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Cafe Fina

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$14 - $26
Steakhouse, Italian, Seafood
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went whale watching at Chris' Whale watch. They recommended Cafe Fina. So we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere when we went in was warm and the inviting. It had an old world appeal. The people there were friendly and we were...welcomed promptly. The Food: The menu had a great selection of entrées, appetizers, soups and salads, as well as drinks. I ordered the fish and chips with a cup of clam chowder for just a few dollars more. My wife had a oven roasted cheeseburger. We ordered calamari as an appetizer. The calamari was fried in a light batter and was served with cocktail and tartar sauces. Both of which were house made. The tartar sauce was especially delicious. The cheeseburger was very good, cooked to the designated doneness, had a garnish with fresh vegetables. It was served with french fries. They were cooked to a golden brown and made for a great presentation companion. The clam chowder was house made and was very good. The consistency was perfect, and the clam pieces were large enough to give it that heartyiness one looks for in a chowder. The fish and chips came with those beautiful golden yellow french fries mentioned earlier. The fish was perfectly battered, and the fish pieces were generous in size. The flavor of the batter was so good, I didnt remember the tartar sauce until I was almost finished. They also make a good cup of coffee. The music in the back ground provided the perfect atmosphere for such an amazing meal. If you are in Monterey, I highly recommend you make a stop at Cafe Fina. It will brighten a lesser day, and make a great day even greater.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

I haven't dined at Cafe Fina for nearly 6 months which is far too long since this restaurant has been a favorite of ours for over 30 years! Today, for a late lunch, I started with a fabulous Classic Caesar Salad with homemade croutons that...were crunchy and delicious. I then enjoyed the simply amazing Vegetarian Pizza with tomato sauce, pesto, artichokes, red onion, mushrooms, roasted peppers and mozzarella on a fluffy, light and crispy crust from their wood burning brick oven. Incredible!!! For my husband, I took home the always fabulous Prawn Scampi over Angel Hair Pasta, with tomatoes, mushrooms green onions and artichokes in a great garlic, butter and white wine sauce. Very flavorful. I also enjoyed their famous cannoli with chocolate chips that was the perfect dessert! The service was attentive with the wonderful Roxanne, her staff and I was glad to see Dominic, the owner, as well. This restaurant is highly, highly recommended!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exceptional service...very good food. What more could you want? I especially liked my bread bowl clam chowder. I will return to the restaurant if I return to Monterey.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult choice going down the wharf, we picked the place because it is small, and the price a little higher than the rest. The decision was good. We had the sourdough bread clam chowder, if was excellent, as was the service.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed December 27, 2020

I have enjoyed dining at Cafe Fina on Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf for over 30 years and have always enjoyed the experience. I have sent friends and family to this landmark restaurant which features incredible food. Their consistent use of superior quality ingredients, delicious recipes...and outstanding customer service with gorgeous views of the Monterey Harbor and the busy Wharf itself for great people watching always ensures a wonderful culinary outing. The vegetable pizza is just one of our favorites. Due to the Pandemic, Cafe Fina is now offering their Cafe Fina Family Feast which is a great option for all of us. It is what I describe as an authentic "Taste of Italy" perfect for the whole family. The reasonably priced dinner for 2 includes a choice of several fresh pasta types, a great flavorful tomato sauce, 4 meatballs and an optional wood roasted sausage which we ordered that was great, a crisp Caesar Salad, as well as their famous Calamari Appetizer with two sauces and crispy Garlic Bread. A virtual feast! We chose the dessert option of a tasty and yummy classic Cannoli with extra chocolate chips. I highly recommend the Cafe Fina Family Feast as a wonderful family-pleasing option!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 10, 2020

We always enjoy a delicious meal at Cafe Fina whenever we are in Monterey and this week was no exception. We stared out with an order of roasted chili peppers in olive oil and some tender calamari. For the main course I ordered the fresh...white sea bass special and it was cooked to perfection with slivered almonds, a delicious and aromatic local olive oil and spices. My wife ordered the chicken alfredo and it was wonderful, as well. Al dente pasta in a savory alfredo sauce and enough chicken to save for another night. Roxanne was our server and she is the hardest working sever on the Wharf, friendly and super efficient. Kudos to owner Dominic Mercurio for setting the bar for fine dining on Fisherman's Wharf.More

Date of visit: October 2020
CafeFina, Owner at Cafe Fina, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2020

Hello George, thank you for your wonderful review! We are so happy to hear you and your wife loved your meals and had a great experience at Cafe Fina. We truly appreciate the great feedback. We hope you dine with us again soon!

Reviewed September 28, 2020 via mobile

Stopped at this restaurant after a Monterey Bay Whale Watching trip because the whale watching company gave us a coupon for a free appetizer. We were tired and hungry and since we were already on the wharf we decided to dine here and were so...glad we did. We got the garlic bread for the appetizer and it was delicious. For entrees we ordered the cheese tortellini and a veggie pizza to split. The pizza was one of the best I’ve ever had the veggies were plentiful and the crust was thin which I like. The cheese tortellini was to die for it came in a pink sauce and was so delicious. We will definitely be back when we visit again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 30, 2020

Delicious food and friendly staff. The Sand dabs were great, so were the crab and prawn ravioli. We will definitely return :)

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 10, 2020

The staff was very friendly. The food was exceptional. The staff was very attentive. Would recommend this place if on the wharf and looking for dinner. We were surprised to find something so good in such a touristy area.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 4, 2020

We've dined here twice this summer (COVID 2020). The first time, we were able to dine inside, socially distanced, of course. The second time was after another lockdown, and restaurants could only have outside seating. Both times, food and service were fantastic!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Cafe Fina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4