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The Sardine Factory

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Tue, 2/19
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

Location and contact

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 Readers. Celebrating over 50 years
$30 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, Seafood
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant definitely lives up to their reputation as being a local favorite. Every time I eat here, I enjoy the service, the hosts, food and drinks. Everything I have tried has been delicious (I frequent this restaurant alot). One of my favorite and I...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank brendabI560SN
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi brendabI560SN, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are delighted you enjoy our delicious food, memorable atmosphere and great service. Thank you for your loyal patronage and we look forward to serving you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

When my late wife and I bought our wedding rings in Pasadena, CA... next to South Pasadena, CA, where we lived, the lady at the Jeweler told us about this restaurant and highly recommended it. So, we arrived at the charming "Tickle Pink Inn" which...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Nathaniel H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the reviews I already had high expectations but oh my goodness nothing could have prepared me for this amazing experience! I've pretty much already said it exceeded my expectations. The service couldn't be any better! They don't stop at impeccable service, the food is...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Kristin C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Much more beautiful than I realized.I have been to the Sardine Factory several times before, but never saw past the main entrance/bar area. I didn’t realize they had this gorgeous glass Geodome-type patio area. I was celebrating a friend’s birthday. I had the Sandabs. The...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was invited to a private party in the wine cellar of the Sardine Factory. What an experiance! The space was very elegant. High back chairs and real antiques. The service was above and beyond! We had four courses and everything was top notch. The...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi RioDog1, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your five-star review. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again.

Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

We went durning the month of Dec and the Christmas decorations were absolutely beautiful. We had a drink in the bar/lobby area while waiting for our table and it was warm and cozy by the fireplace. The dinner room was absolutely amazing! I attached pics...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank juls650
Reviewed December 28, 2018

We had dinner here last night with friends and really enjoyed the food and service. Our waiter Donald was excellent and explained the dishes well. We tried Oysters Rockefeller, Sword Fish, Lamb Stuffed mushrooms and all our meals were cooked and presented well. We also...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Argy39
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Opened in 1968 when Cannery Row was a dump. Now a top tourist attraction. The two owners are still going strong. 35,000 bottles of wine, yes 35,000 bottles of wine. Can you think of any restaurant with so much selection? While not Michlein rated, but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jfkson1
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

Food was good but overpriced, though the atmosphere they are trying to convey is one of fine dining so that is understandable. What is not understandable is the condescending tone some of the staff took with my family. Our waiter was wonderful but some of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JLCthree2011
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Dear JLCthree2011, 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 November 29, 2018

I read a book about this restaurant at the hotel so we had to try it. Great setting and staff, Service was outstanding. My wife had the linguini and clams. Best she's had. Actually had a lot of clams unlike some places. I had the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Terry C
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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
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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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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