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701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016 (Prescott)
MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
831-373-3775
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Every city has that one restaurant you can’t miss, where celebrities feel...
Every city has that one restaurant you can’t miss, where celebrities feel at home and every guest feels like a celebrity. The Sardine Factory's cachet has made dining in this historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. The award winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Beef; winner the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for over 25 years.
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  • 304
    Excellent
  • 138
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 35
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Happy Hour!

Each year we visit we make sure to stop for Happy Hour in the Lounge! The atmosphere, staff and food are all wonderful! You can't beat the prices on the Happy Hour menu and the offerings are plentiful. At this point we have tried everything off the Small Bite menu and it's all delicious! My... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Jhart09
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Pebble Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Prior to moving to this area, my husband and I visited Monterey several times a year. Sardine Factory, and the atrium garden room, quickly became our favorite restaurant. This restaurant deserves its 5-star rating for food, wine, staff, service, and overall ambiance. Each year our wedding anniversary dinner was celebrated here. Next weekend our family joins us to celebrate our... More 

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Each year we visit we make sure to stop for Happy Hour in the Lounge! The atmosphere, staff and food are all wonderful! You can't beat the prices on the Happy Hour menu and the offerings are plentiful. At this point we have tried everything off the Small Bite menu and it's all delicious! My ONLY complaint is I wish... More 

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211 reviews 211 reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A most if you are visiting Monterey and or it's surrounding area ! From the freshly prepared sardines of the intimidate waters to crab, steaks and whatever suits your fancy. Great service. Do not miss. Truly one of the great american culinary experiences in an agreeable ambiance.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit in Cannery Row. It breathes history and has a great old fashioned feel to it. The main restaurant is a bit of a warren which is charming and the decor just has to be seen. Not what you expect from the outside. Sure its pricey but if you are in Monterey it should be visited.... More 

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San Francisco
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170 reviews 170 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Certainly we knew about this restaurant and have no idea why it's taken us so long to eat here. I didn't realize it was so upscale. We ate in the glass atrium area and it was a slow night so we got a lot of attention. There was no noise at all on this night. They have some special dishes... More 

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Marina del Rey, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The food here is excellent, but the ambiance and service really take it to the highest level. Even great for families, this restaurant offers some old-world charm while offering modern cuisine and amazing service. The outside doesn't look nearly as enchanting as the inside. The cocktails are very fresh, very good and definitely worth it. I would avoid the abalone... More 

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Oakland, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My daughter and I had our Mother's Day Dinner here on May 9th, 2015. We've had the enjoyment of celebrating birthdays and such there before, so it's always a delight to return. Let me first say that the waiters are WONDERFUL!! Jim was our waiter and he greeted us with a smile. He was funny and charming and made our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Excellent choice of courses, good wine list and good service. The food was excellent, particularly the Halibut. You can also takeaway tins of chocolate sardines - great gift idea....

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Orange County, Ca
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We ate at the venerable Sardine Factory in May of 2015. I have never eaten there and it was one of those "bucket list" restaurants, we were in Monterey (see my reviews of the Clement Hotel and Bistro Moulin) and we had the take the plunge. When you walk in the door of the Sardine Factory you are immediately transported... More 

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Mendocino, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I can't stress this enough... Sardine Factory was an over the top experience that everyone should do once.. The staff was so perfectly polished. The food was blissful. The atmosphere was great. Frankly I can't think of a single thing I'd change. Sure it's expensive but life is about experiences, make a special one and have dinner here. You'll have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
    (Prescott)
  • Public Transportation: MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-373-3775

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Large groups, Romantic

Description

Every city has that one restaurant you can’t miss, where celebrities feel at home and every guest feels like a celebrity. The Sardine Factory's cachet has made dining in this historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. The award winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Beef; winner the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for over 25 years.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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