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The Whaling Station Steakhouse
The Whaling Station Steakhouse

The 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 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "Our experience was wonderful. Great food and the service was awesome."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "The bottom line for any restaurant is the food and this restaurant has a great bottom line!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Wonderful visit for our anniversary! Great food service and recommendations."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A very enjoyable experience with great food and a very relaxing atmosphere. Service was a little slow."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We were expecting fantastic service, wines and steak… NOT. Lacking in every way. Go to the Sardine Factory, which was much better."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Business dinner, enjoyed the food. Ordered Caesar Salad. Main course arrived before salad. Got dessert instead. Never the less, enjoyable dinner and delicious food."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The service was impeccable. I had a terrific steak--and the pineapple dessert was to die for!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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
  • "Had the prime rib and it was really tough, the meat was not great!"
    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
  • "This restaurant has really gone down hill. Just as the prices have gone up, up, up. Fortunately it has been sold, so hopefully improvement is in the offing. Service, from the bar to the dinner table, was really abysmal. And the food, those famous steaks, were grim. Was looking forward to the Yorkshire Pudding with the prime rib. Any resemblance to Yorkshire Pudding was purely coincidental."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great steaks, generous portions of everything. Prices are very fair. Service excellent. Dine there often and highly recommend it. Never disappointed."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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