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:
Tiffany Sines: (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
Earlier reviews raved about the lobster bisque, one of my favorites, and I'll just add that the superlative comments don't do the bisque justice. Magnificent presentation, and just as smooth as silk. There were 4 of us in our party, and we gather 3 times a year for a celebratory meal. Service was great, but not overwhelming, and we certainly did not feel rushed. We didn't feel we were made to wait between courses, either, providing a nice balance and an opportunity to really enjoy the cuisine. Crab cakes were remarkable, without a hint of oil or grease, scallops were done perfectly well, and were juicy and sweet. Desert? You're missing a real treat if you don't try the grilled angel food cheese sandwich. Perhaps one of the more surprising elements of the evening were the very reasonable prices for adult beverages. We'll be back.
Great views of the Pittsburgh Skyline and a quiet upscale ambience made this trip worth it. This restaurant was highly recommended to me from several sources around town. The food was delicious and filling although the portions were a little light. Great place for a first date.
The new décor has added to the quality of the restaurant. Did not realize how bad the fish painting was until it is now removed.
I was a little disappointed to hear that the suchi bar was eliminated I really wanted to sample it.
Over all the dinner was excellent and the service was great, not to many interruptions from the staff.
Beautiful atmosphere and amazing view of the city! My husband and I visit from Detroit at least once a year and this was our first time at Monterey. It was highly recommended. We had the seafood trio appetizer which was wonderful. We both had very good wine. The lobster ravioli was incredible!!! Overall a really nice late evening dinner. :)
Went here to treat my Son and Daughter-In-Law for a great night out. Had drinks at the bar and waited for the table as we were early.
Drinks were good - went up for dinner - nice table with view. Ordered Lobster Mac and Cheese for an app - great. They did not have the wine we wanted. Also they reduced the menu with less selection - I understand a lot of waste if the menu is too big.
Had crab cakes, chicken and filet. They were good.
Dessert was good - they forgot to take off the wine from the bill - glad I noticed. I usually don't look too carefully - they removed it and comped a dessert. Ok.
Was good - not great.
I was disappointed in the food. The salad was basic and the dressing was mediocre. I had the crab cakes. I've honestly had better at a local, inexpensive restaurant. The Brussels sprouts were good and well-portioned. The other guests in our party were satisfied, but no one raved. The staff seemed to "try too hard" to the point where I was not relaxed.
I don't believe I would return. Overpriced and not that interesting.
We both got the lobster bisque and were extremely satisfied, we both agreed it was one of the best things we have ever ate. I was also very satisfied with my crab cakes and shrimp and my boyfriend enjoyed his lobster ravioli. All of the staff was very kind and helpful, we will be returning.
What a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner! The seafood was quite impressive-- the crab cake is a must! Although the oysters were not as fresh as I hoped to be and honestly, quite sandy, so please avoid at all cost. Our waiter was fantastic and the ambience was romantic in a reserved, understated way (which I consider to be a great thing). The entree (Tuna Sashimi style and Swordfish Parmesan) were delicious, and the dessert (Angel food cake grilled cheese) was ONE OF THE BEST DESSERTS I have ever enjoyed. Overall it was a nice experience and we will definitely be visiting again very soon!
The food and service were excellent! However, we were seated at a table in the very back, middle of the restaurant (no where near a window) and couldn't enjoy the scenic view of the night city skyline. I couldn't be more disappointed with the ambiance for our Valentine's Day date. I made this reservation MONTHS in advance on Open Table, and was disappointed with our table assignment. Again, the food and service were outstanding, but part of the price tag for this restaurant is the view and ambience, and ours wasn't worth the money.
We have enjoyed dining here many, many times since they opened and have never been disappointed!
This time was no exception. This is our first visit since they did an extensive upgrade to the dining area and it is absolutely fantastic - don't know which is better - the food or the ambiance.
As always the service was exceptional and our server Shane kept the standards high.
Guess you can tell that we really enjoy this restaurant.
My lobster ravioli tasted really sweet & it was not warm. The crab cake my husband & I shared was so over powering we didn't even eat half of it. He got swordfish & liked it. The brussel sprouts were just ok. The bread & butter on the other hand was phenomenal! We got the chocolate cake for desert but it came out in a cup & was literally liquid chocolate. Totally opposite of "cake". Upset we spent so much money on food I didn't even eat but the view was nice!
Overall the experience was favorable. The restaurant has a wonderful view so it makes for a great special occasion spot. Food was good quality. Service was less impressive. Server seemed a bit off, and made the light atmosphere feel more uncomfortable. Service was slow. The waiter also would comment on the rudeness of other customers, which seemed unprofessional.
The service and the food were excellent. It was our anniversary and we were treated with any dessert from the menu to share. The angel food cake sandwich was one of the best desserts I have had. The waitress was very informative about the view of the city.
The 45 min wait for a window table was well worth the wait. The view of the city added to the romantic ambiance of the evening. The food was delicious & well worth the price. The service was awesome. I will definitely come back @ have already made recommendations to my friends!
We had a lovely evening at Monterrey Bay, celebrating both a birthday and an anniversary. The maitre d' was aware of our events and got us a lovely table for two with a great view and in a quiet area. The service was excellent and unobtrusive. The menu, while not very inventive, was appealing. Entrees are priced as one would expect in this type of restaurant, but are served with no accompaniments, requiring the diner to choose very high priced sides. I had the halibut with a parmesan crust and it was a tad too overdone for my taste, making it a little dry. My husband had the crab cakes and thoroughly enjoyed them. The wine list is somewhat limited. We loved that the music was in the background, not hip-hop, and quiet enough to enjoy conversation. It was a classy evening and great for a special occasion.
I was beyond happy with my experience at this location. It was my boyfriend's birthday and we were greeted and sat down immediately. We even came 30 minutes early. I did request a window seat and was happy to get one quickly. Everyone was nice and the food was wonderful. I will definitely go back again!
Monterey Bay has been and continues to be my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. The food is always wonderful. I can't eat crabcakes elsewhere since I've had them here. The tuna doesn't taste like fish - you might think you are eating beef (that's a plus for me), and the portions are generous. The service is friendly and very professional. The view is spectacular if you can get a table by the window, and the bar downstairs is also lovely.
Shout out to Anita who took care of our table last night - very friendly, patient and helpful, and to Danny the Asst. Mgr who was also very friendly and attentive to us!
My wife and I make it a point to go here twice a year. It is always a great scene and the view never gets old. This trip was not our best meal - but still very good. The appetizer special is a must-get. The tuna is top notch. The salmon and swordfish were just slightly above average this trip. Service is a bit slow for my taste. 2.5 hours for a dinner for a party of 4 is too long for me.
The quality of the food, service and wine was excellent as always. I was disappointed with the table. First, the size of the table was extremely small...it wasn't even large enough to hold the various menus...dinner, cocktails, wine...without stacking them. Secondly, the location was not the best as it seemed that it was the central area for the servers to place the stands/trays for serving and cleaning up. Finally, the noise level was extremely high. This might have been because we were at the center of the restaurant, all the server traffic, etc. Those three factors took away from what is usually a five star rating for ambience and a five star rating overall. We will continue to patronize this restaurant as it is one of our favorites. Lesson learned...if seated at that size/location table again...request another table.
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