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Sardine Factory

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701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016 (Prescott)
+1 831-373-3775
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Oakland, California
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95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is renowned for the wine. Ask to take a tour of the cellar if you can. It's quite an experience! All the seafood and steaks here are excellent. You can't go wrong.

Thank Neville V
San Ramon, California
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181 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We selected the Sardine Factory for my birthday dinner and were not disappointed! We started with a glass of wine in the bar which was cozy and received attentive service from the bartender. If we were in the mood for just happy hour food, the bar menu is fairly extensive and everything that was served looked really good. On to... More 

Thank Shirley S
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Dear Shirley S., Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory to celebrate your special occasion and for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your delicious food and great service. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future. More 

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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner here for the first time last night. Great experience with friendly staff, delicious food and drinks. You'll pay for this pleasure, but if you want to splurge, its a good investment. Started with lobster ravoli appetizer (23), we split a Monterey chopped salad (16), which was excellent, i had the house favorite filet served with mashed and broccoli....first... More 

Thank Dawb99
Las Vegas
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very unique atmosphere at this joint...several separated dining rooms and a lively bar scene complete with a Lounge Lizard on the piano. Several guests (couples) were dining in the bar area for the entertainment. We were seated in the atrium which presents decor straight out of the 70s and that includes our waiter's mustache. Service was almost too attentive. Food... More 

Thank fungus49
Monterey, California
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51 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The team at The Sardine Factory had fantastic went the extra mile for their dinner service. We had initially booked a table in the atrium, however this was changed on arrival to one of their private cellar rooms. Before dinner could start, Donald (the Master Sommelier), gave our group an extensive private tour of the downstairs private wine cellar: complete... More 

Thank Fadamos
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Dear Fadamos, Thank you for taking the time to write to us about your visit to The Sardine Factory. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! More 

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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Non-descript from outside but a real treat inside. Nice bar and fireplace area is you want to lounge before dinner. Dinner in the Captains Table Room is nice but we rather enjoy the openness and size of the Conservatory. Can't have a bad meal and one MUST have a Flaming Sardine prepared at table-side

Thank Kawena L
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were looking for good seafood while we were on the coast. I tried the abalone bisque which was good. I would probably try the clam chowder if I went back. She had lobster ravioli and I had the calamari steak for dinner. The sauces and presentation really made the meal. Paired with a bottle of wine... More 

Thank drj631
Petaluma, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food, in a beautiful building. Strong sense of history, with linen cloths and elegant decor. Excellent service. Conservatory is charming and very popular especially for evening dining. Good place to dress up if you are inclined, but it is not necessary. Reservations recommended as it is popular, but earlier dining mid week will often get you in right away.

Thank alisonjh54
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we visit Pacific Grove, we love to dine at Sardine Factory. For years, we passed it by. Based on the name, we thought it would be a tourist trap. We were so wrong! The Sardine Factory is actually an elegant restaurant (not pretentious) that serves a nice selection of seafood and steak, along with a few pasta dishes. The... More 

Thank Deanne R
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Hi Deanne R., Thank you so much for your lovely review, we appreciate you taking the time to write it. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to The Sardine Factory. We truly appreciate your loyal patronage and look forward to serving you again soon! More 

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162 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a business meal and found this restaurant to be a hit! We made a reservation and lucked out being in the little "cave" room. I ordered the scallops and found them to be really delicious! Everyone around me loved their entrees as well. Staff was really friendly and we also found the wine selection was great,... More 

Thank Monica P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
  • Public Transportation: MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-373-3775
Every city has that one restaurant you can’t miss, where celebrities feel at home and every guest feels like a celebrity. The Sardine Factory's cachet has made dining in this historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. The award winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Beef; winner the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for over 25 years.

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