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Cafe Fina

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Italian, Seafood, Pizza & 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Clam Chowder

Café Fina is one of our favorites for clam chowder. It has a casual atmosphere and good food. We also had calamari and it was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
suzmca
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Nipomo, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Had dinner here tonight as it kinda looked good. We sat outisde and our table was filthy, i know it was windy but come on!!! Ordered the calamari and lobster mac and cheese to start both of these where ok. And our server was not all to bad , drinks arrived quickly and he was friendly. But the Mains!!!! I... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My friend and I arrived late Wednesday evening to Monterey. Most places were closed but this place was open and so welcoming!!! Especially considering we and one other couple were the last things standing between them and home. Friendly service...great wine...and of course food! I had the bex Riesling which was great one of my favorites now. We shared lobster... More 

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Cafe Fina and taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor! Our goal is to provide you with excellent service and high quality food. I'm happy to hear that Cafe Fina was able to accommodate your group for a late dinner and you had the chance to try our savory dishes. We hope to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We visited this restaurant during our stay in Monterrey as it was recommended by the hotel where we stayed. The menu looked impressive but what was served didn't meet our expectations. The restaurant is located in the Fisherman's wharf so you would expect nice and fresh food but no. The food was bland, and the choice of ingredients for each... More 

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Café Fina and providing us with your feedback! We apologize that you did not fully enjoy your meal. Our food is always made to order and we strive to provide quality food that you will enjoy. If you have any suggestions for us to improve, please let me know. Your suggestions will be used to... More 

Palm Springs, California, United States
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196 reviews 196 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Had dinner at Cafe Fina on the recommendation of a local. Let me start with many raves over the absolutely fabulous clam chowder. It was loaded with clams and had a great consistency and just a hint of lemon. Almost indescribable, but I assure anyone who orders it will absolutely love it. My companion had the Ciopinno and it was... More 

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Café Fina! We appreciate you taking the time to write a review on the great food and service that you had. Our restaurant was voted Monterey's favorite local and family-owned restaurant by Monterey Herald Readers in 2014. Your review reflects the variety of dishes that we offer and the quality of food that we strive... More 

Nipomo, California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Café Fina is one of our favorites for clam chowder. It has a casual atmosphere and good food. We also had calamari and it was good.

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Café Fina and writing a review on TripAdvisor! Our clam chowder and calamari are made daily with the freshest ingredients. We're glad to hear that you really liked them. We look forward to having you again soon! - Dominic, Owner More 

Caumont-sur-Durance
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140 reviews 140 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

At the Tourist Information Center, they recommended Café Fina and we received a coupon for a complimentary appetizer. At the Cafe Fina, we got a warm welcome, and nice sea foods. We took the deepfried calamari as the complementary appetizer, followed by a very tasteful shellfish paella and a cioppino.

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Café Fina and providing us with a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service at our restaurant. Our food is made with only fresh ingredients and our goal is to provide you with excellent service. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Liberty Township, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Our whale watching guide recommended trying Cafe Fina, with the enticement of a free appetizer. We decided to give it a try. There is less of a scenic view on this side of the wharf, but the menu looked good. The free appetizer only came with the purchase of 2 entrees, which didn't work for us based on our order.... More 

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Café Fina! Our restaurant has been on Fisherman's Wharf since 1989, but my family's history in Monterey started years before that. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed dining with us and have learned about our restaurant. Welcome to the Café Fina family, we look forward to... More 

Sacramento, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was the surprise of the trip. We went in to have a lunch and both of us got the clam chowder in the sour dough bowl. This is the only place I have ever seen them turn the top of the the roll into garlic cheese bread and add cheese to the edge of the bowl. We both found... More 

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Café Fina. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback on TripAdvisor. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our signature clam chowder bowl and look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Belleair Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

This is a tourist trap where the food is mediocre at best. Service is okay but meals are not properly cooked and over priced. I would highly recommend going to another part of Monterey for a better meal that's worth the price.

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Café Fina! We are sorry to hear that your experience here did not exceed your expectations. Our goal is to provide you with an exceptional dining experience and fresh seafood. Our family has been part of the fishing industry in Monterey since the 1950's and we love to share our food and history with visitors... More 

Visalia, CA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

My favorite restaurant in Monterey for the past 20 years has been Cave Fina on Fisherman's Wharf 1. I used to live there and it was always my first choice to take friends who were visiting. I still go back every year, usually for the annual Monterey Cowboy Festival, and so I make it a habit to visit Dominic and... More 

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CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this review

Thank you for being a loyal fan of Café Fina for the past 20 years! We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to having you soon once again. Your support throughout the years has helped Café Fina get to where it is today. Thank you for being part of the Café Fina family! 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, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients

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?