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“Nice Restaurant”

Whaling Station Steakhouse
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Ranked #17 of 301 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 40 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steak House” seriously... See the restaurant’s dry-aging room, select your USDA Prime cut of dry-aged beef from a silver tray, your Prime, Prime Rib from the antique 1930’s silver carving trolley, and enjoy your Caesar Salad being tossed tableside. An award winning wine list and full spirits bar complement your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm daily. THE BAR at The Whaling Station has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. Parking in our private lot. A private banquet room is available.
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Nice Restaurant”
Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Hotel recommended this Cannery Row area restaurant, and for variety we gave it a go. Attractive building and interior, nothing to fault. Place noted for its steak but we were on a seafood safari. Tried the artichoke appetiser, lots of fibre there. Crab risotto and Alaskan cod for mains. Nice enough but not memorable. Good wine list.

Visited April 2013
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Well worth the wait”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

After four trips to Monterey (we're from the UK) we finally visited the Whaling Station - we hadn't done before as it was away from the front and above average $ for the city. We're kicking ourselves as we had our best meal yet in Monterey!!! Great atmosphere (even for a Monday night), warm welcome and attentive staff, superb steaks (mignon and sirloin). This was the best steak we've had in the US since Quality Meats in Manhattan. Not cheap, $215 for three inc a bottle of Monterey Pinot Noir, but a memorable meal.

  • Visited April 2013
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Issaquah, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Great Food, but Expensive”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

The filet mignon steak was excellent and perfectly cooked. The Prime Rib carved at the table was also very good. Unfortunately, the prices were comparable to big city steak houses, so dinning there is more for special occasions. The artichoke appetizer was very small (which was surprising given the local artichoke industry). The service was adequate, but not friendly and the atmosphere was relatively casual which did not command the more expensive food prices in this reviewer’s opinion.

  • Visited April 2013
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Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Whaling Station-ary”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Quite some time had passed since my last visit to the venerable Whaling Station & the present did not live up to my memories or expectations. Nice inviting decor and great service - I have to hand it to the wait staff - but the chef did not deliver. Had the special gnudi appetizer, very soft gnudi but lack luster sauce - my dining companion had the oysters Rockefeller. Spinach was really good, but the oysters were miniscule and was not impressed with the glop of (?) sauce on top. My prime rib was tender & nicely rare but not over the top seasoning-wise & I the cold chewy yorkshire pudding should have been left off the plate. Companion enjoyed the filet mignon - but the pricey addition of a lobster tail was "tasteless".
It was a pleasant evening but I hope the kitchen gets it's A game back on & shows some flair. Otherwise, if I want to spend big bucks for dinner - there are a lot of better options.

  • Visited April 2013
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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“great food”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

The service was top notch. the steaks looked delicious, but we had the prime rib. It was very good! (Maybe not House of Prime rib in SF, but very tasty). Clam chowder was thick and rich. All in all, a great meal if you are looking for a nice restaurant for a special dinner. We spent about $175 for 2 including cocktails, soup, and main entree.

Visited March 2013
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