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Cafe Fina

4.6
4.6
424 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


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 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

  • 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

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What 424 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Kid Friendly

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Scenic View

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

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  1. r

    robertl

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was lively and on point. The food was absolutely delicious!!! Definitely recommend!!!
  2. JS

    JacquelineS

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a local, I dine at Cafe Fina 6-7 times per year, celebrating all birthdays, anniversaries and "just because" dates with the best food on the Wharf. I have my usual standby, Pasta Fina, but will always get one of the specials because they aren't on the regular menu. The Petrale Sole lightly breaded in a lemon caper sauce is delicious, very tender and melts in my mouth. Dominic's lasagna is large and filling, I always cut it in half to enjoy the next day as lunch. My husband loves the Shrimp & Crab Ravioli served in a light pesto cream sauce, but will choose the Crab Stuffed Salmon when it is offered. They have several outside tables for guests that enjoy the weather, or bring dogs. We usually opt for a window seat in the back to gaze out at the sea otters and seals. Even when all the tables are occupied, the noise level is quite low. A glass of wine, or beer, is a nice complement to the entrees. They have a good selection from which to choose.
  3. DF

    DanielF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the Octopus appetizer and it was fantastic!.......
  4. D

    Dolce

    San Francisco

    102 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The food was not good. The clam chowder soup wasn’t good. The mussels were too greasy and smelly. The only good thing was the garlic butter. Also the waitress was friendly.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time here in past 18 months. I have been to other restaurants on the wharf but this place has me hooked. Love this place. Staff is friendly, food is always delicious and the owner always stops by tables to ask about if everything is ok. This is definitely my go to place when in Monterey.
  6. DV

    DianaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was superb and so was the service and view. This place is unique and a gem.
  7. A

    Aross

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, meaty, tasty big portions cioppino
  8. T

    Tomk

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The staff was very accommodating.
  9. c

    curtis

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great. Old school all the way. Great staff and the owner is at the restaurant all the time. Dominic Mercurio is a true professional and gentleman. Moves effortlessly through the restaurant engaging with the customers. Food is great. Pasta and sausage is made in house. Chicken parm is made from scratch and is also outstanding. Outstanding all around.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best clams,Caesar salad and meatball sandwich ever!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    164 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A pleasant escape from all the tourists on the Wharf. We had a 6:30 reservation, and only three tables were occupied. The portions are HUGE - - large enough to share. Our party enjoyed the pasta with meatballs and sausage as well as the crab and shrimp ravioli. I opted for a gluten free pizza (the cauliflower crust was quite good), that they then customized for my limited diet. Service was friendly and attentive.
  12. CP

    CarrieP

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. The owners were lovely, welcoming and friendly. I definitely will return.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This little gem at Fisherman's Wharf is not to be missed! I had a wonderful table with a waterview and Harbor Seals. I had the prickly pear margarita and the roasted Gilroy garlic. Both were absolutely amazing! Then came a nice glass of Bonanza cabernet and the chicken alfredo.. Again not disappointed. I then had the cream puff s but I got those to go because I was full!!! Roxanne was my server and really made the night awesome. It was so good I took my husband there for lunch the next day. If you find yourself in Monterey stop by and have a wonderful time.
  14. F

    Francis

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My family and I went to this restaurant to eat lunch after visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our appetizer was the Roasted Gilroy Garlic. My wife and I both had the Fish & Chips. Our daughter had a bowl of pasta. The staff was friendly and professional.
  15. M

    Maria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place to eat Lobster, pasta with pistacho pesto..
  16. J

    Jimmu

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent authentic Italian-seafood. Very friendly servers
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh seafood.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Allowed a gentleman at the table next to us to watch a basketball game at full volume on his phone. Ruined dinner.
  19. D

    Dennis

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant on the wharf. The owner pays attention to all the details to ensure that you have an excellent dining experience. The food, the bar and the ambiance is excellent. My wife had the Pasta Fina, my son had the Mac & Cheese and I had the traditional Paella. All were excellent.
  20. SG

    SusieG

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I don’t usually like to eat at the Wharf because it is so touristy. However, our hotel was in walking distance so went there after we arrived at night. We had a reservation, but didn’t need it as few people were inside. They didn’t even look at it. However, later more people came in to eat. We got our complimentary garlic bread after checking in to Yelp. It was good. The service was friendly and attentive. The fish and chips and pasta were plentiful and very filling. Everything tasted great. We were seated at a table where we could look out at the water. It feels like a very small place, but I think there is seating upstairs. Overall a good experience.
  21. CE

    CheriE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We had reservations at 6pm we were seated right away It took awhile to put our drink and food order in. We told the waitress that we had a show to at 8 to get to. We did not get our food till almost 7 while we watched customers that came in after us be served before us. A little disappointed.
  22. WC

    WilliamC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Patrale Sole was excellent and the service was impecable. The wine was a little on the expensive side.
  23. B

    Bbcs1213

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We selected this restaurant based on its high rating and they didn’t disappoint. Calamari was abundant, lightly breaded and crispy; just perfect! We loved all the clams in the clam chowder. All the dishes were delicious with ample portions. The grilled octopus was tender and the prawn pasta was flavorful. We loved the food so much, we even went back the next day for lunch! The dungeoness crab was very fresh and the lowest cost of all the restaurants we checked on the wharf.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner and his staff made us feel welcome and invited.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner! I highly recommend Cafe Fina!
  26. S

    Survivorgirl

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonder find. Fabulous servers . I had fresh local sole, my friend the largest pc of lasagna I've ever seen served. Both dishes were very good.
  27. C

    Claire

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a delicious weekday late lunch, early dinner. Ordered chicken parm and meatball sandwich. Everything was fresh and tasty! Best Italian food in the area! Treat yourself for dessert of homemade cannolis!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, and the service impeccable, we were seated at a table with a gorgeous view, even though we made this reservation at a short notice
  29. B

    Bungie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    If you are a foodie, don't eat here. If you like bland, tasteless food, this place is for you. The halibut had absolutely no flavor.
  30. SS

    StacieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food & great service! The downstairs area was a bit small & noisy, but the view of the harbor made up for it.
  31. CB

    ChrisB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best pistachio pesto ever. Incredible meal. Amazing restaurant
  32. DC

    DCS1

    Denver

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    This place was almost really good, but had a few issues. We didn't get the table we requested, and watched as it sat open for the majority of our meal. We told them we were more than happy to wait until it opened up, but they seated us at a middle table instead. My wife ordered her dish without one ingredient, and they put it on there anyway. They offered to comp us a dessert, but we were so full by the time we finished that we didn't get one. The proper thing would have been to comp one of our drinks to make up for it, but that did not happen. The food was excellent but the attention to detail needs to be better.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food, pleasant and attentive service, excellent dessert.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was girlfriends birthday :) very attentive food was great had scampi!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very celiac-friendly (very knowledgeable about gluten-free options) and exceptional quality of food and service.
  36. SC

    SoCalMom

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a girls night out dinner here. Was a beautiful night so we loved sitting outside. Our server was amazing!!! I have food allergies and she handled it like a pro and made it so easy for me to find alternatives and kept me safe. The seafood was delicious! The lobster was fresh and the oysters were perfect. Our server was so kind and even shared her stepmom had the same health issues. We will definitely return.
  37. J

    Judymanynames

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    My crab was Old and gray. No excuse for serving this. My husband’s Paella was dry. Noise level was high. Very mediocre wine list. Wonderful server!
  38. DF

    DanielF

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sand Dabs are always a winner at Cafe Fina. Eating outside is a great experience....
  39. SR

    SophiaR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cafe Fina is my favorite place to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf. The window seats look over a small beach that always has a good show of wildlife; especially harbor seals. Their clam chowder is my favorite in the whole Monterey area, the creamy pesto sauce is divine, and their signature cocktails are incredibly unique.
  40. JO

    JeremyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was fantastic. Would highly recommend.

FAQs

Cafe Fina is rated 4.6 stars by 424 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


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 Daily 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

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