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Sardine Factory

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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 - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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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  • 362
    Excellent
  • 163
    Very good
  • 77
    Average
  • 39
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  • 30
    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
Excellent Service

From the moment we walked in and met Marty at the front desk area until we left, we were treated as if we were family. Once we were seated at our table our waitress quickly showed up and provided us with all we needed to know about the specials and then asked if we knew what wine we would like.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
2ReadyforVacation
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Jenks, Oklahoma
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Santa Cruz, California
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been kicking around Monterey area for a long time and have never been to this Legendary restaurant. Hubby had been in past for business dinners. Wow, have I been missing out! So for our Anniversary we went. Totally wonderful from greeting, to our Server Don impeccable and fun. We both had the 3 course fixed price, hubby local Sand... More 

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Thank Beachglass1006
Fairfax, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here and loved and enjoyed every morsel. Six Friends together and everyone's meal was perfect.

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Thank Mary I
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had a really lousy dinner at the Sardine Factory in Monterey. It started with the Oysters Rockefeller, 3 for $16. 2 of them were really large and one tony. They weren't even warm and the Hollandaise was undetectable. I ordered the king salmon and Dungeness crab for my entree. I asked if they were getting the Dungeness from Oregon... More 

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Thank Lucia M
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Hi Lucia, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I’m so sorry that you were disappointed with your experience at The Sardine Factory and that your meal fell short of your expectations. Every day we strive to give our customers a memorable and delicious experience, we obviously missed our opportunity with you. Due to dangerously high levels... More 

Jenks, Oklahoma
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment we walked in and met Marty at the front desk area until we left, we were treated as if we were family. Once we were seated at our table our waitress quickly showed up and provided us with all we needed to know about the specials and then asked if we knew what wine we would like.... More 

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Thank 2ReadyforVacation
Colorado
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped here for happy hour (5:00 to 6:30) and was very impressed with the selection and price of the small bite starters ($3.00 and $6.00) and drinks. We selected the chicken wings, shrimp torpedoes and smoked BBQ pork rib tips. All were great, but the wings were truly outstanding. As it turned out, we ordered more... More 

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Thank Lkwdtraveler
Aptos, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had finished visiting the aquarium on Sat. 1-23-16 and wanted to get a beverage and appetizers at the Sardine Factory. You would think they would open before 5 on a Sat. We went to Fish Hopper instead. (they were open)

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Thank Karen E
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Hi Karen, I'm so sorry you were disappointed that we were not open when you tried to visit. We open for dinner every day at 5:00 pm and have Happy Hours daily from 5-6:30 pm AND 9:30-10:30 pm. We hope we will have an opportunity to serve you in the future. More 

Fresno, California
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended a private event in which the whole restaurant was reserved. The food was a fixed menu. I figure if a restaurant can serve a huge party - taking up the whole restaurant - and the food is excellent, you know the food will be good anytime.

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Thank gish0503
McKinney, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful interior compared to the casual exterior!!! The glass conservatory is so pretty and elegant!!! I had salmon and hubby had prime rib and lobster! The food was excellent and the service fabulous! LOVED it!!!

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Thank Debbie A
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Hi Debbie, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your five star review. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! More 

Pismo Beach, CA
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An icon in Monterey, many people make it a destination for dinner. Unfortunately, while it was once among the finest dining rooms, that is no longer true. While it probably satisfies many tourists with its classic, old school menu, it no longer ranks among my favorite dining spots.

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We breezed into town way too late and unexpectedly, but the Sardine Factory was ready to accommodate our obsession for a warm and hearty bowl of clam chowder! The hostess was kind enough to direct us to the back door of the restaurant so that my 90 year old mom would have a very short distance, minus the steep front... 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: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine

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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