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Cafe Fina, Monterey, CA

Cafe Fina

4.8
4.8
503 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We personally welcome you to Café Fina. My family and I have been serving diners on Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf since 1989. We specialize in Italian cuisine, make our pastas and raviolis in house, grow our own seasonal organic home-grown vegetables, and serve a variety of only the freshest seafood from the Monterey Bay. Our wood-burning oven prepares excellent pizza, and the quaint Italian decor and ocean views make dining at Cafe Fina a memorable experience.


Café Fina is a full-service fine dining restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. In addition to our award winning food,we also feature a wide variety of wines, including the best of our local wines, the finest wines that Napa valley has to offer, and a fine selection of Italian wines. Dominic’s cooking has enabled Café Fina to be the sole caterer for John Madden’s induction ceremony into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has earned him visits from Rachel Ray and other TV stars.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 372-5200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    we can handle parties up to 25
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Cross street
    Del Monte Ave and 250 figueroa ave
  • Parking details
    Del Monte Ave and 250 figueroa ave
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

What 503 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Service

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

503 Reviews
  1. DavidS

    Orange County

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a must place to eat. Our first choice when we are in Monterey. Wonderful fun and service. Also get their cookbook. So many great recipes and a heart warming story done by the owner Dominic.

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  2. ScottG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First visit to Cafe Fina … the Wharf has never been top of mind but this gem is worth the seedy environment. Best Caprese Salad ever and we have it often. Haddock cheeks were amazing … what a luscious sauce and hearty portion. My wife’s Linguini with clams was just above average but lots of other options for next time.

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  3. Claudio

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great setting. Perfect for a romantic date! We had a great time.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Café Fina is a gem on Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The food and service are superb, consistently high quality and caring staff. Cerys and Roxanne are excellent and very helpful in answering our questions. We had the Salmon on basil cream sauce and the Petrale Sole, which were delicious. The roasted garlic appetizer was yummy. We highly recommend Cafe Fina for a memorable dining experience in Monterey; hands down, it’s the Wharf's top destination.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic entree (chioppino) and view of the water.

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  6. atgdude

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dominic and the crew at Cafe Fina do a fantastic job with the food and service. We've never had a bad meal served to us!

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  7. CarolM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance, food and history rigjt on the wharf

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  8. HalB

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The menu is limited and very limited for people who are gluten free.

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  9. foodiefoods

    Boise

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Expectations were set high based on previous reviews, however  the food was at best average, including, the paella, which has been raved about. Staff was friendly. Had a 6 PM reservation and they were out of several things.  I will probably try something different next time. I’m in the area as there are lots of options. 

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love dining at Cafe Fina! Ambience, service, food, views… Everything is always perfect!

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  11. VTBlue

    Greater Boston

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We worried we were walking into a tourist trap on the wharf, but nothing could have been further from the truth. The food was excellent and our server was absolutely top-notch (she had a Welsh name i do no not recall). Authentic, all local, and delicious. Highly recommended and I’ll be back next year.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Definitely goi gong back to Cafe Fina! Great food Service and owner was so nice and took the time to say hello.

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  13. JacquelineS

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The very best upscale Italian Seafood in Monterey. My husband and I are locals and we dine there 5-6x per year. The food is always fresh and delicious. From the regular menu items like Pasta Fina and Crab & Shrimp Ravioli in Pesto sauce, to the seasonal specials like Petrale Sole and Halibut Cheeks, the taste and presentation is spot on perfect. The waitstaff is top notch, always at your service, but never in your face. Last night we sat by the open window for the cool breeze and the local sea lions frolicking and barking in the Bay. We were celebrating a birthday and enjoyed the experience. Looking forward to our next visit already!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent. Tomatoes and the garlic butter were incredible.

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  15. MarinaC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED THE INTERACTION OF THE STAFF! :) FRESH VEGETABLES

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was SO good!!! We will be back!!! Thanks so much!!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks and service are impeccable. Our absolute favorite dining spot in Monterey, no contest at all.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A quaint little Italian restaurant in the middle of the bustling, loud Wharf. Great food! Service was excellent. We had reservations at 6:30; however, 7-7:30 reservations would have been perfect, as the sun would have been tucked behind the mountains for a perfect view outside!

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  19. shirleyV

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here often.. I love the Halibut (piccata sauce). Owner has a garden that vegetables come from -so they are always fresh & tasty. Service is excellent (thanks Roxanne) Parking is no issue as there is pay parking (reasonable cost). Highly recommend to anyone visiting (or living) in the area.

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  20. CindyP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Fina is our favorite place on the wharf. Wonderful food and service. A great place to have a delicious meal with a beautiful view.

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  21. RichardC

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dominic and Roxanne were a total delight for our dinner service! Great recommendations, very attentive service as usual! We had the fried calamari and caprese salad to start followed by halibut cheeks & veal picatta . The heirloom tomatoes in the salad were delish!! Peach cobbler finished it off! Everything was outstanding!! Well done!!

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  22. JayB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around! Our favorite restaurant in Monterey.

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  23. DowntownJack

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, setting on the wharf, great service, and some of the best food we’ve ever had!

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  24. JohnP

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to have a delicious meal, no wonder it was voted “the best sea food restaurant” on the Peninsula…

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  25. AmandaR

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The calamari was delicious and very tender. We split a Caesar salad and the paella and they were both excellent!

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  26. 26pt2runner

    Minneapolis

    161 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Seafood pasta was the best meal we had while in Monterey. Service was great and over-all surprising given the tourist trap surroundings

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food. The best night out of our lives, such a high bar for restaurants

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  28. JohnP

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic menu, great service. Cafe Fina is a “piller” on Monterey Fisherman’s… Dominic, the owner is always welcoming guest, a class act!

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  29. CaseyC

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great waitress, good recommendations, good food and even better wine.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was clean and fresh and delicious! The service impeccable. We will be back!

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  31. SalMonLocal

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Five of us enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner for my dad on a Monday night at Cafe Fina. Everyone’s food was delicious, the service was friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. We will return soon, for sure!

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  32. JAandGNA

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We sat at a window seat looking out at the marina so 5 star view for us but I noticed almost everywhere else in the restaurant would be a little cramped and without a view. Noise level was high when we first got there because all the tables were used and quieted down later as the crowd thinned out. Jorge was our server and he was excellent. I'm allergic to gluten and he went over the entire menu for me letting me know which items would not be possible to modify and which would to make it GF and he explained how it would be modified. I have to say more than half the menu could be modified to be GF, so it's a good choice for anyone with gluten allergies. Jorge was attentive yet unintrusive and extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the surrounding area.

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  33. JacquelineS

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Fina was delicious, as usual. We are local and dine here 5-6x per year. Owner Dominick is very much hands on. I have my go-to favorites but will usually choose a fish special when offered. Last night I had the Rock Cod alla Puttanesca, and my husband chose the Veal Salimbocca. We both brought on leftovers as the portion sizes were large. Last night a beautiful night to eat by the water and enjoy the setting sun. Benito was available before we needed him, and checked on us several times. Nice selection of wines, beer and cocktails. Definitely the best place on the Wharf and worth a visit, or two!

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  34. eat2well

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On a busy Friday night, we got to dine at the upstairs dining room--which is always a treat at Cafe Fina. Great views of the placid cove as the sun set over Monterey Bay. There was only one other couple upstairs, so it was quiet and romantic. My wife is not a pizza aficionado, but she RAVED about the Dominic's pizza. Incredible toppings and a nice crust. I frequently enjoy the Chicken Parmigiana at Cafe Fina--so I went with my usual and it was very good! I'll be getting the Dom Pizza next time and saving up "room" for a cannoli.

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  35. Ruffield2001

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Stands out as a nice place on the wharf. very nice place with great service. We got a table at the back of the restaurant with a good view. Friendly and very helpful waitstaff and a visit from the owner.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was not great. The window seats have a great view but downstairs window tables are mostly for two people. There are more window view tables upstairs, but when we arrived we weren’t aware of that and they sat us in the hallway where the ambiance was mediocre at best. The waiter told us the wrong price on the salmon and the kitchen was unwilling to change the price for us. The beer and wine were not good either.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    At first a was a little skeptical because it was on the wharf and I thought it was going to be super touristy. However, from the moment we walked in I knew we made the right choice. The atmosphere was nice, had a view of the ocean, service was phenomenal, and the food was delicious.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dominc’s always the best. I brought 3 international tonight as I knew we would have a relaxed good meal

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  39. PeterW

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food , all homemade and fresh , highly recommend the meatballs and also the clam linguine

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  40. KathleenF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Casual, great food on the wharf for couple or family and friends.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Cafe Fina is rated 4.8 stars by 503 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Cafe Fina

47 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Del Monte Ave and 250 figueroa ave
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Del Monte Ave and 250 figueroa ave
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 372-5200
  • Private party facilities
    we can handle parties up to 25
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