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Cafe Fina

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47 Fishermans Wharf, #1, Monterey, CA 93940 (Del Monte Avenue)
+1 831-372-5200
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: I would like to personally welcome you to Cafe Fina. My family and I have...
I would like to personally welcome you to Cafe Fina. My family and I have been serving diners on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf since 1989. We specialize in Italian cuisine, make our pastas and raviolis in house, grow our own seasonal organic home-grown vegetables, and serve a variety of only the freshest seafood from the Monterey Bay. Our wood-burning oven prepares excellent pizza, and the quaint Italian decor and ocean views make dining at Cafe Fina a memorable experience. I hope to see you soon! - Dominic Mercurio, Owner More about us: Cafe Fina is a full-service fine dining restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. In addition to our award winning food, we also feature a wide variety of wines, including the best of our local wines, the finest wines that Napa valley has to offer, and a fine selection of Italian wines. Dominic's cooking has enabled Cafe Fina to be the sole caterer for John Madden's induction ceremony into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has earned him visits from Rachel Ray and other TV stars.
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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Crab Cakes

This is a go-to place for our family. It is a smaller venue, but the tourists usually walk by it to go to the bigger, louder restaurants nearby. This place is a little pricey, but there is a lovely view and the food is good. I ordered the crab cakes, a side salad, and the breaded calamari steak... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Erin M
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Modesto, California
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Modesto, California
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a go-to place for our family. It is a smaller venue, but the tourists usually walk by it to go to the bigger, louder restaurants nearby. This place is a little pricey, but there is a lovely view and the food is good. I ordered the crab cakes, a side salad, and the breaded calamari steak. The dessert... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Go to this restaurant if you stay in Monterey. It is situated in the quite touristic Fisherman's Wharf. But CF is not touristic at all. The food was excellent not least the prices taken into account. The service and the waiter's attention were of top quality. We were offered to taste different wines before finally choosing a delicate Chardonnay. What... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I picked this restaurant for lunched based on Food Network fame and reviews. The scenery is great - but We weren't near it so much. Our server was very nice. We ordered the artichoke appetizer - it was mediocre - and the garlic (garlic was tasty). My friend and I had the fish tacos. They were ok. My teen daughter... More 

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Ceres
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

The people here are very friendly and the food is great, especially the dessert cannoli! I had my dog with me and she loved her chicken from the doggy-menu! Thanks! Linda

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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your review on us. We are happy to know you enjoyed your visit here. We hope to see you soon. Thank you. -Christy More 

Ontario
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We ate here for dinner after a long drive up the coast. We read the reviews on trip advisor and saw all the positive comments. The service was good at the restaurant, but the food was awful. My partner had the shrimp scampi dish and it was terrible. It consisted of starchy, over cooked spaghetti noodles swimming in olive oil... More 

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Antelope
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

So disappointed! I knew this was a tourist trap but I was amazed what a terrible dining experience we had. The worst was the service. The waiter was obviously trying to rush us out. Every table should get bread but we had to ask 3 times and got it at the end. The food was mediocre at best. All that... More 

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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

I am so very sorry you went through this experience. This is not the way things are here in Cafe Fina. We have been in business for 26 years and we have always had great reviews. If you are from the area I would personally like to invite you back as our guest. We would really love to make this... More 

Medellin, Colombia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had lunch after finishing the whale watching tour. We got a free appetizer by mentioning the tour. The food was excellent as well as the service. The view from the second floor is beautiful!

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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, We appreciate the good comments. Hope to see you folks soon! Thank you. -Christy More 

FRESNO
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We usually stop for lunch at Café Fina when we arrive in Monterey. We discovered Café Fina 8-10 years ago and now it is one of our regular stops. One of the first times that we visited halibut cheeks was the special and we had never had them, they are a treat! They do not always have them but this... More 

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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your review on Cafe Fina. I am glad to know we are your first stop here in Monterey. Hope to see you next time. Thank you. -Christy More 

Vacaville, California
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had a very nice dinning experience at this family friendly restaurant. Our server was very personal and took care our needs.

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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on Cafe Fina, We are pleased to know you had a great time here. Hope to see you soon. -Christy More 

San Francisco, California
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81 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We went here last weekend and we partly drawn in by their anniversary special (appetizer, soup or salad, entree, dessert) for 26 dollars. What went wrong: 1. It took more than 10 minutes to get bread and drinks. These should come within the first few minutes of sitting down. 2. After getting our bread and drinks, we waited again for... More 

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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that you have had this experience here. If you are ever in the area please drop on by and we would like to fix your first experience. Hope to see you soon. -Christy More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Fina

Address: 47 Fishermans Wharf, #1, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: +1 831-372-5200
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 14 - 26
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 47 Fishermans Wharf, #1, Monterey, CA 93940
    (Del Monte Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-372-5200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 26
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business

Description

I would like to personally welcome you to Cafe Fina. My family and I have been serving diners on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf since 1989. We specialize in Italian cuisine, make our pastas and raviolis in house, grow our own seasonal organic home-grown vegetables, and serve a variety of only the freshest seafood from the Monterey Bay. Our wood-burning oven prepares excellent pizza, and the quaint Italian decor and ocean views make dining at Cafe Fina a memorable experience. I hope to see you soon! - Dominic Mercurio, Owner More about us: Cafe Fina is a full-service fine dining restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. In addition to our award winning food, we also feature a wide variety of wines, including the best of our local wines, the finest wines that Napa valley has to offer, and a fine selection of Italian wines. Dominic's cooking has enabled Cafe Fina to be the sole caterer for John Madden's induction ceremony into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has earned him visits from Rachel Ray and other TV stars.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?