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The Sardine Factory

701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
+1 831-373-3775
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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$$$$
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LOCATION
701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
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1 - 10 of 882 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the top restaurants in the country. Ambience is nice. Best wine collection and you can not find the perfection in food anywhere close to this restaurant. Everybody working in restaurant is exceptional. I know it is costly but every penny is...More

Thank joe9999369
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a classic Steakhouse that has a long history of serving some of the biggest nicest steaks and Crab Legs etc. This is it. Excellent service a little on the pricey side but I think worth the visit when in Monterey.

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Date Dined: June 10, 2018 My spouse and I came here for our anniversary, excited to give this historical restaurant a try. The decor was charming and reminiscent of 19th century design. To begin, we checked in at the front desk and mentioned that we...More

1  Thank Elva O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having lived in NYC for the past six years and now living in SF, I’m pretty used to high price points at restaurants. However, if you’re going to charge $35-50 an entree for food that’s just decent (not amazing by any means) the service has...More

Thank apudu
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear apudu, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are saddened to hear that our service fell short of your expectations. Every day we strive to give our customers a memorable and delicious experience, we obviously missed our opportunity with you....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My sister in law asked if we could take them to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium ( will review that later - no rush) as am the designated driver for trips like this. After a long day at the aquarium, everyone was contemplating either waiting...More

Thank sfrdrunner
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi sfrdrunner, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review. Your patronage is appreciated and we look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last nite we celebrated a Birthday & Belated Father’s Day dinner. This famous restaurant is consistently excellent over the 40+ years we have been eating here. The wine list is extensive & the decor old world & fun. Staff is superb as is the food...More

Thank Flowerful
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner at this popular restaurant but the prime dinner time could be very noisy conservatory section of the restaurant. Having the glass roof and windows with jam packed people made the interior not so pleasant experience. I ordered ahi tuna as the...More

Thank D K
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear D K., Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry that the experience was not to your liking. I will give your comments to the manager, chef and owners. Please consider allowing us to serve you again in the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Invited as a guest to the Sardine Factory and what a treat. Everything is perfect from the dining to service, menu, and food. PERFECT. We sat in the glass atrium among the plants. Great wine list as one might expect. The restaurant has won lots...More

Thank David12815
Reviewed June 8, 2018

We enjoyed spending our anniversary dinner at the Sardine Factory. This is a classic, long time restaurant in Monterey and it feels like it. Not in a bad way....but the decor, the atrium dining room, and the bar shout out "old school". The food was...More

Thank 16taylor
Reviewed June 8, 2018

Beautiful decor in the main lounge/conservatory. Service is friendly, not very knowledgeable, with a cavalier attitude to allergies! Not gluten and lacto free friendly. Ordered a lobster, assured it was dairy free but had dairy in it, suffered for hours as a result, luckily had...More

Thank trippie2017
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2018

Dear trippie2017, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are saddened to hear that our food and service fell short of your expectations. Every day we strive to give our customers a memorable and delicious experience. I will pass your comments...More

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davidtlujan
June 19, 2016|
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Response from Bob R | Reviewed this property |
We live in this area. Sad to say California has gone way casual in the last ten years. I would avoid the standard tech uniform of blue jeans and t shirt. Have the boys wear slacks and regular shirt and you will not feel out... More
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davidtlujan
June 19, 2016|
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Response from ChristyNarvaez | Reviewed this property |
Casual. No ball caps or sandals. However it is okay to dress nice. Some people wear suits and dresses
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christine w
March 16, 2015|
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Response from gov5180 | Reviewed this property |
The Sardine Factory just published their Easter menu. I can't recommend this restaurant enough. Call and make reservations. Best, Dr. Tommy Neuman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$30 - $50
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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups, 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 County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-373-3775
  • E-mail
Description
Every city has that one can't miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory's cachet has made dining in our historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Our award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Dry Aged Beef; winner of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine's "Best Wine List in America" award. The Lounge's live entertainment, Happy Hour and affordable menu are a casual alternative to our other dining rooms. Voted "Best Restaurant in Monterey" by Monterey County Herald and Carmel Pine Cone Readers. Celebrating over 49 years under the same ownership and management!
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