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Cafe Fina

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Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pasta
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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
3rd visit

Our 3rd visit in the last 5 years, we had a delightful lunch here. It was pretty hot by Monterey standards, so beer was a mandate. 2 icy Stellas and we were digging into our menus. Thanks to our very sweet and efficient server Nadia, we found what we wanted and she was more than happy to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Gary A
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Ocean View, Delaware
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Ventura, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The clam chowder was the worst I have ever had. Tasted of uncooked flour and no flavor at all. The pizza was ok, but service was slow.

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Citrus Heights, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visit Monterey every year and MUST get clam chowder. We have had it from several places and are never disappointed. The clam chowder at Cafe Fina is, by far, our favorite. I'm sure our love of garlic and cheese may have something to do with it😊. We'll be back in Monterey next weekend and we will be stopping by... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We ate here during a night's stay in Monterey. The server gladly accommodated my gluten free dairy free diet by customizing my meal. The food was delicious. My husband ate their homemade past. The only negative is a very tight seating arrangement and it was a little warm in the restaurant.

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Many thanks to our wonderful server, Jorge, for his kindness, attentiveness, and helpfulness regarding my food restrictions. He, and the chef at Cafe Fina, went out of their way to make sure I had something delicious to eat while we were there, and they didn't disappoint! We both really enjoyed our meals. Those with food limitations appreciate restaurants and staff... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review on us! We greatly appreciate it. I am so glad to hear that you had a wonderful and safe meal here with us. Thank you and we hope to see you soon! -Christy More 

Gateshead
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177 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited for lunch and chose it especially as it has been on a TV programme in the UK. The service was cloying and irritating and on a budget in the last day of our holidays we got the unspoken message that we weren't spending enough. The food was OK but not as good as we'd hoped. We wished we'd... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review on us. I am sorry to hear about your experience here. We have been in business for 26 years with the same owner, same recipes and seasonal specials. We have been on the Food Network recently and have got amazing reviews on our food. We hope you give us a second chance. Thank you. More 

Ocean View, Delaware
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our 3rd visit in the last 5 years, we had a delightful lunch here. It was pretty hot by Monterey standards, so beer was a mandate. 2 icy Stellas and we were digging into our menus. Thanks to our very sweet and efficient server Nadia, we found what we wanted and she was more than happy to veganize some items... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review on us, We greatly appreciate it. I am pleased to know tat you had a great time here with Nadia. We hope to see you again. Thank you. More 

Madera
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The best food, atmosphere, and staff on the wharf. I highly recommend table 9 for a view of Cannery Row. All menu items are superb. Fresh seafood and vegetables are awesome. Perfect location for "date nights", wedding proposals, or just a good meal.

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

Thank youfor writing a review on Cafe Fina. We greatly appreciate it. We hope to see you folks soon. Thanks, Christy. More 

Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Dropped in with our family for an early dinner and walked away very satisfied. The clam chowder was excellent and the food reasonably priced for the location. Wait staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs.

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

Thank you for writing a review on Cafe Fina, We greatly appreciate it. We hope to see you folks soon. Thanks, Christy More 

San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Visiting the wharf while in Monterey and decided on Cafe Fina. Taken inside to a nice table in the rear with a great window view. Ordered a pasta dish, can't remember the name...just that unimpressive. Won't be back and recommend you keep moving. Many better restaurants in Monterey.

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

Thank you for writing a review on us, We are sorry to here you did not like our food. We always get great feedback. We have been in business since 1989, same owner, same recipes with some seasonal specials. All our pastas are fresh and homemade. We hope you can give us another try if you are in the area. More 

Waretown, New Jersey
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant was recommended by several locals. As with all the restaurants in this tourist spot the prices are high but the crab was delicious. The server was new, her first day, she messed up our drink orders, had to get help to tell us how the crab was prepared and generally got very nervous. Fortunately she had a good... More 

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

Thank you for writing your review on us. We appreciate it. Hope to see you folks soon, Thank you. -Christy More 

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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
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?