The Whaling Station Steakhouse
The Whaling Station Steakhouse

The Whaling Station Steakhouse

  • 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: Steak, Steakhouse
  • 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 The 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Whaling Station Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)fit for foodies (23)romantic (20)notable wine list (20)good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Best steak in the Monterey area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great steakhouse with a large variety of cuts to choose from. The bar was a little noisey with a Sunday night game onbut not bad. Staff excellent, bartender great. Wedge salad very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LarryT
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We were a group of 4. Orders were beef wellington, halibut, bone-in ribeye, and my own favorite the scallops/linguine. All diners raved about each of the ordered food. Have been to dine here numerous occasions and, with exception of only one occasion, each dining experience has been top notch. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We like the srvice and the quality o the meal
    SurfPerch
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    It took about a half and hour between the salad and receiving our entrée. A waiter came and apologized for the delay. He had taken a plate meant for our table. So that required my wife's rib eye to be cooked. This created the delay. When we did receive the entree's my prime rib had been setting under a heat lamp and was worn out on the surface. I looked at the bottom side and it looked fresh but the top was ugly. The rib eye was over cooked also. I thought for a full cut prime rib it should of been larger than I received for the money.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Cali
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great food!!! Our waiter explained and answered all questions. Only bad thing was the bar wasn't seperate and there were some people watching a football game that were being loud. So i would ask if you could sit away from the bar
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DrJimmyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Not much sophistication here. Good steaks and good selection of them. Very poor table manners by our waiter and support staff. Go with LOW expections and you will have an adequate dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Birthday
    fun2getaway
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The table was perfect for people watching on the street and in the restaurant. The prime rib was tough and we had ordered it med rare. Next time I would choose the porterhouse to share.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    MrMrsLoveSteak
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner of Filet Mignon, garlic mashed potatoes and spinach. The "made at your table" Ceasar salad and calamari were amazing. Highly recommend Whaling Station for a great dinner; awesome steak house. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak
    Roy444
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Steak was not charred as requested, appeared to have been blackened
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at its finest!!
    FineDine
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This is by far the BEST resturant we have ever dined at. Don't change a thing!!!! A 6 star Resturant!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not eat here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    this place doesn't know how to cook a steak . They took my wife's steak back 3 times cause they couldn't cook it medium . Every time they brought it back it was rare or completely burnt . The last steak was finally cooked righ but was half the size and the side dishes were half the size and cold . And it took them a hour to cook this steak with all the mess up so I was done with mine 40 minutes before my wife got hers . I made the reservations two weeks in advanced for our ten year anniversaryand let them know that . When we got there they didn't ask if we were celebrating anything and just sat us in the bar .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional dining experience!
    Chelle1095
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I took my son for his 19th birthday. The food was delicious and tastefully presented. Our server Paul brought a birthday dessert complete with candle and then sang happy birthday! A great experience overall!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You get what you pay for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    You get GREAT service and GREAT food. The wait staff was articulate and friendly. They seem to appreciate the menu and it translates to a great presentation on the steaks and specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • epicureanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great steak, generous drink pours, friendly professional service. The selection of entres was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!!!!!
    Link
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My son had discovered this restaurant, and it was his desire to go back for his birthday. So we drove down from SF for the main intention of going for dinner here. What a great restaurant, it specializes in steaks and it does not disappoint, they were excellent, the meat was melt in your mouth and cooked to perfection. So much better than Ruth Chris!!! But everything else was great too, the Calamari was the best ever and the two desserts (the flan and chocolate decadence) were just as good. We didn't have any seafood dishes but from what I saw delivered to the other tables, they look to be good as well. This will be a staple when we come to Monterey, but also worth the drive for the Bay Area for a special occasion. They have parking too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • John Pisto's Whaling Station
    KJonsey
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Went for our Anniversary. Great staff and service. Very welcoming and nice ambiance. Food was served in timely manor and cooked perfectly to our request. No negative comments for our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steakhouse
    golfingbeefeater
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a great time at The Whaling Station. I've never been disappointed with the food or service. My ribeye was cooked to perfection and my wife's prime rib roast was tender and juicy. Loved the desserts as well. Will go back again and again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was our 3rd time eating here and it was fantastic, as it was both times before. Great selection of food, perfectly cooked and very, very good. Service was exceptional and our waiter was outstanding and constantly checked on us to make sure we were taken care of. We ate here this time for our anniversary and was surprised by a nice desert, compliments of the house. Can't wait to go back again. The staff make you feel welcome and take care of all your needs, no matter how busy they may be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Steaks in Monterey
    xpack1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a small group of 9 for dinner. The service was very nice. They present teh various steak options at the table. The server explains the steaks and the description of Prime. The dry aged choices were very good. All steaks were cooked to perfection. The fixed sides were easly changed for other tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our experience was wonderful. Great food and the service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed dinner here one night during our vacation in Pacific Grove. The steaks and the service were very good. We will likely return next time we're in the area. It's a little pricey for the quality but it is a vacation location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experiance
    SurfPerch
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Everything was perfect. Wait staff were very attentive. Food was excellent. Salad was dressed perfectly. Steak was cooked to perfection and very tender as advertised. Presentation of the plate was very attractive. Deserts were a great value.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feel ripped off
    Mi8review
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went to Whaling Station Steakhouse for my birthday celebration. We choose this resturant due to the high level of stars on OpenTable. The food was very good, however the menu is very misleading or at a minimum the server was. We were a party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. We made our food selections, the waiter started to walk away and we told him we wanted to add sides. We were unaware that the entree came with sides already. The sides we ordered were creamed spinich and twice baked potatoe. The server should have told us, the main dishes already came with spinach and mash potatoes. We over ordered and over paid...very disappointing! We didn't even touch our sides and asked for them to be boxed up. Not sure we will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very disappointed with the menu changes. We came specifically for dry aged rib eye. Sorry to see you only dry age your New York. Some other items were missing that we were looking forward. Probably will not return due to these changes. Little too pricey for the things we loved most gone.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food, ambiance and service were amazing! There is a large selection of seafood and beef selections that were wonderful! Beef wellington, rib steak, prawns and angel hair pasta, a variety of wines, caprese salad, calamari, plus more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • melt in your mouth
    Naner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second time here. The food was wonderful, steak was melt in your mouth delicious. My niece had the lobster pasta and thoroughly enjoyed it. They had a special pineapple desert, really hard to explain, but it was not hard to eat. We all wanted more. Service was professional and not pushy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing my pudding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was very good, but my husband had prime rib and there was no Yorkshire pudding as stated on the menu. I was told the chef didn't make any that night. Well, if the prime rib comes with Yorkshire pudding, it should come with Yorkshire pudding. What happened, they ran out of flour or did the oven break.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet with excellent food
    Connie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The bottom line for any restaurant is the food and this restaurant has a great bottom line!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    tribilin469
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful visit for our anniversary! Great food service and recommendations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Extremely loud place... Not very enjoyable if you are going for a nice, romantic spot. Could not even hear the person I was with when he talked.. You would think if there is a large group of people and they are very obnoxious, the management would say something to them to quiet down a little. It was not appealing. The service was decent, but the waiter was not attentive to us because they were so busy. Never came back after he served us to make sure everything was okay with our meal. Could have been better, especially for the price you pay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We took our family members here for a special anniversary dinner. The staff was great: gracious greeting from the maitre' d, helpful bartender, fabulously attentive waiter, terrific busboy. Add to that a fabulous meal and free cannoli dessert for their anniversary. Everyone cleaned their plate. We were worried the experience would change since we'd heard John Pisto sold to another owner. However, there was nothing to be worried about. Wish anniversaries came along more often to justify this special occasion eatery.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merle
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A very enjoyable experience with great food and a very relaxing atmosphere. Service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only mediocre
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were expecting fantastic service, wines and steak… NOT. Lacking in every way. Go to the Sardine Factory, which was much better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 273 reviews are from the The Whaling Station Steakhouse reviews archive.
  • Fun dinner, lacking details
    FresnoDBAVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Business dinner, enjoyed the food. Ordered Caesar Salad. Main course arrived before salad. Got dessert instead. Never the less, enjoyable dinner and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Lobster was mushy, onion toppings were soggy and the presentation was sad looking. It wasn't fresh. The rib eye was tough. Although the food was not to standard, the staff did what they could to correct it. That's good service. Unfortunately, the poor lobster experience tarnished any desire to have lobster again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great When Not A Party of 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've eaten here three times now, and one of those three times was with more than two people. Every time it has been just been two people in my party, the service was lacking tremendously. It is my opinion that this establishment only cares about customers coming in with large groups. Also, the restaurant is extremely loud so it is not date-friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable quality food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. There were 10 of us in our group and they still managed to accomodate our needs. Our service was excellent! We received a very friendly welcome at the front door and our table was ready to go. The waiter and buspersons were fun and attentive. We were there for a special occasion, and lingered at our table for a long time without ever feeling rushed. This is the place to go if you want a great steak dinner, and I believe everyone in our group agreed that we got just that. In addition to the great staff inside the restaurant, I have to mention that the parking attendants are appreciated! Especially on an extremely busy Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our 35 anniversary dinner for two
    Kate
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was wonderful and service was superb. However, the Prime rib was way over priced compared to other places. Caesar Salad was mixed in front of our table, which was cool. The $12 each seemed a little high for the salad. Pisto is selling the restaurant so will food quality go down as well as prices?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The service was impeccable. I had a terrific steak--and the pineapple dessert was to die for!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak in Monterey, why? here's why
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was not great for the price
    FoodJunkie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had the prime rib and it was really tough, the meat was not great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate