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Sardine Factory

701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
831-373-3775
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Ranked #18 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Nashua, New Hampshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

sat way in the back, in the "atrium". Cool decor. I am giving them four stars because while the food was fabulous, felt it was highly priced considering the overall experience. (and two nights later, we ate at an even better place for less money). See my review of Bistro Moulin. We had Bisque, Salinas Salad, Steak & Lobster, Swordfish... More

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Winter Springs, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We did not eat her, but enjoyed the piano in the lounge area with fantastic drinks. The piano talent was amazing and entertaining, the atmosphere romantic and fun, drinks great. We would definitely return here when visiting the area again. Very casual, pleasant, relaxing and fun. Ed H.

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SardineFactory1, Marketing Coordinator at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Ed, Thank you for your informative five-star review! The Sardine Factory offers live piano talent by Dave Conley every Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30pm to close. We look forward to serving you again on your next visit to the Monterey area! More

Milton, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Went to the bar for Monterey Sardines, they were out of season but Mike was very personable and extremely helpful (he also mixes a great drink). All the staff were helpful and made it a great experience

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SardineFactory1, Marketing Coordinator at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Jason, Sorry the sardines were out of season. However, I am please to hear that you were able to enjoy Mike's award-winning bartering skills and had a great experience. Thanks for the review. More

Elk Grove, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We went today for our wedding anniversary. We were sat at a semi private table in front of the fireplace in the Captains room. Beautiful, impeccable service, a wine list to amaze (we had Rombauer), 50 day aged steak was impeccable. We could not have asked for more on our anniversary...not cheap but really a wonderful visit and dinner....

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SardineFactory1, Marketing Coordinator at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing the Sardine Factory to celebrate your special occasion and for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your delicious food, wine, memorable atmosphere and great service. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! More

Missoula, Montana, United States
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I've eaten here a few times over the years and always found the food good to excellent. I had a sole which was a generous portion in the conservatory section of the restaurant which is a GREAT room. Service was good for a "you're a tourist" joint. Worth a visit.

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SardineFactory1, Marketing Coordinator at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Larry, Thank you for your continued patronage of the Sardine Factory. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your food, service and the Conservatory. We look forward to your next visit. More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Extremely slow service. A waiter has more tables than he could handle!! Artichoke soup was great! House salad was poor. Water refilled was terrific!! I don't know if we will ever see our main course as we have been sitting for more than an hour and just got salad!!

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

Phyllis, I sent you a private message. Regards More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

It wasn't anything special, just meh. Can't say that I would recommend if you're only there one night. The shrimp was good, but cooled quite quick and tasted different when a different temperature. The bar selection wasn't anything special.

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Selmer, Tennessee
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We arrived on a Tuesday night and was seated right away. We actually got to sit in the glassed in area. It was unique and if you rather sit somewhere else then there were other rooms and areas to eat. It is a relaxed restuarant with great atmosphere.

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

Jolis, Thank you for your five-star review and for the cool photo of the Conservatory (glassed area). I am delighted you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will visit us again! More

San Diego, California
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I thought long and hard about this review. I would like to give it 2 1/2 stars. My date and I wanted this to be a the highlight of our weekend, and we were very excited to be going here. We had a reservation on Sunday at 8pm. We arrived at 8 and weren't seated until 8:30. We had two... More

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Felton, Ca
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Prices are high and we four girlfriends went for the advertised early bird specials. Manager would not honor and we walked out.

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