Anthony's Fish Grotto

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1360 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, USA

Anthony's Fish Grotto San Diego Reviews

sylviast sylviast
1 reviews
Great place to eat along the pier Jan 31, 2016
Anthony's has been a landmark on the San Diego pier for years. They will be open till Jan. 2017. They have lost their lease so if you are in the area, go eat there. A very nice atmosphere and the food was great. I have never seen such big shrimp and they were really tasty.

My relatives had a salmon reuben and shish kebab with fish and shrimp. They said it was really good.

A beautiful place to eat and enjoy the scenery of the bay. It was a beautiful day to enjoy being outside. It was in the middle of the afternoon and they were not real busy.
Great place to eat. Closing in Jan…
Beautiful day on the bay.
Nice place. Service was good too.
Some customers enjoying the beauti…
walterman9999 says:
looks like a real good dionner
Posted on: Jan 31, 2016
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pretty_girl pretty_g…
196 reviews
fresh seafood on the water Apr 01, 2013
Located at a convinient tourist stop, Antony's is a great lunch spot with great views and fresh seafood. You have a choice of outside counter service or inside sitdown restaurant. A good selections of appetizers and main courses. It is one in a few restaurants who have a dock for customers coming in boats. Antony's is a know nonsense established seafood restaurant in San Diego.

The decor is tired and dated.

A mexican chop salad with grilled mahi-mahi was great. Mama's crab cake was great too. Next time will try a clam chowder.
A mexican chop salad with grilled …
tedi31 tedi31
5 reviews
Mesquite chicken breast at a seafood restaurant. Mar 23, 2012
With tables facing the San Diego Bay, customers are treated to quite a sight (especially during spectacular sunsets) as they dine on Anthony's diverse menu and fine wine.

I'm not much of a seafood person, and ordered their mesquite chicken breast with a double-side order of broccoli and kale. It certainly hit the spot and the vegetables went down easy.

Anthony's also has a world map set up to find out which part of the world their guest came from. So, If you get to go, don't forget to take a small flag pin and mark it down.

The world map is located in their bar at the front of the restaurant.
viaggioreb viaggior…
2 reviews
Don't go here! Apr 05, 2011
I read the good reviews about this restaurant and it's close to home, so one night I decided to try that out with my friend. I ordered the shrimp and he ordered the fish (forgot what kind). The shrimp was okay. It's nearly impossible to mess up a shrimp dish. On the other hand, only a good chef can cook good fish because the timing is important. The fish we ordered was not only overcooked, it did not taste fresh at all. In fact, many restaurants I tried here don't really know how to cook fish. They all tend to be overcooked. The best place for fish is probably your local market and your kitchen :)
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cneoridium cneoridi…
44 reviews
San Diego's Most Famous Fish Oct 14, 2010
Anthony's is sort of a required stop for anyone coming to San Diego, as it has been since World War II... I mean, it's been written about in the Journal of San Diego History!

It's right by the airport, so even if you're here on a layover, there's really not a good excuse to miss it. It's got the best location, actually on stilts sticking out of San Diego Bay, right next to the Maritime Museum. And... they have about the best local seafood you can get. It even has a dock, if you come by boat.

Here's a secret.... there are two parts to it. The real Anthony's, with tablecloths and sweeping views of the Bay, downtown, aircraft carriers and yachts sailing by... And the mysterious "Fishette" outside.

If you're going to impress guests, or want the full menu, go inside. There are pages of dishes made from about every creature that can be pulled from the sea, and you can actually get things caught in San Diego and northern Baja. But, it's a little pricy. It get's really busy during tourist season, sometimes with a 2-hour wait... but a secret is to ask to sit at the bar, which is actually just a little room with a view and the same menu as the dining room. You can usually walk right in... that's what locals do.

But.... just to the right of the entrance, behind an espresso cart, is a little window that is the Fishette. There you can order any of the fried items from the same kitchen, but for less than half the price and eat them on a little balcony just outside the windows of the main restaurant, hanging over the water... actually with a better view. There's also an outdoor covered area in the rare event of rain.

Inside or out, you probably want to get the fried stuff. They try to have all sorts of fancy, more trendy dishes... but the classic thing that they're famous for is the breaded seafood. It's not just the standard battered, deep-fried stuff that you usually get, but a really light breading with Italian style spices (it's an old Italian fishing family, the Ghios that own it). That's what you really want if you don't mind fried food.

Outdoors, I used to get "Mixed Treasures". They have "seafood platter" indoors for like $28 bucks, but outdoors you get clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari, fish, and an oyster for $9. Comes with fries or coleslaw.

You just have to watch the sea gulls... they'll stare at you and beg, working you until they get a french fry or bit of food, or they'll even steal your lunch if you leave it unguarded for a minute.
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