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Sardine Factory

701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
831-373-3775
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Ranked #17 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Prescott
Transit: MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
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.
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Lake Elsinore CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Restaurant food was great. Service was very good. Had a gluten free menu. Prices were expensive without cheaper options.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I was on a college trip with my daughter and her bff we had heard the Sardine Factory was the place to go. The ambiance was fantastic. Every dining area was different and spectacular. There was live music in the bar which was so wonderful and there are no words for the food and service. You must not leave without... More

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Makati, Philippines
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Just got back to our place, we had a dinner at this place. First they put us to the area which is very noisy the one with glass roofing, and we requested to be transfered inside and they gave us a nice table. I ordered seafood pasta, the pasta is overcooked the seafood was not fresh, specially the salmon,it was... More

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coronado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We went for Happy Hour. The well drinks were great. We ordered two $3 appetizers--panko crusted shrimp, and smoked pork ribs. This turned out to be enough for dinner ! Good service, classic old-time atmosphere.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The food was superb. The service was very good. One of the best restaurants in the area. Worth the experience and expense.

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Northern CA
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Beautiful green house dining room and great service but the food is average and overpriced, but they are very welcoming and have an extensive wine list. The chicken was the best dish we ordered and the ice swan with sorbet is fun for the kids.

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Switzerland
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107 reviews 107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

I have been here a few times and booked again for August this year . The food and service are excellent but so is the atmosphere . The restaurant is located near the ocean and looks large and simple from the outside it is large but has a few different dining locations , I like the big room upstairs with... More

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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were very pleased with our visit. Everyone took good care of us but the quality of the food was the best part as well it should be. Fresh hand shucked oysters on the half, they were huge oysters. Escargot en Toscani. Wild caught Sardines. Pan roasted wild pacific sea bass & Blue diamond prawns. With a recommended red wine...it... More

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Carmel, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We enjoy coming to this iconic restaurant but have had better experiences in the past. Service was a bit on the slow side, but Monday was a slow evening and perhaps management plans staff for that scenario. It did not seem too busy on the Monday we were here but the service was slow. The $55 rib-eye offered nearly as... More

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SardineFactory1, Public Relations Manager at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Thank you for your loyal patronage and your review. I am sorry the meal and service fell short of your expectations and will certainly make certain that the owners, management and chef are notified of your experience. We hope you will dine with us again in the future. Regards, More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

In prior visits the food has been terrific. July 5 2014 I took my family since we were in town and the food has always been great.. Unfortunately it was nothing like the previous times.. The service was great but the food was terrible.. The salmon was under cooked and cold, the salad was wilted and brown. I could not... More

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