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“A decent option on the wharf”
Review of Cafe Fina

Cafe Fina
Ranked #24 of 311 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Del Monte Avenue
Description: Receiving rave reviews from both locals and its famous guests, Cafe Fina specializes in Italian seafood and features fresh local seafood, seasonal organic vegetables from the owner's ranch, fresh homemade pasta and a classic wood burning oven—the first in Monterey. Located on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, the restaurant boasts many fresh seafood items from which to choose. Steak, pizza, and many other non-seafood items are also available. In addition to its standard menu, Cafe Fina provides vegetarian, children’s and banquet menus. The restaurant is pet friendly and offers a doggie menu as well. With gorgeous views of the Monterey Bay from almost anywhere in the restaurant, and the friendliest service in town, Cafe Fina is one of the better choices for a meal while visiting Fisherman’s Wharf.
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We ate at the restaurant on our first night in Monterey. This place is right on the touristy wharf. We had booked well in advance and requested a table at the back, which looks out over the water. Our request was honoured. The restaurant is very small and crowded -- you can hear everyone's dinner conversation. The seating is also almost cramped.

Our server was very nice and answered our questions. We shared grilled sardines which were great and could have made a great main dish accompanied by a salad.

Our fish mains were fine -- but the breading on the snapper and the calamari steak was leaden and I felt detracted from the fish. The orzo accompaniment was fine. The best part of the main plate were the nice vegetables.

The meal was fine -- the wine was a bargain and I certainly felt the value was there for what we got. If I were to go again, I think the pasta or pizza would be a better option.

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Thank Gundi
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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Thank you so much for visiting Cafe Fina and for your review. We're glad that you had a pleasant experience and enjoyed our cuisine. We welcome you to visit again so that you can try the pizza and pasta that you have your heart set on. We'd be happy to serve you again!

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This place on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey was recommended to us, so we gave it a try. Of course any of the restaurants there are totally tourist-oriented, but this place was disappointing even given our not-too-high expectations. The food was okay, but far pricier than it deserved to be. The service was well below par. After too long a wait for our appetizer in the first place, when it came, the waiter had brought the wrong order, then had to ask which one it was supposed to be, and THEN still took forever - so long we had to ask about it twice and then it still didn't arrive until many of our entrees had been served. And believe me, it wasn't worth the wait. Save yourself the aggravation and go elsewhere.

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Thank 722SteveG
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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Thank you for dining with us and for letting us know about your experience. It is unfortunate that you did not receive the attention to detail that is normally provided by our waiting staff and kitchen. As for pricing, we feel that we provide the utmost value and portion sizing for our delicious entrees and are competitively priced when compared to other wharf restaurants. Please feel welcome to give us a try again whenever you’re in the Monterey area and we look forward to serving you.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

The service, atmosphere and food are excellent. Portions are very large. Servers are friendly and knowledgable.

Thank Amber E
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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Thank you so very much for dining at Cafe Fina!!! We appreciate the compliments about our delicious food and friendly, knowledgable staff. Please join us again any time that you're in Monterey!

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Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

We stopped at Cafe Fina to get some clam chowder. As I looked at the menu, other items sounded tasty, so I decided to deviate from our chowder plan. I ordered fish and chips, but my love ordered clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
Our food was delicious. The clam chowder was tasty and my fish and chips were served hot and fresh.
The service here was great. The staff are friendly and attentive.
We would definitely come back.

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Thank Mercurial1
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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thank you so very much for dining with us at Cafe Fina. We appreciate the compliments about our friendly, attentive staff and delicious food. We're glad you and your love enjoyed the fish and chips and clam chowder....2 of our very most popular items!!! Thanks again for visiting and we'll look forward to seeing and serving you the next time you're in Monterey.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Enjoyed salmon pasta dish while watching otters in the water. Highly recommend. Does not look like much from outside but very nice inside. Great food.

Thank April B
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CafeFina, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Fina, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2013

Thank you so much for the compliments about our amazing view and delicious salmon pasta. We are lucky to be in such a great location and to be able to select from the finest and freshest quality seafood. The views of the sealife, otters and seals playing is priceless and we enjoy it every day. Please come back and visit us any time. We truly appreciate your business!

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