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Sardine Factory

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701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016 (Prescott)
831-373-3775
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5:00 pm - 10:30 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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Switzerland
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108 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is really hard to review such a place without sounding offensive. Let's say that this is yet a landmark that has not aged so well. But in typical "emperor's clothes" fashion, people won't easily admit it. Service was a disaster with a Wine captain who went on a 15mn smoke break (the smell doesn't lie) just when we were... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Their portions are huge. Staff are extremely polite. We made our reservations two days before we arrived Monterey, so we did not need to wait in line.

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Gilroy, California
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This visit was one of our numerous returns to this restaurant every year to celebrate special occasions. This timeless beauty never has disappointed us. My wife loves the fresh Salmon and I enjoy their aged steaks. The "Conservatory" area is one of our favorites. Their corkage fee is $25, perfectly reasonable given their extraordinary cellar. We'll be back!

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a working/couples get away and made reservations for 7:15. We were seated immediately and had a table in the sunroom. What a magical location! Can be a bit chilly but the food was excellent. We got the hot appetizer for 3, abalone and shrimp and lobster tails. Food was plates beautifully and was delicious. My suggestion is the appetizer... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped in for appetizers and drinks after the EOCR car event. The fries and pizza were great. This is a long-time Monterey favorite for locals and visitors.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I wasn't sure if we should try the Sardine Factory, but it was very good. First, great location, about a block from the aquarium. Have their own parking lot, and we parked there all day, price was fair. The decor is pretty neat. A handsome bar, fancy and formal victorian dining room with fireplace, and then an awesome all-glass garden... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was average and very overpriced. We are used to California prices being higher which is fine but this is just good. Not great, not melt in your mouth not what we are used to for high end. Husband had lamb w lobster tail-A signature dish. I tried piece of the lobster tail it was just OK. I ordered salmon... More 

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

Hi Cindy M., Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry the meal fell short of your expectations. I will pass your comments on to the Chef, Management and Owners. Please consider allowing us to serve you again in the future. More 

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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked months in advance to visit Sardine factory and were really looking forward to a meal at this well known Monterey restaurant. Long story short - just an enormously disappointing evening on pretty much every level. Food was truly abysmal. I do not think I have had worse cooked fish in my life. The whole experience ranks as the... More 

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

Hi THWL23., Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience at The Sardine Factory. I will pass your comments on to the Chef, Management and Owners. If you are willing, I would appreciate some more details, such as the date you dined and the name of your... More 

Placerville, California
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200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really pretentiously not too good. Very average and over attentive service. Tourist attraction not fit for foodies. Thank you.

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1 Thank lewis k
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this review

Hi Lewis K., Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry the experience was not to your liking. I will pass your comments on to the Chef, Management and Owners. We appreciate your patronage and hope you will give The Sardine Factory another visit. More 

Houston, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We sat in the garden room which was very beautiful with lots of plants. The food and service were average. We both ordered seafood but the seasoning was weak.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
    (Prescott)
  • Public Transportation: MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-373-3775
Description
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?