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Sardine Factory

701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
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Ranked #14 of 257 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $50
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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Redding, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went to the Sardine Factory, because you are supposed to when you visit Monterey. It is "vintage" in its decor and stylings. They had a piano man playing in the bar as you entered, which was a cool touch. We sat in the arboretum, which oddly has you sitting quite close to other patrons. Our server was lackluster and... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We are frequent visitors to the Monterey Peninsula, and the Sardine Factory always remains a restaurant that we return to. Last night the food was over the top! My wife had the Veal Cardinal with lobster tails. The veal was perfectly cooked as was the lobster. The Cardinal sauce perfectly complemented the veal. I had the Abalone bisque and the... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I brought my fiance here for his birthday back in August. We typically go to Stillwater for big occasions when we want to really splurge and get some great seafood. While the service was attentive and friendly, the food was sub par. I ordered the Paella, and my finace ordered the steak. It was clear my fish had been sitting... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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134 reviews 134 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

From the off it was a winner. Service excellent. Wine list comprehensive and decent price range. Setting was great but the food was the pinnacle. The freshest fish we found on holiday by a long way. The oysters, scallops and cod were off the highest quality. Ranking as one if not the best meal we ate in a very long... More

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174 reviews 174 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

So long as a place is clean the main thing about about a restaurant is that it serves excellent food. The surroundings are secondary in my view. The Sardine Factory left me a bit ambivalent though. Set just off the main tourist route in Monterey it has a rather garish outside with some steps leading past a small fishing boat.... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Our first dinner on our honeymoon, this place was perfect. We sat in the rear of the restaurant in the atrium and it was beautiful with its greenery, statuary and twinkling white lights. The food was good, a little expensive, but the romantic atmosphere made up for it.

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95 reviews 95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Must stress we didn't have dinner here, so this review is only for the happy hour that takes place in the bar/lounge between 5-7pm. I sought this place out due to it being the bar featured in Play Misty For Me and found it to be absolutely delightful. There was a group of six of us, and the waiter who... More

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had read reviews of the Sardine Factory and all spoke of the excellent food. The food was outstanding but we were wowed by the service of Felix. He was extremely knowledgable of the menu and gave us recommendations. However, it was his pride of the restaurant that amazed us. He even gave us a tour of the restaurant. We... More

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Oakland, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Had not been here in over 30 years. It was good then. It's better now. My wife and I we're celebrating our 25th anniversary. We walked around the Cannery Lane area where, among other things, we bought an absolutely delicious candy apple at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I asked the counter person there if he could recommend a nice... More

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Lake Hughes, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Eat in the Glass room it is the best, Food is high end and delicious. Great chowder and Salmon. Furnishings are outstanding . Service is great, $$$$

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