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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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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Business meetings
Description: Receiving rave reviews from both locals and its famous guests, Cafe Fina...
Receiving rave reviews from both locals and its famous guests, Cafe Fina specializes in Italian seafood and features fresh local seafood, seasonal organic vegetables from the owner's ranch, fresh homemade pasta and a classic wood burning oven—the first in Monterey.

Located on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, the restaurant boasts many fresh seafood items from which to choose. Steak, pizza, and many other non-seafood items are also available. In addition to its standard menu, Cafe Fina provides vegetarian, children’s and banquet menus.
The restaurant is pet friendly and offers a doggie menu as well.

With gorgeous views of the Monterey Bay from almost anywhere in the restaurant, and the friendliest service in town, Cafe Fina is one of the better choices for a meal while visiting Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 18
    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
Enjoyed our dining experience again!

Their food and service are great! We want to congratulate Roxanne's promotion to Assistant Manager. We enjoyed their seafood (Fresh Blue Point Oysters on the half shell, Steamed Cherrystone Clams, Deep fried Monterey Calamari, and Boston Clam Chowder) this time. The friendly atmosphere, great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Annie L
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Sacramento, California, United States
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Sacramento, California, United States
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their food and service are great! We want to congratulate Roxanne's promotion to Assistant Manager. We enjoyed their seafood (Fresh Blue Point Oysters on the half shell, Steamed Cherrystone Clams, Deep fried Monterey Calamari, and Boston Clam Chowder) this time. The friendly atmosphere, great view, and great team work of staff are very impressive. We enjoyed this dining experience again.... More 

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Thank Annie L
Modesto, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had THE BEST Chowder here ever! Also great fish and chips and oh my the Garlic bread is wonderful too! this place came highly recommended after our Whale watch trip and it lived up to our expectations!!

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Thank Debbie1126
Cincinnati, Ohio
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This was the 1st place we ate upon our arrival in Monterey. Nice setting and ambiance. Food was better than average and their house label white wine fit perfectly with our meals. Halibut was really tasty, and the other food looked good. Chowder was good too.

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Thank Borrachito317
Felton, California
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616 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is one of the nicer spots on Fishermans Wharf. Good service, good food with ample portions. Nice seating although I don't care too much for many table lined up against a wall. Nice views of the harbor and bay area. Fair prices.

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Thank simon s
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Considering that it is at the epicenter of a tourist trap, this little fish restaurant is both lovely and delicious. Sit at an outdoor table, if weather allows. The clam chowder was better than many that I've had in Boston, and the saffron seafood paella was quite good for being pre-made. Also very child-friendly.Two thumbs up.

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Thank Oleg42
CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Hi Oleg, thank you for your review. I'm delighted you enjoyed our clam chowder and seafood paella (both two of my favorites!). We pride ourselves in the quality of food and service we have been providing our guests and their families since 1989. I did want to clarify that we only precook the rice in the paella, since it can... More 

Bellflower, California, USA
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147 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Some friends and I went whale watching in the Monterey Bay and one of the boat staff advised us that we should give this place a try and we were so glad that we did! I had the fettuccine Alfredo and it was marvelous. My friends both had seafood dishes and they both raved about them! The service was absolutely... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words, Rod! We are glad you dined with us after your whale watching trip and that you enjoyed the Fettucine Alfredo. Was there another dish that stood out and you wanted to try next time? We look forward to welcoming you and your friends back again soon. More 

New London, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We had a jolly time at this restaurant. Such excellent cuisine. The fish was to die for and the wine superb. It is a great place to dine on Fisherman's Wharf.

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Thank elendil8602015
CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and found the wine to be superb. Was there a particular dish on the menu that stood out that you wanted to try for next time? We look forward to your next visit. Come see us soon! More 

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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

An easy place to eat with gluten/dairy/egg allergies, our family has some of each. Friendly service. However, I wish I had read some reviews first instead of only going for allergen free. I was so excited about the paella, and it was pretty terrible. Sweet sausage instead of chorizo, missing the paprika, really fishy and tough seafood.

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

Thank you for the review. We're proud to offer gluten-free pasta and pizza choices to our guests. I'm sorry to hear our paella did not hit the mark. Our food is prepared fresh daily and we often get accolades about our paella. Rest assured we take your feedback very seriously and I’m certain that we will wow you the next... More 

San Luis Obispo, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Cozy, good food, nice ambience. Friendly staff. Sustainable seafood. There is a lot of competition for diners on the wharf. When you can't distinguish between the others, go here.

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Thank dacslo
CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We're thrilled you had great dining experience at Cafe Fina. We have a family legacy in the fishing industry and sustainability is very important to us. Thanks again for the review. Come back soon. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I come to Monterey once a year and my first stop was a return here for lunch. They have a friendly patio and fabulous Italian! And fish of course, but everyone has fish and I wanted something different after 10 hrs of travel :) love the food and my waiter was awesome despite being a single seat. Yummmm!

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Thank LisaAS6427PG

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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: Seafood, Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings

Description

Receiving rave reviews from both locals and its famous guests, Cafe Fina specializes in Italian seafood and features fresh local seafood, seasonal organic vegetables from the owner's ranch, fresh homemade pasta and a classic wood burning oven—the first in Monterey.

Located on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, the restaurant boasts many fresh seafood items from which to choose. Steak, pizza, and many other non-seafood items are also available. In addition to its standard menu, Cafe Fina provides vegetarian, children’s and banquet menus.
The restaurant is pet friendly and offers a doggie menu as well.

With gorgeous views of the Monterey Bay from almost anywhere in the restaurant, and the friendliest service in town, Cafe Fina is one of the better choices for a meal while visiting Fisherman’s Wharf.
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?