About Us

Both restaurants, located side by side, in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, are under the guidance of Chef Francisco Cocova, creating daily specialties for almost three decades. 

At Flaherty’s … Fish is Everything!

We Know Seafood...

We know good seafood, we know how to buy it and we know how to prepare it. Unlike most restaurants (even the best of them) where fish is often a secondary item on the menu… at Flaherty’s it’s all about seafood. 

It’s About Sustainability...

Flaherty’s is the original “Sustainability Restaurant”. While many restaurants have recently adopted sustainability practices, Flaherty’s has been practicing sustainability for over 30 years. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.

It’s About Wild and Free...

Our fish is caught wild, not grown in crowded, stressful confines of man-made pens. Fresh fish consume natural foods (not chemical pellets), swim free in the oceans and lakes and mature at a natural healthy rate. Like “free range” poultry, fresh fish just simply tastes better.

It’s About Fresh...

At Flaherty’s all of our fish is fresh, most is caught wild (not grown in farms) and of the highest quality. Fresh fish is delivered daily… sometimes twice or even three times a day. Are you aware that the majority of fish served at other restaurants is frozen? We probably do not need to remind you (but we will) about the taste and nutritional value of fresh fish versus the frozen variety. 

It’s about Preparation...

Preparing fresh fish is not like “slinging a burger!” Our chef has been with us for almost three decades. He knows seafood and how to prepare it. The true art of preparing fresh seafood is one you will not find practiced at most restaurants.

And –It’s about service....

At Flaherty’s, you will experience a small town, comfortable, family atmosphere, where quality ingredients and quality preparation come together with quality service. It’s who we are…. come and experience seafood like it was meant to be.