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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%
Travelers talk about
“abalone” (82 reviews)
“sardines” (66 reviews)
“bisque” (55 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
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1 - 10 of 875 reviews

Reviewed 4 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you go before 6pm, they open at 5pm, you should ask for the early menu. It is provided only on request. We had the calamari steak which was excellent. The atmosphere is turn of the 20th century. The service was first class. Ask for...More

Thank Rofb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I and a small circle of friends were regulars here a few years ago but had not been back recently. Nevertheless, Bert remembered me. Had a fine, fine dinner with business associates down in the cellar. Abalone bisque was delicious but heavier...More

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

Hi CaPalm, Thank you so very much 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!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We ate here on March 29, 2018 First off, the service was top notch. But the food was awful. Their Abalone Bisque, served to Ronald Reagan, was good. Their "famous" Cheese bread was great for the first (hot) piece, then went downhill pretty fast. The...More

1  Thank Mike C
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Mike C., Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry that the meal fell short of your expectations. We have been a success for the past 49 years due to our loyal customers and diligent efforts to achieve award...More

Reviewed May 15, 2018

Excellent food but we were placed in the atrium, which is glass and while it is like eating in a greenhouse, sound has nowhere to go. Very loud but we did notice as we went to the lounge later that there were some lovely quiet...More

Thank pbrian2018
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi pbrian2018, Thank you so much tor 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!

Reviewed May 2, 2018

Excellent food, great cocktails and wonderful ambiance. Great for date night - but bring your credit card. It's pricey but for a special occasion it's worth the splurge.

Thank Leigh Ann D
Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon this gem on our weekend getaway. The restaurant is very eclectic in its decor. The food and service were top notch! They serve warm rolls and some kind of hummus spread and butter and olives which were to die for! I had...More

Thank Dena M
Reviewed April 16, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Very attentive staff and the menu is great with a lot of options however it is very pricey.

Thank SM0216
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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
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
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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