very much enjoyed a Saturday night meal at Monterey Bay. My lobster tail was delicious, my husband liked his grilled salmon too. Our waiter seemed new and flustered, but he made up for it with enthusiasm. Beautiful view, and the craft beer selection was excellent. Pricey evening, but it was a special occasion so we felt it was worth it for the experience we had.
We had not been here for quite some time but wish we would not have waited so long to return. First off, the view from our table was superb and our server Alec could not have been more attentive. The seafood trio for starters was a divine selection of shrimp, meaty bites of fish and the best crab cake I have ever eaten, just enough binder to hold it together. I was partial to the greens with shallot vinaigrette since it reminded me of a salad my mom used to make using lettuce fresh from the garden. My jerk halibut was more tender and flavorful than I recall but I am also a sucker for mango pineapple salsa. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her king salmon (a featured seasonal catch) and though I am not a salmon lover, the taste I had did not offend me. My only regret was the passion fruit icebox pie, which evoked an overly saccharine key lime pie with no hints of vanilla or caramel nor any fresh berries as the menu stated. A better end to my meal would have been something a bit lighter like a bowl of fresh berries and cream but there appeared to be a paucity of lighter alternatives. All on all, we enjoyed ourselves so much we spent three hours there which may be our record and we plan to return sooner than the last time.
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