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Sardine Factory
Sardine Factory

Sardine Factory Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sardinefactory.com
  • Phone: (831) 373-3775
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM Friday & Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Kent J. Specht
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For 45 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, each private party receives our full attention and commitment.
  • Private Party Contact: Dawn Rodriguez (831) 373-6625
  • Entertainment: David Conley at the Piano Tuesday through Saturday.

    David has been a professional musician since the age of 17. He has played in numerous bands, opening for various acts such as Steppenwolf, Black Oak Arkansas, Rick Derringer, Crash Test Dummies and more. Versatile and accommodating David takes and plays requests from Led Zeppelin to Elvis Presley to the Everly Brothers.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prescott
  • Public Transit: MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Enter off of Wave Street ascending the driveway. Self park Sunday through Thursday with self park or valet service available Fridays and Saturdays.
A word from Sardine Factory
Every city has that one can’t miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory’s cachet has made dining in our historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Our award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Dry Aged Beef; winner of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s "Best Wine List in America" award. The Lounge’s live entertainment, Happy Hour and affordable menu are a casual alternative to our other dining rooms. Celebrating our 45th Anniversary!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Doesn't get much more iconic for Monterey than The Sardine Factory. Ask to sit in the atrium room instead of the clubby front bar room or Louis XIV parlor."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The restaurant is the gem of Monterey! The food, ambience, and service are excellent! I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Good food. Excellent service. Great for that special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I was hoping for something more in terms of the overall meal. I'm a huge fan of the Maryland lump crab meat and the crabcake appetizer did not disappoint. I wasn't enthused about the escargots or my petite filet mignon. I had asked for it medium rare and it came out medium well. The tiramisu also had an interesting somewhat fruity twist and I'm a fan of the traditional homestyle presentation. Overall I felt it missed the mark but would be willing to try again..."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our second time at this restaurant and we came to the same conclusion both times - it is too expensive for the quality of the food. We thought that even though everything else about the restaurant was very nice, the food was just average."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It was our first time dining here and I have never been this amused with the food they served us. We are both from here locally and we are really surprised how great the food was compared to all others we've had before. It is truly a great experience dining here from the ambiance, to the scenery and especially the food! Never have I tasted food like the way they do, even though some restaurants have the same menu, they simply have the best taste and quality you would never expect. Me and my wife both enjoyed our first time here and we promised ourselves we are definitely coming back. Great restaurant and one of a kind, we are so delighted that we are just a few minutes away! Can't wait to be back thank you so much!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his 33rd birthday and we had such a wonderful time. When we got there we felt like we were stepping through time to another place or a James Bond movie set, our table wasn't ready which gave us an opportunity to check out the wonderful bar and lounge area with a piano player. We got seated in the conservatory which was quite romantic, it felt like enjoying an evening in the garden. We wanted the prime rib but alas, they had just run out before we got there, so we decided to get more appetizers and share a steak! We had the Baked Oysters Rockefeller, the Truffled Tater Tots, the Chive Risotto, and a perfectly medium rare Nebraska steak. Our servers were attentive through the whole evening."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I can't say enough about this restaurant! Great wine list, friendly service and Great food!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We do not go to the Monterey/Carmel area without having dinner at this restaurant. The food is good and the Solarium is a beautiful setting. The fish is wonderful and they are one of the few restaurants where you can still experience abalone."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Sardine Factory is great. Excellent food and impeccable service. Our waitress, Laksana was a gem. She made sure we were well taken care of. Our bus boy Angelo is the hardest working person at Sardine Factory. He always made sure we had everything we needed. He promptly took our plates away when we wanted him to and he kept our water and drink glasses full at all times. The food is outstanding. We wanted to order everything on the menu. The fish is sustainably caught and super fresh. The steak is melt in your mouth amazing. The highlight was the Oysters Rockefeller. It's hard to get it right and its perfect every time at the Sardine Factory. The wine selection lists a lot of amazing local wines and don't skip the deserts!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We dined here for first time and certainly plan to return! Everything was wonderful from first greeting to last good bye!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My husband and I have been to Cannery Row several times, but never ate at Sardine Factory. It was a great experience and we would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Prices are steep, but food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Delicious dinner and wonderful service. The only bad thing was two couples had brought six children and let them sit at their own table which happened to be next to us. The kids were not well-behaved, which somewhat ruined an otherwise great dinner. Inspite of that, I would definitely return. Expensive but worth it!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife's salmon was overcooked, the asparagus was bland and The parmesan crusted Calamari had no flavor. the scallops and prawns that came with it were excellent... but there were only 2 of each. I wish I could have had a plateful of those instead. At $40 a plate, we expected better."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The seafood is expectacular but the steaks, particularly the rib-eye, are even better. Great Service! Be careful with the prices!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was good, but the menu was old school--nothing particularly new or interesting about it. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great restaurant for a special occasion. Elegant setting with superb food and attentive service. One of the best wine lists I have ever seen."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Special occasion customer, very satisfied in past. Appetizers excellent..entree's surprisingly disappointing. Not sure well be back for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service, great ambiance. Just as promised. As a bonus, exceptional and fun piano player in bar after dinner."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have been coming here for special occasions for many years and they never disappoint. Excellent seafood and wine selection. Valet parking, live piano music and well stocked bar selection and top tier staff. Two of our party ordered steak (at a seafood restaurant?) and it was perfect. Just proves that whatever they off is going to be wonderful. It is not cheap but worth it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "this has long been one of my favorite places but it has gotten to noisy and to crowded for my liking. When I spend $350-400+ for dinner I don't expect to be in an over crowed place that is so noisy I can't talk to my wife. Tables are so cramped people can't get to their seat without banging into my table while I am eating and almost spilled my wine! Food is still incredible and staff are professional and excellent but the ambiance has just degraded to a "normal" restaurant rather than a top of the line establishment, sad and disappointed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great restaurant with an old school vibe. Nice change from all the touristy places in the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was my first visit there. Made a reservation for 3. Showed up early. They seated us without having us wait. The setting was amazing. We were seated in an outdoor style section. It was like sitting in a big dome. Plenty of natural lighting but not too much. Just right. Plenty of trees and plants gave it a nice decor. Plenty of options on the menu. We have a six year old and the kids menu was perfect. A nice petite filet for the little guy. Was the perfect portion of steak and vegetables for him. We also had the swordfish and salmon. Both delicious. The abalone bisque. .. Was amazing. Just like the menu said. Throughout the evening. . We were attended to.. But not too much to be annoying. It was a full house too."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "WE have lived within 30 mins of Monterey our whole lives and this was the first visit to the Sardine Factory. We were impressed by the elegance of the restaurant. We felt very special dining here. The server was pleasant but his assistant made the evening. Very pleasant young guy who knew quite a bit about the restaurant. I believe his name was Edgar. The food was great. We had a great evening. Would highly recommend the Sardine Factory if you want a special night."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The evening began perfectly! Then a high level guest arrived (Michael Bolton) and the service started to lag a little. All things considered, the evening was a success and the food was extraordinary."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Good food, lovely surroundings, excellent service, excellent knowledge of food by staff"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was better than mothers day more of a selection to choose from so we all got food we liked. Only problem was food cost double what it did on Mothers Day."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Had higher hopes than were realized on this visit. We choose to go places for the food, & always appreciate good service and a good ambience...Sardine Factory scored well in two of the three categories, but not so well on the first & most important category, the food. The bread basket was good, wine list too, but the appetizer, soup & main courses were not what they could have nor should have been. Everything felt pre made & rewarmed texture and flavor-wise, even the chefs special items. We sent the appetizer back hoping that was an exception and not representative of things to come but once the other items came knew it was just the restaurant's cooking style. Monterey is blessed with such amazing fresh ingredients, a shame not to use them."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "As a nurse, my husband(also a nurse) received a coupon from owner. We immediately made reservation. We loved it! Great service. Another thing that is great is we still have another coupon to come back again! Thank you."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Took husband & daughter for Father's Day. A little early for reservation so waited at bar. Bartender didn't warm up too quickly but we eventually got a smile. The restaurant is full of surprising rooms & decor. We were seated in a beautiful glass-walled room in the back. Had a lovely time, great service, fine food. You can tell this is a special place for locals as well as visitors to the area."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Though I thoroughly enjoyed taking my boyfriend here for Father's Day, the bartender was a completely rude woman. She would not wen acknowledge us when we tried to get a drink before dinner. Service was inconsistent and a bit slow, but overall delicious meal. That bartender really angered me."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were hoping for a nice quiet meal. Children and parents were getting in and out of their seats. It would have bee fine for burger king. We could not wait to leave. No extra drink or dessert for us. Who knows what the food tasted like."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I cannot recommend this place, even though the food was good. Service was horrible. Waited 30 minutes to get seated, even with a reservation. Waited another 15 minutes just for menus. Felt totally ignored by our waiter."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food is very good, service also very good. If you get lucky to find it not so crowded, it can be romantic place to eat. We will go there again to eat."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went there with our kids and were strongly suggested to sit in the lounge as "kids could disturb other patrons". Never going back"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We live out of town. But when we visit Monterey we always include a visit to The Sardine Factory. The abalone is superb. This visit we had traveling companions, and introduced them to this wonderful restaurant. The salmon and crab was their choice and it was wonderful to the last fork full! Don't miss this gem."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The restaurant is so beautiful. The entire staff is so personable. The restaurant contacted me prior to my dining experience to explain the dining experience. The food was so great, tasty and appealing to look at. The food arrived at our table vet quickly. The wait staff worked as a team to keep the table filled with whatever we wanted."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Thank you to Mike the bartender and Rich our server for the best anniversary dinner we have ever had!! The cocktails and appetizers were delicious and the dinner was unbelievably scrumptious! Get the lobster bisque steak topper...you will not be disappointed! !!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The bar area is a great spot to catch a small bit and wonderful glass of wine, they had a piano player and the game on! Dinning area was beautiful and historic, few different rooms to dine in all a bit different atmosphere. I got engaged there the night we went, so everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have had the pleasure of dining here for over forty years and it cannot get any better. Micky is great and the staff is attentive, knowledgable and professional as well as clearly understanding that they are there to help you enjoy the experience as opposed to acting line you are lucky to have them serve you. A great time out consistently."
    Dined on 6/1/2014