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4 star rating Nice but say no to abalone The restaurant and views are fabulous as well as the wait staff. However, our primary reason for selecting to have dinner here over so many other great restaurants was to have abalone. At $79 for the entree, we were expecting an amazing experience! What we had were 2 silver dollar sized abalone that were like rubber. They were awful! We have had abalone many many years ago and it was one of the best meals we ever had. This was a huge (and expensive) disappointment. We mentioned this to our server and suggested that it wasn't prepared correctly but there was nothing more than an apology and would pass along our comments to the chef. The Sand dabs were excellent though and want to make sure I mention that. So the restaurant is great, just don't waste your money on the abalone. - 1 month ago 

mmjkswanson Avatarmmjkswanson

5 star rating California Exploring Our first night in Monterey Bay. The wait staff were great, knowledgeable. The entire meal was great. The appetizer of calamari was perfectly cooked. The halibut was great. The fresh fist was perfectly cooked. Chocolate cake for dessert was wonderful. Lovely evening. - 2 months ago 

toolmanntadgh Avatartoolmanntadgh

5 star rating Beautiful Cioppino! What a view over the sea! But the food and service was great too. The Cioppino was lovely- seafood in a tomato broth. Also had a seafood bloody mary that was surprisingly good. - 2 months ago 

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skuettel Avatarskuettel

5 star rating Great experience My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal! We sat outside and the view was beautiful, our server was great, the the food was excellent. Husband had the abalone special and I had the filet. He had been wanting try abalone and was not disappointed. - 2 months ago 

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HavaSeattle AvatarHavaSeattle

5 star rating Above and Beyond My family went to celebrate my sister's 80th birthday. We all had delicious seafood dinners, with a gorgeous view, but the most amazing part was the staff. Desiree Auelua-Misa is the asst. General Manager there. I was freezing (came from Seattle, totally unprepared for the temps by the water) and she offered me her jacket to wear during the meal! That was the sweetest thing I think I've had happen in a restaurant and switched my evening from frozen to lovely. Thank you D! - 3 months ago 

072107 Avatar072107

4 star rating Pretty Good We were looking for somewhere to eat in Monterey. We hadn't been there in awhile. This place had great service my Turkey sandwich with salad was really good. The view of the water while eating my food was amazing. Now the food was a little pricey and they need to add more to the menu but I would recommend this place to anyone. Also, the food I seen going to other looked really good. I'm currently not eating a lot of meat which I wasn't already but seafood for me is the best - 3 months ago 

sannycat Avatarsannycat

4 star rating Halibut was excellent Stuffed mushrooms were lacking in flavor. Seating was uncomfortable .too uncomfortable for that price point. Service was great! - 4 months ago 

Alistair K AvatarAlistair K

4 star rating Astounding view, good service, good food I see from other reviews that the view is universally appreciated while the food splits the audience! I concur with the massed opinion on the view. You can't beat watching the sun set over the ocean. That's just a fact. Perhaps because the restauranteurs expected us to be looking at the view not the food I found the restaurant to be very dimmly lit. I have been told that the rule of thumb in California is that the closer the restaurant is to the ocean, the worse the food is. I have found this elsewhere but at the Fish Hopper I found the food to be good. I don't really eat seafood, I skipped starters and went right for a main and this was very tasty and well presented. I had a nice pie for dessert and I enjoyed this also. It was mother's day in the US when I was visiting (or the saturday night before mothering sunday) so the place was as busy as you would expect, however this did not affect the service which was attentive and professional. I would happily eat here again and recommend it. - 5 months ago 

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MeganL787 AvatarMeganL787

5 star rating Always a delight We keep coming back to Fish Hopper after each visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it is a treat, the view is amazing, the atmosphere pleasant and every dish is delicious. The staff is efficient and pleasant. The fish and chips is generous is size, the shrimp and crab louie comes with chunks of papaya and mango that elevate the dish. The clam chowder is the perfect consistency. - 5 months ago 

cabowithkids Avatarcabowithkids

5 star rating Tasty and priced for the view We had a 5:30 reservation for 3 yesterday. They gave us a corner table on the patio with the sound and view of the crashing waves. I loved it!

Service was attentive and wonderful.

I loved the cup of clam chowder. Family’s fish and chips were standard but chips were not piping hot. My sand dabs entree and goat cheese salad were delicious. The dressing was perfectly light both in flavor and application - some restaurants put on too much dressing. I would have preferred the pears much more thinly sliced, but my family who shared in the salad was fine with the thickness.

The second time I went to use the Women’s Restroom, it needed attention (one stall
was out of toilet paper and the paper towel trash was overflowing), but as I was leaving, the attendant was arriving.

Overall, we had a very positive experience and would definitely return when next in the area if our budget allows. - 5 months ago