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I'm going to a wedding next week and staying at the Portolo which is a 3-minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf. Any suggestions for some very decent seafood; not too expensive?

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  1. Passionfish is my standard answer for seafood on the Monterey Peninsula. You would need a car to get over to Pacific Grove.

    Another alternative if you want to stay walking distance is the Sandbar & Grill in Monterey on pier 2 (not the tourist pier).

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    1. re: MRYfoodie

      I love Passionfish. The wine list alone makes it worth a visit, but the fish is done well and innovatively. Sandbar & Grill has a great view and very fresh fish; the preparations are simpler. If you're up for a stroll, Massaro & Santos on the Coast Guard jetty is another place with Italian-accented straightforward seafood in a pretty setting. Your best bargain is probably going to be Sea Harvest; it's a fish market (read: no atmosphere) that's about a 20-minute walk from the hotel. Just have 'em broil whatever looks best in the retail case. Yum.

        1. re: kloeb

          Sea Harvest- simple and delicious fish & chips. good stuff in the deli counter.

    2. If you must go to the wharf, then Old Fisherman's Grotto is the best place to go. The food is always excellent, as well as the service. It's in the left side of the wharf, close to the entrance.