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.
Seafood, Steak, Sushi
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:
Tiffany Sines: 4124814414x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington Ratings and Reviews
As always service was great. Our waiter ...
As always service was great. Our waiter Ed was attentive and friendly but without being informal.
All dishes were very well prepared with a couple very minor notes...
The Monterey Bay Manhattan - oak aged rum, bourbon, walnut bitters -- way too sweet. I made similar at home with aged rum, bourbon and fee bros black walnut bitters and it was much better, don't know if they are adding sugar or simple syrup but unpleasantly sweet.
the caesar salad, anchovies were fantastic - would have preferred more than 2 fillets.
the Thai peanut preparation on the rock fish obscured the flavor of the fish too much and better to save the peanuts than integrate with the fish, overpowering. The fish was cooked perfectly however and we did very much enjoy our evening.
Thank you for a great meal and time! We'll certainly be back.
Went for our anniversary. They said we w ...
Went for our anniversary. They said we will take care of you. Gave us a beautiful window view of the point. The waiter told us there was one special which we were not interested in. However, later when other diners appeared on either side of us, we heard them being offered other specials that would have interested us had we been informed of them. I am not sure if our waiter just didn't bother with them or they weren't available when we arrived. We had been there before on our anniversary and got a free dessert to share, but I guess they stopped doing that because that also wasn't offered this time. Still love going there. The food is always excellent no matter what we have gotten and the view is exceptional!
Visiting our home town (now live in Flor ...
Visiting our home town (now live in Florida) with New England friends and Monterey Bay definitely did not disappoint. The food was fantastic and the service was far above average. The female manager stopped by to make sure we were comfortable and happy. The view was most impressive to those who had never been to Pittsburgh before. An A++ restaurant!!
We visited Pittsburgh for the weekend an ...
We visited Pittsburgh for the weekend and selected Monteray Bay for the view which did not disappoint! Excellent views of the city and river. The food was a fantastic surprise. We enjoyed everything we ordered and we're thrilled with the excellent service. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that will listen!
This is the place to go for great views ...
This is the place to go for great views of the city. Excellent service. Good food, no complaints, not extremely exciting but great for your typical seafood dishes, desserts, etc. Do not expect craft cocktails. Worst old fashioned (from the bar) that I've ever had.
My grandparents came to visit me at scho ...
My grandparents came to visit me at school this weekend and my roommate told me about this restaurant. All three of us were blown away. Everything was absolutely amazing. My grandpa, who is a critic of everything, loved it. They were so happy.
Our meal, as usual was wonderful. We cou ...
Our meal, as usual was wonderful. We couldn't decide on the right bottle of wine to celebrate my husband's birthday. The manager was very helpful, and did not steer us wrong. They even brought my husband his favorite fall desert with a special birthday message. You guys ROCK!
I had read in reviews prior to dining he ...
I had read in reviews prior to dining here that you are paying for the view. I would have to agree. While everything that we had was good, I feel that it was way over priced. The Red Snapper that I ordered tasted good but the portion was fairly small especially since it does not come with anything. The "Ceviche" that we ordered was very tiny for the price. There was really nothing special about either. The service, however, was excellent and the view was incredible. If I could do it over again, we would have gone there for some appetizers and drinks and gone somewhere else for entrees. We had a great time, though, and we appreciated that the restaurant recognized our wedding anniversary with a complimentary dessert. I would definitely recommend the restaurant but would caution that the bill will add up really fast.
We occasionally visit from out of town a ...
We occasionally visit from out of town and always assure this fine dining spot is in our schedule. The service, food, and fabulous view are just a few of the reasons we would rank MBFG in our all-time top 3 restaurants. The selection and preparation of seafood is unrivaled.
Wish we could visit more than we do. Without a doubt, the finest in Pittsburgh. Thank you MBFG for another memeorable dining experience!
visiting Pittsburgh - a must to take the ...
visiting Pittsburgh - a must to take the Duquesne incline & eat at one of the several restaurants on Grandview. Monterey was a very happy choice - upscale, sophisticated, beautiful The food was really excellent and part of a lovely evening. Tough to get a table with the best view but, regardless, there are many lovely views from this vantage point and the ride up the incline certainly lets you see Pittsburgh below.
I think this was one of the most astound ...
I think this was one of the most astounding views I've had of the city! I absolutely loved the ambiance :: the view, the music, the class. I'll be honest, I'm not a huge seafood fan (which I know is absurd!) but I enjoyed my meal immensely. The brussel sprouts (to share) were the most amazing brussel sprouts I've ever had! Grateful for the opportunity to see and share our beautiful city with good friends.
We have been to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto ...
We have been to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto on numerous occasions. This time was disappointing. The table was nice and the view was awesome, but the food was not. The shrimp on the combination appetizer was undercooked. Before I ordered my entree, I asked the waitress what it was like. She assured me that it was not fishy at all... wrong. She apparently never even bothered to notice that I wasn't eating it and when the time came to pack up the leftovers, she asked if I wanted a box. When I informed her that no, I did not want a box because it was not very good and was fishy, she just said oh, and walked away. I would have received better service from the local diner.
Called in advance and requested a table ...
Called in advance and requested a table near the window for my wife's birthday dinner. Great table, ambiance, music, food, service, etc. The manager stopped by twice to make sure everything was good, and it was. I would highly recommend Monteray Bay and their Crab Cakes!
I did not think the food was worth what ...
I did not think the food was worth what we paid. I got the salmon, which was $30. There was nothing that came with it. Just a piece of fish on the plate. My husband got a fish dish as well. Our total bill was $125. I expected for food for that kind of money.
I've been going to Monterey for years an ...
I've been going to Monterey for years and very much enjoy it's ambience, beautiful views of the city and excellent food and service. But I was seriously disappointed at the very skimpy portion of wine served to my friend, and I must say this one touch of stinginess in the midst of opulence struck me as a false note. Those who come here to eat are willing to pay a premium for your excellence, but when you skimp on such a thing as a simple glass of wine that makes one wonder, and castes a negative light on everything else. There was less wine in his glass than gin in my martini and I have to wonder why an order of wine costing $14.00 would have to be so tiny.
Food is top notch and the service is exc ...
Food is top notch and the service is excellent. We had the worst seat in the house which was right below the waiters station so there was constantly someone standing above your dinner table. Also we ordered a bottle of 2012 napa valley cab and they brought out a 2013 bottle.
The floor to double high ceiling windows ...
The floor to double high ceiling windows provide every table with a stunning view of the Pittsburgh skyline. Our table was on the top tier so we were able to enjoy the sunset to the west and the lights coming on in the city to the east. The fish was very fresh with many well executed preparation choices. The service was professional and attentive - we ordered the champagne braised cabbage to share and when it was served the manager noticed that the portion was smaller than usual and ordered a second one for us on the house. The cabbage and the flourless chocolate cake were exceptionally delicious. All in all a beautiful setting to make any occasion special. The restaurant is a block from the Incline and we enjoyed incorporating a ride in our outing.
Our first visit to Pittsburgh took us to ...
Our first visit to Pittsburgh took us to the Duquesne Incline, a vertical trolley which was charming, and we'd read of the restaurants at the top, on Grandview, and chose Monterey Bay as it had the best reviews. Located on the upper floors of a fairly tall building on a fairly tall Mt Washington, the view was stunning, even in the rain and fog, which undulated in, then retreated, then returned again; it was still impressive, especially with the floor to ceiling windows in the dining room.
But as with a lot of restaurants which have an outstanding view as the draw, the meal itself took second place. Starters are probably tastier, and more interesting and innovative than entrees; ours certainly were. Then we both had the Lemon Sole Meuniere, which was overcooked and a little dry, with insufficient and fairly tasteless lemon caper sauce, contrary to the waiter's declaration that the cook on it would be medium. It wasn't inedible, but it was disappointing.
As for the noise level, I'm sure the floor to ceiling windows contributed to the cacophony, as did the music level, which was rather too loud and rather too lively for fine dining, and perhaps better suited to bar dining. Just saying.
The ambiance and the view set Monterey B ...
The ambiance and the view set Monterey Bay apart. The seafood menu and preparation is still the best in Pittsburgh. They are proud of their wine menu, maybe a little too proud.
There are a lot of offerings that combine fruit and a long finsish that could be added for a moderate price.
My husband, daughter and I ate three dif ...
My husband, daughter and I ate three different appetizers, meals and desserts and each and every one of them was both beautiful and delicious. My husband ordered a "seafood sampler" appetizer that included a crab cake that was truly made of crab, not fillers. And the crab itself was clearly fresh and so flavorful. I ordered a branzino as my main course and it melted in my mouth. We shared a side of brussel sprouts that were just incredible. And the Angel Food Grilled Cheese Sandwich for dessert is original and the perfect mix of sweet (cake, berry compote and ice cream) and savory (cream cheese and almonds). I only intended to take my usually three bits of dessert, but there was NOTHING left on the plate when I was done. We are looking forward to our next trip to Pittsburgh, which will undoubtedly include a trip back to Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto!!!
We had a pretty miserable experience at ...
We had a pretty miserable experience at Monterey Bay. Although the food was excellent, and the view is spectacular, the service was truly dreadful. We sat down to only one menu on the table (for the 2 of us), had to wait about 15 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order, waited another 10 minutes for the bottle of wine that we ordered. For the kind of prices one pays to eat at Monterey Bay, the service should be top-notch. It was not.
Tremendous view...top shelf service and ...
Tremendous view...top shelf service and excellent food. Took my wife for her birthday (drove from over 100 miles away) and well worth the trip. When I made the reservation I mentioned it was my wife's birthday and when they called the day before to confirm our reservation, I mentioned it again. They said thy would make a special note of that. Unfortunately, that was not recognized although friends who recommended the restaurant said they always treat the birthday person to a free dessert. Even without that perk, the place is worth the price you have to pay.
I had a date with my high school sweethe ...
I had a date with my high school sweetheart, who I hadn't seen in 40 years, and it couldn't have been more special ..... great food, unbelievable view, great table, friendly service and exceptional wine !!! Did I miss something ?
Best views and food in Mt Washington! Ex ...
Best views and food in Mt Washington! Excellent choices for appetizers, wine and entrees. Make sure you recommend a prime spot near the windows for outstanding views of the city, and arrive early for a cocktail in the lounge!
We were greeted warmly by the hostess Je ...
We were greeted warmly by the hostess Jennifer and everyone knew it was an anniversary dinner for my wife and me. The hostess sat us at a window table with one of the great views in the country of downtown Pittsburgh. Our waitress was punctual, attentive, and knowledgable throughout the entire meal. The food was great and we had a wonderful dessert. Great evening.
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