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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
If you want a great view of the City and like seafood, this is your place. Also, great place to have a drink. We had a beautiful corner table next to the window and the service and food were great. The only issues is that the kitchen was unable to make one of the Chef's feature items. It was a crepe dish that apparently nobody in the kitchen could make that night. Otherwise, it was a great experience.
I do not write negative reviews; and I seldom have time to write any reviews. However, every now and then a dinner experience prompts a review. I do have the opportunity to dine at a lot of fine restaurants across the country for business, and this place ranks amongst the finest.
This is a very good restaurant; excellent restaurant, actually. Overall, this place scores very highly. I started with the lobster bisque. Great presentation and DELICIOUS. I also appreciate that it was steaming hot. For the main course, I had the Tuna seared rare. The quality of the fish was outstanding; AAA+ Sushi grade. It was seared perfectly and seasoned deliciously just as our server had promised. We also had brussels sprouts. These are not your average saute'ed sprouts. Well done, Chef! If there was a 'miss' on the menu, it was the lobster mac and cheese. The bowtie was heavy and the cheese was very dry. I would have liked rigatoni in a much creamier cheese bath and then browned on top. Overall, the food still receives top marks with the quality, seasonings, and temperatures just about perfect. I wish I had room for desert as there were several tempting treats.
Now for the service. I believe our server was Mark (Mario Lemieux hair); he was excellent. He really enjoyed doing his job (interacting) and discussing the food with us. He was very knowledgable at a level I would say was 'above and beyond' what I typically see at many restaurants. Pace of service was also very appropriate. Great job, Mark. Golly, I hope I got the name right.
I will definitely put this place on my 'must visit' list for the next time I am in Pittsburgh.
The view is truly spectacular - the floor to ceiling massive windows give an unparalleled view of the city. Mt. Washington, however, is no longer just about the view as there are several restaurants with innovative menus and excellent service. The food was good enough, but the plates were cold. Overall, a little more focus on inspired menu items and development of wait staff and Monterey Bay could be a contender for the best restaurant on Mt. Washington.
Crab cakes. And angel food grilled cheese. That's all you need to remember. Truthfully, everything on the menu, including the handcrafted cocktails, were amazing. Our waitress (Brooke) was terrific, along with the rest of the staff we met. We definitely recommend this spot for anyone visiting Pittsburgh! We took the Duquesne incline to the top of Mt. Washington and walked a couple of blocks to the restaurant. Highly recommend!
The menu has changed, and with the shrinking menu, it seems the quality has decreased as well. The salads have lost their appeal. The Ceaser salad has gone from having a wonderful house made dressing to no dressing and replaced with three anchovies. The strawberry salad has unfortunately completely disappeared from the menu. The bread/ butter that comes with the meal has seen multiple changes over the years (basket of differing breads on the table, a waiter bringing a selection of breads for you to choose, and now just a simple white bread on the table). The butter with the bread has gone through a similar life cycle; a wonderful seasoned butter, to your average butter, and now average butter covered with dry seasoning. The main course was fine minus their signature crab cakes being dry and lacking the 'sauce' that makes them what they are.
You basically pay for a view. The food was nothing special and for an upscale restaurant portions were small like expected but nothing special about the food. I could of went to red lobster for a third of the price or bone fish for half the price and got the same quality seafood. My girlfriend thought she had blood on her hand but the waitress later said she thought it raspberry sauce from a desert she served to another table but was not polite when I asked for another glass and didn't even take the napkin at first that we thought was blood on it. We didn't assume it was that because you don't expect a dirty glass at an expensive restaurant. Also we only ordered dinner no appetizer or soup and salad. The waitress had this sound and look of disappointment when we did not order every course. I guess in hopes that we would run up a large tab. The manager was nice enough to come ask us how dinner was and I told him that my girlfriend was not in the mood for the meal she got and he did offer something else but I guess I should of explained that we both were disappointed in the food itself. Overall if you want a view of the city that part is taken care of but as a customer and first time customer I find it hard to have any reason to ever go back. Lobster ravioli for my girlfriend unimpressed. Crab cake and scallops for me. The scallops where nothing special the crab cake was good but way overpriced. Maybe we ordered the wrong things but for a small menu I assumed they both would be expectional. The bread tasted like a loaf of bread from Aldis. The feeling that I had after was the feeling I got from our waitress. Disappointed.
Great view of the city and very good service but very disappointed in the food considering the upscale pricing. Might have been ok at half the price but expected better at the price we paid.
Ceviche appetizer was mostly filler with very little fish/seafood and was overpowered by the excessive lime. Lobster bisque was just ok. The whole fish has very little flavor and the salmon was dry and overcooked. However, because of the view, good place to impress a date or mate.
My overall experience was very good. The food was delicious and the ambiance was amazing! I was celebrating my mother and Aunt's birthday, who were in town from FL. The only negative comment I will say is our server Martini, seemed like in a rush to flip the table and get us out. Once I made a comment about it being their birthdays though, he did give us our time to socialize and enjoy the evening. I was really excited to try the lobster mac and cheese but was instantly disappointed after trying it, I felt that it was very dry. But that would be my only complaint and our server, Martini, made sure that he took that off our bill- which wasn't expected, but a nice surprise. He also made sure my mother and Aunt got a free dessert which they loved! I will come back to this restaurant and will be sure to recommend this to others!
The service was outstanding, and the view makes it a special evening. We travel from Michigan to see our daughter in DC and always stop at Pittsburgh mid-way. (We were so pleased that you honored our Open Table request for a window table last week when we mentioned this!) This is our second visit to your restaurant, and everything is wonderful, EXCEPT, it is not a good value to pay over $30 for an entree and have no sides or salad included. Couldn't you at least add some roasted potatoes, a risotto, steamed veggies, or SOMETHING to go with the protein? I know this "protein only" is a trend with high end restaurants now, but it makes the experience less wonderful, and I end up feeling a bit "taken" by the management. Truthfully, we will probably select Altius again the next time we come through, as the view, service and food quality are the same, but, for the money, the plate is a little fuller.
I hadn't been to this restaurant since it was changed. Although it is still a great place, I think it isn't as good as it was before. The decor is significantly improved, but I don't think people go there to look around the room. The windows is where everyone's attention usually is. The most notable step backward, in my opinion, is with the food/menu. The menu is significantly scaled back and I felt the quality was probably not quite as good as before, although it was still great. Given the price, I think I'll look for other options before I return.
New to the area, I was looking for a date night spot. Choose Monterrey because they advertised a great view of the city. Upon arrival, the maitre d' acknowledged my request for a window table. We had a great view of the city, its bridges, stadiums, and even one of the tramcars that transports folk up and down Pittsburgh's elevations.
The food and service was great--Kacie was excellent.
Check it out! You will be pleased.
I took the family to Monterey Bay for my son's 11th birthday. The view is unbeatable. The food was good, but the dishes can be found elsewhere, just as good, for much less. I knew I was laying a premium for the view, and I did it for a special day. However, the premium was much more expensive than I expected.
Monterey Bay is exceptional. I have never had a bad meal here. The waitstaff is very attentive, and the entrees are fabulous. Great if you have a special occasion - menu is pricey, but totally worth it. I am upset, however, that they did away with their Sushi concept. It was the perfect appetizer! Overall wonderful experience, and I will look forward to the next time I go for dinner.
The service was great and the view is outstanding. But the food was terrible. The fried calamari was mushy and had, what appeared to be a can of hot peppers dumped on top of it. The crab cakes were not fresh and had been, apparently, heated in a microwave. My husband's lobster ravioli consisted of ravioli immersed in butter with one tiny piece of lobster on top. Oh....and the salads needed salt. We won't be back.
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