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Review of Sardine Factory

Sardine Factory
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Ranked #24 of 297 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Prescott
Transit: MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
Description: Every city has that one restaurant you can’t miss, where celebrities feel at home and every guest feels like a celebrity. The Sardine Factory's cachet has made dining in this historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. The award winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Beef; winner the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for over 25 years.
Capitola, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a night!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

My husband & I stayed at a B&B in Pacific Grove for our Anniversary & the Inn recommeded The Sardine Factory as part of there "Romance" package, so my husband & I went there for dinner & when we got there OMG this place was soooooo amazing! from the outside it looks wierd but the dinning room we were seated in was so beautiful!. Twinkle lights, trees, candles a huge chandelliar. I was so suprised & the food was so good. From the moment we walked in to the moment the valet closed our doors it was awesome! All the staff were kind, helpful, went out of their way to make everything perfect & I have to say they did it.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Danville, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“No sardine's for us”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

waited over an hour to get our food. the food was over cooked and cold.
When we talked to the Manager, all he said was we can make you something else. we left.
We will not go back.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Ronald H
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Pacific Grove, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Did I Say YUMMMM!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Yummmmmy! I had the calamari, wow! This place is so good, its amazing! We came in pretty late but they still found a seat for us even though it was packed. The server was double fantastic! She knew the food, was on her toes and really was a people person type girl! We loved her! My son chatted with her and she was just so nice! The atmosphere looks a little like it could be upitty and kind of like a Cigar Bar or some Men's Club but its so not upitty at all. We sat near the fireplace and completely felt relaxed and unhurried. The garbanzo sun dried tomato hummus dip is oh so good. mmmmm. Everything we ate was fresh and delicious! This place is top notch. If we could afford it, we would come back all the time. Its pretty pricey and great, great, great for a special occasion, take your girlfriend, wife, hubby, Im coming back on my birthday, its worth it!

Visited October 2012
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Castro Valley, California, USA
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Simply the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

The Sardine Factory is one of the top eateries in California. Service is excellent. Food absolutely super! We have dine here for more than 30 years and never have been disappointed. Whenever we're in the Carmel/Monterey area, we always have dinner here on
our last night. We've celebrated several special moments here. One word - save your $$ because it costs, but it is worth it.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Raoul R
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York, ME
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361 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

We came here in December without a reservation and were taken to this LOVELY room in the back that was like a huge circular atrium with beautiful Christmas decorations!!!! So lovely. Huge wine list with some very good reasonably priced wines. The sommelier swore that Pride Vineyard did not make a spray when, in fact we have one in our cellar, after we came back and checked. My husband's sole meunière was very nice and my duck pappardelle was AWESOME!!!!! The sorbet on ice swan was so COOL, not just in temp and $7.00!!!!!!!!!! beautiful and tasty! Our waiter was great, even volunteered to take our photos by the statue in the center of the room. Ask for him, Donald. he was great.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Al-Sue-Maine
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