Clam chowder is a basically its own food group in Monterey County. Dozens of restaurants on Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and throughout the Monterey Peninsula offer this filling comfort food and choosing where to dine on this cozy staple can be tough! Lucky for you we have narrowed it to just a few of our favorites. 

Schooners Coastal Kitchen

Located at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Schooners is not only a great place for a cocktail but their seafood dishes are amazing! Try the homemade clam chowder, full of flavor with chardonnay steamed clams, bacon and garlic cream. 

A.W. Shucks Oyster Bar

Not sure how you like your chowder? Head to A.W. Shucks in Carmel-by-the-Sea where they serve it three ways, white (New England), red (Manhattan) and rosé (blend of both). 

A.W. Shucks Oyster Bar

The Fish Hopper

Indulge in a cozy clam chowder bowl with an incredible ocean view at The Fish Hopper restaurant on Cannery Row. You can even get a dollop of fresh crab meat on top if you so desire. If you’re on the run feel free to grab the creamy cup of goodness from their outdoor snack shack. 

the C restaurant + bar

Order a comforting bowl of the C’s clam chowder and be prepared for a mouthwatering treat. Their made-to-order chowder is complete with littleneck clams, Applewood smoked bacon and a panoramic view of the Monterey Bay. 

The C restaurant + bar

The Big Fish Grill

Save your appetite until you reach the end of Old Fisherman’s Wharf. The Big Fish Grill at the end of the wharf not only serves up 360 degree views of the Monterey Bay but has an excellent creamy clam chowder served in a garlicy bread bowl. 

Big Fish Grill

Old Fisherman’s Grotto

Perhaps one of the most popular clam chowder bowls on the wharf can be found at Old Fisherman’s Grotto. The Shake family has been perfecting their ‘Monterey Style’ chowder recipe for over 50 years and even sell it by the can!

da best clam chowder in da world @ old fisherman's grotto

The Whole Enchilada

No filler ingredients needed for this luscious rendition! The Whole Enchilada in the quaint fishing village of Moss Landing serves up a solid mixture of straight up seafood in a creamy broth.

The Whole Enchilada

Jacks Monterey

Located inside the Portola Hotel & Spa, Jacks Monterey puts their own spin on this classic dish. An order of Jacks Chowder comes full of clams, dungeness crab, grilled artichoke hearts and bacon! 


Flaherty’s in Carmel-by-the-Sea offers both New England and Manhattan style clam chowders by the cup or in a fresh sourdough bread bowl. They also offer an array of other options like a delicious west coast crab chowder and creamy lobster bisque.   

Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar