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John Pisto's Whaling Station Steakhouse
John Pisto's Whaling Station Steakhouse

John Pisto's Whaling Station Steakhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.whalingstation.net
  • Phone: (831) 373-3778
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Steak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Whaling Station offers private and semi private dining areas for groups of 8 to 50. Having a birthday, special event or party please contact us directly to reserve an appropriate area or get additional information.
  • Private Party Contact: The Whaling Station Staff (831) 373-3778

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Enjoy free parking in our private lot. Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday.
A word from John Pisto's Whaling Station Steakhouse
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Had the prime rib and it was really tough, the meat was not great!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We live in San Jose and when the temps rise we head to the coast for golf and dinner and consider ourselves 'foodies'. For whatever, reason- had not been to the Whaling Station prior but was looking for Abalone and decided to give it a try since it was on their menu. Waiter (John) was awesome and both decided to go with their house specialty for our entree, my husband had bone in rib eye and I had the petite filet. Both were amazing, perfectly cooked to medium rare. I very rarely order beef, but oh so glad I did! Wine recommendation was another hit! Will go back and will recommend it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to dinner and were welcomed by friendly informative servers. Who provided excellent food and service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the dry-age steaks are all very delicious. I would recommend to all steak lovers! The waitress that served us was friendly and very attentive. Could not ask for a better waitress. Her name is Claire ! If you go, ask for her!. Staring form the appetizers to entrée and the grand finale desert. Every dish was impeccable. The only dissatisfaction was the large group sat behind me. The noise level was to a point of unpleasant. I would go back to the restaurant and ask to be seated away from large group next time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've eaten here often & have always had great food & service. My Filet was not cooked to my liking this time---it was quickly removed & returned perfectly. They gave the three of us a complimentary dessert ....Totally impressive... Its our very favorite steakhouse in the Monterey area."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our food was Outstanding,The Steaks AMAZING & done just how we liked them-definitely we will return. The Service wonderful & never had 2 wait or ask- they where right there to wait on us. OUTSTANDING Thank You was very Special."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The person greeting customers needs training; it seems the phone is more important than the customer in front of him. Our waiter was great and very attentive to our needs. It is sad that the Cesar salad could not be prepared by the table side supposedly for lack of room. If they offer it the should make sure they can do it; it was good nevertheless. The steaks were superb. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The prime rib was awesome and the service was amazing. Second time I have been here, and I will be back again. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We eat here often & almost always get the Filets.. Not inexpensive, but delicious & cooked to perfection. Mashed potatoes were delicious as well. Service here is always impeccable. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We like this place a lot. It is usually beyond reproach. The last time we were here (4/5/14) however, they were very busy and we (as well as one of the tables next to us) received undercooked food. That being said, it is very likely that we will return, with the hope that it was just a one time problem."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "One of the best steakhouses I been too. Service was excellent! would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Everything is always delicious and the service is excellent. Highly recommend the rib eye, cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I went here with my sweetie for our 6 year anniversary. We booked through Open Table and we're cordially greeted upon entering and we got a sweet corner right next to the wine room that they dubbed as the anniversary corner. Claire was our waitress and she was the bomb.com Went absolutely out of her way to make our dining experience so fine. She explain the different cuts of meat, how they were dry or wet aged and recommendations without being pushy. Her expertise was on point and the service from all the staff was excellent. The food came out promptly and was hot. The steak itself was charred perfectly and PERFECT medium rare center. I mean, phenomenal experience for a dry aged steak. It's really something to try. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. Although our waiter John was knowledgeable of the steak his delivery of the information was scripted. Thanks goodness I reviewed the menu before going to the restaurant otherwise I would not have known about the porterhouse steak. The best steak I have ever had. worth every penny even though it took me two days to finish. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It was like a culinary roofie! I dont know what melted down faster, the butter on the bread or her panties down her legs. If your looking to get in the old lady's pants this is the spot for you."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Prime steaks with incredible service. Our local gem!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here after running Big Sur Marathon, feeling the need for some protein. And we were not disappointed. The dry aged rib-eye and the filet were both fantastic and perfectly cooked. Also great was the Caesar Salad with dressing made from scratch table side. Exceptional service topped it off. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary at John Pisto's Whaling Station (it was recommended by our hotel The Clement Monterey). The main entree (8 oz filet minon and age-rubbed boneless ribeye) and accompanying side dishes were delicious...better than our expectation. When making the reservation through OpenTable, we indicated we were celebrating our anniversary, yet the host nor the server seemed to be aware of this. Previously when making this notation when booking, the celebration was acknowledged and we received a special dessert at the end of the meal. While we did not expect anything free, an acknowledgment would have been nice. We would still return when visiting Monterey. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "As usual, great food and service by John. Filet mignon was mouth watering with ahi tuna filet incredible. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I took my two adult sons (21 & 23) to dinner here while we were in Monterey. We arrived about 30 minutes early to our 5pm reservation. The host kindly offered us a seat at the bar to wait for our table. The bartender was very friendly and made some great cocktails. We were seated promptly and our waiter and other staff were very attentive and friendly. I don't think our water glasses ever got less than half full! Both my sons had sea food and I had the Beef Wellington. Everything was very good! Their Dutch Apple Pie ala-mode was fantastic! If you are looking for a great place to have dinner while in Monterey go to The Whaling Station! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "If you love beef this is the place! All of the food served was excellent but the beef was outstanding. It is an expensive restaurant but for those special occasions you could do much worse. The service was attentive without hovering. We went during the early evening and sat at a front window table with lots of light and a street view. Later at night the natural light is gone and the romantic lighting kicks in. This could be the best place to go if you want to eat like a man but your lady doesn't. There is a varied menu with something for everyone."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Was in Monterey with buddies for a golf weekend. Had been to the Whaling Station prior and suggested we go. Service was good and loved the Caesar salad made at the table. Steaks were good however the food was not hot when we received it. Other than that it was a good experience,."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The octopus appetizer was great. It was suggested by the waiter And not something we would have normally tried. I guess I'm just old school I think of salad should come with a meal. We had the 2 pound aged rib eye steak to share. It was good. However, the knives were Not sharp. At this type of restaurant when you spend nearly $300 for two people to eat dinner give us real sharp knives. We won't steal them. Felt like we were tearing through the meat."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have dined at WS several times and always had a great experience. Unfortunately that was not the case this time. Let's start with the wine. We ordered a '06 Cain a Five. The waiter brought a bottle of Cain Cuvée. Upon letting him know this was the wrong bottle, he returned with an '09 Cain a Five...wrong again. I then ordered a '07 Goldschmidt...but they only had an '08. Suggestion...Update your wine list. Another suggestion, when a guest orders a $250 bottle of wine, provide Bordeaux glasses, not your house level glasses. Also, the booth seat had Green Tape covering cracks in the seat portion of the booth. Whaling Station charges top pricing and in return has an obligation to deliver a top level dining experience. Details matter John."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Once again this place does not disapoint. We asked to let us take our time and they really did give us all the time we wanted. Food snd servicevwere excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Thought the grilled artichoke appetizer was fantastic, as was the stuffed spinach that came with my steak. My wife's chicken was good but a little tough and my steak had great texture (though a little rare), but lacked any taste until I salted it. I'd go back on a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We've been coming here for over three decades and have never been disappointed by either the food or the service. I can't think of a better restaurant on the peninsula!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Our food was cold, the steak was just mediocre, and the calamari was more crumbs than fish. The restaurant was over priced and just not worth the money."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went there for my Birthday,was not disapointed.Great waiting on our table,good bartender,excellent presentation for the steaks and our salad.Not to mention the best steaks we have had in a long time.We vacationed from San Diego and went there because of the reviews which were very good."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We had a family celebration dinner here, and the food was excellent, the steaks were divine, but the service was FABULOUS!! We felt like we were the only table in the restaurant, but our staff didn't hover as they do in some establishments. Johnny-on-the-spot with cocktails, water, anything we needed. A MUST for a visit to Monterrey!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Both had NY steaks. Both had fat running through them. A $250 dinner I did not eat. This place has lost its luster."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Service was great, got seated right away and waiter was very attentive. All the steaks are dry aged and prime cut so we always look forward to a real treat. However the steaks this time tasted just a little "off". Both of us noticed it but could not pin down what it was. We may not go back next time we are in town but this has always been a destination for us so shall see how we feel than."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Celebrated with a small family gathering on an early Sunday evening. Service was very attentive and discreet. Waiter very friendly and knowledgeable, chatty but not intrusive. Food was delicious and menu selection comprehensive. Although a steak house, I appreciate their vast seafood selections. Left satisfied and happy start to finish."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I ordered filet mignon with lobster and my girlfriend ordered filet mignon. We ordered our filets to be cooked medium. My filet arrived medium well and was blackened. My girlfriend's filet was obviously well done and blackened. We sent back her steak and I chose to keep mine despite their offer to replace mine. I wish I would have sent mine back because the charcoal taste became overwhelming the more I ate. My girlfriend's second filet was cooked medium as requested, but was blackened again. As she ate the second filet, the charcoal taste overrode any flavor of the filet. We advised our waiter of our disappointment and he removed one of the meals from our bill. The service was good, however, I will likely not ever go back due to this issue."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have dined here for several years and the food is always excellent. Service is superior."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The feel in this restaurant is great. They nailed the lighting and the servers are all cheerful, professional, knowledgable, and efficient. I'm not the steak eater but my boyfriend is. I got sand dabs that were delicious. He got the boneless ribeye rare. It was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The sides were a nice, if a bit salty, compliment. The grilled artichoke appetizer was very tasty. Their portions are generous. The fabulous creme brûlée I had for dessert was the biggest I'd ever seen. No complaints here ;) For a pricey, special occasion, romantic dinner, it really fit the bill."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "As we expected, The Whaling Station was exceptional. Excellent service, great food and appropriate portions (i.e., plenty of food, but not too much!). Always perfect for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "My first time here. I had asked if we could have a table in a both or somewhat quiet area. Upon arrival we were seated just off the bar and main walk way. I noticed open seating off in the corner that would have been a better fit for my request. Our waiter was not very helpful. We noticed that he would bring a meat selection tray to other tables, and explained the different cuts of meat. This was not done for us. The steak was good but the service and ambience was mediocre. I was very disappointed that my seating requests were not considered. I must have had my seat bumped by 8 different people on their way out."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We are regulars to this establishment. That food is wonderful. We continue to be loyal patrons."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Sorry but if I'm paying 44 dollars for a filet it had better be delicious. Not charred and tasting like it's bathed in butter. Service was slow and unattentive. We are a younger couple and hope we weren't profiled by our older waiter. I'm not not shy when it comes to tipping."
    Dined on 2/1/2014