The Best Clam Chowder in Monterey

January 8, 2021
New England Clam chowder in a bread bowl - Monterey's Best Clam Chowder

After a day of outdoor activities in Monterey, CA, you may be craving something warm and creamy that will fill you up. You get all of this and more when you sample the best clam chowder in Monterey, CA. Where should you pick up a bowl of this creamy goodness? Here are the best places in Monterey for clam chowder!

Old Fishermen’s Grotto‍

A staple in the Monterey community, Old Fisherman's Grotto has been serving delicious seafood since 1950. They originated the “Monterey Style'' clam chowder and have won numerous awards for the best clam chowder in Monterey, CA. Order it in several options such as a cup, large bowl, bread bowl, or a garlic butter toasted bread bowl. You can also order cans of their clam chowder in bulk online!

Vivolo’s Chowder House‍

Clam Chowder in a bread bowl with two pieces of bread

This local favorite is known for its New England style clam chowder and fresh seafood dishes. They are located in Pacific Grove and offer the best Boston-style clam chowder west of Mississippi. Their clam chowder also won awards as one of the top dishes in the area by local publications. Order clam chowder in a cup, bowl, or order a quart of it to bring home.

Grotto Fish Market‍

The Grotto Fish Market blends tropical dishes and fresh seafood for a one-of-a-kind experience in Monterey. With dishes that range from Poke Bowls to New England Lobster Rolls, seafood takes center stage at the Grotto Fish Market. They partner with Old Fisherman's Grotto to serve their famous clam chowder, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

Sea Harvest‍

Located on Cannery Row, this restaurant has visitors and locals lining up to taste their delicious seafood and to get cuts of the freshest fish around. They serve New England style clam chowder in a cup, bowl, or bread bowl. Visitors rave that the chowder is sweet and creamy.

New England Clam chowder with crackers on top

Sandbar & Grill‍

Located on Municipal Wharf #2, the Sandbar and Grill have stunning views of the marina and Monterey Bay. They serve New England style clam chowder and various other seafood dishes like calamari, mussels, scallops, and oysters.

The Fish Hopper‍

The Fish Hopper provides a beautiful atmosphere right on Cannery Row and offers views of Monterey Bay from its dining area. They provide award-winning clam chowder in a cup, bowl, or bread bowl. You can also add Dungeness crab meat or shrimp to your clam chowder for an extra kick.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar‍

Another restaurant with stunning ocean views, there’s nothing like sampling fresh seafood while looking at the water where the fish came from. Schooner’s makes their clam chowder using manila clams, potatoes, and sherry wine.

Loulou’s Griddle In The Middle‍

Loulou’s has been featured on the Food Network on shows like Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” known for their breakfast dishes, Loulou’s also serves lunch with a variety of seafood dishes. They make their clam chowder in-house.

Monterey Fish Company‍

Fresh clams in a basket

Located on Old Fisherman’s Wharf, this hidden gem is primarily a fish market that is open to the public. In the mood to make clam chowder at home? Pick up some clams from the Monterey Fish Company and prepare your meal.

‍Domenico’s On the Wharf‍

Dominico’s prepares local and wild Alaskan seafood dishes. Their restaurant is located on Monterey Bay, so diners can enjoy beautiful ocean views while they dine. They serve New England style clam chowder on their lunch and dinner menu.

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