Cafe Fina

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$30 and under
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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.
I hope to see you soon
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KY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an amazing time collectively the entire trip was amazing but cafe fina is now a staple to our every visit to Monterey thank you

J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Missed the white tablecloths, but the vinyl ones actually matched the decor better. Our server was friendly and good at her job! Her answers about the menu were very helpful. Food was tasty, served quickly, at the right temperature, water glasses refilled promptly, and from entering the restaurant to leaving, everybody was friendly and helpful. We had the paella (customized to remove the seafood ingredients I don't like) and the pasta fina (a nice fresh taste to it! and the pasta was perfectly cooked) followed by our our usual creme brulee nd coffee for DH. We took home half of each entree for later; portions are good-sized. Restroom was clean (located upstairs) We do wish they would add the Lobster Thermidor back to the list of "daily specials" though. We would drive down from San Jose just for that. We had a very pleasant late lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio,lugar limpio y organizado una comida deliciosa

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best calamari locally. We really enjoyed our meal. The waiter was very attentive to our needs. Loved being upstairs at sunset!

U
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best food In Monterey

F
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS a great meal and service at Café Fina! As a local, this is place is great for fresh fish and vegetables, but everything on their menu is worth trying!

Cafe Fina
Responded on January 29, 2020

Thank you for your local support and I appreciate the five stars! Look forward to serving you again. Dominic

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OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GET THE PAELLA!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service

Cafe Fina
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you for your review of great food and excellent service. Dominic

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SF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely charming place excellent service and food

Cafe Fina
Responded on January 8, 2020

I appreciate your comments of charming place, excellent service and food. Dominic

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Vinyl placemats, pictures of the food outside, old pictures of the owner/chef with celebrities at the entrance, and located in the middle of the busy Monterey boardwalk. You get the idea. The food was OK -not great-, the service was good. In my opinion this place is overpriced for the taste of the food and style of restaurant/ambiance.

TH
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was like going to a family owned restaurant in Europe. The food was so fresh and delicious with lots of herbs and flavor. They were very careful to make sure I had safe gluten free dining. I wish I lived here so I could keep going back. Great friendly people and food.

Cafe Fina
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you for your your five star review. I appreciate hearing about your experience of fresh, delicious and gluten free food. Dominic

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YR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was great. Service for big parties is horrible. Wait staff know they will get auto gratuity and ignore you

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best service and food on the wharf. Real italian.
The paella was insane!
Soooo good.

Cafe Fina
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the Paella, which has been a favorite. Dominic

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our one year anniversary and could not have chosen a better place to celebrate! After spending a day fishing, we took our bag of filleted fish over to Cafe Fina and they gladly stored it in their refrigerator for us while we went back to our hotel and got ready for the evening. When we arrived at the cafe, the owner sat us next to a big window with a beautiful view of the ocean. The chef cooked our fish for us in three different styles and presented a beautiful display of our morning’s catch! We thoroughly enjoyed our time and can’t wait to go again. This will be a memory we hold in our hearts forever and will now return for every anniversary.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ampel portions, nice selection. A little noisy.

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

As someone who experiences food allergies and still loves to dine out occasionally, I do a lot of research before choosing a restaurant. Cafe Fina appears in a search for Gluten Free restaurants in Monterey. When I made my reservation, I added all of my food allergies (Celiac, nightshades and shellfish). When we arrived at the restaurant, I spoke with our waitress, Roxanne, and went over the list again. She assured me I would be safe with my selections. I should have known to leave when the Caesar salad came out with a tomato on top! I proceeded to eat my main meal, and before I even left the restaurant I knew I'd been glutened! This is VERY dangerous. I ate there on Saturday, it's now Wednesday and my abdomen and lips are still swollen, my body's aching and burning and my hands are cracked and scaly. The one good thing I can say about Cafe Fina is they have awesome creme brûlée.

TB
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the old fashioned service. Sand dabs were hot and the artichoke easy to eat. Will definitely go back.

FD
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

For touristy wharf dining Cafe Fina is one of the better options.

Our server provided really good service. The busman was efficient although rough around the edges.

At this price we don’t expect to see vinyl covered table cloths.

L
Central Coast
50 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every year we visit the Monterey Peninsula, either with a group or with another couple or two, and we ALWAYS go to Cafe Fina for dinner at least once. This year was no exception. From the moment we were seated to the end of our meal, it was a great time. The service was prompt, efficient and very friendly. The food was outstanding, and the wine that was suggested by our server was fantastic. The calamari appetizer was superb, and each of our entrees was delicious and obviously prepared with the freshest seafood. Cafe Fina has certainly earned our business, and we look forward to another great time at Cafe Fina the next time we are in Monterey.

EV
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Tiny in size but big in ambience, food, & service! One of our favorite places!

j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was prepared just right. Service was attentive. Would definitely go back.

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful sunset evening at a corner table overlooking the harbor and bay, celebrating our 55th anniversary!
Cafe Fina specialty did not disappoint!! Took me awhile, but I wasn't rushed at all and finished the entire bountiful plate of deliciousness almost by myself. Spumoni ice cream was a treat on the house for the occasion. Waiter was attentive and very professional. Very pleasant and highly recommended!

AJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service, especially our server Roxa ne was wonderful. The food was so delicious I will dream about it. The restaurant was quaint and so charming sitting upstairs looking out at the bay. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Monterey.

MG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Was great service, special greeting to Benito
Nice place, nice food and wine

DA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I will not be returning to this restaurant, the hostess made my family feel like we weren’t good enough to sit by the window with a view of the wharf. Only two tables were occupied at the time. The restaurant is narrow and a little claustrophobic. The food was okay but I was expecting better because it was recommended by Guy Fieri. The worst part was half way through my dinner, I found a hair in my food. I told the hostess because my waiter was nowhere in sight. They did take my plate off the ticket. I had to ask for more water because my glass was empty for a while. Location is one of the best things this place has going for it.

p
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Fina is our favorite restaurant in the Monterey wharf area. There aren't any barkers outside trying to lure you in. There's just fine Italian influenced seafood, excellent pizzas, pastas, cocktails and service. And try to get a table near the window to watch the otters, seals and loons swim by.

D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I had the Fried Chicken sandwich and the Stromboli pizza. They were both delicious. I was there on Sunday and they were short staffed so we waited a little long for our cocktails but the staff was very apologetic which I appreciated.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at this restaurant is incredible. They make their own pasta and it is so delicious. Everything was fresh, perfectly seasoned and all 5 of us walked away saying the same thing.....best Italian food we ever had. You owe it to yourself to try this restaurant.

R
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our 41st anniversary. The host was most inviting and made us feel truly welcomed. We requested an outside table and were seated at a great shaded table in front of the window open to the front of the kitchen which allowed us to converse with the prep cooks.
Our server Edgar knew everything about our pre-meal drinks of both tequila and wine. Also about our entrees of which I had concerns about my allergy to canola oil, of which he notified the chefs.
Our meals were prepared perfectly. I had one of the best portions of Halibut that I've ever been served.
The whole dining experience especially the Three Chocolate Mousse is reason for us to return here next time we are in Monterey.

G
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love their Clam Chowder Soup, French Bread, and a glass of wine. The perfect lighter fare when your eating out for a couple of days in a row. We have been going to Cafe Fina for at least 15 years and fined their soup consistently good as well as there other dishes. Give it a try.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly host. Great service. The food was good and tasteful. Nice and cozy little place to have a dinner with friends loved ones or significant other.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Friendliest owner! Best service! Make a reservation today & enjoy!!

RL
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been here several times. Food is really good. Scallop in Pernod Sauce special was amazing. Favorite spot on the wharf.

GP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Staff were amazing. You have to check this place out we will be coming back for sure.

Geoff

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was not fresh and it was overcooked. My food was supposed to have little neck clams but it had manilla. Very little taste.

JS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Fina is our favorite restaurant on the Wharf. We bring all of our out of town visitors to Cafe Fina for dinner. The food is always delicious, the views from the back are priceless and it feels like I'm eating a true Italian family dinner. The owner, Dominic, uses fresh ingredients, many of the vegetables are from his own garden. Roxanne is an excellent hostess/server. She's always so happy to see us and genuinely enjoys working at the restaurant. There are some tables out front which is a great way to mix fine food and people watch. Skip the tourist traps and eat at Cafe Fina.

G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
Recommended. Thanks.

DK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty and high quality food. Fresh fish. Nice staff, good service. Just a place I would eat again 👍😊

RD
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great fish food and the best waiter in the world. Good choises of local wine

SL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great not-so-touristy restaurant in the heart of tourist district (fisherman’s wharf). Jewel among a busy rows of tourist traps.
Good seafood and Italian!