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Fishwife

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789 Trinity Ave, Seaside, CA 93955-4805
+1 831-394-2027
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11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Monterey County, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fishwife is consistently delicious and very reasonably priced. It is a small, quaint restaurant with professional and friendly service. The chef has expertise in wonderful sauces and coastal caribbean/mexican cuisine. We frequent Fishwife and especially enjoy the calamari steak abalone style and the baramundi, always served with crisp fresh vegetables as well as rice and black beans. Their homemade dessert... More 

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Thank KLJHB
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best restaurants on the peninsula....in Seaside...sanddabs..my favorite pasta..fresh crab fettuccine..etc....desserts..friendly servers...

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Thank Patt C
Monterey, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

I've been coming here since I was a kid. Their calamari is delicious. They even have good gumbo. I haven't had a bad meal here ever. the staff is very friendly and best of all the food is great.

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Thank FromMonterey
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Excellent seafood and good service. There are a few none seafood items also. There is a small seafood market in the front, and rest is the restaurant. I like meeting friends there for lunch.

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Thank Liz C
Salinas, California
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I went to lunch with a companion at The Fishwife. We split an appetizer of crab bites and calamari, followed by a cup and a bowl of the soup of the day. Soup was Manhattan Clam Chowder with chorizo sausage. While non-traditional, the clam chowder was good, and the bowl was a much more generous portion than the cup, for... More 

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Thank Keith N
california
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160 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We have gone to Fishwife for many years. This time the sole was too smothered in cream sauce, and not very tasty. Side was rice and beans: this is not mexican food. There was a big piece of asparagus. The pasta primavera was fine, but it's not very hard to make

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Thank harvey44
King City, California
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The seafood is somewhat similar, but not the same quality and presentation as the Fishwife restaurant in Pacific Grove. Also the ambiance is ruined by the shape and noisy surroundings of the restaurant. I'd rather not eat there again. The Fishwife in Pacific Grove is a regular destination for me and the wait staff there is much more attentive and... More 

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Thank Larry R
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

After reading other reviews I chose this restaurant for a little variety (and relief) from the places in Monterey during our stay. Service was good, but the food was not as expected. Several of our guests had the fish and chips, all corn meal coated and without flavor...bland. Same comments on the catfish. The calamari was tasty, meaty, and a... More 

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Thank Dan R
Berkeley, California
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We were staying nearby this restaurant, going to Monterey Jazz Festival...After ordering, I asked if the fish was fresh today, well, she said it's all frozen!!! Cancelled my order and asked again, what fish was fresh....asked the cook, Rock Cod...OK I'll have that grilled. Cook made hockey pucks out of the Cod....This was the worst meal in many years...I don't... More 

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Thank rosiethecaterer
Caracas, Venezuela
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Simply but proper and home-made seafood. Do not expect a gourmet food, but with a good price/value rate

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:30
Saturday
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 789 Trinity Ave, Seaside, CA 93955-4805
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Seaside
  • Phone Number: +1 831-394-2027

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?