Designation Level: Gold

Perched atop Mount Washington for the past 20 years, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is as synonymous with high-quality, fresh seafood from all around the world as it is with its scenic views of the Golden Triangle. In addition to its unparalleled seafood, since 2016 Monterey Bay Fish Grotto has been a Gold designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, demonstrating its commitment to the well-being of Pittsburgh’s communities and the environmental health of the region.

It’s impossible to talk about the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto without talking about its stunning location. Situated on the top two floors of an apartment building along Grandview Avenue, the floor to ceiling windows boast an incredible view of the city’s beautiful skyline and Point State Park, which is where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River. The recently remodeled and updated bar and dining areas showcase elegance throughout the space. The top floor is home to the main dining room, and the lower level has a full-service bar and several private dining areas.

Location and view are one thing, but the restaurant would not have survived for more than two decades without incredible food. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is famous around the city for its crab cakes and swordfish. Beyond these delicious staples, the finest fish is flown in every morning from around the world. Although fish is their calling card, the restaurant also offers an extensive steak and chops menu along with vegetarian and gluten-free options.

As a designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto follows numerous sustainable practices. Among the highlights, all of their seafood and fish on the menu is certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. They source products from regional farm co-ops, purveyors and producers, including Paragon, Weiss Meats, Curtze Food Service, Mediterra Bakehouse, Footprint Farm, and Samuels Seafood. They also rotate their menu quarterly with seasonal fish, fruits, and other menu items. Unused food is donated through 412 Food Rescue and all furniture was donated during renovations to Off the Floor Pittsburgh. For a full report on their sustainability efforts, including highlights in energy efficiency and treatment of employees, you can visit their sustainability profile.

Experience Monterey Bay Fish Grotto for yourself. The restaurant is located at 1411 Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington and is open for dinner 7 days a week: Monday through Thursday from 5-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5-11pm, and Sunday from 5-9pm. Hours may be subject to change, and depending on the day or time, reservations may be required.

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