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“Very good food for a special occasion” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Whaling Station Steakhouse

Whaling Station Steakhouse
763 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 373-3778
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Ranked #43 of 257 restaurants in Monterey
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 40 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steak House” seriously... See the restaurant’s dry-aging room, select your USDA Prime cut of dry-aged beef from a silver tray, your Prime, Prime Rib from the antique 1930’s silver carving trolley, and enjoy your Caesar Salad being tossed tableside. An award winning wine list and full spirits bar complement your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm daily. THE BAR at The Whaling Station has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. Parking in our private lot. A private banquet room is available.
Sacramento, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Very good food for a special occasion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Celebrated our wedding anniversary dinner at The Whaling Station. We have been frequently this business on and off for nearly 17 years. We were greeted pleasantly and quickly as our reservation was found and confirmed. We were seated at a table with a street view. Our waiter, Jum, was quick to introduce himself and make simple small talk. We ordered prime rib and scallops linguine. Our meals were very good and we celebrated privately and comfortably. At no time were we rushed to make room for the next guest.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Fantastic attentive service - very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We always make a point of dining at the Whaling Station when we come to Monterey. The Beef Wellington was excellent as was the Maine Lobster (which they removed from the shell for us ...although not quite so artfully, next time we will do it ourselves). The crab risotto was also very good. We do wish that they had a few more fish entrees. We left some room for dessert and we are glad we did as the Apple Strudel and meringue with fresh fruit and honey was also fantastic..although both were large enough to share. They have a convenient parking lot which is always appreciated.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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SF Bay Area, CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Best Steak(s) Ever....melted in your mouth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

A group of four went to the Whaling Station in Monterey....the meal was so fantastic, it is hard to know where to begin the praise. We started off with cocktails - delicious. Appetizers of oysters, calamari, followed by a Wedge salad. Reminded two of four people there of a New England Steak House on the west coast. The soup of the day, which we did not have, was corn chowder. Then the best steak - we shared at the table a dry aged steak (5 weeks) and a one kilo steak that was cooked to perfection; the one kilo steak was shared between two people as their entree. One person had scallops scampi (instead of prawn; no problem with the substitution). The linguini was awesome.

Bren was the Maitre d. He made us feel at home, like we had been to the Whaling Station a number of times; this was my first. Our waiter, Matt, did a very good job - he did not rush us and gave excellent suggestions.

The Whaling Station will be recommended many times, and looking forward to going back the next time I am in Monterey.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hobart, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic Aged Steak!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We saw a review for this place in local advertising, and a drive past seeing lots of people enjoying late lunch made us consider it for dinner - but on seeing the aged steak displayed in a window this really cemented our decision. The staff were very efficient, the menu a great combination of wonderful steak and seafood (proudly declared as 'sustainably sourced' - always a good thing these days!). The wine list was interesting and varied. The only blemish a steak overcooked, but graciously and quickly replaced. A great local restaurant that should be around for quite a time to come!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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NOKOMIS, FL.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“the BEST meal ever!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

During our two week vacation along the Pacific coast, we "splurged" for one REALLY great dinner, to celebrate our 40th anniversary. So glad we chose the Whaling Station in Monterey!! I could not have had a more delicious steak!! The scallops and linguini, ordered by my husband was the BEST we have ever tasted! All aspects of the meal and service were far above average!!! It was worth every cent spent!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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