I've been here at least seven times in the last eight months. It's always crowded and despite making reservations, only once have we been seated promptly. That said, the seafood is the freshest and the best in town. The sauces are delicious without being over-poweringly creamy or cheesy. My favorite entrees are the shrimp scampi and the Sicilian Holiday Pasta. The golden rule is to listen to the long list of daily specials which vary depending on what's fresh and in season. Most recently, we had a barbecued baby squid appetizer with just the right touch of smokiness, crisp on the outside, yet tender and moist on the inside. We've also had softshell crab fried and served with light tomato-based sauce and capers. Scrumptious. My visiting friends have brought their business visitors from Japan and they have loved the Fish House and said it was the best restaurant they had been to in Monterey (they were here for a week). We've never had rude wait-staff even when the restaurant was packed. Desserts are barely passable here but hey, it's the Fish House, this is where we go for fresh seafood.
Pros: Fresh seafood, delicious sauces, polite and patient waiters
Cons: Bread, desserts, wine are all a little blah.